Transfer North is a knowledge transfer network for independent and institutional curators and art critics in the contemporary art field in the European North, that focuses on specific experiences related to the artistic, cultural and environmental challenges of the high north region. The network organizes study trips, workshops and residencies for network members, as well as other curators and art critics from the Nordic and Baltic countries, UK and Russia.
Vytautas Michelkevičius visits Lofoten and Tromsø as part of a curatorial and critical writing residency programme organised by the Transfer North. Nordnorsk kunstnersenter will host Vytautas in Svolvær March 23-27. for the first part of his residency, and from March 27- April 1 Vytautas will be in Tromsø hosted by the Troms Fylkeskultursenter.
About Vytautas Michelkevičius
Since 2010 Vytautas Michelkevičius is artistic director of Nida Art Colony. He is responsible for artistic programmes and colony’s stance in contemporary art world, including communication and networking with art professionals and audiences. Until 2014 he was curating Nida artist-in-residence programme and now he is occasionally doing studio visits and selecting artists together with the colleagues. Moreover he is editing Nida Art Colony Log and writing project applications as well as doing strategic planning and programming together with Rasa.
Vytautas is a curator, publisher, art and media researcher, and associate professor in Vilnius Academy of Arts and Vilnius University. He holds a PhD in Communication studies (Thesis on Critical media theory and photography) from Vilnius University. He is interested in photographicallity of art and society, socializing through art, interdisciplinarity between art and research, artistic research, experimental teaching, and participatory curatorial practices. Vytautas has authored or edited more than 10 catalogues and books on media theory, art and photography since 2002. He is curating mostly group shows and in 2015 he was curator of the Lithuanian Pavilion in Venice Biennale with artist Dainius Liškevičius project „Museum“.