Artistic Research project Abandoned Mystery has started

A first camp of Abandoned Mystery project started on 15th of April 2012 at the Nida Art Colony. Participants from Russia, Finland, Sweden Latvia and Lithuania are invited to take part in a month-long camp consisting of a set of expeditions dedicated to phenomenon and anomalies of abandoned places.

"During the planned expeditions we will concentrate on the research of the abandoned military objects, though throughout the project we will try to think also of other kind of heritage: abandoned internet websites, unfinished films or forgotten stories" - says one of the initiators of the project Mindaugas Gapsevicius.

Abandoned Mystery seeks to explore mysterious locations and study their inner logic as an interaction between nature, people, ancient, contemporary, past and future. Participants will visit Soviet military heritages in Koenigsberg/Kaliningrad, Memel/Klaipeda and Riga, Curonian Spit, Vyborg/Russia, Liepaja, Vainode, Skrunda/Latvia as well as Porkkala, Hamina/Finland and Plateliai, Gulbiniskiai, Rimsai/Lithuania.

The results of the project will be continuously published on the project's website at We are kindly inviting to join the project and share available materials everybody who are interested in abandoned places.

The first camp is supported by the Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, the Lithuanian culture foundation and the Top Association Supporting Cultural Practices in Berlin. The project is organised by Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association -

Participants of Nida camp: Lukas Brašiškis, Katerina Cherevko, Dmitry Demidov, Fiona Flynn, Mindaugas Gapševičius, Jon Irigoyen Ramos, Milda Laužikaitė, Saulius Leonavičius, Signe Pucena, Antanas Stančius, Arnar Steinn Friðbjarnason

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Movie One Day on Earth premier in Nida Art Colony

This Earth Day, we invite you to a free global screening event of the first One Day on Earth Motion Picture. Watch this unique film created from over 3000 hours of footage, and shot by our community in every country of the world on October 10th 2010. Together, we have created a picture of interconnected humanity never before possible. We invite you on Sunday (22.04.2012) 4 pm in Nida Art Colony with other hundreds of places worldwide to watch the movie "One Day on Earth".

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Exhibition 'Nida Art Colony: Genius Loci'

Exhibition runs from 4th to 11th of April, 2012 in KKKC Exhibition hall – 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

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.
Nida Art Colony Birthday Programme:
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).


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.

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Proposals should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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).



French Cinema Festival "Winter screens"

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