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    Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts invites you to celebrate the day of the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania (11th of March) along with us while watching the film "How We Played the Revolution" by Giedrė Žickytė, presented by the Author Cinema Alliance.

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    This is the beginning of March and freshness of spring is blowing in the air, snow disappeared and the ice is melting to the deepness of the lagoon. This early spring brought us four more new residents: Laura Skocek (AT) from Vienna, Gwendolyn Lootens and Gawan Fagard (BE) from Bruxells and Bas Katelaars (NL) from Rotterdam. Laurie Lax and Justin Tate Tyler will stay until the end of March.

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    Nida Art Colony is glad to invite you once again for German film days events, brought to us by Goethe Institut Vilnius. This year we'll have the possibility to see two films from the German film days programme, which are "Kaddisch für einen Freund", directed by Leo Khasid (Thursday, the 20th of March) and "Die Vermessung der Welt", dir. by Detlev Buck (Saturday, the 22nd of March). 

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    Artist-in-residency centre Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts for its 3rd birthday party goes to Berlin!

    During three years we hosted more than 150 artists from all over the globe, but Berlin still seems to be the capital city where the most artist are coming from.

    Thus we decided it to be the perfect location for our menagerie*: a gathering of our friends, former residents, new fans, old gangs. They can't come over to where we are, thus we bring the party over to them. We bring one of our favourite bands THE BUS (Paulius Kilbauskas & Domas Strupinskas project) with us to share some good emotions inspired by Nida ambience. liNas (Neringa FM) and former Nida Art Colony resident Kalin will share some good vibes on the DJ decks after the show.

    Let's get this party started!

    Free entrance (birthday presents are welcome)

    C u at Panke (Gerichtstraße 23, 13347 Berlin, Germany) 26th March 20.00

    *menagiere (məˈnædʒ ə ri, -ˈnæʒ-)
    n. 1. a collection of wild or unusual animals or people, esp. for exhibition.

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    It is difficult to define the time in Nida, we can state only one thing for sure - it flows differently here. Thus we didn't really notice as a whole week passed by after a great event that took place in Nida art colony - "Nida Refresh" cross media art workshop led by american artist Ernest Truely.

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  • 04/01/14--02:18: Open Studios March 2014

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    Dune Oblong 2014 © Laurie Lax

    On Friday afternoon we had Open Studios with our residents: Laura Skocek (AU), Ernest Truely (USA), Justin Tyler Tate (CA),Laurie Lax (GB), Bas Ketelaars (NL), Gwendolyn Lootens and Gawan Fagard (BE).


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    Justin Tyler Tate (CA) is THE returning resident of Nida Art Colony: we've lost count, but it might be his third residency period in NAC, though he's also been here during the Symposiums 2013 and 2012, and will be coming to the Symposium 2014. The locals seem to appreciate Justin's social approach to art and still recall both "Lemonade Stand" project in the dunes and last winter's "Tiki-Hut", serving mohito in February to keep you warm when it's -20 outside.

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    A building company (or rather a demolishing one so far) arrived to the Colony premises last week. They are now deconstructing the shed bit by bit. This is actually the start of the reconstruction of the second block of the Colony building. The works should last until the end of summer 2015. The reconstruction is funded by the EU Structural Funds

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    Tomas S.Butkus artistic residency in Doneck, that took place in March 2014, is a result of an exchange between the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts and the platform of cultural initiatives "Izolyatsia". Industrial region of Donbas and its capital are well-known for their mines, the culture of steppes, classical music and monuments for various revolutionists. Lithuanian architect T.S.Butkus while on his residency in the institution whose one of the missions is the popularization of contemporary art, has proposed to systemize all of these points of interest.

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    After a week of rain, spring has finally arrived and buds appeared on the trees. The Colony started the reconstruction of the second building, our former warehouse is now completely destroyed, the yard is full of trucks, machinery, workers and the ground is covered by a mountain of rubble. We work along the rhythm of jackhammers.

