Programme of Inter-format Symposium On Flux of Sand and Aquatic Eco-systems in May 22-25th

Welcome to the non-stop event (Programme in PDF) shifting from performance to lecture to artists’ game to eco sauna to performative discussion to artists guided site/sight/seeing to discursive dinner to role play to water t(a/e)sting to foraging to interactive buffet to screening to made-from-waste cooking to imaginary cartography to workshop to tea ritual to slow reading to sound performance to fish smoking to conceptual (media) swimming to sustainable drinking to knowledge sharing to multilingual readings to guided orientation to conceptual sentiments.

Extented programme with participants biograms (PDF)

The Inter-format symposium is a main yearly Nida Art Colony event which is a merge between academic conference, art festival and cosy performative meeting of interdisciplinary professionals.

This year during the symposium will come together over 50 artists, curators, scientists and researchers from Canada to Latvia.


In 2014 the 4th Inter-format symposium is a part of the larger techno-ecologies project (2012-2014) run in cooperation with RIXC (Latvia) and other partners. Besides the symposium Nida Art Colony hosted long-term residents dealing with the topics of Techno-ecologies.

#WhiteElkTracer project (to be experienced virtually) Ernest Truely (USA/EE)
A display of books on Techno-ecologies Library
Interventions throughout symposium 'I, Neringa' Neringa Bumblienė (LT)
How to make your contribution inter-format? Advice and consultation to participants Error Collective
Divers Hub (location: darkroom in the colony next to library) Björn Kühn, Gabriel Hensche & Anna Romanenko (DE)
Liminal dome (application for individual visit open from May 20th on Björn Kühn, Gabriel Hensche & Anna Romanenko (DE)
Followed by a cartographic experiment 'glazed mapping' throughout symposium Jan de Graaf (NL)



Topics, questions and keywords in the symposium

MAN AS ECOSYSTEM: Exploring liminal passages through interplay of man and nature.

BRACKISHNESS: Challenges found by probing (dis)balances caused by human impact on sweet and salt water conditions.

MOVING SANDS: Case studies on local histories of Curonian Spit, from sand dessert, with XIX century dunes fixation and buried villages to forestation of dunes and green cube.

TECHNOLOGY-MADE NATURE: Predictions and scenarios of XXII century futurological forecasts with historical XIX century interventions in mind, nature as critical inspiration instead of romantic with questions of technological bridge and divide.

SEASONAL DRAMAS: coastal survival strategies with Nida as exemplary case to experience desert and frozen landscapes. Both as seasonal phenomena and by manmade interventions (like UNESCO programs).

FROM COMMUNITY TO COMMUNE TO COLONY: Coping and coexisting with invasive exotic species, both human and natural, as settlers, artists and cormorants (birds), issues of isolation, living in (presumed) secluded communities.

Techno-Ecologies residents (2013-2014):

Nestori Syrjälä (FI), Grit Ruhland (DE), Daniela Palimariu & Claudiu Cobilanschi (RO), Isidora Todorovič & Andrea Palasti (SRB), Theun Karelse (NL), Ernest Truely (USA/EE), Justin Tyler Tate (CAN/EE), Björn Kühn, Gabriel Hensche & Anna Romanenko (DE), Frauke Materlik (NO/DE), Martinka Bobrikova and Oscar de Carmen (SP/SK/NO)