A still from Gerda Paliušytė's film. It depicts a blue neon sign on a building that says 'diamonds'

A Desire for Things to Work by Gerda Paliušytė

08 Sep 2020

The latest work in our PAUSE series, a mid-week moment to connect with an artist's work in full, sees Somerset House Studios' online resident Gerda Paliušytė share A Desire for Things to Work

Gerda is the recipient of an online residency award in partnership with Vilnius-based centre for art and education Rupert and the Lithuanian Culture Institute. The online residency supports a Lithuanian artist pushing the boundaries of established practice. 

A Desire For Things To Work (2016) is an essay film on contemporary flâneurship that follows a one-night trip through Amsterdam, a city famous for its low-cost entertainment. As the city appears to be empty, the flâneur – an unidentified non-human traveller – explores the city’s nocturnal architecture, which is reminiscent of the different forms of seduction that embrace us all. Accompanied by the pre-recorded voices of phone-sex operators, the trip is dedicated to the libidinal economy and the escaped fantasies that emerge from it.


Director and producer - Gerda Paliušytė
Cinematographer - Eitvydas Doškus
Editors - Gediminas G. Akstinas, Bart Groenendaal
Postproduction - Vita Evangelista, Javier Damonte
Sound design - Julius Grigelionis
Composer - Ulijona Odišarija
Graphic design - Antanas Laukaitis
Dialogue - English