Photo reportage from the exhibition ‘Hybrid(…)scapes’ at Nida Art Colony

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Hybrid(…)scapes, exhibition view, VAA Nida Art Colony, Neringa, Lithuania, 2016

Exhibition title: Hybrid(…)scapes

Organised by:  Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts

Venue: Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (Taikos st 43, Nida)

Date: 23rd July – 28th August 2016

Artists: Pakui Hardware (LT), DISTRUKTUR (BR/DE), Franziska Nast (DE), Liddy Scheffknecht (AT), Anna Romanenko & Björn Kühn (DE), Taavi Suisalu (EE), Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen (FIN/SE), Marika Troili (SE)

Curator: Vytautas Michelkevičius

Hybrid(…)scapes emerge when artists lift Nida’s resort skin and dispel the myth of its idyllic nature. Embodied in global streams, we enter the Curonian Spit as a constructed green museum – a park where historical (forestry) technologies and nature interplay. Universal presentiments of global warming suggest an image of the future Spit – fractured into islands overgrown with palms, or perhaps simply submerged under water. Resonant gas pipelines – contemporary secret underwater paths – snarl under the Baltic Sea, capitalist transparency gets covered with moss, hybrids get frozen in ice, and ecology, which has scattered its syllables, increasingly often turns into the synthesising prefix “e-”. The customary landscapes of Neringa become soundscapes, timescapes, technoscapes, sunscapes, lightscapes, insectscapes, electroscapes and other kinds of scapes in the exhibition.

The exhibition presents new works by returning residents of VAA Nida Art Colony. In June and July 2016, the artists were living and working here, developing ideas they had explored in their earlier residency periods or proposed specifically for this show. The hybrid space of the exhibition cancels the seasonal nature of Nida (summer mixes with winter), stretches time (something started three or five years ago becomes a material body now), and blurs the distinction between a concrete site – Nida – and the global world (works produced from locally sourced material or issues have relevance across the globe). The artists erase the borders between the inside and the outside, as well as between the white and the black cube (or exhibition and concert space), and play with the metaphor of the Curonian Spit as a green cube (the National Park is also a museum of the interaction of nature, culture and technology here). Hybrid spaces and landscapes open up a multifaceted perspective of the networked Neringa, Spit and Nida.

More about the exhibition http://nidacolony.lt/en/exhibitions/hybrid-scapes-exhibition

Exhibition is open everyday except Monday from 12 PM to 8PM, at Nida Art Colony of VAA, 43 Taikos St., Nida, Lithuania.

The exhibition is installed in the new exhibition space which was open this year in a small resort town of Nida on the Baltic Sea coast. Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts organises residency, education and production programmes since 2011. So far it hosted more than 250 artists-in-residency and organised Lithuanian Pavilion in 56th Venice Biennale.

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Franziska Nast, from the series My favorite Ladies, 2016. PVC banner printing, adhesive foil characters, size varies, up to 7 m height

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Franziska Nast, from the series My favorite Ladies, 2016. PVC banner printing, adhesive foil characters, size varies, up to 7 m height

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Franziska Nast, from the series My favorite Ladies, 2016. PVC banner printing, adhesive foil characters, size varies, up to 7 m height. In the background: Taavi Suisalu, May I Have Your Attention, 2016. Field recordings, ultrasonic speakers, embedded computer, motion sensor, sound absorbers, kapa

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Marika Troili, Offshore / C-true, 2016. 10 quotes about the future from the last pages of 10 nonfiction books attached to the black exhibition space curtains and Taavi Suisalu, May I Have Your Attention, 2016. Field recordings, ultrasonic speakers, embedded computer, motion sensor, sound absorbers, kapa

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Marika Troili, Offshore / C-true, 2016. Printouts of 1% of the entities appearing in the Panama Papers open database, ink, sunfoil, paper

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Marika Troili, Offshore / C-true, 2016. Printouts of 1% of the entities appearing in the Panama Papers open database, ink, sunfoil, paper

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Marika Troili, Offshore / C-true, 2016. Printouts of 1% of the entities appearing in the Panama Papers open database, ink, sunfoil, paper and Franziska Nast, Night Flight, 2016. Graphite chalk, copy paper, chinese rice paper, 140×170 cm

