Gintaras Šeputis is the pioneer of Lithuanian video art, the founder of the first video art courses (at the Image Studio in Vilnius Art Academy) in Lithuania. He learnt how to film individually, having borrowed an 8mm camera. He later reformatted the filmed images to video tape and edited them manually adding subtitles and music.
Encouraged by the artist Linas Katinas, who was teaching painting at the Vilnius Academy of Arts at the time, he began to use video technology to perform academic assignments. In 1991, with the help of Saulius Valius, Šeputis went to Düsseldorf (Germany), visited the Department of Photography and Video Art of Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts, and presented his works to the lecturers, Nan Hoover and Günther Uecker. He also had a chance to visit the annual exhibition of the best student works of the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts Rundgang, to see the installations of such artists as Nam June Paiko and Joseph Beuys, and to participate in the international exhibition Überfahrt.
In 1994, on the initiative of the artist and Alvydas Lukys, the Image Studio offering the interdisciplinary courses for various speciality students at Vilnius Art Academy was established. Along with the lectures on cinema and art history, students had the possibility to use video filming and editing equipment, participate in informal meetings with artists as well as in film screenings. The early works of Šeputis are poetic, cinematographic, and often interdisciplinary; involving such branches of art as dance, poetry, photography, and documenting live art performances. Important themes: memory, time, image materiality, the relationship of image and sound.