Nida Art Colony
The residency programme at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (NAC) grants selected artists the opportunity to live and work in Nida, Lithuania. NAC is a subdivision of Vilnius Academy of Arts and in addition to the international artist-in-residency programme, it organises educational and research projects as well as exhibitions.
The programme has the capacity to host up to five international residents at a time. NAC regularly works with visual artists and researchers who focus on history, ecology and politics, social sciences, visual culture and interdisciplinarity. The programme is also open to designers, architects, and curators, as well as practitioners working with performing arts, sound, material research/craft, and film. In addition, proposals for a residency by professionals from other fields are always welcome.
The organisation is happy to announce its two-week residency at NAC in Nida, Lithuania, from March 13th to 26th, 2023, titled "Bodies as Lands — Sociotechnical Imaginaries and Spatial Arrangements in Eastern Europe".
Cultural practitioners in Eastern Europe oftentimes face the limitations of theoretical frameworks developed in Western Europe and North America. Departing mainly from a critique of western modernity and coloniality which enabled capitalism and subsequent environmental and racial injustice, these forms of critique are not directly applicable to the contexts of Eastern Europe and its states, which were a part of the Soviet modernity that operated within different economical and political models. Situated between imperial powers — coming from Western Europe and the Russian Empire, the lands of these states have been subjected to colonial and neo-colonial gazes that mapped and visualized these territories in their own ways, while rendering them into sites of material transactions and operational spaces where bodies, lands, living and non-living matter were cast as resources.
NAC is looking for cultural practitioners researching the Baltic States to join a two-week residency at NAC in Nida, Lithuania. The residency will provide participants with the opportunity to connect, exchange and share their practice with a small number of practitioners from Ukraine and the Baltic States. The goal of the residency is to look together at various specific sites — be it the Curonian Spit in Lithuania, Donbas in Ukraine, or approximations, such as Eastern Europe — and to think about the longer histories of sociotechnical imaginaries and spatial arrangements that inscribe themselves in bodies and lands, imagined as a component of material exchange.
By securing time to be and think together, the intention is to collectively reflect on gaps in knowledge that obscure or mute these territories, their histories, and the material aspects of colonial rendering of these lands into a resource. The goal is to address the sociotechnical arrangements and spatial organizations that enable slow violence and environmental damage while equating the human population and life at large to geological, agricultural, and other forms of matter with usable material capacities.
Throughout the two weeks, participants will share their existing work as well as work-in-progress research with the aim to contribute to a laboratory of practises and ideas through fieldwork, screenings, lectures and discussions. During the residency, a shared vocabulary and bibliography will be developed that supports the production of situated knowledge within these contexts.
Throughout the two weeks, participants will share their existing work as well as work-in-progress research with the aim to contribute to a laboratory of practices and ideas through fieldwork, screenings, lectures, and discussions. During the residency, a shared vocabulary and bibliography will be developed that supports the production of situated knowledge within these contexts.
Participant’s contribution throughout the residency: artist talk or lecture, working on an individual project, or a collective work-in-progress presentation.
Participant’s contribution upon completion (by May 2023): a text or a visual essay to be published on the NAC website.
Full access is given to the common spaces such as the library and the professional workshop (with laser cutting, wood, and metal working tools, plus photo, video and sound equipment).
Each of the five duplex residency studios have 65m2 of total space and is equipped with a basic kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and workspace infrastructure.
NAC is located in a remote UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by the unique landscape of the Curonian spit: forest, sand dunes, a freshwater lagoon, and the sea.