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Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

Education

LCCA implements educational events for children, young people and grown-ups that stimulate understanding of contemporary art – creative workshops, excursions, talks, conversation workshops, presentations by artists and curators, discussions, thematic seminars, conferences – as well as publishing booklets, worksheets and guides. LCCA also organises LCCA Evening School, a cycle of text-reading workshops dedicated to contemporary art, an international LCCA Summer School as well as offering the opportunity to learn the skills of art messengers or mediators.

Education / For kids

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Curator: Linda Veiberga

Contacts: linda.veinberga@lcca.lv

Tālr. + 371 67039282

LCCA educational programme for children and young people provides the opportunity to get to know the secrets of art and social processes through exhibitions and their accompanying events, acquire a creative attitude towards life through encounters with artists and discover the different forms of contemporary art. In this section of the page you will find information on current activities for families with children and school groups, as well as practical materials about contemporary art for children and young people – exciting guides about Latvian artists.

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Education / Mediation

LCCA Mediation or art messenger programme is a special series of activities where people from different professions, each based on their own experience as well as engagement with the particular exhibition, are able to assist different viewers, enabling everyone to make the most of their visit to the exhibition. Art messengers are trained at events organised by the LCCA following pre-announced open calls, both by providing information on the themes of the particular exhibitions as well as training practical communication skills with the public.

Education / Evening School

LCCA Evening School is a series of text reading workshops and lectures taking place since 2013. LCCA Evening School is based on the familiarisation with the current contemporary art processes with the aim of fostering the development of critical thinking and discussion in the Latvian art scene. Various issues in contemporary art are discussed through the experience of reading texts of important theoreticians. 

The fourth season of the LCCA Evening School presents series of text reading workshops and lectures by local and international professionals. The cycle is based on exploring the contemporary art processes in order to foster the development of critical thinking and discussion in the Latvian art scene.

Curated by Valts Miķelsons and Inga Lāce.

# Reading workshop 'Nature and naturalness' 

In collaboration wirh artist Linda Vigdorčika 

Texts: 

• Ralph Rugoff, “Signs and Wonders”. 2000.

• Joseph Taylor McRae, “Boy Islands”. 2015.

# Reading workshop ‘Primitivism’ 

Texts: 

• Alain Badiou, “Reflections on the Recent Election”. 2016.

• Carlos Jáuregui, “Anthropophagy”. 2012.

# Reading workshop ‘Choreography in the exhibition halls’ 

Texts: 

• William Forsythe, “Choreographic Objects”.

• Dorothea von Hantelmann, “The Experiential Turn”. 2014.

# Talk by Sezgin Boynik Gregoire Rousseau about Rab-Rab: journal for political and formal inquiries in art  

www.rabrab.fi 

# Reading workshop ‘Art and identity’ 

Texts: 

• Pier Jaarsma and Stellan Welin, “Autism as a Natural Human Variation: Reflections on the Claims of the Neurodiversity Movement”. 2012.

• Nav Haq, “The Invisible and the Visible. Identity Politics and the Economy of Reproduction in Art”. 2015.

# Lecture by Rodolfo Andaur 

Rodolfo Andaur will talk about his curatorial practice and research projects, one of the main focus will be his project in the Tarapacá desert and the following book Tarapacá Landscape. 

Rodolfo Andaur is a Chilean curator, he has been coordinator of various contemporary art projects from northern Chile, promoting local artistic practices, received grants for international curatorial residencies in South Korea, Berlin, Río de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, México City and Poland. He is currently teaching Critical and Curatorial Studies at Adolfo Ibáñez University in Santiago, Chile. He writes for Artishock, ATLAS and Rotunda Magazine. 


Education / Summer School

LCCA Summer School is an international programme of informal education for young and future artists, art and culture critics, curators and culture managers from Latvia and abroad. LCCA Summer School gives its participants the opportunity to exchange ideas with lecturers, guest-curators and workshop supervisors recognised in the art world, developing the skills of critical thinking, argumentation and debate in an interdisciplinary format as well as inviting the participants to collective creative practices.


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The Second LCCA Summer School This Is Tomorrow! organised by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art will take place in art residency at Rucka manor, Cēsis, on June 6-11.

