I was a participant of the Art-o-thlon, the reality show broadcasted on the Lithuanian national TV. The show had twenty two participants from different countries divided into seven teams. I led Die Kitsch'en team and made eight different large-scale projects. After eight weeks of non-stop work with cameras on and seven weekly shows my team was victorious.
EPISODE # 1. Introducing the Participants
Every participant is introduced to the audience. After dividing everyone into teams the brief is given to decorate the TV studio.
EPISODE # 2. Inspired by POP
To launch the name of the team, Die Kitsch'en tattoos the face on a piece of meat of a famous Lithuanian producer Egmontas Bžeskas and invites him to have a taste of himself. Die Kitsch'en also covers Embankment Arch (the most hated sculpture in Lithuania) with famous Lithuanian newspapers.
EPISODE # 3. The History of Vilnius
Die Kitsch'en projects propaganda movies from Soviet era inside the rebuilt Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.
EPISODE # 4. The Art of 100 Litas
Die Kitsch'en exchanges 100 Litas to Euro, then back to Litas, and then back to Euro until after 96 exchanged operations the team is left with one Euro cent.
EPISODE # 6. Food as Art
Die Kitsch'en creates a short film where the instructions of how to slaughter an animal are read to a pig. The video is composed with the footage shot from the inside of a human body.
EPISODE # 7. The Satellite (The Death of The Artist)
Die Kitsch'en shows the documentary footage of how former Lithuanian celebrities, actors, performers are giving an oath after being selected to Seimas.
The winning team is funded to build any sculpture at Park of Europe. Die Kitsch'en team proposes to build a proportional carcass of demolished Twin Towers and cover it with the skin of an old soviet bus called Ikarus. The sculpture is titled Drink Before & Smoke After.
"Mr. Maksimovas has a truly excelled at the Art-o-thlon — a key cultural event of Vilnius European Capital of Culture 2009 — not only becoming a rare favorite of both jury and the audience alike but also, subsequently winning the grand Prix of this eight week-long international championship of arts.
During the Art-o-thlon Mr. Maksimovas demonstrated an extraordinary combination of skills, exhibiting both: a deep creative capacity and almost nonchalant flexibility when situation required speedy adjustments. He has also revealed the ability — quite rare among the participating artists — not only to enjoy the limelight and a full attention of media, but also be able to use television as a valid and fruitful artistic medium."
― Prof. Zilvinas Lilas, Author of the Art-o-thlon.