INTERFORMAT SYMPOSIUM ON REMOTENESS 2012

The Interformat symposium on remoteness and contemporary art between 17-20th May 2012 brought together over 40 curators, directors and artistic practitioners from the Baltic-Nordic area and abroad for a series of presentations and discussion on the topic of living and working in remote areas. There was a special emphasis on community building, interaction with the locals, and the very theme of remoteness and living in the periphery. The full programme is available here as PDF. Curators Vytautas Michelkevičius & Rasa Antanavičiūtė. Review in the press artnews.lt (in Lithuanian).

 

About the Network

 

Baltic-Nordic Network of Remote Art & Residency Centres brings  together 8 centres located in the remote areas in order to share the experience and ideas how operate in the remoteness and how to interact with local communities.

The network was initiated by the Nida Art Colony and financially supported by the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture. Nida Art Colony is a new Residency & Art Education centre started by Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2011. The documentation of Baltic-Nordic Network of Remote Art & Residency Centres is available at http://remotenet.nidacolony.lt.

The network aims to find out what works, what does not and why when an art centre settles in a province and wants to become a meaningful and useful part of the local life. The main goals of the network are:
- to share network members’ experience in communication with local communities and learn how to do it best;
- to develop cooperation schemes for local communities and art centres while producing and presenting contemporary art;
- to enable the art centres to become an integral part of the local life by involving local community members into the centres’ activities.
The network encompasses a knowledge exchange symposium for curators and cultural managers in 17-20th May 2012, study and work visits in Nordic and Baltic art centers, joint project development on mutually beneficial social interaction, joined trip visiting all Baltic art and residency centers (completed in November), and digital idea exchange platform with a compilation of tips on how to root in the province.

 

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