Counterhegemony: Art in a Social Context



Image: Autonomia Operaia movement, Italy


“Counterhegemony: Art in a Social Context” is a 7 week Fellowship Program at Nida Art Colony that looks at genealogy, or the epistemic context within which bodies of knowledge become intelligible and authoritative, as a point of departure in art production. It is aimed at any art or cultural production that exists within or in reference to social forms of resistance that coalesce in opposition to hegemonic structures. This could include sculpture, video, installation, public art, site-specific work, interventions, post-studio art, discursive formats, performance, queer/feminist or postcolonial work, and any other cultural production that does not take for granted or erase knowledge of the institutional container which frames art, discourse, and the legitimization of knowledge. 

It is comprised of three  modules: (1) A Geneaology of the Participant (2)  Law as Raw Material (3)  Foucault Lab. There are two components to the artist residency: one is the artist’s individual studio practice. The second is a think tank consisting of readings, presentations, discussions, performances, and text jams related to the three discursive modules, culminating in a group exhibition at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania, the largest museum for contemporary art in the Baltic States and the home of the Baltic Triennial, as well as a public presentation/ series of panel discussions (with artist residents) at the Reading Room of the Contemporary Art Centre

Five to eight artists will be selected for “Counterhegemony: Art in a Social Context” Fellowship Program, each of whom will receive a 600 euro stipend, free housing, travel expenses to and from NIDA Art Colony, and a small exhibition production stipend. “Counterhegemony: Art in a Social Context”  Fellowship Program will take place from Nov. 1 - Dec. 19, 2014. Results of the residency will be presented at Contemporary Art Centre from December 4 to 21st.

Module 1: A Geneaology of the Participant attempts to unpack the different strands of polemics surrounding the notion of “activated spectatorship” in participatory art practices.

Module 2: Law as Raw Material conceptualizes law as an unstable field of contending epistemic claims and asks how art can suffuse or destabilize legal norms.

Module 3: Foucault Lab looks at the shift from a concept of power as external spectacle to power as an ongoing, pervasive violence.


Guest speakers: Chto Delat (Russian art collective), Jonas Staal (Dutch visual artist, founder of New World Summit), Milo Rau (Swiss theater artist, founder of International Institute of Political Murder), Julian Stallabrass (British art critic (Marxist), author of Art Incorporated and High Art Lite)

Nida Art Colony is located on a breathtakingly scenic peninsula of the Curonian Spit in Lithuania.  Nida Art Colony consists of five two-story (65 sq.m.) residences, equipped with individual artists studio, bedroom, individual bathrooms and individual kitchenettes for each artist.

Please, find out more about the physical accommodation of the residency and take a virtual tour of the commodious artist studios, living spaces, and state of the art facilities of Nida Art Colony (including a digital image, sound, and print laboratory with  3 workplaces, 3 projectors, sound system, mixer, wireless microphone, 2 TVs, 2 DVDs, 2 screens, color Epson Pro ink printer, laser printer,  professional sound recorder with 2 external Rhode microphones (bi/omnidirectional), 2 Macs with Adobe Creative Suite software, Canon SLR camera, HD Video Sony camera, and basic equipment for wood and metal processing). 

“Counterhegemony: Art in a Social Context” is open to visual artists from any country working in any medium (i.e. installation, video, experimental pedagogy, post-studio practice, sculpture, performance, intervention, public art, sound art, etc.) It is also open to performing artists, theorists, and art writers. Queer artists whose work engages queer theory or issues are encouraged to apply. To apply, please send:

1.) Application Form

2.) CV or Resume (3 page max)

3.) 5-10 images or up to 10-15 minutes of video 

4.) Description of a project you would like to work on while at NIDA (400 words maximum). Does not have to be finished idea, can just be the seeds of unformed idea, or continuation of something you were already working on..  

5.) (most important component) “Counterhegemony: Art in a Social Context” Fellowship is not a pedagogical program, but a non-hierarchical platform for a cross-pollination of ideas. The three discursive modules are merely “prompts” or catalysts for discussion. Though the conversations may begin with these topics, they may not necessarily end on them. They are provisional, fluid propositions, to be amended, dismantled or even discredited through the residency with the artists’ input. Please write a specific response (400 words maximum) to any (or all) of the propositions: 1.) A Geneaology of the Participant 2.) Law as Raw Material 3.) Foucault Lab.

It is not necessary that you agree with the propositions. It is not necessary that your work address the propositions (but if it does, this would be to your advantage). It is only necessary that you are willing to engage the propositions during the course of the residency. The more specific the response to the proposition, the stronger your application.

6.) Because this fellowship culminates in BOTH a group exhibition and a public program of panel discussions for the artist residents at Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius, please submit one brief (200 words maximum) proposal or brainstorm idea for a talk or group/ panel discussion you would like to give (or moderate) pertaining to any of the topics related to the three discursive modules (interpreted in any way you wish).

Collaborative teams can apply, with the understanding that only one stipend, one studio, and one living space will be allotted per collaborative team. Artists with activist backgrounds encouraged to apply. Though it is allowed that artists leave Nida Art Colony (for professional commitments) during the period, the Colony can only fund one round-trip airticket to and from the residency.

DEADLINE: September 17th, 2014

Late Deadline: September 20th (It is preferred applications are sent in by September 17th, but we will consider late applications until September 20th).

All applications should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Any questions about the application or fellowship, please also contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Unfortunately due to the high number of applicants, we are only able to contact those we are interested in interviewing. Everybody we are interested in interviewing will be contacted by September 30.

“Counterhegemony: Art in a Social Context” is conceived and curated by Andrea Liu.

Andrea Liu is a New York-based visual art and dance critic/performer. She has been writer-in-residence at  Museum of Fine Arts at Houston Core Program, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Ox-Bow/Art Institute of Chicago, Millay Colony, Jacob’s Pillow, Art & Law Program, ZK/U-Berlin (Zentrum fur Kunst und Urbanistic), Christiania Researcher-in-Residence, Homesession, Barcelona, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and was a Core Participant in Anton Vidokle’s New Museum Nightschool Program. She has written for Art US, New York Arts Magazine, e-flux (AUP), Social Text, Movement Research Journal, Postmodern Culture, Pastelegram, New Museum Social Practice Dictionary and has book chapter contributions to The Swedish Dance History (Inpex 2011),Infinite Instances (Mark Batty Publishers 2011),  Sarai Reader 09: Projections (Raqs Media Collective 2013), and IN Works 931-14209 (Edition Fink, 2014). She has given talks at Sculpture Center, Black Mountain College Museum, LMCC Archetime Conference, Banff Centre, NYU Performance Studies Conference, Triangle Arts Association, Jan van Eyck Academie Alumni Conference, and UDK-Berlin. She is founder of the temporary gallery the Naxal Belt (Brooklyn). She received her undergraduate education at Yale University (literature) and thereafter studied literary criticism at Centre Parisien D’Etudes Critiques in Paris, France.