8th Nida Doctoral School 2023:
The Elasticity of Research through the Sensorial

21–26 August

Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts
E. A. Jonušo g. 3
Nida LT-93127

The ethos of the 8th Nida Doctoral School (NDS) foregrounds practice in the development and process of research. The aim of this week-long programme is to invite PhD candidates to explore their research through interactive propositions and to further their research enquiry through interdisciplinary exchanges initiated from their own artistic practice. The programme takes inspiration from the idea of “mid-stream”. Firstly, as a way of commencing conversations from the current place in each candidate’s research enquiry and their own artistic process. Secondly, candidates will be introduced to sonic, tactile and sensory prompts designed to facilitate interdisciplinary discussions about how different entry points might elasticise, expand and energise their research and the creative processes of their research topics.

Through peer-driven exchanges, thinking-making, using conceptual propositions and sensorial prompts, participants at the doctoral school will work through individual and collaborative exercises to explore their PhD topics further. One objective is to focus on practice in artistic research by addressing modes of enquiry, sites of knowledge production and to facilitate dialogue on methods. A further objective is to address how writing serves to reflect on research processes, the sharing of methods and how the practice of writing itself impacts the dissemination of research and the artistic project(s) undertaken during the PhD.

The tutors of the summer school, each with their own artistic practices, have developed a keen interest in pedagogy as a practice in which political commitment and aesthetic expression serve to advance shared learning that constitutes an artistic practice itself. In this sense, the practice of pedagogy takes inspiration from the experiences and words of Maxine Greene:

“To learn and to teach, one must have an awareness of leaving something behind while reaching towards something new, and this kind of awareness must be linked to imagination.”
– Releasing the Imagination (1995)

The concept and structure of NDS 2023 is developed by Jyoti Mistry (HDK-Valand, Gothenburg University) in close collaboration with the NDS 2023 working group: Nduka Mntambo (Netherlands Film Academy), Rūta Spelskytė (VDA), and Egija Inzule, Director of NAC.

Over the last decade, NAC as a site and infrastructure has established itself as a productive, hospitable venue that creates opportunities for conversation on the relationship between research, practice and pedagogy. This year the summer school brings this objective further by focusing on sensorial approaches to artistic research.

Partners

The 2023 iteration of NDS includes 22 students from 12 universities: 

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Estonian Academy of Arts
HDK-Valand, Gothenburg University
Hungarian University of Fine Arts
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
The Royal College of Art
Stockholm University of the Arts
The Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb
University of the Arts Helsinki
University of the Arts London
Zurich University of the Arts
Vilnius Academy of Arts

Participants

Amanda Newall University of the Arts London
Ana Muscet The Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb
Blanca Valdes — The Royal College of Art, London
Britta Benno — Estonian Academy of Arts
Dániel Máté — Hungarian University of Fine Arts
Eglė Počiuipaitė — Vilnius Academy of Arts
Gabrielė Gervickaitė — Vilnius Academy of Arts
Hannah Walter — Zurich University of the Arts
Jack Faber — University of the Arts Helsinki
Josephine Rydberg — Stockholm University of the Arts
Lina Persson — Stockholm University of the Arts
Maryam Fanni — HDK-Valand, Gothenburg University
Miglė Križinauskaitė-Bernotienė  — Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
Miklos Tamas Ambrozy — Vilnius Academy of Arts
Natalie Novik — HDK-Valand, Gothenburg University
Naukkarinen Katri — Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki
Nesli Hazal Oktay — Estonian Academy of Arts
Orla McHardy — University of the Arts Helsinki
Raminta Naujanytė — Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
Rasa Jančiauskaitė — Vilnius Academy of Arts
Simona Rukuižaitė — Vilnius Academy of Arts
Srinivas Surti — University of the Arts London