Exhibition 'Nida Art Colony: Genius Loci'

Exhibition runs from 4th to 11th of April, 2012 in KKKC Exhibition hall – www.kulturpolis.lt. Opening at 6pm on 4th of April.

Curators: Yulia Starsteva (Canada) and Vytautas Michelkevičius (Lithuania)

Artists: Quentin Armand (FR), Liddy Scheffknecht (AT), Lena Dobrowolska (PL/UK), Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen (FIN), Bjargey Ólafsdóttir (IS), Justin Tyler Tate (CAN/EE), Aistė Goda Viršulytė (LT), Gwenn-Ael Lynn (USA/FR), Milda Laužikaitė and Eglė Eigirdaitė (LT), Marianna La Rosa (JP/IT/JAV),Yulia Starstev (Kanada), Fiona Flynn and Sascha Kachur (UK), Saulius Leonavičius (LT) and others.More info at www.nidacolony.lt

Genius Loci is the first curated exhibition of artworks produced at the Nida Art Colony. The term genius loci refers to the distinctive atmosphere or pervading spirit of a place. This exhibition focuses on those works that dealt primarily with Nida as a sensory environment; Light, sound, smell, touch, narrative, communication, and experience. The definition of a place goes beyond its spatial configuration. To the fluctuating barometric pressure, the shifting of the sand, and the temperament of the water. In a remote location, the environment becomes a character with whom one must make dealings. Nature presents itself not in a romantic or nostalgic way, but as something with which you exchange time; bargaining with the wind and the water, searching, waiting. The works produced by the residents in the first year of the colony reflect the psychological effect of the conditions of living and working in Nida.

The first work to be produced at the Colony is the chronological start of the exhibition. “Raft” produced by Quentin Armand is a transient space made to exist as “a room made to stay blank without a home above”. The minimal construction of a floatation device acts metaphorically. The material, tree branches that fell from the trees, is directly related to the space of Nida. “It is not a ship, but a location”. This distinction between place and location is key, as a location has a direct set of coordinates but a place shifts in relation to other places. This is similar to a ship, or one’s place at the dinner table. This ship is ephemeral and would fall apart in the water. Thus it is both place and location, both moving and stationary, both form of transportation and an object.

The work of recent residents will also be included, such as Lena Dobrowolska’s response to Thomas Mann’s novel “Magic Mountain”. The work is a photography-based installation that utilizes the landscape of Nida as a substance to precipitate the concept of “organs without bodies” and “bodies without organs”, referencing theory developed by Deleuze and Guattari. The concept of body as collection in relation to the organ as object parallels that of place and location. Both suggest to the physical position of a subject. Where the body is the place of a subject’s location, the organ is a place in the body. To position the organ outside of the body is to redefine in and out as synonyms rather than antonyms.

The structure of the exhibition has been arranged according to aesthetic and subject rather than chronology in order to emphasize parallel and divergent approaches. While it is difficult to experience these works outside of the environment in which they were produced, and in some cases only as photographic traces, these works may be thought of as organs outside of a body. It is positioned so as to redefine the space outside of Nida as a synonym to the inside. The exhibition is curated to reflect the internal relationship between members of the ephemeral places that come to exist within the Colony.

First Nida Art Colony Birthday Weekend on 23-25th of March

During the first year we have hosted 50 artists-in-residency and over 600 project participants and now it is the time to meet all of the best friends of Nida Art Colony in Nida.
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Nida Art Colony Birthday Programme:
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March 24th
sea, dunes, wind and audio-visuals

14.00-17.00  Open Artist Studios (Artists-in-residency Marianna La Rosa (JP/USA)  Saulius Leonavičius (LT), Bjargey Ólafsdóttir (IS), Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen (FI), and Lena Dobrowolska (UK/PL));
15.00 guided tour in artists studios;
17.00 snacks and photo-video screenings of the projects made by artists in the colony;
presentation of the magazine "Nida Art Colony Log" Summer issue.
18.30 music performance - DEEPOWER (RU, Kaliningrad)
Umiko (vocal + electronics).
21.00 Neringa FM DJs (LiNas & co)

 

Nida Art Colony welcomes new Residents in March 2012

The Nida Art Colony welcomes two new artists in residency in March 2012. Marianna La Rosa (JP/USA) and Saulius Leonavičius (LT).

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Call for proposals for events in summer 2012 till 15th of March

Nida Art Colony welcomes proposals from curators/institutions to collaborate on or to rent the spaces for events at the Colony.

