Artistic Research project Abandoned Mystery has started

A first camp of Abandoned Mystery project started on 15th of April 2012 at the Nida Art Colony. Participants from Russia, Finland, Sweden Latvia and Lithuania are invited to take part in a month-long camp consisting of a set of expeditions dedicated to phenomenon and anomalies of abandoned places.

"During the planned expeditions we will concentrate on the research of the abandoned military objects, though throughout the project we will try to think also of other kind of heritage: abandoned internet websites, unfinished films or forgotten stories" - says one of the initiators of the project Mindaugas Gapsevicius.

Abandoned Mystery seeks to explore mysterious locations and study their inner logic as an interaction between nature, people, ancient, contemporary, past and future. Participants will visit Soviet military heritages in Koenigsberg/Kaliningrad, Memel/Klaipeda and Riga, Curonian Spit, Vyborg/Russia, Liepaja, Vainode, Skrunda/Latvia as well as Porkkala, Hamina/Finland and Plateliai, Gulbiniskiai, Rimsai/Lithuania.

The results of the project will be continuously published on the project's website at We are kindly inviting to join the project and share available materials everybody who are interested in abandoned places.

The first camp is supported by the Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, the Lithuanian culture foundation and the Top Association Supporting Cultural Practices in Berlin. The project is organised by Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association -

Participants of Nida camp: Lukas Brašiškis, Katerina Cherevko, Dmitry Demidov, Fiona Flynn, Mindaugas Gapševičius, Jon Irigoyen Ramos, Milda Laužikaitė, Saulius Leonavičius, Signe Pucena, Antanas Stančius, Arnar Steinn Friðbjarnason

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