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Colony life, space interferences and island love
Europe’s second largest dune can be
Not only the sundial seems perennial – also the high erected lighthouse does;
At least in the dark, when shining its mighty signals in time: ONE – TWO – PAUSE.
As it gently was explained to me in a starry night.
Thematically encouraged topics for critical reflection are e.g. remoteness, tourism, art research as artistic practice, site specificity and how to avoid it, and sustainability in life and arts.
About four years ago, the impressive building with its facilities to accommodate up to 60 persons, was finished.
Well, the reconstruction is not yet totally completed, as the third section is still
Since March 2011, Nida Art Colony already is in operation – and what operation! …young and dynamic, just as smart and solid.
The Academy made a clever move with dividing the direction of its subdivision into artistic and executive head, and therewith having two brilliant brains in the lead: Rasa Antanavičiūtė and Vytautas Michelkevičius.
(Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies) Regional Meeting 2014 in Vilnius and Nida – welcoming 94 participants from 28 countries.
Venice Biennale. The new version of the art project ‘Museum’ by Dainius Liškevičius will represent Lithuania in the Venice Biennale 2015, which will be organised by the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts team.
But, what is it?… What makes the COLONY LIFE?
For sure, it is about the creative exploration of the surroundings, plus the adaptation to another pace, slightly slower than in the capital Vilnius.
With sneaking into her artistic work and into her studio, the impression meets both, the space/field is larger than it first looks.
Appealing three-dimensional graphics of the apartments can be found online.
Left: A small library provides the residents with thematic literature. A publications list also is available online.
Maybe colony life also means to take a little risk, to err and wander around… on obscure paths in the dark. In other words, to agree with a very special opportunity Nida Art Colony was offering: A night walk with a notably peculiar guide.
Not knowing before that the guide is Estonian – very sympathetic, but reticent. He was just carrying a wooden box on a handle with him, some kind of an old-fashioned suitcase. So it was a silent march on moon-lit tracks… until stopping by the sundial on top of the dune; the enormous monument pointing up to the sky.
The young Estonian positioned straight towards it, knelt down and bent over his wooden case. Strange, crackling sounds in varying sequences broke the silence. Single tones became sonority, Morse code like. A voice whispered: ‘Space interferences – he’s collecting space interferences.’
Ah, all right, no clue what those things sound like, but why not: SPACE INTERFERENCES.
Enough on colony life and space interferences! – How about ISLAND LOVE?
Life on an island, within an art colony, can definitely lead to personal interferences.
But also, and fortunately, there is the potential of connecting people, of magical bonding and even finding eternal love. Well, maybe too much inhalation of fresh Baltic air, but surely this is what a couple falling for each other is seeking for, isn’t it?
At least, when walking down the aisle, heading towards the altar for exchanging the vows… So, this particular wedding took place end of September in Berlin, and
Because: Linas is moreover running the radio station NERINGA FM. It is broadcasting from the peninsula, focussing on good music and good news, as he says.
That music has an intrinsic positive and strongly connective power, the team of NAC knows quite well.
To implement the focus of the ResArtis Meeting on Central Asia, the Caucasus and Russia music-wise, the ‘Trans-Oriental Party’ was the best strategy, for sure. Exotic and unfamiliar songs were eurythmically danced away like alphabets – thanks to the DJ set by Jurij Dobriakov, that needs to be mentioned appreciatively.
More info on the Nida Art Colony homepage, on Facebook and Vimeo.
Photos: A.M.; Interview with:
Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Executive Director, Dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius, Artistic Director,
Živilė Etevičiūtė, Artists-in-residency Curator, and Linas Ramanauskas, Producer/Administrator, of Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts,
Vilnius and Nida, Lithuania, 2nd – 5th October 2014.