July Buzz in NAC Residencies

In July Nida Art Colony is providing all present with an immersive experience of insect buzz on hot summer days, cold Baltic sea bathing sessions, sweat-breaking exercise of climbing up and down the hill to reach the only shopping spot in the perimeter of a few dozen kilometers, as well as a wonderful panoramic of the construction site of NAC house no.2, fabulously changing day by day. The rhythm is about to slow down in the main building (never in the hammering battlefield of the construction site though!) - most of the student practices will be over by mid-july, while the artist studios are buzzing with much more than just insect songs. Just reminding us that there is no summer holidays for the artistic process - it happens whenever it needs to.


A Book "Tourists Like Us: Critical Tourism and Contemporary Art" is launched to hit the tourism season


On 3rd of July at 6pm we are discussing and playing the book "Tourists Like Us: Critical Tourism and Contemporary Art" in Vilnius (Titanikas, Maironio st. 3, Vilnius, room 325). Right after the intro to the book, we will get our hands on meeting with artists in Nida in virtual envinronment - Nida Death Match game (please bring your own laptop if you want to join). The game was developed by artist Yulia Starstev as a contribution to the Inter-format symposium on Critical Tourism in 2013. More of the contributions from this event are also present in the book.

This book (fragments in PDF) opens up a new field of discussion at the crossroads between contemporary art and critical tourism. As common ground for theoretical inquiry and artistic research, the notion of critical tourism asks us to question again our understanding of authenticity, the tourist gaze, the museification of landscape, the visual construction of place, post-romanticism, contemporary exoticism, site-specificity and global connectedness. The book specifically explores the role of the artist, and of the art institution, in the age of destination culture. How are individual and institutional practices changing in an era of hosting, hospitality, displacing and cultural nomadism?


Res Artis Regional Meeting 2014 to take place in Vilnius and Nida in October

On the 2-5th of October Res Artis regional meeting, organized by Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts in co-operation with Res Artis and Arts Printing House will take place in the facilities of Vilnius Academy of Art in both Vilnius and Nida (Nida Art Colony). The theme of the meeting is "Escape and Engagement: Residencies as Hosts, Producers and Promoters".


After Inter-Format Symposium 2014 "On Flux of Sand and Aquatic Ecosystems": Photo Story


Tending the Wild: aesthetics & interspecies politics in a changing landscape (discussion and fieldtrip) / Theun Karelse (NL)(Photo by Justin Tyler Tate)

In 2014 the 4th Inter-format symposium is a part of the larger Techno-ecologies project (2012-2014) run in cooperation with RIXC (Latvia) and other partners like Sattelietgroep (NL), Pixelache (SCO/FIN), Finnish Society of Bioart (AT/FI).
The Inter-Format Symposium 2014 "On flux of sand and aquatic ecosystems" is main yearly Nida Art Colony event which is a merge between academic conference, art festival and cosy performative meeting of interdisciplinary professionals. The Symposium's goal is to gather artists, curators, researchers, scientists and practitioners and reinvent the format of presenting and sharing art, knowledge and experience: www.nidacolony.lt/en/projects/symposium. See more photos:


Summerish residency: June 2014 in Nida

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“The Beaver Mat and the Fagot Shack” © Helen Reed & Hannah Jickling, 2014

After the Inter-Format Symposium “On Flux of Sand and Aquatic Ecosystems” the majority of NAC Techno–ecology programme residents left, except Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed (CA) who participated actively in the symposium and will stay until end of June. We are happy to host new residents, two from the United States: Daniel Spangler (USA) and Matthew Moore (USA), one from Köln in Germany: Philipp Hamann (DE, Goethe institute Lithuania grantee), and Gintaras Makarevičius from Lithuania.


Programme of Inter-format Symposium On Flux of Sand and Aquatic Eco-systems in May 22-25th

Welcome to the non-stop event (Programme in PDF) shifting from performance to lecture to artists’ game to eco sauna to performative discussion to artists guided site/sight/seeing to discursive dinner to role play to water t(a/e)sting to foraging to interactive buffet to screening to made-from-waste cooking to imaginary cartography to workshop to tea ritual to slow reading to sound performance to fish smoking to conceptual (media) swimming to sustainable drinking to knowledge sharing to multilingual readings to guided orientation to conceptual sentiments.

Extented programme with participants biograms (PDF)


Presentation of a book and a project in Venice Biennale 2015 "Museum" by Dainius Liškevičius

We are glad to invite you to the presentation of the book by Dainius Liškevičius and his project "Museum", which will represent Lithuania in Venice Biennial 2015. Bilingual book (in Lithuanian and English) hosts the 400 kg weight "Museum" project compressed into 1,4 kg of paper.

The event will take place on the 13th of May, Reading room of CAC (Vokiečių g.2, Vilnius).

During the presentation of the book, D.Liškevičius will screen a short film "Laisvalaikis" ("Leisure", dur. 10 mins), and afterwards will engage into a discussion with the art critics Agnė Narušytė, Ernestas Parulskis, Linara Dovydaitytė, artist Dainius Liškevičius, curator of Lithuanian pavilion at Venice Biennale Vytautas Michelkevičius and theatre director Oskaras Koršunovas - D.Liškevičius is the author of the scenography for "Miranda", inspired by "Museum".



Mapping Workshop with Grit Ruhland (http://indexmap.org) and Tomas Straupis (Openstreetmap.org)

osm workshop May-14

Indexmap is an artistic mapping project, started in 2013 during Grit Ruhland's residency with Techno-Ecologies-Program in Nida Art Colony. It shall collectively observe and describe the landscape of Curonian Spit. Open-Streetmap provides geo-data for cultural, ecological and other experimental layers. The project is ongoing and still developing:

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