Neringa Municipality Grant

The Grant is for the Lithuanian artists. For more details please check Lithuanian version of the website.

Nida A-I-R in August

On a hot, lazy August, last month of summer, please welcome six energetic residents at the Nida Art Colony. The field of interests of the residents is rather wide and dinamic. Coralie Vogelaar is in search for the EU identity, Adomas Butrimas will work on Lithuanian prehistoric art history, volume I, Rudolfas Levulis has a plan to document a whole Lithuanian state border, Elena Dvoreckaja and Gediminas Šiaulys (Pet Punk) will work on presenting subject of death in a 3D animation, Katharina Swoboda explores a relation between nature and a human body.

swoboda stills

Katharina Swoboda, stills from the film Holding breath’, 2014.

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Cooltūristės: Antropology of the Underground

Last summer (August 2013) artist group Cooltūristės was on residency in Nida Art Colony curated residency programme "Critical Tourism". During their stay the artists were working on an artistic research project with a goal to document the invisible life in Neringa. 

They were knocking on the doors of the locals in order to find out where do the locals go when they rent our their appartments and whole houses to the summer tourists; where do penny-less students and low-income families come for their vacation. Through a photo-camera lense the artists were seeking to understand how these unusual life conditions trigger creativity and what sort of daily rituals are forming in this unseen millieu. 

The outcome of the project - a photo exhibition - will be presented in "Agila" culture and tourist information center (Taikos g.4) on the 11th of August, and will run up to the 1st of September. All are welcome to the opening at 19.00 on the 11th of August. 

Nida Doctoral Summer School to Start in a Week

One week left to the start of the second Nida Doctoral Summer School ARTISTIC RESEARCH: THE FUTURE OF THE IMAGE. Although Jacques Rancière will not come to Nida this time, his texts on the concept of the image and politics of contemporary art will be examined and  discussed by a group of twenty researchers from seven European Universities. Rancière fans from outside the project are welcome to the lectures and discussions on August 11-15, 18 and 21. Read more...

Photo source: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Rancière

Migrating Art Academies: Call for Applications

Creative MigAA workshop, entitled "The Sun Had Exploded Before We Found Out It Would", will take place on the 1st - 15th of September in Nida, Lithuania. During the workshop emerging artists will be encouraged to creatively explore scientific news and to exercise their imagination by answering or speculating the questions of being, space and depth. 

Application deadline for the new MigAA laboratory is July 31st. For statements, please use our online application form. Invited artists will be granted travel costs and accommodation.

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Graphic Art Workshop ar NAC

Yet another July in Nida Art Colony, and just as last year, we are happy to welcome you to the summer workshop of Graphic Art / Printmaking. The workshops will take place on the following dates:

July 16, 17
July 23, 24, 25
July 30, 31
August 1, 6, 7, 8
(Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, except July 18th)

The participants will print using traditional etching press, create color paper prints and even T-shirts, fabric bags and aprons if the participants will provide them for themselves.

Tutor: VAA lector Marija Marcelionytė

Where: Nida Art Colony, Taikos st. 43
Near Nida camping
When: 18.30
Duration: 2 hours
Price: 45 Lt
Information and sign up: +370 621 53979
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July Buzz in NAC Residencies

In July Nida Art Colony is providing all present with an immersive experience of insect buzz on hot summer days, cold Baltic sea bathing sessions, sweat-breaking exercise of climbing up and down the hill to reach the only shopping spot in the perimeter of a few dozen kilometers, as well as a wonderful panoramic of the construction site of NAC house no.2, fabulously changing day by day. The rhythm is about to slow down in the main building (never in the hammering battlefield of the construction site though!) - most of the student practices will be over by mid-july, while the artist studios are buzzing with much more than just insect songs. Just reminding us that there is no summer holidays for the artistic process - it happens whenever it needs to.

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A Book "Tourists Like Us: Critical Tourism and Contemporary Art" is launched to hit the tourism season

 

On 3rd of July at 6pm we are discussing and playing the book "Tourists Like Us: Critical Tourism and Contemporary Art" in Vilnius (Titanikas, Maironio st. 3, Vilnius, room 325). Right after the intro to the book, we will get our hands on meeting with artists in Nida in virtual envinronment - Nida Death Match game (please bring your own laptop if you want to join). The game was developed by artist Yulia Starstev as a contribution to the Inter-format symposium on Critical Tourism in 2013. More of the contributions from this event are also present in the book.

This book (fragments in PDF) opens up a new field of discussion at the crossroads between contemporary art and critical tourism. As common ground for theoretical inquiry and artistic research, the notion of critical tourism asks us to question again our understanding of authenticity, the tourist gaze, the museification of landscape, the visual construction of place, post-romanticism, contemporary exoticism, site-specificity and global connectedness. The book specifically explores the role of the artist, and of the art institution, in the age of destination culture. How are individual and institutional practices changing in an era of hosting, hospitality, displacing and cultural nomadism?

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