Mindaugas Gapsevicius on Tue, 18 May 2010 21:25:36 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> Migrating Art Academies. Nomadic Living

Nomadic Living

Exhibition Opening on Saturday, May 15th 2010 — 18:00 Contemporary art space, Voûtes du Port de Royan, France

A group of students from three art academies in France, Germany, and Lithuania began their fourth Migrating Art Academies (MigAA) laboratory under the title “Nomadic Living.” During this laboratory, based on developing art practices while traveling, participants will drive their Media RVs (recreational camping vehicles) more than 9000 kilometers across Europe. Students are visiting artists' studios, galleries, and other cultural resources. They also participate in workshops in the Gironde region, one of the biggest estuary environment in Europe.

During Nomadic Living students continue to develop their research around the main MigAA theme: the search for new artistic forms in a migrating, mobile academy, an academy that moves around Europe. This phase of the MigAA collaboration is also a preparatory phase for an upcoming conference and exhibition scheduled for October 2010 at Collegium Hungaricum in Berlin, Germany.

Two student teams started the Nomadic Living trip with well-equipped Media RVs from Vilnius and Cologne and joined the third team in Angoulême, France. While traveling along the Gironde estuary in southwest France, the students are engaging in a range of cultural research activities. They have met French artists from Fabrique POLA, an artists colony in Bordeaux; they have also visited the Winery, which merges old traditions of wine production and the arts.

Along the Gironde estuary, the young artists observe and study the natural environment both as an ecological reality and as a poetic metaphor of change, transformation, and flow. For this creative research, students use a wide range of tools -- from pencils, pen and ink, to computers and electronic motion, sound, range, and temperature sensors.

In Royan, Nomadic Living is hosted and assisted by Captures gallery. While there, the students along with French artist Stany Cambot, explore the city and surroundings via mobile and nomadic points of view. During a three day workshop with Cambot, students explore nomadic architectures and interact with social spaces that welcome the transitory spirit of nomadism including transport and construction zones and telecommunications networks.

About Migrating Art Academies

Migrating Art Academies is a joint educational project of these three European higher education institutions: the European School of Visual Arts (EESI, FR), the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM, DE) and the Vilnius Academy of Arts (VDA, LT). Its primary purpose is to research and develop a progressive model of education that combines new forms of creative practice, collaboration, cooperation, and production. During the project, students have the possibility to work in an autonomous space between virtual and real worlds, as well as between their normal home environment and new, unfamiliar places. The students investigate and engage the local environment at the same time as developing creative projects in response to their experiences. The MigAA project is financed by the European Commission Culture Program 2007-2013.

European School of Visual Arts (EESI, FR)
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM, DE)
Vilnius Academy of Arts (VDA, LT)

For more information, please, visit: http://www.migaa.eu
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