The Summer Sessions
The Summer Sessions is a new mobile summer school program developed by Graphic Design Arnhem [GDA], ArtEZ Institute of Arts Arnhem.
The main emphasis of the Summer Sessions is to introduce participants to the ideas and concepts behind contemporary graphic design research, speculative graphic design and design critique, as well as developing personal methodologies in how to integrate and apply these concepts into one’s own critical design practice.
The basic idea is simple: 14 days, 30 students, 4 tutors and an exceptional location. The workshop will span 14 days and participants will be guided on a daily basis by tutors from GDA and a guest tutor from the host academy. The week will alternate between closed-knit collaborations, group debates, individual critiques, and self-reflection. The workshop will culminate in a small exhibition of results on the last day of the workshop. Special guests and visiting artists/designers will participate in the final critique.
The Summer Sessions will offer the perfect opportunity to work closely with a highly engaged and talented group of international students and practicing designers who are interested in challenging the prevailing conventions of critical expression and exploring new branches of design research.
The Summer Sessions is not a portfolio development course. Emphasis on the conceptual creative process will outweigh a product or solution-based approach.
Vinca Kruk (Metahaven) Metahaven is an Amsterdam-based research and design outfit on the cutting blade between politics and aesthetics. Founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, Metahaven’s work—both commissioned and self-directed—reflects political and social issues in provocative graphic design objects. Metahaven published Uncorporate Identity (Lars Müller, 2010), Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? (Strelka Press, 2013). Vinca teaches Design Research in the 3rd and 4th year at Graphic Design Arnhem.
Hendrik-Jan Grievink (Next Nature) Hendrik-Jan is a designer, researcher and editor who lives and works in Amsterdam. He is art director of the Next Nature Network, a global think and design network that investigates our changing notion of nature. The network produces daily observations on www.nextnature.net and self-initiated projects such as the NANO Supermarket. Hendrik-Jan teaches Design Research in the 2nd year at Graphic Design Arnhem.
Thomas Castro (LUST) Thomas co-founded the design studio LUST in 1996 together with Jeroen Barendse and Dimitri Nieuwenhuizen. LUST is a graphic & interactive design practice interested in exploring new pathways for design at the crossroads of new media & information technologies, architectural & urban systems, and graphic design & typography. Thomas teaches Design Methodology and Typography and is the Head of Department at Graphic Design Arnhem.
Indrė Klimaitė (Ilegal) Designer, researcher, and founder of a graphic design studio Ilegal. Researcher in Design at Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, NL (2012). Works on self-initiated typography and research-based projects. Recent research focuses on ideological aspects of mass food culture. Publications: Canteen Guide, (CAC, Vilnius, 2009) and On continuous and systematic nutrition improvement, (JVE, 2013). Guest teacher at Vilnius Art Academy and European Humanities University, Minsk-Vilnius.
Graphic Design Arnhem (GDA) A four-year bachelor of fine arts program in Graphic Design at the ArtEZ Institute of Arts in Arnhem with a core emphasis on Typography and Design Research. GDA focuses on the interaction between information, identity and design research. Students are exposed to the full width and breadth of the field. Analysis, research, intuition, creativity, sense and knowledge of visual graphic language, as well as the social aspects of design play an important role. GDA furnishes the students with a creative foundation, an intellectual context and a relevant network to enable personal artistic experimentation.
Partners (2013 Edition)
Vilnius Academy of Arts (VDA) VDA is an autonomous university level state institution. It is the oldest and the most prestigious institution for higher art education in Lithuania. There are almost two thousand students at VDA seeking BA, BFA, MA, MFA, PhD and DA degrees. The school is a member of ELIA, Cumulus, Cirrus, KUNO and other international networks.
The Graphic Design Department of Vilnius Academy of Arts was established in 2010. Vilnius is the foremost place to study graphic design and visual communication in Lithuania. The department creates a learning environment for developing intelligent and reflective practices through studio-based research and critical scholarship in order to make meaningful and sustainable contributions to today´s global society.
Nida Art Colony (NAC) NAC is a meeting place for experienced and emerging artists, designers, architects, curators and art researchers from around the world. Artistic, curatorial and educational process lies in the core of its activities, which mostly focus on professional development of artists and informal art education for the young. Through collaboration with external partners and departments of VDA NAC develops and runs a variety of art production and education projects. It also hosts an artist-in-residence program, which offers stays to professional artists. NAC operates all year round and gives space to workshops, intensive courses, seminars, artist talks and screenings.
