Nida A-I-R in January 2018

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Photo by Skaistė Marčienė
New year – new residents! Pedro Hurpia (BR), Hiroko Tsuchimoto (JP/SE) and Hans Christian van Nijkerk (NL/NO), Rasma Noreikytė (LT) and Eva Eich (DE), Pål Gusdal Jomås (NO/CA) arrived to Nida Art Colony in January.
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Pedro Hurpia (BR) is a visual artist and researcher. He was professor of Visual Arts at the Pontifical University of Campinas between 2015 and 2017, teaching Photography, Drawing and Orientation in Final Year Project. Pedro Hurpia works mainly with photography, beyond a variety of media such as video, drawing, objects and painting. He investigates the notions of displacement and collapse – both of the land and the photographic medium itself – and by means of several devices tries to represent natural phenomena that are only perceived by human being when they emerge to surface, or when the body is directly impacted such as landslides and sound waves.

During the residency in VAA Nida Art Colony Pedro will investigate the spreading process of algal bloom, in Curonian lagoon, as a natural phenomenon that could be perceptible to the human gaze as a whole. Working from visual experiments in the studio, he intends to create optical and sound devices to make perceptible this disharmony in another scale of time and space.

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Hiroko Tsuchimoto (JP/SE) and Hans Christian van Nijkerk (NL/NO) started their collaboration in 2016. So far, they have done 2 public performances together in Stockholm (Sweden) and in Bergen (Norway) and led 2 workshops about the topic of “discomfort”. They have made their audience uncomfortable through scent, taste, boredom, small talk, laughing and crying.
Hiroko Tsuchimoto (born 1984, Japan) is a visual/performance artist, living in Sweden since 2008. She began her career at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and went on to study at Konstfack and Royal Institute of Art (Kungl.Konsthögskolan) in Stockholm. Hans Christian van Nijkerk (born 1982, the Netherlands) is a performance/visual artist who lives and works in Bergen, Norway. He studied art at KiB in Bergen and the Tromsø Academy for Contemporary Art.
During the residency Hiroko and Hans Christian will continue to work on the project Discomfort”. Contemporary life offers many options to avoid discomfort. However, it’s better to come well equipped. Discomfort is experienced differently, depending on society and its social rules and these rules again depending on the social or cultural context. The artists seek to explore their own discomfort – and their audience’s discomfort – through performance art.
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Rasma Noreikytė (LT) currently lives in Kaunas. She has studied at the Vilnius Art Academy, Kaunas Art faculty, textile department. Rasma works with embroidery, painting and photography but her art practice is grounded in weaving, particularly hand weaving. Rasma uses weaving as a tool of displaying personal stories of ordinary people and as a way of perpetuating knowledge that is recorded but unnoticed in weaving notation.
Eva Eich (DE) studied conceptual drawing at the Academy of Art and Design Offenbach, Germany and holds an MFA from the Academy of Art and Design Bergen, Norway. Her work generally revolves around the use of the hand in relation to the human mind and the
brain. She is interested in how contemplation into a repetetive activity opens up time spaces in everyday life as it allows for a focus and being in the moment.
During the residency Rasma and Eva will work on the project “Dialogue through the rope”. A rope or rather a piece of rope is the initial point of this project. Artists share a strong interest in tactile activities and they are driven by the idea of untangling the rope and in this way transform it into something new. 
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Pål Gusdal Jomås (NO/CA) (b. 1979) is a camera-based visual artist. He received a Master degree of Fine Arts, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Bergen, Norway in 2006. Lives and works in Victoria, Canada. He is interested in how visual space can be moulded to provide structural perceptions. Images are triggered by cultures of images. The artist works with images to emanate difficulty, and curiosity of a visual subject matter from a social, political and personal place.

During the residency Pål will use an artifact in his family's possession, a woven fabric, as a tool to inspire photographic representation that are treatment of observation to properties driven to obtain content and mysticism from an object.