MAPPING WORKSHOP 9-11 May 2014

Mapping Workshop with Grit Ruhland (http://indexmap.org) and Tomas Straupis (Openstreetmap.org)

osm workshop May-14

Indexmap is an artistic mapping project, started in 2013 during Grit Ruhland's residency with Techno-Ecologies-Program in Nida Art Colony. It shall collectively observe and describe the landscape of Curonian Spit. Open-Streetmap provides geo-data for cultural, ecological and other experimental layers. The project is ongoing and still developing:

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Lithuania in Venice Art Biennale will be represented with the project "Museum" by Dainius Liškevičius

Lithuanian Council for Culture has announced its decision as to representation of Lithuania during the Venice Biennale 2015: the National pavilion will host a project "MUSEUM" by Lithuanian artist Dainius Liškevičius, presented by the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts team (dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius, Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Daina Pupkevičiūtė).

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Techno-Ecological spring residencies

After a week of rain, spring has finally arrived and buds appeared on the trees. The Colony started the reconstruction of the second building, our former warehouse is now completely destroyed, the yard is full of trucks, machinery, workers and the ground is covered by a mountain of rubble. We work along the rhythm of jackhammers.

In the beginning of April thematic Techno-Ecologies residency started, we host now 8 new residents, included 2 collectives, for 2 months: Anna Romanenko (DE/RU)/ Björn Kühn (DE)/ Gabriel Hensche (DE) from Stuttgart and Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen (ES/NO/SE) from Oslo, Ernest Truely (USA/EE) from Tallin and Frauke Materlik (DE) from Norway /Germany. More about them below.

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Tomas S. Butkus has carried out an urbanistic cultural study while on residency in Doneck (Ukraine)

Tomas S.Butkus artistic residency in Doneck, that took place in March 2014, is a result of an exchange between the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts and the platform of cultural initiatives "Izolyatsia". Industrial region of Donbas and its capital are well-known for their mines, the culture of steppes, classical music and monuments for various revolutionists. Lithuanian architect T.S.Butkus while on his residency in the institution whose one of the missions is the popularization of contemporary art, has proposed to systemize all of these points of interest.

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Nida Art Colony is starting to expand!

A building company (or rather a demolishing one so far) arrived to the Colony premises last week. They are now deconstructing the shed bit by bit. This is actually the start of the reconstruction of the second block of the Colony building. The works should last until the end of summer 2015. The reconstruction is funded by the EU Structural Funds

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King of the Castle: Justin Tyler Tate

Justin Tyler Tate (CA) is THE returning resident of Nida Art Colony: we've lost count, but it might be his third residency period in NAC, though he's also been here during the Symposiums 2013 and 2012, and will be coming to the Symposium 2014. The locals seem to appreciate Justin's social approach to art and still recall both "Lemonade Stand" project in the dunes and last winter's "Tiki-Hut", serving mohito in February to keep you warm when it's -20 outside.

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Open Studios March 2014

OPEN STUDIOS MARCH 2014

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Dune Oblong 2014 © Laurie Lax

On Friday afternoon we had Open Studios with our residents: Laura Skocek (AU), Ernest Truely (USA), Justin Tyler Tate (CA), Laurie Lax (GB), Bas Ketelaars (NL), Gwendolyn Lootens and Gawan Fagard (BE).

 

Nida's been refreshed: workshop by Ernest Truely

It is difficult to define the time in Nida, we can state only one thing for sure - it flows differently here. Thus we didn't really notice as a whole week passed by after a great event that took place in Nida art colony - "Nida Refresh" cross media art workshop led by Ernest Truely, an artist from U.S. who lectures at Baltic Film and Media School in Tallinn Estonia.

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