Nida A-I-R in August 2016

Photo by Skaistė Marčienė.
Six residents Carla Castiajo (PT-EE), Kati Karki (FI/UK), Ariane Koek (UK), Jana Barthel (DE) and Jay Gard (DE) and Magda Buczek (PL) are working at Nida Art Colony in August. 


Carla Castiajo (PT-EE)

I studied and taught jewellery as a medium of expression. I hold a Master of Fine Arts degree from Konstfack, Sweden. I have taught at the BNU in Pakistan, the Oakham School in Great Britain, the ESAD in Portugal, the Estonian Academy of Arts in Estonia, and Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Slovak. My work has been exhibited internationally. I am currently a doctoral candidate at the Estonian Academy of Arts. The subject of my research is Purity or Promiscuity? Exploring Hair as a Raw Material in Jewellery and Art. This research explores the dichotomies and complexities often present in human hair, I am particularly intrigued by the potential of hair to produce different and often opposing or contradictory meanings when used as the main material in jewellery and art. 

Some traditional motifs used to adorn sentimental jewellery were characterized by nature motifs, like trees. Hair was been an important material used in sentimental jewellery. Jewellery can integrate the hair of a loved one who is still alive. Jewellery can also incorporate hair that was saved or cut from a deceased person, this kind of jewellery is known as mourning jewellery. Hair jewellery could be considered to transcend the worlds of the 'living' and the 'dead'. Fragility is implicit in life, and the body goes through a process of deterioration. Hair is one aspect of the body, however, does not decompose. Hair survives death, it survives us. These are some issues that I would like to explore and it seems that the distinctive location of Nida Art Colony offers great conditions to explore the connection between human hair and nature, as well as the human nature.

In Nida I will also participate in Nida Doctoral School.

Photo from Kati Karki's archive
Kati Karki (FI/UK)

I am an artist. I try to write something everyday and speak to people and sometimes make videos, readings and things alike in galleries and cinemas. As a social being I like investigating new experiences with others and my work dwells on types of subjectivity, forms of otherness and liminality as an agency in our current neo-liberal condition.

My project, entitled „Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously“ is looking into modes of correctness and focuses in the harnessing of excess produced by misunderstandings. As part of my time in Nida I'm working on a chapter called MIS-ISMs that would include editing a collection of writings and to initiate a series of collective writing luncheons. I'm interested in how a collective production of various re-writings, re-editings, re-speakings and re-readings of each others words, could help us investigate the oblique collectiveness as an alternative to the singular individual narrative of clarity.

Kati Karki takes part in Nida Doctoral School.

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Ariane Koek (UK)

I am the founder of Arts@CERN first multidisciplinary in house international arts programme at the Large Hadron Collider Geneva which I  initiated, designed and directed  for 5 years. Today I am an external policy advisor to the European Commission on arts, science, technology,   an independent curator, international   cultural consultant on multidisciplinary work, artists residency programmes and creative public engagement (recent engagements include the Wellcome Trust, the Geneva Conservatoire, and the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore)   a writer on artists and their work (recent commissions Pipilotti's Rist's new show and 5000 word essay for Fondazione Prada for Goshka Macuga's show), and  lecturer on creativity, arts/science and creative leadership.  What unites my work in the arts, science, technology and breaking the frontiers of knowledge is the power of the imagination to go beyond paradigms to create cultural and social change.


What I am doing with you? I am very excited to be with you and be on the other side of artists residencies for the first time. I have spent the last 10 years of my career designing and directing artists residency programmes for people from different disciplines, including science. Now for the first time I will be on the other side and have the time and space to carry out deeper investigations in my own critical writing on the emerging and conflicting aesthetics in the arts/science/technology nexus.


My time at Nida will be focused on this by developing my commission to create the exhibition centred on art and physics for Bildmuseet, Sweden Spring 2018, including developing the catalogue as well as the curatorial content and concept. I am also teaching on the Nida Art Colony Summer Doctoral programme as a guest lecturer on my specialist area of arts/science ‒ drawing on my work as Founder and designer of the Arts@CERN programme.

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Jana Barthel (DE)

Jana Barthel‘s work focuses on researching and composing space. She was academically trained in Design of Playing and Stage Design. She started to work with theater groups, performers, artists, galleries, musicians and festivals.

Jana mainly uses the media drawing, model making, installation and video. Most of the times her work is the result of cooperations. For her latest project she opened „The Museum of the History of Mankind“ in Berlin. She invited curators, performers and artists to think about what would be exhibited in the Museum of the History of Mankind and in what way.

Jay Gard (DE)

Roughly said I am interested in anything humans build. Two million years ago human beings began to produce and carry around things. I want to learn about the motivation we have when we are making things and when we are designing things. People love products and love to own things. In my Studio in Berlin I stay in a constant process of production, build many objects that are always inspired by historic things or by such that I have seen somewhere, sometimes even functional items such as record players. I try to simulate and understand different working processes.

In Nida Art Colony Jana wants to improve her watercolor drawing technique and gather material for her docufiction „Fighting the Useless“ which is reflecting on peoples great dreams and reality.

For the month of August in Nida Jay want to create different small scale objects that refer to Lithuanian Design and photographically document them.

For their stay in Nida for the month of August Jana and Jay share a studio and work on one project. Together they create and collect pictures that show Lithuanian objects, materials, environments and stories of the locals.

Photo by A. Szczotka
Magda Buczek (PL)

Magda Buczek studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. She received the Young Talent Prize and the Audience Prize at Foto festival Łódź 2009 and the Polish Photobook of the Year in self publishing in 2014. Shortlisted for the MACK First Book Award in London. She was an artist in residence in SOMA Mexico, U.S. and Iceland. Exhibited her works in Berlin (Kunstlerhaus Bethanien), New York (WANTED Design Festival), Mexico city (SOMA), Athens (Benaki Museum) and at Baltic Biennale (Krakow, Bunkier Sztuki). Lives and works in Warszaw.

In her practice visual mediums as photography, drawing and video overlap with text, performance and found footage. An outcome is a multichannel collage of pop culture mythologies, initiatory adolescent rituals and narratives in between online and offline realities. Recurring themes are body versus persona and notions of presence in post Internet performative practices. Her projects are time-based, long-term and often involve volunteers.

In Nida, Buczek would work in collaboration with curator, Aneta Rostkowska. Together they intend to investigate the relation between human and plants. How do we interfere with the silent world of flora? After all, the soil that the plants emerge from is the substance of our past –metaphorically and physically it belongs to our ancestors. Can we communicate on the verge of these worlds?

Magda Buczek’s residency is organized in cooperation with and A-I-R Laboratory, CCA Ujazdowski Castle.