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Call for Applications: Nightlife Residency June–July 2020

NAC is seeking applications for a new residency dedicated to nightlife from practitioners working with visual culture and the nightclub context. Application deadline: 27 March, 2020.

In collaboration with Beijing based I: Project Space [1] and The Neighborhood, we are calling for DJs, producers, artists, and performers to work in Nida for a two-month residency in June and July 2020, to focus on individual productions and connect to the vivid and urban summer community of the Neringa region, including its open-air beach and forest clubs, bars and hangouts. Nida is a remote village on the Curonian Spit and the Baltic Sea in Lithuania, secluded during most parts of the year, but then becoming a broad meeting point in the summer months.

Developed by I: Project Space and The Neighborhood, Nightlife Residency was launched 2018 for the first time to give artists working on fusion of visual art and nightclub culture time and space to focus on their productions as well as connect to the ever-growing and increasingly idiosyncratic nightclub and electronic music communities in Beijing and China. Bringing this residency format to Nida and the Baltic Region, we want to open up the NAC Residency to a broad scope of practitioners, rhythms, sounds, and visuals and contribute to twisting and broadening definitions of visual culture.

“This new nightlife residency is a safe space for unsafe ideas.”

“You see the untapped potential of nightclubs as spaces in need of deeper consideration; you agree that the relationship between nightlife and contemporary art has not yet been fruitfully explored. As a producer or DJ, you extend what you do into the visual realm; and/or the visual art that you make is tied up with electronic music and nightclubs.”

During the residency, there will be opportunities to perform, exhibit, and experiment with the local scene. The selected resident will receive a 2500€ grant to cover travel and visa costs, living, accommodation, and workspace costs at NAC in Nida.

This application is open to all; there are no restrictions on artists’ mediums, age, nationality, ethnicity, gender, or any other criteria.

HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please submit the following documents in English:

(1) Filled in application form [2] (no access necessary: download in format appropriate to you and fill in the form);
(2) Portfolio with a selection of 3–5 relevant works or projects including short descriptions (PDF);
(3) Your CV (max. 2 A4 pages);

Please prepare one single PDF-document (max. 9MB) with items in the above order and use the following title: ‘Full Name_NL_2020’. Submit your application (and reach out with any questions that might occur) via e-mail to the Residency Curator, Indrė Liškauskaitė: indre@nidacolony.lt.

SELECTION CRITERIA AND PROCESS
Applications are assessed by the NAC team, I: Project Space and The Neighborhood, Beijing.Applications are assessed on the basis of the submitted materials and the following criteria: professional practice, relevant experience in work with visual culture and nightlife context, necessity of conducting work in Nida, and the impact of spending time at this location for one’s general practice.

Please note that due to a large number of applications, we inform only selected applicants. Two weeks after the application deadline, the selected resident will be announced on the NAC website.

Selected applicant should consult the Survival Guide [3] for planning their stay and other practical information.