For any questions, please contact: Anke van Loon Graphic Design Arnhem ArtEZ Institute of the Arts Onderlangs 9 6812 CE Arnhem Netherlands +31 (0)26 353 56 24 firstname.lastname@example.org
Designing Myths/ How can design be used to influence, alter and provoke contemporary mythmaking by using and combining information from, or inspired by, the physical surroundings of the Curonian Spit and design and distribute these using on and offline spaces.
Keywords/ Demystification, Remystification, Speculation, Rites, Ritual, Sagas, Black Metal, Symbolism, Reinventing Histories, Identity, States, Next Nature, Mapping, Storytelling
Outline Nida Art Colony in Lithuania is in many ways an exceptional place. Located on an artificial peninsula on the westernmost point of Baltic States, the geological structure (the only island of Lithuania as the Lithuanians say) is itself designed nature. Rumor has it that sand storms can cover a whole house overnight. Architectural vernacular reminisces both Soviet modernism (such as a radio station) and Nordic rune signs. Archeological findings on the island date back to the stone age, but a more recent history seems absent. Politically, there is the proximity of Kaliningrad, the Russian military enclave, as well as a former POW camp site from the French-Prussian war. The surroundings of Nida can be seen as a range of dualities. From defunct symbols in architecture to the controlled and designed nature of its surroundings. Now a resort for beach tourists in summer, the artist colony Nida has no one less than writer Thomas Mann as one of its founders. Some of the countries in the region (Finland, Estonia) are among the technologically most advanced countries in the world. Who knew Skype is originally Estonian and Nokia Finnish? This new North on the crossroads of Europe and Russia is in many social and economic respects far more advanced that its distant relatives Germany, France and Sweden yet is difficult to grasp this potential and visualize this and its history.
This kick-off of the first GDA Summer Sessions will take the surroundings of Nida Lithuania to apply contemporary design research strategies with a group of students from all over the world. The seeming absence of a contemporary history will inspire projects that take the physical environment as a starting point to design and speculate on new myths and map, visualize and combine existing ones.
Results This exercise will result in visual stories and written images. Participants will come up with signs, dreams, suggestions, strategies, performances, recipes, technologies, blueprints, code and codifications, networks and branding strategies.
Program The Summer Sessions program is especially centered around time. Time to reflect on one’s practice, time to connect with like-minded peers and creatives, and time to exchange ideas and spar with leading thinkers and makers in the field. In the first week, the program will concentrate on inspiration and methodology. Participants and tutors will interact through presentations, discussions and various mini masterclasses led by tutors and visiting guest critics. In the second week, all action should be steered towards a presentable end result. Daily routine of the Summer Sessions will consist of group crits with one tutor as well as individual talks (on appointment). Each participant should have the opportunity to have at least two individual talks of 15-30 minutes each. There will be four group crits during the whole Summer Sessions.
Thomas Castro Cultural Cartography Analytical Algorithms
Hendrik-Jan Grievink Next Nature Template Culture
Vinca Kruk Identity and the State Internet Geography
Guest tutors Martijn van Boven (Audio Walks, Podcasting Design) Daniel van der Velden (Ruins and Black Metal) Coralie Vogelaar (Empirical Methods)
Extra activities Summer Session Sound Track Design Interviews and Podcasts Audio Walks Outdoor Midnight Film Program
The Summer Sessions doesn’t end with our collective stay in Nida. All projects will be published afterwards and shared with everyone involved.
A more detailed schedule will be provided to participants.
Fr 09 Aug: Arrival in Vilnius
Fr 09 Aug: Evening: Welcome Drinks in Vilnius
Sa 10 Aug: Early morning departure Vilnius›Nida from VDA Main Campus
Sa 10 Aug: Evening: Welcome Dinner
Su 11 Aug: Introduction
Mo 12 Aug: Start Week 1
Sa 17 Aug: Free Day
Su 18 Aug: Free Day
Mo 19 Aug: Start Week 2
Fr 23 Aug: Final Show and Critiques
Su 25 Aug: Early morning departure Nida›Vilnius from NAC
The 2013 edition of the Summer Sessions will be held at the Nida Art Colony. Situated 1 km from the center of Nida, the Nida Art Colony [NAC] is beautifully situated very close to the famous sand dunes of the Curonian Spit of Lithuania, which is a sandy and forested peninsula dividing the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. The Spit is included into the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the most beautiful and unique cultural landscapes of Europe.
