May 3-6, 2011, Nida/Vilnius


Extended Programme & Participants Bios

Welcome to the non-stop event shifting from performance to lecture to basketball game to sauna broadcast to performative discussion to artists guided site/sight/seeing to discursive dinner to role play to interactive buffet to screening to imaginary cartography to workshop to tea ritual to slow reading to sonic massage to knowledge sharing to book launch to critical sauna to guided orientation to conceptual sentiments.

Nida is known as a charming resort on the Baltic Sea coast – our intention is to re-brand it as a site for reinvention of interdisciplinarity between art & research & science.

The symposium is hosting 40 artists, curators, researchers and practitioners to reinvent the format of presenting and sharing art, knowledge and experience. One of the key features of contemporary culture is the changing role of the artist, who sometimes assumes the role of a researcher and curator, and vice versa. Where are the borders of these roles? How could a serious researcher and theorist do a performance, and how could a playful artist do serious research and theorize?

Curators: Vytautas Michelkevičius, Jodi Rose and Mindaugas Gapševičius




Tuesday 3rd May (Vilnius)


11am Cultural Guided Tour: Visits to art sites in Vilnius (VDA, CAC, Fluxus Ministry studios) VM

3pm Lunch in the canteen of Vilnius Academy of Arts

4pm Intro-Format presentations: 5 Minutes each participant (Vilnius Art Academy Chess Hall (building C): 
to be reached after crossing Fluxus bridge over river Vilnelė, Malūnų g. 5)

7.30pm Conceptual Sentiments1 or 'I would like to propose a toast!' Picnic Dinner in the Bus

(Leave Vilnius punctually at 7.30pm to arrive midnight at Nida)



Wednesday 4th May (Nida Art Colony, Neringa)


10-12 Open Brunch Buffet and self-guided orientation, free time

2pm Collect Picnic Lunch and introduction to Nida Art Colony Workshops Open Program

3-5pm Artist Tours – Artist in Residence Guided sight/site/seeing Tours (AIR on request) and workshops:

Ad hoc mythology and imaginary cartography Jurij Dobriakov

Not knowing something as a good start for cultural production (1 hr) Andrew Gryf Paterson

Olfactory Tea Ritual (3 hrs) Gwenn-Aël Lynn

Poetic Robotism/Art Walk Eva Vevere & Laura Prikule

The Sited Storyteller Marjolein Houben & Irmelin Joelson

Would you like to join with art? Reclamation

7pm Introduction to local myths and place Marta Vosyliūtė (served with dinner)

8pm Welcome to Bridgeland! jodi rose/error collective/traces artists in residence (seaside location)

9pm Opening Ceremony/Party and Neringa.FM Special Broadcast jodi rose/error collective/traces artists in residence/Vytautas Michelkevičius /Mindaugas Gapševičius/Linas Ramanauskas (seaside location)



Thursday 5th May (Nida Art Colony, Neringa)


05:19am Harvest: Neringa Andrius Rugys (PB8) (one hour session/performance)

10am Interactive Omelette Bar

11am Seeding to Harvest: Interdisciplinary Methodologies Vytautas Michelkevičius , Aistė Goda Viršulytė , Gintarė Valevičiūtė, Mari Keski-Korsu, Andrew Gryf Paterson, Andrius Rugys (PB8)

1:03pm Harvest: Neringa Andrius Rugys (PB8) (one hour session/performance)

2-3pm Lunch

3pm Artist or Self-Guided Tours Artists in Residence site/sight/seeing (on request)

4pm 'Fake it til you make it' Playing the role of artist/curator. Hanna Husberg, Ernest Truely, Scenarios Damian Jurt, Cultural Subjectivities Marko Stamenkovic (Thomas Mann House)

5pm Haus am Gern & Prof. Dr. Nijolė Strakauskaitė (Performative discussion - Thomas Mann House)

6pm Book Launch: “How to Become an Artist? Expanded edition” Krišs Salmanis (Thomas Mann House)

7pm Tea Ritual: Gwenn-Aël Lynn

8pm Collective Kitchen & Cooking Workshop (Smoked & Grilled Fish)

Apres Le Pamplemousse (After the Grapefruit) Tamara Henderson

8pm Artist as Researcher Film Program (NAC Kitchen) Ernest Truely, Jaana Maijala and Agnes K Yitt,

Nika Autor & Maja Cimerman, Justin Tyler Tate

8:48pm Harvest: Neringa Andrius Rugys (PB8) (one hour session/performance)