The colony’s facilities:

seminar (53 sq. m) and conference/exhibition (100 sq. m) spaces;
roof terrace (100 sq. m);
63-bed guest house;
multifunctional industrial space (423 sq. m);
media lab and other equipment.

We offer a 50% discount from regular space rent prices for cultural and educational events.

Deadline for events to take place in May-September 2012 is March 15, 2012.

More about the possibilities.

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Nida Art Colony Welcomes New Residents in Feb 2012

The Nida Art Colony is pleased to present the most recent Artists in Residence joining the Colony: Bjargey Ólafsdóttir (IS), Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen (FI), Lena Dobrowolska (UK/PL), and Vsevolod Kovalevskij (LT).

 

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French Cinema Festival "Winter screens"

French Cinema Festival "Winter screens" from 2nd to 4th of February in Nida Art Colony.

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Call for 2012 Summer-Autumn Residency Applications till 15th of February

Nida Art Colony invites artists, designers, architects, curators, and art researchers to meet the coming summer and autumn on the Baltic Sea coast in the Curonian Spit National Park. The Colony was opened in March 2011 as a new branch of the Vilnius Academy of Arts (Lithuania).

CALL FOR RESIDENCY APPLICATIONS: RESIDENCIES IN JUNE-DECEMBER 2012
Nida Art Colony’s remote location and beautiful surrounding landscape provide the time and inspiring solitude missing from modern urban life. A residency in Nida will meet your expectations if:
●    the intensity of urban life—curators, openings, presentations—consumes all of your time and leaves you without energy to concentrate on artistic practice;
●    you are working with site-specific projects involving local communities, reflecting on the natural and/or cultural environment;
●    you love coincidences and want to meet artists from all over the world in order to collaborate with them now or in the future;
●    you need a large space for experiments—the whole forest and beach can be your studio.

Deadline for residency applications: February 15, 2012 (applications ((please download) to be send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Dates and duration of the residencies: 1 to 4 months between June 1 and December 31, 2012. The recommended duration of a residency is 2 months.

Costs: Studio and living space rent is 412 Eur/month (June-September) and 312 Eur/month (October-December), including all taxes, use of equipment, communal spaces, bicycles and the minivan.

Grants: No grants are currently available; selected candidates are issued a letter of support for individual grant seeking.

Conditions: The Colony provides the necessary living and social conditions to ensure a comfortable and unobtrusive coexistence of the five artists-in-residence. Each of the five residencies is set out on two floors with 65 sq. m of floor space and features all the necessary facilities. The colony is situated about 600 metres away from the sand dunes, and a short walk from the beach. For a list of available equipment, see www.nidacolony.lt

To get a sense of Colony life and to see A.I.R. portfolios from Spring 2011 please check the Nida Art Colony Log.

More information on facilities, activities and services at www.nidacolony.lt and on Facebook.

The Colony is also waiting for your proposals to make an event (63-beds guesthouse).

Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Taikos str. 43, Neringa (Nida), Lithuania.
Tel.: +370 662 45216, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Call for Proposals for Symposium on Remoteness in May 2012

The symposium is a part of a project of the Baltic-Nordic Network of Remote Art & Residency Centers; however, it is open to participants from all over the world. Through the symposium we hope to build a network of remotely located centers, and learn different approaches to these unique places. For more information, and to see the other participating partners, please visit the project blog at  http://remotenet.nidacolony.lt/

The symposium is a 3-day-long event (May 17-20).
The contributors are invited to share their experiences working and living in remotely located art & residency centers as directors and cultural managers, and as practicing artists and participants. We are looking forward to proposals from a variety of cultural disciplines on the theme of “remoteness”, with an emphasis on community building, interaction with local inhabitants, and site specificity.

The format: The format is open; proposals can vary from lectures and workshops to performances and site-specific artworks. We are able to provide accommodation and catering to a limited number of participants. Travel expenses are subject to availability.

Deadline: Please send a short proposal (up to 500 words + visual material if needed) by March 31, 2012

Interested individuals who would prefer to take part as audience members may apply as “passive” participants by submitting a request with a short motivation letter. Unfortunately, we will be unable to cover your participation costs.

Documentation from the May 2011 Symposium can be found here.

To get a sense of Colony life and to see A.I.R. portfolios from Spring 2011 please check the Nida Art Colony Log at www.nidacolony.lt/images/log01.pdf

More information on facilities, activities and services at www.nidacolony.lt and on Facebook.


Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Taikos str. 43, Neringa (Nida), Lithuania.
Tel.: +370 662 45216, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
Information partners: www.artnews.lt, www.neringafm.lt