Nida A-I-R in September

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Tanya Busse and Camila Cañeque

Four artists, colorful personalities: Albert Allgaier (AU), Camila Cañeque (ES), Virginia de Diego (ES), Tanya Busse (CAN/NO) will stay at the Nida Art Colony in Autumn.

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Winners of the Neringa Municipality Grant 2014 Announced

According to the decision of the board, the grant goes to Rūta Junevičiūtė and Nikolas Matranga and their project Č. More information on the Lithuanian version of the website.

(non)Science at Nida Art Colony

(non)Science at Nida Art Colony

Science and art are usually considered as quite distant from each other, or even slightly contradicting each other. However often some scientific and other pseudo-theories get replaced by new ideas which make one perceive the world differently. During Migrating Art Academies' creative workshop emerging artists will be encouraged to creatively explore acknowledged as well as rejected scientific facts and to reconsider notions of reality and imagination. Public lectures in Nida are open to everyone interested.

„In creative workshop „The Sun Had Exploded Before We Found Out It Would“ thinking direction is suggested but no limit to themes is set. And these are the issues of artistic motivation in the presence of fragility of being. The old truth that science is just one of the possible ways of constructing reality can inspire contemporary artists as it allows their imagination to play main role in the process of perception“ - says Vilnius Art Academy professor Artūras Raila on the creative laboratory. During this workshop various (non)scientific resources will be analysed, f.e. NASA archive which is open for public, also internet stories on aliens and mermaids.

The laboratory starts on the 2nd of September with a lecture by the writer, philosopher and lecturer at University of Oslo Ian Damerell. His public lecture will discuss stereotypes of thinking and inertness of perception. Contemporary art practitioner Alan Smith from UK (Allenheads Contemporary Arts) who works with posibilities of telepathy and perception of thought as an electromagnetic impulse will talk on how contemporary artists present their practices with the help of various contexts. Artist and curator Mindaugas Gapševičius will tell about his projects balancing between science (like astronomy and neurosciences) and art. In his lecture Artūras Raila will raise questions on reliability of information and trust.

Having introduced themselves to theoretical and practical insights emerging artists will develop their own projects which will later be presented to public at the end of this creative laboratory on the 13th of September at Nida Art Colony.

The Migrating Art Academies (MigAA) platform is aimed at innovation and experience exchange in art teaching and research. It is a network of European universities and independent organisations. The laboratory „The Sun Had Exploded Before We Found Out It Would” is supported by the European Commission Culture Program, Lithuanian Council For Culture and the Nordic Culture Point. This laboratory is organised as a collaboration between Vilnius Academy of Arts and Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association.

All interested are welcome to attend public lectures:

Tuesday, the 2nd of September
10:00 – 13:00 Ian Damerell. Lecture: Seeing Things Through Things

Thursday, the 4th of September
10:00 – 11:00 Arturas Raila. Lecture: Primitive Sky
11:30 – 13:00 Mindaugas Gapševičius. Lecture: At the edge of arts and sciences

Friday, the 5th of September
10:00 Alan Smith. Lecture: On the notion of being

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OPEN CALL FOR “COUNTERHEGEMONY: ART IN A SOCIAL CONTEXT” ARTIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

DEADLINE for the artist fellowship program "Art in a Social Context" is Sept.17, 2014

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

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 a 7 week Artist 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.

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OPEN STUDIOS AUGUST 2014

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Vsevolodas Kovalevskis photos. More photos

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Nida A-I-R in August

On a hot, lazy August, last month of summer, please welcome six energetic residents at the Nida Art Colony. The field of interests of the residents is rather wide and dinamic. Coralie Vogelaar is in search for the EU identity, Adomas Butrimas will work on Lithuanian prehistoric art history, volume I, Rudolfas Levulis has a plan to document a whole Lithuanian state border, Elena Dvoreckaja and Gediminas Šiaulys (Pet Punk) will work on presenting subject of death in a 3D animation, Katharina Swoboda explores a relation between nature and a human body.

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Katharina Swoboda, stills from the film Holding breath’, 2014.

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Cooltūristės: Antropology of the Underground

Last summer (August 2013) artist group Cooltūristės was on residency in Nida Art Colony curated residency programme "Critical Tourism". During their stay the artists were working on an artistic research project with a goal to document the invisible life in Neringa. 

They were knocking on the doors of the locals in order to find out where do the locals go when they rent our their appartments and whole houses to the summer tourists; where do penny-less students and low-income families come for their vacation. Through a photo-camera lense the artists were seeking to understand how these unusual life conditions trigger creativity and what sort of daily rituals are forming in this unseen millieu. 

The outcome of the project - a photo exhibition - will be presented in "Agila" culture and tourist information center (Taikos g.4) on the 11th of August, and will run up to the 1st of September. All are welcome to the opening at 19.00 on the 11th of August. 

Nida Doctoral Summer School to Start in a Week

One week left to the start of the second Nida Doctoral Summer School ARTISTIC RESEARCH: THE FUTURE OF THE IMAGE. Although Jacques Rancière will not come to Nida this time, his texts on the concept of the image and politics of contemporary art will be examined and  discussed by a group of twenty researchers from seven European Universities. Rancière fans from outside the project are welcome to the lectures and discussions on August 11-15, 18 and 21. Read more...

Photo source: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Rancière