Atletika gallery is inviting artists from Nordic and Baltic countries to an exhibition oriented residency in Vilnius at cultural centre SODAS 2123. The residency is foreseen to take place in September – October 2022 with an exhibition opening at the start of the second month of the residency at the Atletika gallery.
Humanity has arrived at an intriguing juncture in history, one in which current innovations are being praised as both the most significant challenge and the ultimate hope. Many different opinions exist throughout the abundance of information, and more are inexorably emerging about the opportunities, challenges and effects of new technologies for human in the future. One of the challenges is a growing sense of uncertainty. We are repeatedly reminded to recognize and rethink non-human intelligence, whether it may be fungi creating a collaborative network of the forest or artificial intelligence using human-like neural networks to learn. It is important to be centered on how we want to step into the new era of living together with non-human intelligence, rather than obsessing about the possibility of it taking over the world scenarios.
Non-human can be seen as the universal symbol of the ambiguous partnership between humanity and the other. Non-human today might be anything: a gaming algorithm, a world, fungi, the whole financial stock exchange, data accumulation, blockchain technologies or machine learning. It consists of a broader range of minds not exclusively limited to a physical entity. This offers a variety of intriguing possibilities for narration. We ought to open up the human understanding to other kinds of intelligence and perception, recognize our interconnectedness with another kind of species, and take a fresh look around expanding the definition of authorship where the work can be created by non-human entities or in collaboration with it.
Exhibition curator Ignas Pavliukevičius is an artist, curator, lecturer, and Ph.D. candidate at Vilnius Academy of art. His interests lie in life mediated by technology, its impact on emotional exchange in a digital society and emotional relationship with artificial digital agents.He curated festival Umėdė (2021) and Ars Electronica Vilnius Garden in (2020), and worked as an interactive media curator at Lithuanian pavilion Lithuanian Space Agency at Venice Architecture Biennial 2021. Pavliukevičius is currently part of the curatorial team at Atletika gallery.
This residency is organized with support from Nordic Council of Ministers and is oriented towards artists permanently residing in Nordic or Baltic countries (except Lithuania). Two artists will be selected and invited to live, work and present their practices in Vilnius in a group exhibition at Atletika gallery.
Atletika gallery was established in 2019 and is run by Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association. It presents a curated annual program of exhibitions by emerging and acclaimed artists from Lithuania and abroad. The programme is open to experimentation, exploration of new processes in art and ideas of various directions. www.atletikaprojects.lt 
Residency dates: from 1st of September to 31st of October
Exhibition dates: 24th of October to 30th of November
Residency grant: 1800 Eur per artist (inclusive of taxes)
Residency location: cultural centre SODAS 2123, Vitebsko Str. 23, Vilnius, Lithuania. The residency provides individual rooms (28-square-metre individual room, with kitchenette and bathroom and 27-square-metre individual room, with shared kitchen and bathroom) and an opportunity to work in a shared studio. SODAS 2123 is a buzzing cultural complex located in a repurposed old school building about 15 minutes’ walk from Vilnius’ Old Town, in a calm and friendly neighbourhood called Rasų Kolonija.
Please email your CVs, portfolios and residency applications  in one PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org. by 9th of June 2022.
Organiser: Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association, SODAS 2123.
Letmekoo residencies are funded by the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture. Activities of Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association are supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture and Vilnius City Municipality.
Image: Bob Bicknell-Knight The Forest (working title) (still), 2022