April 30, 2015

Call for applications and symposium contributions

Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts
Dunne & Fiona Raby, Ethiculator, 2014. Digital C type print, 841 x 1189 mm. Courtesy of Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby.

Open call for Nida Doctoral School residency and courses: 
“Smoke and Mirrors—Staged Arguments and the Legitimation of Artistic Research”

If science is a fairytale that is hard to disbelieve (Bruno Latour), then scientific research is nothing but scripting fiction. What’s more, the latter is the domain of art. Be it truthful deceit, legitimate hocus-pocus, or real fiction, such a story requires a great deal of creativity and knowledge in carrying out such a persuasion. The persuasion will be carried out at the residencies, inaugural courses and opening forum of the Nida Doctoral School by artists, curators, professors (featuring Anthony Dunne, Timothy Ingold and Fiona Raby, among others) and doctoral students.

Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA) and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto University) are starting a partnership by establishing Nida Doctoral School. It is a non-degree doctoral program at Nida Art Colony (NAC), Neringa, Lithuania.

Nida Doctoral School is happy to announce two open calls for:
–Three eight-week residencies for doctoral students at Nida Art Colony, in September and October 2015;
–Seven participants in one-week-long doctoral courses (with credits) “Smoke and Mirrors: Staged Arguments and the Legitimation of Artistic Research” October 15 to 25.

Both programmes are thematically connected, and selected residents are expected to take part in, as well as to contribute to the courses and the opening forum “Smoke and Mirrors.” Both programmes will culminate in the opening forum of the Nida Doctoral School, which foresees artistic performances, performative lectures, screenings, etc. October 23 to 25.

Three selected residents will be offered Nordic Culture Point grants. The grants will cover: tuition for the courses “Smoke and Mirrors”; participation in the opening forum of Nida Doctoral School; travel expenses to/from NAC (up to 300 EUR); accommodation costs; and provide a stipend of 500 EUR/month.

Seven selected course participants will be offered NAC grants. These grants will cover tuition, participation in the opening forum of Nida Doctoral School, travel expenses to/from NAC (up to 300 EUR), accommodation costs and catering.

Nordic and Baltic residents currently involved in academic doctoral or post-doctoral studies in art, art history, curating, design, media, architecture and related fields are eligible to apply.

Doctoral or postdoctoral students who are residents of other countries are welcome to apply only for the “Smoke and Mirrors” courses on 15–25 October.

For more information and the application form, click here.

For any further queries, please contact Juste Kostikovaite, curator of Nida Doctoral School.


Call for contributions for the 5th Inter-format symposium on time (and inter-formativity)

22–25 August

This year marks the fifth iteration for the international symposium and aims to reflect its own course, with the focus on artistic and academic notions of time and inter-formativity itself. The participatory nature of the symposium—between a conference and an art festival—brings together 30–40 professionals for three days and nights to an intensive sharing and working environment. Artists, curators, scientists, researchers, time-managers and people with interdisciplinary backgrounds are welcome to apply. After being tired of too-short coffee breaks and too-long presentations, we will attempt to re-order extended and condensed time slots, and experiment with formats of presenting and sharing art and knowledge. We seek content and format-based proposals for the limited time we will have together, including proposed schedules, alternative time-keeping or time-wasting tools, chrono-hopes and fears are welcome. Read the full open call.

Co-curated by dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius (LT) and Andrew Gryf Paterson (SCO/FIN)

Grants: There are a limited amount of travel grants available (up to 200 EUR reimbursement), and we welcome you to co-fund your participation. Food for collective meals (breakfasts and dinners) will be provided for self-organised catering. Accommodation at Nida Art Colony in two to three bedrooms will also be provided.

Both programmes are financed by Lithuanian Council for Culture, Nordic Culture Point and NAC.


Call for applications to the Nida Doctoral School, and contributions for the Inter-format symposium on time

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