Press Releases : 2015/03

‘Discipline Today. Residency Exchange and Exhibitions’

Published 2015/03/26

Blank Banners, created by Frauke Materlik, Nida Art Colony artist-in-residency in March 2015.


a new opportunity for Norwegian artists:

‘Discipline Today. Residency Exchange and Exhibitions’

an international co-production project between partners in Norway, Iceland and Lithuania

April 2015–April 2016

OCA is pleased to announce ‘Discipline Today. Residency Exchange and Exhibitions’, a new international creative co-production project between the partner institutions Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale in Norway; Skaftfell Center for Visual Art in Iceland; and Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts and Ars Communis Residency Centre in Lithuania.

In the period from April 2015 to April 2016, two-month long artistic production residencies (one in Iceland, three in Norway and five in Lithuania) will be organised during the project. Two Lithuanian artists will be selected to go to the Nordic Artist’s Center Dale in August­–September 2015; one Lithuanian artist will go to Skaftfell Center for Visual Art in October–November 2015; one Norwegian and one Icelandic artist will go to Ars Communis in August-September 2015; one Lithuanian artist will go to OCA at Ekely in Oslo, Norway, in October–November 2015; and four Norwegian artists will go to Nida Art Colony in October-November 2015.

Artworks newly produced during the residencies will be presented in exhibition venues in Seydisfjordur, Iceland; Vilnius, Nida and Žeimiai, Lithuania; and Oslo in spring 2016. Artists and curators will also be invited to attend a joint seminar with invited experts, and to meet with students from the Vilnius Academy of Arts.

The participating artists from Iceland, Norway and Lithuania will be selected after an open call or be invited by the curators and the partners together. This will be announced in April 2015.

According to Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Executive Director of Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, ‘the project aims to stimulate the dissemination of professional art in the regions of Lithuania and to build mutual interest in Norwegian, Icelandic and Lithuanian contemporary visual art and culture. The project will focus on the contemporary understanding and application of the phenomenon of discipline with an intention to go beyond the interpretation of discipline as a destructive force. It rather regards discipline as a voluntary self-restriction chosen by contemporary individuals as a constructive way to deal with anxiety, which is caused by unlimited freedom‘. The Lithuanian curator Egle Mikalajune (from Lithuanian National Gallery of Art) will curate the project together with a Norwegian curator to be announced.

For more information, please contact Executive Director of Nida Art Colony of VAA Rasa Antanavičiūtė.

The project is partly financed by the programme Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage under the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism 2009-2014.