9pm Sauna Forum: A story of the most beautiful bodies Mindaugas Gapševičius, Bearding Justin Tyler Tate, Lithuanian wild herbal teas VM & Essential Scent & Sonic Shower/Isa Belle

10pm Neringa.FM Sauna Broadcast: Audio_z collage Tautvydas Bajarkevičius, Earzoom Sonic Arts Festival Selection by Miha Ciglar & Lithuanian Music Special Program by Linas Ramanauskas, Neringa.FM

10pm The Sited Storyteller: Film Screening Lagoonside Location Marjolein Houben & Irmelin Joelson



Friday 6th May (Nida Art Colony, Neringa)


9am Collective Baking Johanna Sophie Santos Bassetti and Symposium Participants and Breakfast

11am Beyond Borders: Maps & Territories Artūras Raila, Anna Karpenko (Performative Lectures)

1-2pm Artist Maps, Stories & Myths: Practice and Process, Marjolein Houben & Irmelin Joelson, Jurij Dobriakov, Jodi Rose

2pm Lunch

3-5pm Artist Tours – Artist in Residence Guided sight/site/seeing Tours (on request)

4pm 're:inventing the future: theory and practice, after the story ends' Lilia Voronkova, Bill McAlister, Philippe Franck (Performative Lectures)

6pm Virtual Tea Party – London/Ljubljana/Nida Error Collective

8pm Interactive Cuisine: Trans gastronomy or the art of site specific culinary Nicolas Thys Wilde

9pm Sauna Party: Paradise Now/Linas DJ, Essential Scent & Sonic Shower/Isa Belle & Closing Ceremony Error Collective

10pm The Sited Storyteller: Site Specific Film Screening Seaside Location Marjolein Houben & Irmelin Joelson





Artist Tours/TRACES Artists in Residence: Guided sight/site/seeing tours of Cultural Interest, Daily 3pm

Asking Questions and Giving Answers to weather in Nida and on Lithuanian Contemporary Art/Vytautas Michelkevičius, Daily when not sleeping

Bball/Justin Tyler Tate: Artist Guided Visits and Game (on request 3pm & 7pm)

Bearding/Justin Tyler Tate: During Sauna and spontaneously (or on request)

Essential Scent & Sonic Shower/Isa Belle: 3– 4pm and 7– 10pm

Garden of Sound/Aistė Goda Viršulytė: Rooftop terrace, open all hours

Harvest: Neringa/Andrius Rugys (PB8): 05: 19 Sunrise session/13:03 Noon session/20:48 Sunset session. MAY 5th Thursday ONLY (each session/performance lasts one our)

How to become a practical person after your PhD thesis or why theory is practice/dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius, Private consultations by appointment only

Lemonade Stand/Justin Tyler Tate: Artist Guided Visits (on request)

Neringa FM Special Broadcasts: Linas & Guests: Wed 9pm – 12am, Thursday 9pm-12am

Poetic Robotism/Art Walk/Eva Vevere & Laura Prikule: 10am & 3pm Daily

The Sited Storyteller/Marjolein Houben & Irmelin Joelson: Map & Lagoon/Sea site specific film screening

The Universal Encylopedia /Visuotinė Enciklopedija/Gintarė Valevičiūtė: Slow Reading all hours (Mediateka)

Would you Like to Join With Art?/Reclamation: morning surveys and evening collection

Sad Song Makes Me Happy/Natalia Borissova: electromagnetic acousticollation 3–4pm and 6-8pm

Sauna Forum & Sauna Party/Error Collective & Miga: 9pm to Midnight ,Thursday 5th and Friday 6th

Sauna strips us of our inhibitions, allowing us to come closer to one another, in order to talk without facade.


What is Interformat?


The symposium’s2 goal is to gather artists, curators, researchers and practitioners and reinvent the format of presenting and sharing art, knowledge and experience. One of the key features of contemporary culture is the changing role of the artist, who sometimes assumes the role of a researcher and curator, and vice versa. Where are the borders of these roles? How could a serious researcher and theorist do a performance, and how could a playful artist do serious research and theorize?


One of the key question of Symposium is “Sustainable Eco/nomies/logies: Adapting to the Future” which covers new ways of collaboration between artists & curators & researchers, looking for new formats in order to adapt to the new conditions of changing art world, institutions and audiences.


The symposium in Nida is going to be an ongoing performance with lectures, discussions, presentations, coffee/wild herbal tea drinking circles, dinner with conceptual sentiments (to everybody’s health), eco-minimal-media events, audio-lobby, imaginary mapping, smell sightseeing, etc.


