NDS Academic Board

Nida Doctoral School Academic Board

The Nida Docoral School Board is in charge of the quality of the School’s activity. The Board approves NDS’s programme, also invites curators and lecturers, selects participants, and controls the administration of the School. Board members:

Dr Joanne Morra ((CSM) University of the Arts London) is a Reader in Art History and Theory at Central Saint Martins (CSM), University of the Arts London. She runs The Doctoral Platform at CSM, and is the Founding Principal Editor of Journal of Visual Culture. She has published widely on modern and contemporary art, in, for instance, New Formations, Art History, Journal of Modern Art, What is Research in the Visual Arts (eds. Holly & Smith). Joanne has edited many collections, including ‘The Limits of Death’ (MUP 2000), ‘The Prosthetic Impulse: From a Posthuman Present to a Biocultural Future’ (MIT 2006), ‘Visual Culture: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies’ (4 volumes, Routledge 2006), ‘Acts of Translation with Bal’ (Sage 2007). Recent activities include the exhibition ‘Saying It’ (Freud Museum London 2012), ‘Intimacy Unguarded: Autobiography, Biography, Memoir’ (with Talbot, 2013), ‘50 Years of Art and Objecthood’ (with Green, Sage 2017), and ‘Inside the Freud Museums: History, Memory and Site-Responsive Art’ (I.B. Tauris 2017). 

Dr Mika Elo (University of the Arts Helsinki) is professor of artistic research. His  research interests include theory of photographic media, philosophical media theory, and artistic research. He is participating in discussions in these areas in the capacity of curator, visual artist and researcher. In 2009-2011 he worked in the research project (figuresoftouch.com). In 2012-2013 he co-curated the Finnish exhibition Falling Trees at the Biennale Arte 2013 in Venice. He is also a member of the editorial board of Journal for Artistic Research.

Prof Sofia Pantouvaki (Aalto ARTS) is a scenographer (PhD) and Professor of Costume Design at Aalto University, Finland. Her background includes over 75 designs for theatre, film, opera and dance productions in Europe as well as numerous curatorial and exhibition design projects. Co-author, History of Dress – The Western World and Greece (2010); editor, Yannis Metsis – Athens Experimental Ballet (2011); co-editor, Presence and Absence: The Performing Body (2014). She is Project Leader of Performance: Visual Aspects of Performance Practice and Co-Editor, Studies in Costume and Performance (Intellect, 2016). Vice-Head for Research, OISTAT Costume Design Group; Costume Curator for World Stage Design 2013; Associate Curator, Costume in Action (WSD 2013). Sofia has taught, lectured and published internationally. Her recent research focuses on insights and processes in performance costume, fashion and costume curating, the potential of new materials and embodied technologies in costume practice, and clothing in the concentration camps of the Second World War.

Assoc. Prof Dr Vytautas Michelkevičius (VAA) is the artistic director of Nida Art Colony since 2010. He is responsible for artistic programmes and colony’s stance in contemporary art world, including communication and networking with art professionals and audiences. Until 2014 he was curating Nida artist-in-residence programme and now he is occasionally doing studio visits and selecting artists together with the colleagues. Moreover he is editing Nida Art Colony Log and writing project applications as well as doing strategic planning and programming. Vytautas is a curator, publisher, art and media researcher, and associate professor in Vilnius Academy of Arts and Vilnius University. He holds a PhD in Communication studies (Thesis on Critical media theory and photography) from Vilnius University. He is interested in photographicallity of art and society, socializing through art, interdisciplinarity between art and research, artistic research, experimental teaching, and participatory curatorial practices. Vytautas has authored or edited more than 10 catalogues and books on media theory, art and photography since 2002. He is curating mostly group shows and in 2015 he was a curator of Lithuanian Pavilion in Venice Biennale with artist Dainius Liškevičius project “Museum”.

Assoc. Prof. Julijonas Urbonas (VAA) is a designer, artist, PhD student at the Royal College of Art (London), Vice Rector for Art at Vilnius Academy of Arts. Julijonas was born in 1981 in Klaipėda. Lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. Since childhood he has worked in amusement park development as a designer, engineer, later becoming a CEO of a small park in Klaipėda, Lithuania. Simultaneously, he has been engineering experimental models of amusement rides for alternative reality. Most recently this practice paved the way to his PhD research, known worldwide for one of its experiments: the Euthanasia Coaster, a roller coaster designed to kill the rider pleasantly and elegantly. His work has been exhibited internationally and received many awards, including the Award of Distinction in Interactive Art, Prix Ars Electronica 2010, one the most prestigious awards in media arts. Julijonas Urbonas projects can be found in private and museum collections such as the permanent collection of the Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM).