The following list of experts has grown since CouchSurfing laboratory organised in Nida Art Colony. During symposium the proposed network of cultural organisations and people offers a low-budget model for artistic collaboration and tutoring described in the article Shared Space and Knowledge. Emerging artists are encouraged to contact experts (listed bellow in an alphabetical order) directly. For detailled information and work in progress please refer to wiki article.
David Butler is Co-Director of Intersections, a public art research project, Director of Engagement for the School of Arts & Cultures and Coordinator of LifeWorkArt, a professional practice programme for fine art students at Newcastle University, UK. He is interested in art as a social and critical process.
Mindaugas Gapševičius (b. 1974) work is to be associated with net art, software and interactive user interface. He is also actively involved into collective work, initiating interdisciplinary events and creative laboratories which include net art, open-code strategies, audiovisual artistic practices and visual art. www.triple-double-u.com
Raivo Kelomees is an artist, critic, and professor of new media at the Estonian Academy of Arts. His interest could be defined by media art sub-spheres like interactive art, telecommunicative art, and other emergent
technology or ephemeral art forms. www.artun.ee/~raivo
Harri Laakso (b.1965 in Helsinki) is professor of visual culture and art at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Art, Pori unit. He has worked as curator, artist and researcher and published many texts on contemporary art and photography. Current interests are in photography theory, curatorial practice and in issues dealing with artistic research.
Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist. His artistic work explores questions of social life and cultural narrative, using sound, performance and sited constructions. He lives in Berlin and is currently Professor at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway. www.brandonlabelle.net
Žilvinas Lilas served multiple positions during his professional career ranging from Interactive Interface Designer to Chief Artist. His research interests include interactive art and design, simulated environments and scenarios, identity and technology. Lilas is a professor for Experimental 3D art at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.
Alvydas Lukys is an artist, curator and media theory professor at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. His artistic approach is closely related to concepts of remembrance and prosiness. As a curator and lecturer his main interests are in the various aspects of cultural anthropology and photography in contemporary art. media.vda.lt
Sylvie Marchand is a professional artist and film director. She graduated from the Sorbonne, Paris, with a PhD in anthropology. Her interactive installations question world cultural issues of mobility, interweaving digital devices with land art materials installed in public spaces. She currently teaches at the European School of Visual Arts in Poitiers. www.gigacircus.net
Vytautas Michelkevičius is a theorist, activist, and curator, working with art and media projects and interested in socialising through art, interdisciplinarity between art and research, experimental teaching, and participatory curatorial practices. He holds PhD in Communication studies, lectures in Vilnius Academy of Arts and works as artistic director of Nida Art Colony. www.nidacolony.lt
Susanna Schoenberg is a professional sociologist, film-maker and media-artist. Her artistic production is dedicated to non-linear narration, expanded media and alienated formats. Schoenberg has been a scholarly art associate at the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln in the field of multimedia & performance. www.susanna-schoenberg.net
Alan Smith gained an MFA at the University of Massachusetts and he is Creative Director and co-founder of Allenheads Contemporary Arts. He creates live events, performance to camera and audio/video installations that use appropriated texts, composed sound and imagery to subtly shift the security of normality. www.alansmith.org.uk