Nida A-I-R in February 2018

Photo by Skaistė Marčienė
This month we are happy to welcome new artists-in-residence at Nida Art Colony: Veronika Burger (AT), Takako Yamaguchi (JP), Yen Noh (KR), Heike Schäfer (DE/AT), Marcel Tarelkin (DE) !
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Veronika Burger (AT) (b. 1981) 2008‒2013 studied Performative Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (AT) and 2006‒2009 Transmedia Arts at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She lives and works in Vienna. Spatial staging through re-/constructed film sets and stages composes/constitutes the basement of Veronika’s artistic work. By focusing on the off-moments of artistic production, the institutional working and production conditions become visible. For this purpose professional guilds, which are linked to the art and film industry, advance to the center point of interest.

During her residency at Nida Art Colony, Veronika will explore the archives in Nida and research various gestures of archiving. Her residency research project “staging archives ‒ performing history” (working title) states recalling as an active process practice and proposes an exploration of historic and filmic memory rooms in Lithuania.

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Takako Yamaguchi (JP) (b. 1978) received a B.A. at Nagoya University of Art (Japan) in 2001. Lives and works in Gunma. Takako is interested in specific boundaries of the land. Boundary could be found everywhere, however, it is hard to see that the boundary line could be anywhere or anything: Curtains, Shelves, Fog, Air, Radioactivity and Personal treasure; the boundary also resembles an element forming a human being. However, Takako Yamaguchi’s representation is not only on the frame of the boundary, but also on finding a way to obscure it.

During the residency Takako will work on her project through various media based on research that reveals ways of how to live the emotion in the state of swinging in a variety of situations. The framework perspective is out of order. Something could seem like a structure of a house, but at the same time – like a percentage or a chart. The objective of the project is to find a method for a person to survive in the real world.

Yen Noh
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Yen Noh (KR) (b. 1983) received a master’s degree in Transdisziplinäre Kunst, Institut für Bildende und Mediale Kunst, University of Applied Arts (Vienna, Austria) in 2016 and graduated in Printmaking from the Hongik Art University (Seoul, South Korea) in 2009. Since 2012, Noh has developed and presented “speech performances” that looked into the unclosed gap between language and translation. Her practice focuses on the act of speaking and the relationship between the speaking body and its mind by presenting a variety of interactions that reveal the ways performers perceive language.

During the residency Yen Noh will develop her recent projects that reflect the issues regarding language and translation in a more political and historical context. Her current research work critiques “modern” projects that were implemented by the nation-states. It highlights the institutionalization of Western modernism done by the Empire of Japan and its connection to a new art movement prevailed in Japan and to the history of Korean modern art. Viewing an assembly as an archiving method and an enabler for an anarchist art practice, she is interested in addressing diverse aspects of inadequacy of identity politics through it.

Heike Schafer
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Heike Schäfer (DE/AT) (b. 1972) studied Studies Fine Arts & Sport, Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz (DE) 1991–1996, 1996–1999 School for Woodcarving, Oberammergau (DE)1999–2003 Studies Fine Arts and University of Applied Arts, Vienna (AT). Imagination is the key for human culture. By it stories are created, sometimes they turn into reality (sometimes with worldwide consequences) before they become historical artifacts. Heike is interested in that area of tension between fact & fancy.

During the residency Heike Schäfer will work on a Unicorn-project. Before the unicorn was finally banned into the world of myths in the 17th century, it had its place among all the other exotic animals. Although people had never seen any, it was proved, that the shy and intelligent animal could only be captured by a virgin woman and that their horn, hooves and liver could be used for medicine. Heike will experiment with observation, imagination and manipulation in creating video, photo and text. 

Marcel Portrait
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Marcel Tarelkin (DE) (b. 1982) lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden and at the Royal Institute of Arts in Stockholm. He is the founder of the GHOST Company, International Lab for Speculative Choreography, MX/Studio, Vampires of St. Petersburg, M1 Furniture, STUDIO NIHIL BAXTER (with Matthias Droste) and the H.Y.H. ARCHIVE.

Marcel Tarelkin has an interest in merging aspects of choreography, sculpture, furniture and performance. His performative sculptures invite interactions between the object and its audience. Tarelkin’s body of work includes choreography, notes, drawings, installations, sculptures, furniture, video work, audio recordings and dance performances. The participants’ responses to all these components are integral to the work; the interaction with the pieces is a performative act in itself.

One of Tarelkin’s interests lies in the specific moment when the execution of his objects or instructions, result in a state of balance between the uncomfortable and the comedic. During theresidency Marcel aims to explore the interaction between the human body and a stationarysculpture. He is interested in how a specific body posture or movement can be created with theshape or material of an object/sculpture.