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[edit] Nida (LT)

15.04.2012 - 11.05.2012

Nida Art Colony or NAC is a new subdivision of the Vilnius Academy of Arts. The overall objective of the NAC project is to improve the quality of art and design education in Lithuania and to implement innovations in the field of art education by promoting international cooperation. By launching the Nida Artist-in-residence Programme NAC also aims to create favourable conditions for creative contemporary art practices.

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  • 04 17

"Memel Nord" fortification site in Giruliai (near Klaipeda).

  • 04 19

Short self-introductions and presentations of the projects. Slides and/or other visual material is appreciated. Seminar: introduction to the wiki, wiki workshop, discussion on further needs and expeditions. Financial/admin stuff: tickets, per diems, etc.

  • 04 20

"Smiltynė fortification"

  • 04 23

"Missile base near Tauragė". Partisan hideout in Parubežė forest. Ballistic missile base in Gulbiškiai (near Jonava). Kaunas fortress.

  • 04 24 (arriving: Lukas)

"Plokštinės missile base" (near Plateliai lake).

"Molotovo line"

  • 04 25 - 28

Kaliningrad sites (guide Romans Pillawa)

Kaliningrad first day

Kaliningrad second day

  • 04 30 (departure: Saulius, Milda, Antanas, Julius; arrival: Arnar)
  • 05 01 (arrival miga)
  • 05 02-04 expedition to Latvia (base @ SERDE/Aizpute)

"Expedition to Irbene, Latvia"

"Libava fortress, Liepaja, Latvia"

"South Fort, Liepaja, Latvia"

  • 05 06 seminar
  • 05 07 Klaipėda fortresses
  • 05 08-11 further work/departure

[edit] Aizpute (LV)

August 16th - September 3rd

The plan for the SERDE camp is meant to:

  • explore Kurzeme seaside from Liepaja till Jurkalne; interview

locals about the time when soviet army was there - the social life in that time, different stories and myths.

  • work on individual projects based on the previous expedition
  • work on wiki + presentation at SERDE

The Residency and workshop centre SERDE was founded in Aizpute during 2002 as a platform for international and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Our aim is to encourage professional's creative development and long-term cooperation through participation in residency programmes.

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  • Aigars Lielbardis (LV)
  • Ance Ausmane (LV)
  • Ance Kvasnikova (LV)
  • Anete Zīlīte (LV)
  • Fiona Flynn (UK)
  • Diāna Zuļģe (LV)
  • Dmitry Demidov (RU)
  • Elza Muraševa (LV)
  • Forests Kvasnikovs (LV)
  • Ieva Vītola (LV)
  • Katrīne Latkovska (LV)
  • Krišjānis Šneiders (LV)
  • Lewis McGuffie (UK/EE)
  • Lukas Brašiškis (LT)
  • Madara Pavlovska (LV)
  • Marita Horna (LV)
  • Mindaugas Gapsevicius (LT)
  • Signe Pucena (LV)
  • Tija Ausmane (LV)
  • Una Smilgaine (LV)

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no particular schedule this time except one date:

  • 1st of September - work on wiki + presentation at SERDE

[edit] Virolahti (FI)

This 5-day expedition/camp to Virolahti and Miehikkälä municipalities, in the Kymenlaakso region of South-eastern Finland, from 02-07.9. is the third and final camp of Abandoned Mystery multi/trans/un-disciplinary pilot project exploring the constitution and phenomena of abandoned military sites on the European edges of the Baltic Sea area. Reflecting upon the previous expeditions that have taken place in the Pre-WWII fortifications, Soviet military heritages in Koenigsberg/Kaliningrad in Baltic Russia, western Lithuania, and Kurzeme (Courland), Latvia, this time participants travel to an area in Finland where WWII fortifications closely integrated into the regional and touristic idenity of the area.

The Salpa Linja, within tens of kilometres from the current Russian border, was a 1200km long fortification line built by Finland between 1940-41 as defence from the Soviet Union between the Winter and Continuation wars. It was classified up until the 1980s. At the southern end, the Miehikkälä municipality created a museum centre in their area of the fortification line in 1987. Nowadays, a hiking trail within forested heathland lead to zigzag lines of trenches, gun emplacements and concrete bunkers; lines of stone block anti-tank and obstacles and ditches. Other than museum area itself which is preserved, many of these installations after 60 years are being reclaimed by nature.

Attending the Camp are 6 persons in total - Mindaugas Gapsevicius (LT), Antanas Stancius (LT), Kostya Trashchenkow (RU), Aigars Lielbardis (LV), Andrew Gryf Paterson (FI), Reina Magica (FI) - with a range of interests in artistic production, cultural organising, heritage research and wild food foraging. The camp and expedition in practice means visiting various bunker and other fortification sites in Vironlahti and Miehikkälä area, based from our accomodation in seaside villa Lokinpesä, that is situated very near the southernmost end of Salpa Linja.

On the first day we visited Salpa Linja Museum near Miehikkälä which included a 15min documentary about how the Salpa Linja was built in 1940 by Swedish volunteer brigades, and finished several years later by the Finnish military. We also had a guided tour by one of the staff of the different preserved installations on site. We visited several other sites nearby in the forest, outside the museum, gathering many photographs, some wild plants, berries and various mushrooms.

The second day's visits included several bunkers accessible near Harju education centre and the Ravijoki village in Vironlahti municipality that are marked on the Salpa Trail. Several are flooded with water, but most have been renovated and given information boards giving context before entering. Audio and video recordings were made of the details, insides and outside views of these sites. More berries, wild plants and mushrooms were also found.

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  • Mindaugas Gapsevicius (LT)
  • Antanas Stančius (LT)
  • Kostya Traschenkow (RU)
  • Aigars Lielbardis (LV)
  • Andrew Gryf Paterson (FI)
  • Reina Magica (FI)

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