Curator in residence Vytautas Michelkevičius of Nida Art Colony from Lithuania
















COOPERATION SATELLIETGROEP (NL) & NIDA ART COLONY (LT)
In January Satellietgroep visited Nida (Lithuania) as a preparation for the cooperation between Nida Art Colony (NAC) and Satellietgroep in 2014/2015. Both Satellietgroep and NAC are located in coastal transition areas, in which on local scale man-made ecosystems are enormously affected by worldwide prospects of climate change, shifting economics, politics and tourism. Nida Art Colony is located in the middle of Curonian Spit and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is a 100km long geological formation (a peninsula) of sand, dividing the Baltic Sea with it's salty water ecosystem, and the Curonian Lagoon with fresh water ecosystem. Therefore the specific issues of the site are raised to discuss the globally relevant problems.
Satellietgroep in collaboration with Nida Art Colony is currently developing the Inter-format Symposium at Nida in Lithuania called 'On Flux of Sand and Aquatic Ecosystems' in May.

Curator, art and media researcher, lector at Vilnius Academy of Art and former artist Vytautas Michelkevičius (LT) is currently resident at DCR Gueststudio in The Hague. He holds a PhD in Communication and Media studies from Vilnius University. Since 2011 he is artistic director of Nida Art Colony – artist in residency and experimental education space on the Baltic Sea Coast in Lithuania. At the moment he is doing post-doctoral research on artistic research as intersection between art practice and humanities and social sciences.
www.nidacolony.lt

15 FEBRUARY DEADLINE OPEN CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO INTER-FORMAT SYMPOSIUM 'ON FLUX OF SAND AND AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS'
Inter-format Symposium May 22–25 2014 at Nida Art Colony Lithuania:
http://nidacolony.lt/en/projects/symposium/inter-format-symposium-2014
Curatorial Board: Rasa and Raitis Smits (RIXC, LV), Andrew Gryf Paterson (Pixelache, SCO/FIN), Erich Berger (Finnish Society of Bioart, AT/FI), Jacqueline Heerema and Ronald Boer (Satellietgroep, NL). Curator: Vytautas Michelkevičius (LT) of Nida Art Colony.
Please send your short text/audio/video/image proposal for the symposium with a short CV and portfolio (if applicable) by 15th February to: vytautas@nidacolony.lt

Nida Art Colony is based in Lithuania in the middle of the Curonian Spit between Baltic Sea and Lagoon. Photo credits: Satellite photo by Landsat (NASA) 2000.

























Satellietgroep is based in The Hague (The Netherlands) a few kilometers from the Zandmotor (Sand Engine), the latest Dutch innovation on coastal protection, called 'building with nature'. Photo credits: Joop van Houdt.


















12 FEBRUARY 'GUEST WHO#1'
During 'GUEST WHO#1' in The Hague on February 12 Satellietgroep and Vytautas Michelkevičius will introduce the collaboration and the concept of the Inter-Format Symposium, so join if you are interested and/or want to submit to the Open Call.
More information at: www.satellietgroep.nl/collaboration_nida_art_colony/1


Location: Zaal 3, De Constant Rebecqueplein 20A, The Hague
Time: Entrance open 19:30 start program 20:00 until 21:30, 22:00 drinks
Entrance: Min. € 3,50 - Max. € 7,50 p.p including a drink!
Purchase the show collectively with all other visitors by pitching in your share. The more visitors, the cheaper the ticket, so bring all your friends and colleagues to lower the ticketfare! Tickets can be purchased on the 12th at the door.
Organization: Wander, Satellietgroep and Zaal 3 - Theater aan het Spui.

'Guest Who' is an informal yet substantive evening where the audience will be served a whole range of impressions on the upcoming cultural activities, exhibitions and residencies in The Hague. During this monthly evening an ever changing selection of The Hague based initiatives will blurb and blab about their upcoming program. Afterwards there´s a meet, greet & drink with the artists/curators at the bar. Join us for the upcoming edition February 12th in Zaal 3 and hear all about Wander, Satellietgroep, Theater aan het Spui and 't Gras van de Buren.
Photocredits: Michael  Danker

Guests from the KABK Felix & Mumford














New guests are Felix & Mumford, an artist duo founded in 2009 (Claire Fons, Netherlands & Gamal Eldin Fouad, Egypt) and based in Berlin, Germany. At the moment they are curating the pre-end exam show at the Royal Academie The Hague (KABK). The 35 final year students of the fine art department will present their work in the former Ministery VROM, Rijnstraat 8 in Den Haag. The opening will be at the 24th of January 2014.
www.felixandmumford.com

Over Felix & Mumford - Uit interview door Kim Bos voor Mister Motley:
Het Nederlandse kunstenaarsduo Felix & Mumford is bezig met een gestage klim richting de top. In hun woonplaats Berlijn trekken ze steeds vaker de aandacht van curatoren en onlangs kocht het Centraal Museum Utrecht één van hun werken. Felix & Mumford willen dat iemand zonder verstand van kunst hun werk ook begrijpt en schoppen graag tegen de gevestigde orde aan – niet dat ze willen beledigen, eerder op scherp zetten. Er mag om hun werk gegrinnikt worden, maar schaterlachen hoeft nu ook weer niet. ‘Wat wij maken is geen grap.’ Het duo onderzoekt onder meer de betekenis van kunst en de sculpturale mogelijkheden van bestaande objecten; ready mades zijn meestal de basis. De uitkomst is zowel vertrouwd als vervreemdend en behalve komisch soms ook sinister. Zoals Expectations (2009); een kamer gevuld met ongeveer twintigduizend gelukskoekjes, stromend uit een kier van de deur. De ‘ruimte vol verwachtingen’ is symbolisch voor de ongebreidelde ambitie van de kunstenaars. Wie tijdens de expositie (in GlogauAIR Gallery in Berlijn) zijn geluk wilde beproeven en een koekje openbrak, kwam vaak bedrogen uit: de meeste waren leeg. Omdat het leven een aaneenschakeling van teleurstellingen kan zijn. Expectations is één van de eerste werken van beeldend kunstenares Claire Fons en schrijver Gamal Fouad – sindsdien Felix & Mumford – en is ontstaan tijdens de residency GLOGAUAIR in Berlijn.