Call for Residency Applications in 2019-2020 and Contributions to 9th Inter-Format Symposium on the Fluidity of Humour & Absurdity (Lithuania)

1) Call for contributions for 9th Inter-Format Symposium On the Fluidity of Humour and Absurdity
June 28–30, 2019

Curators: Lívia Páldi (Hungary/Ireland) & Vytautas Michelkevi─Źius (Lithuania)

The symposium brings together around 50 artists, practitioners and researchers who explore and question the role and critical potential of comedy, humour and the purpose of the absurd within contemporary art and related theories.

The Symposium will reflect how we employ humour as a means of communication to ponder social, ecological and (cultural)-political complexities and the absurd situations they generate. It seeks to analyse humour and its various mechanisms and their ability to transform perception of "reality," break down stereotypes and challenge taboo subjects and mainstream assumptions.

The participants will investigate the ways artistic and curatorial work can expand the boundaries of political criticism and traditional satire by bringing in references from art and cultural history as well as explore jokes as “innovative actions” commenting on cultural, political and social complexities. Symposium also has a regional touch and will reflect on local post-soviet condition.

The Symposium hosts participants from different disciplines at Nida beach resort town in a relaxed atmosphere to rethink and transcend various strategies of humour and bridge genres that seem incompatible at first sight. There might be comic strip sculpture, stand-up comedy as academic lecture, satirical walking, absurd hiking, “Humour SPA”, etc.

Confirmed participants: ┼Żygimantas Kudirka (LT), Lissette Olivares (USA), Olav Westphalen (DE/SE), Gernot Wieland (AT/DE) and others.

SupportSelected participants receive limited travel support (up to 200 EUR), accommodation and catering.

2) The residency programme at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (NAC) is open for emerging and experienced artists, designers, architects, curators, and researchers. NAC is one of the largest art, residency and education venues in the Nordic-Baltic region. It provides the opportunity to live and work in the Colony’s contemporary architecture, surrounded by the forest, sand dunes, and sea. Since 2011 over 400 artists and culture professionals have stayed at the Colony.

There are 35 places for individual residencies and Nida Doctoral School (NDS) residencies for practice and theory based doctoral students. 

Deadline: 15 March 2019

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