NAC announces the second call for submissions for the Neringa Forest Architecture 2022/2023 research and residency programme in Nida, Lithuania. Applications are open to a broad range of practitioners working on the topic of the forest including architects, designers, carpenters and artists, researchers in the fields of humanities and science interested in cross-disciplinary work and exchange from the Nordic European region: Åland Islands, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, and Sweden. Each selected resident / collective will receive a monthly grant of 900 EUR and additional travel costs.
Application deadline: 9 January 2022, Midnight EET (Helsinki)
For further information on applying please refer to the NAC website>>
Context of the programme:
The Neringa Forest Architecture (NFA) project is located at NAC in Nida on the Curonian Spit, a 98km-long sand dune shared by Lithuania and Russia, separating the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where forests planted over the span of 200 years form an environment dedicated to managing natural eolian processes.
NFA focuses on the features of both the human-made and natural forest: its ecological rhythms, organic and industrial material cycles, timber-based material development, socio-political discourses, history, forestry and policy-making; art, design and architecture. NFA analyses this cultural landscape as a case study in the context of Baltic and Scandinavian forests by tracing the relationship between ecological, recreational, representational, and industrial narratives, and by presenting the possibility to perceive the forest as an infrastructure formed by a diverse civic consensus. In this residency, the trees of the Curonian forest and all of its distinct eco-socio-political features are literally, and figuratively, the foundational material of the programme.