The Incurably Curious Residencies are aimed at profound exploration of themes related to climate, social and economic justice and potential scenarios of change, and resulting in new artistic creation.
Three artists from the Baltic region whose work is related to mentioned themes are invited to participate in Incurably Curious Residencies in 2020-2022: Voldemārs Johansons (LV), Lina Lapelytė (LT) and Jānis Balodis (LV). The research trajectory will be designed by artists themlseves and might include work in a studio or residency place, but it can also contain attending a conference, conducting fieldwork or working with specific communities, purchasing books, working at science lab, etc. The new artwork will be presented at Homo Novus festival - International Festival of Contemporary Theatre - in 2021 and 2022.
The residents are:
Voldemārs Johansons is artist, composer who lives and works in Riga. The work of Voldemār’s merges his interests in visuality, sound and science and explores the perception and nature of experience in visible and audible domains. He creates experimental projects that synthesize art, science and technology to explore diverse phenomena and represent the experience through environments assembled from the visual, acoustic and spatial structures.
Lina Lapelytė is artist, musician, composer and performer. She lives and works in Vilnius and London. Her performance-based practice flirts with pop culture, explores gender stereotypes, ageing and nostalgia. Initially trained as a classical violinist, Lina Lapelytė’s has developed an ongoing interest and research into experimental music, amateur performance, and historical genres.
Jānis Balodis is dramaturge and recent graduate from DAS Theatre in Netherlands. He has been working in theatre professionally since 2009 as playwright, dramaturg and occasionally as a performer. He also has been teaching drama and playwriting at the Academy of Culture of Latvia.
ACT is a European cooperation project on ecology, climate change and social transition with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The project was initiated by 10 cultural operators from 10 European countries, working in the field of performing and visual arts.
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