Nida A-I-R in April 2018
2018 04 09

April residents are here! Meet Haruka Yamada (JP), Austėja Vilkaitytė (LT), Andrea Junekova (SK), and Volker Kreidler (DE).
After graduating from Musashino Art University in Tokyo in 2009, Haruka Yamada (JP) (b. 1986) received a Bachelor’s degree in Space Design in 2012 and a Master’s degree in Art in 2014 at the National School of Art and Design in Dijon, France. She is interested in ways to realize/reflect what she creates in a fluctuating urban society as well as approaches to get the spectator to re-experience what things are felt by her and measured in relation to the city, the nature and the human.
During the residency, Haruka is going to work on her project «Soleil de la Cité» - Sun of the City. She plans to create solar clock(s) using the streetlight as a needle and the wall as a dial of the solar clock.
Austėja Vilkaitytė (LT), also known as Barbora/Edita/Stella/Kristina/Violeta Salonen, lives in-between Vilnius and Stockholm. At the moment, she is studying MA in Choreography specialised in New Performative Practice at DOCH University (SE). After she graduated from Contemporary Dance BA in Iceland Art Academy, Austėja came back to Vilnius where she developed the so-called District Theory. The results of working in Justiniškės and Fabijoniškės microdistricts the artist used in her series of performances.
During the residency, Austėja is planning to continue her dance practice, research of performativity and improvisation in new spaces of Nida Art Colony as well as the environment of the Curonian Spit. Her aim is to work on video genre as a documentation of dance and performance and a video installation perceived as a “slow moving painting”. Austėja will also be continuing her research of an ongoing project SENSATIONS (combined from two parts: Internal Sensations and External Sensations). For the development of a new performance, she will be joined by performance artist Andrius Mulokas. So far, the performance series of the project SENSATIONS has been presented in Vilnius Contemporary Art Center, Titanikas gallery, Žeimiai Manor residency, Kabinetas project space, Klaipėda Culture Communication Center, “thecarrierbag” festival at DANSEatelier (DK) and Young Poor Artists show (2015‒2018).
Andrea Junekova (SK) received a Master’s degree in Photography and New media at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (2010), Slovakia. Her art work is characterized by reaching out beyond the boundaries of the photographic medium, contemporary drawing, installation, photo animation, and video. In her art practice, she is often playing on a psychological string creating scenes and atmospheres in which absurdity, uncertainty, sinister uneasiness and humor are subtly intertwined.
During the residency, Andrea will work on her ongoing portraits project In-divi-dual-i-ty based on capturing specific atmosphere of environment and people living in different inspirational places she visits. An intercultural dialogue as an attempt to try the borders of tolerance and diversity not only within various countries, ethnicities and cultures, but also within the frame of subtler nuances of human otherness and communication; the idea of otherness perceived as something unique, acknowledging its socio-political importance for this globalized society marked by instability and crumbling of the old structures and mechanisms; the attempt at (not) finding the fixed points in nowadays era characterized as “late radicalized modernity” (Giddens), “risk society” (Beck), or, most famously, “liquid modernity” (Bauman).
The residency of Andrea is supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.
Volker Kreidler (DE) (b. 1962) is a photographer based in Berlin. In 1994 he graduated from the University of Applied Science in Dortmund in Photodesign. The common thread running through Volker’s work is his great fascination for human- and biogeography as well as the interrelation of social and natural systems as storage of anthropogenic action.
During the residency Volker Kreidler is planning to explore the interaction between humans and birds around Curonian Spit from the perspective of an anthropogenic trace or meaning. He is interested in researching the invisible, but constant changes in bird migrations and patterns in their behavior under human impact.