    In the beginning of April thematic Techno-Ecologies residency started, we host now 8 new residents, included 2 collectives, for 2 months: Anna Romanenko (DE/RU)/ Björn Kühn (DE)/ Gabriel Hensche (DE) from Stuttgart and Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen (ES/NO/SE) from Oslo, Ernest Truely (USA/EE) from Tallin and Frauke Materlik (DE) from Norway /Germany. More about them below.

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    Lithuanian Council for Culture has announced its decision as to representation of Lithuania during the Venice Biennale 2015: the National pavilion will host a project "MUSEUM" by Lithuanian artist Dainius Liškevičius, presented by the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts team (dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius, Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Daina Pupkevičiūtė).

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    MAPPING WORKSHOP 9-11 May 2014

    Mapping Workshop with Grit Ruhland ( and Tomas Straupis (

    osm workshop May-14

    Indexmap is an artistic mapping project, started in 2013 during Grit Ruhland's residency with Techno-Ecologies-Program in Nida Art Colony. It shall collectively observe and describe the landscape of Curonian Spit. Open-Streetmap provides geo-data for cultural, ecological and other experimental layers. The project is ongoing and still developing:

    Open-streetmap-activist Tomas Straupis (Vilnius) is leading the workshop. Participating people can stay in the Colony for free during the workshop. This is, what is going to happen:

    - introduction to
    - how to record data on the field
    - collection of your own data
    - how to feed OSM and

    Languages will be Lithuanian, English and German.

    Indexmaporg motiv 105 web

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    We are glad to invite you to the presentation of the book by Dainius Liškevičius and his project "Museum", which will represent Lithuania in Venice Biennial 2015. Bilingual book (in Lithuanian and English) hosts the 400 kg weight "Museum" project compressed into 1,4 kg of paper.

    The event will take place on the 13th of May, Reading room of CAC (Vokiečių g.2, Vilnius).

    During the presentation of the book, D.Liškevičius will screen a short film "Laisvalaikis" ("Leisure", dur. 10 mins), and afterwards will engage into a discussion with the art critics Agnė Narušytė, Ernestas Parulskis, Linara Dovydaitytė, artist Dainius Liškevičius, curator of Lithuanian pavilion at Venice Biennale Vytautas Michelkevičius and theatre director Oskaras Koršunovas - D.Liškevičius is the author of the scenography for "Miranda", inspired by "Museum".

    The editors of the book "Museum" are D.Liškevičius and A.Narušytė, it was published by "Kitos knygos" publishing house, design by Laura Grigaliūnaitė.

    According to art critic A.Narušytė, the book traces a deconstruction of the Lithuanian art history myths that were established during the soviet occupation: "this book contains items, publications, works of art, photographs, and other documents from the Soviet period that have been collected by the artist. They remind us of that complex time and help to sense the creative power of the culture which created those artefacts. Historical events, knowledge about art and the memory concealed in things all mix up in the imagination of the artist, inspired by that cultural milieu. His story about three revolutionary personalities whose acts of protest to the artist seem to have been the triggers for the vanguard art, gives space even to traveling J.P. Sartre and punk-rock."

    A new version of a project "Museum" by Dainius Liškevičius will represent Lithuania in the Venice Biennale 2015. The project will be organised by Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts team (dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius, Rasa Antanavičiūtė and Daina Pupkevičiūtė) and partially supported by The Lithuanian Council for Culture.

    The organizer of the project, Vilnius Academy of Arts, alongside the educational activities each year it produces several dozens of exhibitions. Its department Nida Art Colony that will be in charge of the project, is an artist-in-residence centre, yearly hosting around fifty artists from all over the world as well as sending Lithuanian artists abroad to residencies and exhibitions, as well as participating in large scale international projects.

    Link to book publisher

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    Welcome to the non-stop event (Programme in PDF) shifting from performance to lecture to artists’ game to eco sauna to performative discussion to artists guided site/sight/seeing to discursive dinner to role play to water t(a/e)sting to foraging to interactive buffet to screening to made-from-waste cooking to imaginary cartography to workshop to tea ritual to slow reading to sound performance to fish smoking to conceptual (media) swimming to sustainable drinking to knowledge sharing to multilingual readings to guided orientation to conceptual sentiments.