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Franziska Nast, Night Flight, 2016. Graphite chalk, copy paper, chinese rice paper, 140×170 cm

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Hybrid(…)scapes, exhibition view, VAA Nida Art Colony, Neringa, Lithuania, 2016

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Anna Romanenko & Björn Kühn. The Rhyme¹, 2016. Folded steel, flangers, jew’s harp tangue, polypropylene rope, manual, 130x90x80 cm. ¹Rhyme from Old English rēoma (“membrane, ligament”) and rima (“rim, edge, border, bank, coast“) is a musical instrument.

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Anna Romanenko & Björn Kühn. The Rhyme¹, 2016. Folded steel, flangers, jew’s harp tangue, polypropylene rope, manual, 130x90x80 cm. ¹Rhyme from Old English rēoma (“membrane, ligament”) and rima (“rim, edge, border, bank, coast“) is a musical instrument.

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Anna Romanenko & Björn Kühn. The Rhyme¹, 2016. Folded steel, flangers, jew’s harp tangue, polypropylene rope, manual, 130x90x80 cm. ¹Rhyme from Old English rēoma (“membrane, ligament”) and rima (“rim, edge, border, bank, coast“) is a musical instrument.

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Hybrid(…)scapes, exhibition view, VAA Nida Art Colony, Neringa, Lithuania, 2016

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Liddy Scheffknecht, Vanishing Line, (sunny, blue sky), 2016. Solar powered camera, RGB-LEDs, embedded computer, wood, acrylic paint. Dimensions variable.

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Liddy Scheffknecht, Vanishing Line, (sunny, some clouds), 2016. Solar powered camera, RGB-LEDs, embedded computer, wood, acrylic paint. Dimensions variable.

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Liddy Scheffknecht, Vanishing Line, (cloudy sky), 2016. Solar powered camera, RGB-LEDs, embedded computer, wood, acrylic paint. Dimensions variable.

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Marika Troili, Offshore / C-true, 2016. 10 quotes about the future from the last pages of 10 nonfiction books attached to the black exhibition space curtains.

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Marika Troili, Offshore / C-true, 2016. 10 quotes about the future from the last pages of 10 nonfiction books attached to the black exhibition space curtains.

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DISTRUKTUR (Melissa Dullius and Gustavo Jahn), In the Traveler’s Heart, 2013. 16 mm film, 20 min.

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Pakui Hardware, Get the Freeze Habit, 2016. Silicone, ice, ice cream freezer, LED light, Cutouts from images selected from NASA digital archive, UV prints on PVC Pentaprint film, 130x94x65 cm (Ice objects size variable).

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Pakui Hardware, Get the Freeze Habit, 2016. Silicone, ice, ice cream, freezer, Hawaiian spirulina, Curonian lagoon algae, LED light,130x94x65 cm (Ice objects size variable)

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Pakui Hardware, Get the Freeze Habit, 2016. Silicone, ice, ice cream, freezer, Hawaiian spirulina, Curonian lagoon algae, LED light,130x94x65 cm (Ice objects size variable)

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Pakui Hardware, Get the Freeze Habit, 2016. Silicone, ice, ice cream, freezer, Hawaiian spirulina, Curonian lagoon algae, LED light,130x94x65 cm (Ice objects size variable)

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Pakui Hardware, Get the Freeze Habit, 2016. Silicone, ice, ice cream, freezer, Hawaiian spirulina, Curonian lagoon algae, LED light,130x94x65 cm (Ice objects size variable)

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Marika Troili, Offshore / C-true, 2016. 10 pairs of bookends made of unfired clay from the Curonian Lagoon.

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Marika Troili, Offshore / C-true, 2016. 10 pairs of bookends made of unfired clay from the Curonian Lagoon.

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Marika Troili, Offshore / C-true, 2016. 10 pairs of bookends made of unfired clay from the Curonian Lagoon.

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Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen, driftwood (door stopper).

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Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen, 800 exhibition guides and pencils.

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Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen, 800 exhibition guides and pencils.

Photography: Nida Art Colony

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August 4, 2016
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