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“Hybrid(…)scapes” at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Nida

“Hybrid(…)scapes” emerges when artists lift Nida’s resort skin and dispel the myth of its idyllic nature.

Embodied in global streams, we enter the Curonian Spit as a constructed green museum—a park where historical (forestry) technologies and nature interplay. Universal presentiments of global warming suggest an image of the future Spit—fractured into islands overgrown with palms, or perhaps simply submerged under water. Resonant gas pipelines—contemporary secret underwater paths—snarl under the Baltic Sea, capitalist transparency gets covered with moss, hybrids get frozen in ice, and ecology, which has scattered its syllables, increasingly often turns into the synthesising prefix “e-”. The customary landscapes of Neringa become soundscapes, timescapes, technoscapes, sunscapes, lightscapes, insectscapes, electroscapes and other kinds of scapes in the exhibition.

The exhibition presents new works by returning residents of VAA Nida Art Colony. In June and July 2016, the artists were living and working here, developing ideas they had explored in their earlier residency periods or proposed specifically for this show. The hybrid space of the exhibition cancels the seasonal nature of Nida (summer mixes with winter), stretches time (something started three or five years ago becomes a material body now), and blurs the distinction between a concrete site – Nida – and the global world (works produced from locally sourced material or issues have relevance across the globe). The artists erase the borders between the inside and the outside, as well as between the white and the black cube (or exhibition and concert space), and play with the metaphor of the Curonian Spit as a green cube (the National Park is also a museum of the interaction of nature, culture and technology here). Hybrid spaces and landscapes open up a multifaceted perspective of the networked Neringa, Spit and Nida.

Participating artists:  Pakui Hardware (LT), DISTRUKTUR (BR/DE), Franziska Nast (DE), Liddy Scheffknecht (AT), Anna Romanenko & Björn Kühn (DE), Taavi Suisalu (EE), Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen (FIN/SE), Marika Troili (SE).

Curated by Vytautas Michelkevi?ius.

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at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Nida
until 28 August 2016

Franziska Nast, from the series My favorite Ladies, 2016

From left to right – Taavi Suisalu, May I Have Your Attention, 2016 [Audio documentation here: http://taavisuisalu.ee/@/may-i-have-your-attention/]; Marika Troili, Offshore / C-true, 2016

Marika Troili, Offshore / C-true (detail), 2016

Pakui Hardware, Get the Freeze Habit, 2016

Pakui Hardware, Get the Freeze Habit (detail), 2016

Anna Romanenko & Björn Kühn. The Rhyme,* 2016 [*Rhyme from Old English r?oma (“membrane, ligament”) and rima (“rim, edge, border, bank, coast“) is a musical instrument]

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“Hybrid(…)scapes” installation views at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Nida, 2016

Courtesy: Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Nida.

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