(non)Science at Nida Art Colony

(non)Science at Nida Art Colony

Science and art are usually considered as quite distant from each other, or even slightly contradicting each other. However often some scientific and other pseudo-theories get replaced by new ideas which make one perceive the world differently. During Migrating Art Academies' creative workshop emerging artists will be encouraged to creatively explore acknowledged as well as rejected scientific facts and to reconsider notions of reality and imagination. Public lectures in Nida are open to everyone interested.

„In creative workshop „The Sun Had Exploded Before We Found Out It Would“ thinking direction is suggested but no limit to themes is set. And these are the issues of artistic motivation in the presence of fragility of being. The old truth that science is just one of the possible ways of constructing reality can inspire contemporary artists as it allows their imagination to play main role in the process of perception“ - says Vilnius Art Academy professor Artūras Raila on the creative laboratory. During this workshop various (non)scientific resources will be analysed, f.e. NASA archive which is open for public, also internet stories on aliens and mermaids.

The laboratory starts on the 2nd of September with a lecture by the writer, philosopher and lecturer at University of Oslo Ian Damerell. His public lecture will discuss stereotypes of thinking and inertness of perception. Contemporary art practitioner Alan Smith from UK (Allenheads Contemporary Arts) who works with posibilities of telepathy and perception of thought as an electromagnetic impulse will talk on how contemporary artists present their practices with the help of various contexts. Artist and curator Mindaugas Gapševičius will tell about his projects balancing between science (like astronomy and neurosciences) and art. In his lecture Artūras Raila will raise questions on reliability of information and trust.

Having introduced themselves to theoretical and practical insights emerging artists will develop their own projects which will later be presented to public at the end of this creative laboratory on the 13th of September at Nida Art Colony.

The Migrating Art Academies (MigAA) platform is aimed at innovation and experience exchange in art teaching and research. It is a network of European universities and independent organisations. The laboratory „The Sun Had Exploded Before We Found Out It Would” is supported by the European Commission Culture Program, Lithuanian Council For Culture and the Nordic Culture Point. This laboratory is organised as a collaboration between Vilnius Academy of Arts and Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association.

All interested are welcome to attend public lectures:

Tuesday, the 2nd of September
10:00 – 13:00 Ian Damerell. Lecture: Seeing Things Through Things

Thursday, the 4th of September
10:00 – 11:00 Arturas Raila. Lecture: Primitive Sky
11:30 – 13:00 Mindaugas Gapševičius. Lecture: At the edge of arts and sciences

Friday, the 5th of September
10:00 Alan Smith. Lecture: On the notion of being

More info here