Residency as an Agent of (Critical) Tourism for Curators and Artists. Talk and screening
Following up on the issues of Transient Spaces - The Tourist Syndrome and its Summer Camp in Palanga uqbar is organizing in cooperation with Lo-Be projectspace a talk by Lithuanian curator Vytautas Michelkevicius on hosting and displacing at Nida Art Colony in Lithuania. Nida Art Colony is an interdisciplinary and experimental department of Vilnius Academy of Arts with international artists-in-residence programme, which hosts - 50 artists per year from 1 to 4 months, mostly with grants, and an education as well as a workshop centre. It is located remotely (5 hours' drive from Vilnius) in the forest next to the sandy beach of the Baltic Sea. Living and working at a touristic and UNESCO World Heritage site raises a lot of questions: How to be discursive and critical in a resort on the Baltic Sea? How do artists develop their sited practices in a remote location far from the openings-bars-curators-meetings context? The talk by Vytautas Michelkevicius will focus on question like these and the forthcoming Inter-format symposium on critical tourism, site-specificity and the post-romantic condition in May 2013. Vytautas Michelkevicius is a curator, art and media researcher, and lecturer. Since 2010 Vytautas Michelkevicius is artistic director of Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts. He holds a PhD in Communication studies from Vilnius University. He has undertaken fellowships at the University of Vienna (Austria) and the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Germany). He is working with art and media projects and is interested in socializing through art, interdisciplinarity between art and research, experimental teaching, and participatory curatorial practices. He is also a chairman and curator of Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists' Association since 2010. For more information on Nida Art Colony see the web site.