Call for proposals for x⬳disciplinary symposium Ūmėdė

June 22, 2020
Author Echo Gone Wrong
Published in Calls from Lithuania

xdisciplinary symposium for emerging art & related matters Ūmėdė* is waiting for proposals for its 5 stages until 30th of June (1st round).

What happened after the meteorite of the Anthropocene has hit contemporary art, and bioactivists together with AI and XR* have exploded the discourse formerly known as media art?

*ūmėdė [uːmeədeə]

is a Lithuanian word for a mushroom species (Russula). Phonetically and onomatopoeically it resonates with the word ‘media’ (medijos). This mushroom is ectomycorrhizal which means a form of symbiotic relationship that occurs between a fungal symbiont, or mycobiont, and the roots of various plant species. Therefore, we suppose, in metaphorical way, that participants of the symposium will form a symbiotic relationship with media, art, research, the actual venue and themselves.


The new Ūmėdė biennial festival is aimed at investigating the discourse of “emerging art forms” and invites artists, thinkers and practitioners to overcome their disciplinary borders and to perform, share, exhibit, expose, present, talk, dine, and walk together for 3 nights and days in the heart of Vilnius City. We believe it doesn’t matter what medium you use, or what discipline you refer to, as long as you are concerned with urgent issues of emerging art (formerly known as (new) media art, art & science, digital art, interactive art, etc.).

Ūmėdė starts as a platform for accommodating and questioning emerging art forms. Moreover, it intends to explore the limits of art and its relation to other forms of human and non-human or post-human activities.

The biennial has ambitions to grasp what is upcoming or upcycle what was lost in the history of art & science & research.

Symposium will unfold in 5 stages, each of them built around specific mood and type of action: listening, screening, discussing & participating, watching, eating & drinking.

Symposium will offer activities in five stages for pleasure of the audience:

  • Sound and body
  • Body and machine
  • Theory/research/critical reflection
  • Ingestion & digestion (digesting and recycling new experiences during and through common meals and coffee breaks)
  • Ex-media and post-everything

Venue & Dates

12–15 November, 2020, Sodas2123, Vitebsko g. 21 & 23, Vilnius, Lithuania

Sodas2123 is a new culture hub, which accommodates more than 40 artists, culture practitioners and organizations. Inside the complex you can visit several galleries (including the first one Atletika), perform in a cosy music & food club, attend screenings and concerts in the Main hall (Aktų salė / Hall of Acts).

Sodas2123 is run by artist association LTMKS –

Costs & Grants

The event is of sharing nature; therefore, we cover all the hospitality expenses, but due to limited budget no fees are provided. We will remunerate travel costs for all selected participants (up to 160 EUR), provide accommodation, catering, and technical and conceptual assistance during the event; small expenses for materials might also be covered.

8 weeks long grant (2000 EUR) for staying in the venue and preparing a new piece for the festival from October 1st 2020.
Funded place for 1 artist or duo from Nordic-Baltic countries (citizen or permanent resident). Please send the proposal to under the subject ‘Umede residency’.


Artistic director and co-curator: Vytautas Michelkevičius
Programme Curators: Gailė Griciūtė, Ignas Pavliukevičius, TBA
Scientific Committee of Theory Stage: TBA later


Gailė is interested in sound – its behaviour in space and time, interrelations, manipulations, multiple layers and existences. In a sonic dialogue between the ‘natural’ and ‘human made’, creating sensory space for thought processes and new perceptions, questioning how can artistic actions take a conscious part in the environmental processes.

Vytautas is keen on finding out what happened after media art has evaporated into the atmosphere and what is going to replace it by 2030. He is curating, writing and researching post-media art and its leftovers. To sum up, art has never been an autonomous field and recently it got another chance to hook up with technologies, research and society. Moreover, he hopefully thinks that (artistic) practice generates new theories and helps us to understand the future better.

Ignas fancies for digital forms of representation that can create new versions of reality. A reality for dissolving boundaries between self and the other, occupying other bodies and species. He asks how digital entities form relationships with our physical bodies, and in turn what our bodies offer them? The momentous question is how digitalisation shapes the meaning of what it takes for someone to be a human?

PARTNERS: Pixelache Festival (Piknik Frequency ry, Helsinki), MPLab at Liepaja University, Photography and Media Art Department of Vilnius Academy of Arts

OPEN CALL until 30th of June

Festival is looking for proposals until 30th of June (1st round).

Please apply with a short proposal in text plus other needed media (photo, video, audio, etc.) via online application

2nd round will be open in late summer for Theory Stage and a few additional contributions for the other stages.

Some questions might be answered by email – please indicate the subject line as precise as possible or

Organised by ngo MENE & LTMKS
Partly supported by Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture and Lithuanian Culture Council