6th Inter-format Symposium on Hybrid Natures on 23–25 July 2016


The 6th Inter-format Symposium on Hybrid Natures, which will take place at Nida Art Colony on 23rd-25th July, will bring together more than 25 artists, scientists, curators, writers and architects, who will reflect on and experience hybrid states, natures and landscapes in Nida over two days.


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Extended programme with participant biograms (PDF)

If the image of the Curonian Spit comes up as an ideal natural environment, it would be useful to revisit Bruno Latour’s essay “We Have Never Been Modern” (1991). Following the main ideas of this text, it becomes impossible to separate nature from culture, society from technology, art from politics, because each new attempt to purify these categories generates more new hybrids.

The Curonian Spit is one such hybrid: its body consists of both nature and culture, which has been using technology for centuries to plant forests and shape the terrain, joined by underwater hybid creatures generating the energy for conce(rn)(ntrate)s of capital and politics.

During the symposium, walks, sounds, performances, collective readings and talks will serve as vehicles for encountering various hybrids, species of plankton, beetles as media, heterogeneous geological states and cyberbiological bodies, and tangible digital environments.

This year’s symposium will feature guests like the researcher and curator Christophe Leclercq (FR), performance artist Kira O'Reilly (UK/FIN), architects and co-curators of the Baltic Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale Jurga Daubaraitė and Jonas Žukauskas (LT), musician and designer Norman Orro (EE), curator and writer Valentinas Klimašauskas (LT), artist Victor Timofeev (LV/USA), who merges digital and physical spaces, artist Kuai Shen (EC/DE), who works with ants, marine biology professor Artūras Razinkovas-Baziukas (LT) and others.

Curators: Vytautas Michelkevičius and Pakui Hardware.

Symposium programme (excluding meals) is open for everybody.

Symposium is organised by NGO MENE in collaboration with Nida Art Colony of VAA. Supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and Vilnius Academy of Arts.