For six days, young and emerging artists, art critics, curators and cultural project managers from the Baltic States will have the opportunity to take part in a multi-faceted educational programme, consisting of discussions, lectures and creative workshops. Lectures and discussions are public and free for all who are intrested.

“But yesterday's tomorrow is not today,” wrote British art critic and curator Lawrence Alloway in 1956, working on the exhibition This Is Tomorrow! in London, pointing to the necessity for closer symbiosis between art, architecture, design and the processes of everyday culture. Accordingly, the basis of the LCCA Summer School is formed by the desire to form closer inter-disciplinary collaboration between members of various fields of culture and the arts, to explore the today through the current experience and perspectives of culture theory, strategies of contemporary artists, conceptualisation of the perception of time through the 'frames' of memory and the archive, the intersections of postcolonial and postsocialist experience, interpretations of reality and science fiction, etc.

The Summer School will open on June 6 at 17:30 with a discussion, with the participation of director of Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art Solvita Krese, publicist and writer Kirill Kobrin, artist Julijonas Urbonas and art critic Valts Miķelsons. The discussion will foreground questions of the visions of today, tomorrow and the nearest future: what tomorrow are we shaping, how do our everyday choices affect the nearest future, what will be its values? What is the difference between today's visions of an ideal world, or at least an alternative to the existing reality, and those of the past? Are these visions related only to imagination, or do they illuminate the factual structures of reality?

Several guest lecturers at the Summer School will turn to the subject of how and what projections of the future have been formed in the past, for example, how they have developed and affected the processes of culture during the Soviet period, whose rhetoric was oriented to the future. Among them, Estonian researcher Elnara Taidre will speak about the ideas of the legendary Estonian artist Tõnis Vint, which have also influenced the research of the ornaments of the Lielvārde belt. In the 1970-80s, Vint's aesthetic universalism proposed a new aesthetico-philosophical system, which at the same time was a strategy of resistance to the Soviet regime using its official channels.

Physicist Aigars Atvars will look at a methodology of forecasting the future using a scientific approach in the Soviet Union in the 1950-80s; the methodology was based on the idea that systems develop according to specific principles, striving for ideality, and they are stopped by an encounter with a contradiction. Meanwhile one of presently most notable Lithuanian artists of the younger generation Julijonas Urbonas will talk about the set of self-created methods, models and approaches in his creative work that involves aspects of philosophy, engineering, speculative design, science fiction and futurology. The relationships of the future, the present, history, scientific research, documentalism, fiction, imagination and utopia in their works will be reflected upon by Ivars Drulle, Rasa Šmite and Raitis Šmits, Agnė Bagdžiūnaitė, as well as Finnish artist Tellervo Kalleinen, who earned broad international recognition with her project Complaints Choir, which was also realised in Latvia several years ago. Talking about his creative work, sound and spatial compositions, Voldemārs Johansons will turn to the perspective of subjectivity and human perception. The approach of mind-specific art, or creation of artworks as thought experiments, which is used ever more often in the art of the 21st century, will be discussed by Lithuanian curator Dovilė Tumpytė. The changes or even the denial of the idea of the future in contemporary western and Post-Soviet art world will be analysed by the well-known Russian publicist and writer Kirill Kobrin. Anthropologist Lauren Monsein Rhodes will present the comparative view on the problem of postsocialism and postcolonialism and issues of memory in contemporary art practice. Meanwhile, in her guest lecture art scholar Laine Kristberga will analyse the questions of preservation of memory and history through Jacques Derrida's concept of 'archival desire'.

Summer School This Is Tomorrow! is organised within the LCCA education programme, which is based on the exploration of current contemporary art processes in the form of lectures, workshops and other discoursive events with the aim of strengthening the development of informal education, critical thinking and discussion in the Latvian art scene. One of the most visible activities of the programme is the series of reading workshops, LCCA Evening School, which turns to questions of contemporary art through the experience of reading texts by important theoreticians.

Extended programme of the 2nd LCCA Summer School This is Tomorrow! (June 6-11, Rucka manor, Cēsis) are here:

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