- Published on Monday, 02 December 2013 17:59
INTER-FORMAT SYMPOSIUM ON FLUX OF SAND AND AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS
May 22–25, 2014, Nida, Lithuania, Download programme/poster in PDF .
Documentary film (18 min) on the 4th symposium by artist Akvilė Anglickaitė
Text by Jurij Dobriakov in Echogonewrong
Text by Ernest Truely in Echogonewrong
The Inter-format symposium is a main yearly Nida Art Colony event which is a merge between academic conference, art festival and cosy performative meeting of interdisciplinary professionals. This year it is a part of the techno-ecologies project in cooperation with RIXC (Latvia).
At Nida in 2014, the Flux of Ecosystems of Sand, Water and Man will be discussed in depth and performed from sunrise to moonset during lectures, performances, site-specific artworks, workshops and collective dinners. The participative nature of the symposium brings together 30-40 professionals for 3 days and nights to spend time in the intensive and productive sharing and working environment.
Preliminary topics, questions and keywords addressed
The symposium is happening in the middle of Curonian Spit (included in the UNESCO World Heritage List) which is a 100km long geological formation (peninsula) of sand, dividing the Baltic Sea with it’s salty water ecosystem, and the Curonian Lagoon with fresh water ecosystem. Therefore the specific issues of the site are raised to discuss the globally relevant problems.
MAN AS ECOSYSTEM: Exploring liminal passages through interplay of man and nature.
A possible point of reference - Peter Trimble project where he makes sculpttures from urine and sand "Microbial Manufacture" (video)
BRACKISHNESS: Challenges found by probing (dis)balances caused by human impact on sweet and salt water conditions.
A possible point of reference Artists-in-residence in Nida in 2011 project "Brackishness" where people on the lagoon was watching the sea and vice-versa. Made by artists Marjolein Houbein (NL) and Irmelin Joelson (SE).
MOVING SANDS: Case studies on local histories of Curonian Spit, from sand dessert, with XIX century dunes fixation and buried villages to forestation of dunes and green cube.
A possible point of reference Artists-in-residence in Nida in 2013 project Animation/Untitled (video) made by Synops Collective
TECHNOLOGY-MADE NATURE: Predictions and scenarios of XXII century futurological forecasts with historical XIX century interventions in mind, nature as critical inspiration instead of romantic with questions of technological bridge and divide.
A possible point of reference Artists-in-residence in Nida in 2011 project proposal for futuristic postcards by Hanna Husberg (a moving dunes landscape with artificial white trees which reduce albedo as well as global climate warming)
SEASONAL DRAMAS: coastal survival strategies with Nida as exemplary case to experience desert and frozen landscapes. Both as seasonal phenomena and by manmade interventions (like UNESCO programs)
A possible point of reference A photograph of sandy moving dunes dessert in winter with frozen lagoon in Nida
FROM COMMUNITY TO COMMUNE TO COLONY: Coping and coexisting with invasive exotic species, both human and natural, as settlers, artists and cormorants (birds), issues of isolation, living in (presumed) secluded communities.
A possible point of reference: artists' communal dinner and "invasive" cormorants (birds) colony in Neringa
Sea Ecosystems: changing sea levels, algae, pollution, brackishness, borders, marine debris / treasures
Man and Sand-Made Landscape: national park as green cube, moving / dead dunes, migration of birds and tourists, artificial nature, moose, deer, boar and cormorants
Food, Energy and Sustainability: fishing, foraging, sustainable transport, small-scale farming eg. hydroponics, energy production, supermarket dominance
aims to re-approach cultural, social and ecological sustainability through artistic explorations and cultural innovation.Beyond questions of finite resources and obvious forms of pollution and environmental degradation, Techno-ecologies attempts to develop sustainable relationships with technology and our living environment should take into account far more complex layerings of the way we inhabit our current technological ecologies. Such a deeply informed ethical and philosophical perspective is indispensable if we hope to find less hazardous routes into the future.Techno-Ecologies builds upon the concerns of Felix Guattari about the lack of an integrated perspective on the dramatic techno-scientific transformations the Earth has undergone in recent times. Guattari urges to take three crucially important 'ecological registers' into account -the environment, social relations, and human subjectivity.
Jacqueline Heerema (NL) curator, director of Satellietgroep
Jacqueline Heerema is trained conceptual artist, studied museology, works as independent urban curator, is experienced in engaged large scale new heritage projects and develops interactive community based collections to develop new artistic insights that she connects to non-artistic domains. She started her own ‘museum’, de-constructed the classic concept of museums in ‘The Chamber of Marvels’, and is founding director and curator of Satellietgroep since 2006. Her favorite role is to be the catalyst between society, arts and science.
Techno-Ecologies residents (2013-2014):
Nestori Syrjälä (FI), Grit Ruhland (DE), Daniela Palimariu & Claudiu Cobilanschi (RO), Isidora Todorovič & Andrea Palasti (SRB), Theun Karelse (NL), Ernest Truely (USA/EE), Justin Tyler Tate (CAN/EE), Björn Kühn, Gabriel Hensche & Anna Romanenko (DE), Frauke Materlik (NO/DE), Martinka Bobrikova and Oscar de Carmen (SP/SK/NO).
Team: Daina Pupkevičiūtė, Linas Ramanauskas, Rasa Antanavičiūtė, interns Natacha Paganeli and Ugnė Menkevičiūtė, Julija Navarskaitė
Photo/video Akvilė Anglickaitė and Vsevolod Kovalevskij
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the informatikon contained therein.