    Extented programme with participants biograms (PDF)

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    “The Beaver Mat and the Fagot Shack” © Helen Reed & Hannah Jickling, 2014

    After the Inter-Format Symposium “On Flux of Sand and Aquatic Ecosystems” the majority of NAC Techno–ecology programme residents left, except Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed (CA) who participated actively in the symposium and will stay until end of June. We are happy to host new residents, two from the United States: Daniel Spangler (USA) and Matthew Moore (USA), one from Köln in Germany: Philipp Hamann (DE, Goethe institute Lithuania grantee), and Gintaras Makarevičius from Lithuania.

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    Tending the Wild: aesthetics & interspecies politics in a changing landscape (discussion and fieldtrip) / Theun Karelse (NL)(Photo by Justin Tyler Tate)

    In 2014 the 4th Inter-format symposium is a part of the larger Techno-ecologies project (2012-2014) run in cooperation with RIXC (Latvia) and other partners like Sattelietgroep (NL), Pixelache (SCO/FIN), Finnish Society of Bioart (AT/FI).
    The Inter-Format Symposium 2014 "On flux of sand and aquatic ecosystems" is main yearly Nida Art Colony event which is a merge between academic conference, art festival and cosy performative meeting of interdisciplinary professionals. The Symposium's goal is to gather artists, curators, researchers, scientists and practitioners and reinvent the format of presenting and sharing art, knowledge and experience: See more photos:

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    On the 2-5th of October Res Artis regional meeting, organized by Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts in co-operation with Res Artis and Arts Printing House will take place in the facilities of Vilnius Academy of Art in both Vilnius and Nida (Nida Art Colony). The theme of the meeting is "Escape and Engagement: Residencies as Hosts, Producers and Promoters".

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    On 3rd of July at 6pm we are discussing and playing the book "Tourists Like Us: Critical Tourism and Contemporary Art" in Vilnius (Titanikas, Maironio st. 3, Vilnius, room 325). Right after the intro to the book, we will get our hands on meeting with artists in Nida in virtual envinronment - Nida Death Match game (please bring your own laptop if you want to join). The game was developed by artist Yulia Starstev as a contribution to the Inter-format symposium on Critical Tourism in 2013. More of the contributions from this event are also present in the book.

    This book (fragments in PDF) opens up a new field of discussion at the crossroads between contemporary art and critical tourism. As common ground for theoretical inquiry and artistic research, the notion of critical tourism asks us to question again our understanding of authenticity, the tourist gaze, the museification of landscape, the visual construction of place, post-romanticism, contemporary exoticism, site-specificity and global connectedness. The book specifically explores the role of the artist, and of the art institution, in the age of destination culture. How are individual and institutional practices changing in an era of hosting, hospitality, displacing and cultural nomadism?

    Birds-eye-down web

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  • 07/11/14--05:02: July Buzz in NAC Residencies
  • In July Nida Art Colony is providing all present with an immersive experience of insect buzz on hot summer days, cold Baltic sea bathing sessions, sweat-breaking exercise of climbing up and down the hill to reach the only shopping spot in the perimeter of a few dozen kilometers, as well as a wonderful panoramic of the construction site of NAC house no.2, fabulously changing day by day. The rhythm is about to slow down in the main building (never in the hammering battlefield of the construction site though!) - most of the student practices will be over by mid-may, while the artist studios are buzzing with much more than just insect songs. Just reminding us that there is no summer holidays for the artistic process - it happens whenever it needs to.

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  • 07/15/14--01:50: Graphic Art Workshop ar NAC
  • Yet another July in Nida Art Colony, and just as last year, we are happy to welcome you to the summer workshop of Graphic Art / Printmaking. The workshops will take place on the following dates:

    July 16, 17
    July 23, 24, 25
    July 30, 31
    August 1, 6, 7, 8
    (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, except July 18th)

    The participants will print using traditional etching press, create color paper prints and even T-shirts, fabric bags and aprons if the participants will provide them for themselves.

    Tutor: VAA lector Marija Marcelionytė

    Where: Nida Art Colony, Taikos st. 43
    Near Nida camping
    When: 17.00
    Duration: 2 hours
    Price: 45 Lt
    Information and sign up: +370 621 53979

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