4th Nida Doctoral School:
Naked on the Beach. On the Exposition of Artistic Research

26 August–2 September

Nida Art Colony (NAC) of Vilnius Academy of Arts
E. A. Jonušo str. 3
LT-93127 Nida

Exhibitions, shows, performances, screenings, lectures, workshops, seminars, conferences, stands, symposiums, congresses, articles, stand-ups, unconferences, bar camps, knowledge cafes, birds of a feather, fishbowls, dissertations, artists’ books, novels, accounts, reports, essays, (interactive) storyboards, comic strips, atlases…

This year the course is focused on the following questions: When you lay-out your (art/research/artistic research) work into a publication, does it become a catalogue, a reflection, or something else? When you install your research into a space, does it (always and necessarily) become an exhibition? Can artistic research be shared, communicated, shown, narrated, performed? Relevant communication is half of the effective work artistic research does – do we agree with or dispute this statement?

Working alongside questions that are pertinent to one’s individual research, a host of expositional concerns for PhD and DA researchers are discussed and performed during the course. In this way, we collectively tackle issues such as: What is the most suitable way to present one’s artistic research so it speaks to artistic and academic audiences? How to be proficient in publishing by making your work relevant to academic readers, while, at the same time, being attuned to the layout of your work and thoughts in space and time, and also ensuring it is pertinent to art professionals? What happens if we bring these two audiences – the artistic and academic – together into one space, and invite them to participate in the same event? How can we work together to make a hybrid exposition and not a traditional exhibition? How to publish a hybrid paper which will have both academic and artistic qualities? How to communicate your artistic practise, while avoiding compromises and pressures of having to conform to the usual research presentation?

In addition to presentations and lectures NDS participants are able to lay out and expose their art work and research in the physical, virtual and conceptual space during the time of the NDS. Each day begins with a lecture by the invited tutors, followed by discussions, collective lunches and dinners, walks and strolls along the shores and in the forest, swims in the sea, and sauna sessions. Every doctoral candidate has a one-hour slot to speak about and perform their research in relation to the object one is invited to bring and to the white cube, green cube or black box. Participants also benefit from individual consultations offered by the NDS tutors.


In 2018 NDS is designed and organized by all four partner institutions:

Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
University of the Arts Helsinki
University of the Arts London

Tutors and Speakers

The invited tutors and speakers are coming from very different contexts with competences in editing and publishing in academic and art research journals (eg. JAR), curating exhibitions and education events (eg. Research Pavilion at Venice Biennale), creating and curating performance design (eg. World Stage Design):

Prof. Dorita Hannah
Dr. Michael Schwab
Prof. Henk Slager
Dr. Prof Mika Elo
Dr. Lolita Jablonskienė
Dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius
Dr. Joanne Morra


Arnas Anskaitis – Vilnius Academy of Arts
Denise Ackerl – University of the Arts London
Egle Grebliauskaite – Vilnius Academy of Arts
Elle Reynolds – Nottingham Trent University
Eleanor Duffin – PXL-MAD University of Hasselt
Hanna Timonen – Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Jakko Ruuska – University of the Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts
Jenna Rossi-Camus – University of the Arts London
Jon Irigoyen – Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Julia Heurling – Plymouth University
Laima Kreivyte – Vilnius Academy of Arts
Maja Grakalic – University of the Arts London
Mariana Gonçalves – European Graduate School
Mireia Saladrigues – University of the Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts
Naomi Woo – University of Cambridge
Paul Cegys – Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Stephen Bain – University of Tasmania