This time the 8th Inter-format Symposium on 20th-24th of June at Nida Art Colony brings together over 50 artists, researchers, philosophers, scientists, ritualists, musicians and other kinds of practitioners to critically reflect on notions of indigenous culture today as well as reinvent traditional knowledges through Rites & Terrabytes. The time of shortest nights and longest days was intentionally chosen to let the participants of the programme to fully experience traditional rituals organized by the community of Neringa and guests.
‘Rites and Terrabytes’ refers to the peculiar situation where we increasingly feel or desire a connection with rituals and practices of old despite living in a profoundly mediated ‘post-contemporary’ world. In other words, to reconcile the imagined universes of archaic rites and the ubiquitous terabytes of digital information, we need some firm rooting and grounding (terra), whether in our surviving local indigenous culture or in some newly engineered indigeneity.
Symposium and the celebration of Rasos will be available in a distance as some of the events will be broadcasted online through Nida Art Colony „Facebook“ profile. By using 360-degree video technology the remote audience will be able to digitally submerge in the earthly rites.
Throughout the programme of the Symposium lectures will interweave with performances, presentations, concerts by musicians and sound artists, experiments with food and drinks, interactions with plants and the forest, and walks curated by artists.
Participants: Audrius Beinorius (LT), Kevin Bartoli (RYBN, FR), Eglė Minelgaitė-Beinorienė (LT), Kristin Bergaust and Elin Mar Vister (NO), Yvonne Billimore (SCO), Eva Bubla (HU) and Lilli Tölp (EE), Zane Cerpina and Stahl Stenslie (LV, NO), Eglė Česnakavičiūtė (Obelija, LT), Adrian Demleitner (CH), Vilius Dranseika (LT), Vytenis Eitminavičius (SKELDOS, LT), Marius Grosbahs (LV/LT) and Ieva Bertašiūtė-Grosbaha (LT), Dougald Hine (UK/SE), Elizabeth Hudson (SCO), Jurga Jonutytė (LT), Dovydas Korba (LT), Gareth Kennedy (IE), Mari Keski-Korsu (FI), Anders Kreuger (BE/SE/LT), Žilvinas Landzbergas (LT), Gwenn-Aël Lynn (USA-FR), Obelija (LT), Robert Niziński (Księżyc, PL) and Paweł Romańczuk (PL), Naomi Pearce (UK), Špela Petrič (SLO), Pony Express (AUS), Jussi Salminen (FI), Sumugan Sivanesan and Tessa Zettel (AUS), Erica Scourti (GR/UK) Kristen J. Sollée (US), Audrius Šimkūnas (SALA, LT), Sam Trotman (SCO), Daina Zalāne (Lauska, LV), Małgorzata Żurada (PL)
Curators: Andrew Gryf Paterson (SCO/FI/LV), Vytautas Michelkevičius (LT), Jurij Dobriakov (LT), and Jogintė Bučinskaitė (LT)
Organised by Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts with NGO MENE in collaboration with Inter-PAGAN network (including partners from Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Scotland and Poland)
Supported by Lithuanian Council of Culture and The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Nordic-Baltic Mobility Pogramme for Culture, Dundulis, Neringa Municipality