July 17th – 21st, 2011, Nida
The 6th laboratory of the Migrating Art Academies (MigAA) project aimed to bring together more than 10 European art universities and other cultural organisations to set rules for a cooperation model which would offer emerging artists professional knowledge and feasible mobility. The proposed network of cultural organisations offers a low-budget model for artistic collaboration and tutoring based on “CouchSurfing”, the practice of moving from one friend’s house to another and sleeping in whatever spare space is available.
The CouchSurfing laboratory resided at the Nida Art Colony quarters on the Baltic coast. Representatives from 14 art universities from 11 European countries: Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, the United Kingdom, Estonia, France, Germany, Finland, Poland, Sweden and Belgium took part in the project.
Further development of the project looks to implement proposed ideas; representatives of collaborating organisations will offer a list of planned international seminars, workshops and lectures while emerging artists, art students and other creatives will attend proposed events.
Migrating Art Academies CouchSurfing is kindly supported by the Culture Support Foundation of the Republic of Lithuania, the Nordic Culture Point, the Embassy of Sweden in Vilnius and the Embassy of Norway in Vilnius. CouchSurfing is organised by Vilnius Academy of Art in cooperation with Academy of Media Arts Cologne, the Goethe Institut, the >top Association supporting cultural practices, the Lithuanian German Forum Association in Vilnius, the Nida Art Colony and the Thomas Mann Museum in Neringa.