The event tends to be a long dinner served with opinions and experiences.


The format would be not only the form, but also the content: INTERFORMAT aims to rethink the history of format, its change, meaning, standardization, etc.)


Interformat Initiator & Co-curator Vytautas Michelkevičius


T-R-A-C-E-S Co-Curator Introduction:


This whole program is perverse,“ says Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Executive Director of Nida Art Colony; „it's all about pleasure.“ Welcome to the intersensory interdisciplinary Inter-Format symposium at Nida Art Colony. We aim to create space for interactions to please your senses, stimulate your mind, lift your spirit and facilitate connections.


  1. How to introduce a chicken.

It is best to bring a new chicken into the coop during the night, in order to avoid disruption to the chicken while finding its place in the pecking order. The new chicken avoids disorientation, and when the chickens awake, they don't realise there is a new chicken in the coop and hence refrain from pecking. It is dangerous to make King’s coffee with the eggs of an unknown chicken.


  1. Transcultural checkers means that neither party realises they are playing by different rules until part-way through the game. Which rules are adopted must then be negotiated.


  1. Flux, flow and open space.

Whoever comes is [sic] the right people

the integration of audience into the performances contributes to the randomness of events

Whatever happens is the only thing that could have

Fluxus: a name taken from a Latin word meaning "to flow"

Whenever it starts is the right time

opening the events to accidents and other unintended effects

When it's over, it's over

Fluxus is fun.


Jodi Rose, TRACES Initiator/Co-Curator/Mediator & Nida Art Colony: Artist in Residence





Inter-format Symposium is curated by Vytautas Michelkevičius, Jodi Rose and Mindaugas Gapševičius



Interformat Organised by Nida Art Colony at Vilnius Academy of Arts

TRACES Leader: Trancultures (Mons, Belgium)

TRACES partner: IRZU (Ljubljana, Slovenia).

Associated partners: Migrating Art Academies, Kitchen Budapest (Hungary), Pixelache (Helsinki, Finland).


Symposium partners: Thomas Mann Museum (Neringa), radio station Neringa FM.

Supported by [LOGOS] Culture 2007-2013, Pro Helvetia (Swiss Arts Council), Lithuanian Culture Support Foundation (no logo, only Text)

Symposium is implemented in the framework of TRACES project which is supported by the European Commission (DG EAC- Programme Culture 2007-2013).



Thanks to Lina Michelkevičė and festival Pixelache Helsinki 2010 for helping to develop the idea of the symposium.

Thanks to Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Linas Ramanauskas and Eglė Benkauskaitė for facilitating the event.

Thanks for designer Laura Grigaliūnaitė for patience while lay-outing the programme.

1 Norms and etiquette of toasting

A toast is a ritual in which a drink is taken as an expression of honor or goodwill. The term may be applied to the person or thing so honored, the drink taken, or the verbal expression accompanying the drink. Thus, a person could be "the toast of the evening," for whom someone "proposes a toast" to congratulate and for whom a third person "toasts" in agreement. Toasts may be solemn, sentimental, humorous, even bawdy, or insulting. Except in very small and informal gatherings, a toast is offered standing. At a gathering, none should offer a toast to the guest of honor until the host has had the opportunity to do so. In English-speaking countries, guests may signal their approval of the toast by saying "hear hear." The person honored should neither stand nor drink, but after the toast should rise to thank the one who has offered the toast, perhaps but not necessarily offering a toast in turn. As toasts may occur in long series, experienced attendees often make sure to leave enough wine in the glass to allow participation in numerous toasts.


Putting one's glass down before the toast is complete, or simply holding one's glass without drinking is widely regarded as impolite, suggesting that one does not share the benevolent sentiments expressed in the toast, nor the unity and fellowship implicit in toasting itself. Even the non-drinker is counseled not to refuse to allow wine to be poured for a toast. While some regard toasting with an empty glass as either unlucky or simply rude, others view this as acceptable behavior for the non-drinker. Toasting traditionally involves alcoholic beverages. Champagne is regarded as especially festive and is widely associated with New Year's Eve and other celebrations. It is a superstition in the United States Navy that a toast is never to be made with water, since the person so honored will be doomed to a watery grave. Inverting the glass is especially discouraged. From

2 The Greek symposium was a key Hellenic social institution. It was a forum for men to debate, plot, boast, or simply to party with others (