The Nida Art Colony [NAC] is an initiative of the Vilnius Academy of Arts and opened in March 2011. The NAC houses five artistic residencies, student dormitory, three multifunctional spaces, a small but carefully assembled library and a media lab. It is fully equipped for artistic and educational activities.
Saturday 10 till Sunday 25 August 2013
The cost for the Summer Sessions is €1350. This includes the tuition, plus these extras:
Includes: › Full lodging in Nida Art Colony › Daily breakfast and lunch › Bus transfer (5 hrs) Vilnius—Nida (10 August) › Bus transfer (5 hrs) Nida—Vilnius (25 August)
Does not include: › Flights to or from Lithuania › Evening meals (see FAQ for typical local prices) › Extra activities during the 2 weeks such as mountain biking, canoeing, boating or sailing
To apply for the Summer Sessions 2013, please send us an email (email@example.com) with your full contact information. Required for the application process will be a digtial portfolio (PDF or website) and a current CV.
Application deadline After reviewing all of the applications, there are a few places in the Summer Sessions still open. We have decided to keep the application process open and accept new applications to fill in these few spots. So if you are still deciding, there is still time to apply.
Who is it for? Talented design students, alumni and other professionals from related creative fields (artists, curators, writers, etc) who are interested in (re)exploring new avenues for critical research and practice. All in an amazing setting suitable for personal refection and ‘time-out’.
Available equipment at NAC › broadband wireless internet › video screening and conference equipment (projectors, sound system, mixer, wireless microphone, TVs, Blue Ray players) › photo quality A2 ink printer, color A3 laser printer, scanner › 4 iMacs with Adobe Creative Suite software › professional sound recorder, microphones › Canon SLR camera and HD video Sony camera › basic equipment for wood and metal processing (electrical drills, hammers, saws, polishers, etc.) › Bicycles to travel in and about Nida and surrounding towns
Prices For evening meals, There is a communal kitchen in NAC and a decent supermarket in Nida town proper, 15 minute walk from NAC. There are also several restaurants that serve good and inexpensive local and international cuisine. And of course there will be several BBQs planned at NAC and elsewhere.
Typical prices guidelines to expect in Nida: Typical restaurant dinner: €4—5 Typical groceries for dinner of 4: €10 Bottle of Water (1.5L): €0.50 Domestic Beer (0.5L) €0.75
The currency in Lithuania is the litas, abbreviated Lt or LTL.
1 EUR = 3.45 LTL = 1.31 USD = 8.12 RMB
There are adequate cash machines in Nida. And most establishments accept credit cards.
Getting there and away Nida is 5 hours away from the capital Vilnius. It is recommended to fly to Vilnius since transportation from there to Nida is covered by the tuition. There are several major airlines that offer service to Vilnius, Lithuania. If flying within Europe, we can recommend Wizz Air which offer roundtrips to Vilnius from major European cities for as low as €50 if booked far enough ahead of time.
It is also possible to fly to Riga, Latvia (medium-sized international airport, 5 hours away from Nida), or Palanga, western Lithuania (very small international airport, 1,5 hours away from Nida). If travelling via these airports, please go to the city of Klaipeda (Lithuania) from there.
Accommodations in Vilnius If you need a place to stay in Vilnius on August 9, the evening before our early departure to Nida, as well as the evening of August 25 after we arrive back in Vilnius, we can recommend these lodgings: › Especially for Summer Sessions participants, VDA offers accommodations at their student dorms in the center of Vilnius for prices as low as €15 pp/pn. Please contact Ausra Lisauskiene. › Low: Center Stay Hostel › Mid: Mano Liza or Neringa Hotel › High: Shakespeare Hotel or Novotel Vilnius Centre
Visa info For most countries, no special visas are required to visit Lithuania for up to 90 days. However, please check your local Lithuanian embassy for information about specific visa requirements for your country of citizenship.