Open studios in February 2017

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Project by Sybille Neumeyer
The Open Studios evening took place on 26th of February at VAA Nida Art Colony. Colony’s residents Titas Silovas (LT), Bas Ketelaars (NL), Saulius Leonavičius (LT) and Sybille Neumeyer (DE) opened their studios doors and presented their projects.

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Sybille Neumeyer (DE) works on interrelations between human and nature. Her interest in ecological issues are intertwined with reflection on psychological conditions and media theory issues. During her stay in Nida she has been working on writing, new video sculptures and objects based on a research of the physical forces. Transcience, tension, stability and instability flow in her installations and lead the viewers.

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Saulius Leonavičius (LT) employs design as a means of researching the culture of psychedelic aesthetics. Reflecting on the architecture of the artist studio at Nida Art Colony, Saulius has built a wooden shed as a link between the original form and the current cultural context. 

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The artistic research of Titas Silovas (LT) focused simultaneously on the history of Lithuanian shipping and the biography of his father, who worked in the shipping industry for 37 years. The history of Lithuanian cargo shipping (1969‒2017) was marked by changes of ship names and owners during the politicized situation in the Soviet times as well as during the turning point at the dawn of independence, and remains highly unsettled to this day. Like human beings, ships change their identities, countries, and ports of calling. Simply romantic cruises are linked to reorganization, privatization, split of large government-owned corporations, and disappearance from the flag map of sea countries.

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Bas Ketelaars (NL) was searching for nature that might be distant (unreachable) despite being all around. Starting with walks through the landscape, he collected photographic images which he then assembled in a database and eventually projected onto a sheet of paper to make a drawing. In this process, the use of technology is interchanged with manual labour. For instance, photography is used for its objectivity and purity, while drawing is used to slow the process down and to inscribe time in the image. Different systems do not oppose but rather complement each other in producing the image.

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Photos by Julija Navarskaitė