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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 and Families

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Curator: Māra Žeikare

Contacts: mara@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 / Art Mediation

LCCA Art Mediation 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 mediators 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.

Aija Kaula is a doctor of chemistry who has been working in the banking sector since the 1990s. Aija is particularly fond of contemporary art, which has become a serious hobby for her.
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Short portfolios of the art mediators

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 second season of the LCCA Evening School presents series of art text reading workshops, seminars 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.

Each reading workshop is dedicated to a specific set of themes and questions – activism and socio-political responsibility of art, the centre and the periphery, the context of memory and archives, the global art circuit, curatorial practice and approaches, exhibition policy, art education – through reading and discussing texts from art theory, philosophy, anthropology and other fields, including essays by such notable authors as Grant Kester, Italo Calvino, Rem Koolhaas, Frederic Jameson, Jens Hoffmann, Ute Meta Bauer e.a.

Curated by Ieva Astahovska and Valts Miķelsons.


# 1 Urban utopias and heterotopias in contemporary art  

  Texts: 

• Michel Foucault, „Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias” (1967) // Architecture / Mouvement / Continuité, October, 1984.

• Lieven de Cauter, Michiel Dehaene, „The Space of Play: Towards a General Theory of Heterotopia” // Heterotopia and the City, Public Space in a Postcivil Society. Eds. L. de Cauter, M. Dehaene. 2008.

# 2 Narrative structure in art and literature 

 Texts: 

• Italo Calvino, „Cybernetics and Ghosts” (1967) // The Uses of Literature. San Diego, New York, London. Harcourt Brace & Company. 1986.

• Katherine Hayles, „Toward Embodied Virtuality” // How We Became Posthuman, The University of Chicago Press. 1999.

# 3 Art education 

Texts: 

• Boris Groys, "Education by Infection" // Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century). Ed. S. Madoff. The MIT Press. 2009.

• Steven Madoff, "States of Exception" // Art School.

# 4 Art and its ecosystems 

Texts: 

• Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev “Worldly Worlding: The Imaginal Fields of Science / Art and Making Patterns Together” // Mousse 43, 2014.

• T. J. Demos “The Politics of Sustainability: Art and Ecology” // Radical Nature: Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969–2009. Ed. Francesco Manacorda, London: Barbican Art Gallery, 2009.

# 5 ‘Post-criticality’ or ‘late period’ critique in art 

Texts: 

• Hal Foster, "Post-critical" // October 139, Winter 2012,

• George Baker, "Late Criticism" // Canvases and Careers Today. Criticism and Its Markets. Sternberg Press, 2008.

# 6 Criteria of art evaluation  

Texts: 

• Boriss Groiss, “Vienlīdzīgu estētisko tiesību loģika” (2006) // Mākslas vara, LLMC, 2015.

• Andrea Fraser. “How to Provide an Artistic Service: An Introduction”. 1994.


# 7 Exhibition making and curatorial practices  

Texts: 

• Irene Calderoni, “Creating Shows: Some Notes on Exhibition Aesthetics at the End of the Sixties” // Curating Subjects. Ed. by Paul O’Neil. De Appel, 2007. • Paul O’Neil, “The Curatorial Turn: From Practice to Discourse”. 2007. 

# 8 Reconstruction and re-enactment in art 

Texts: 

• Dieter Roelstraete, “Make it Re-. The Eternally Returning Object” // When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013. Ed. Germano Celant. Milan: Fondazione Prada, 2013.

• Inke Arns, “History Will Repeat Itself” // History Will Repeat Itself. Strategies of Re-enactment in Contemporary (Media) Art and Performance. Eds. Inke Arns, Gabriele Horn. Hartware MedienKunstVerein, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, 2007.

# 9 Art and public space  

Texts: 

• Rem Koolhaas, “Junkspace”. 2002.

• Joanna Erbel, Raluca Voinea, Jaime Iregui, “PublicSpace” // Atlas of Transformation. Eds. Zbynek Baladrán, Vit Havránek, JRP|Ringier, 2011.


# 10 Global art and biennales  

Texts: 

• Charlotte Bydler, “The Global Art World, Inc.: On the Globalization of Contemporary Art”. 2004.

• Simon Sheikh, “Marks of Distinction, Vectors of Possibility: Questions for the Biennial”. 2009.

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.


Diāna Tamane. Mom (detail) 2016. Courtesy of the artist
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LCCA International Summer School 'Contemporary Geographies. To Map Places, Experiences and Ideas' will take place in Kuldīga from 3 to 8 August 2018 and emerging artists, art critics, curators and also audiences from other cultural fields are welcome to apply. The deadline for applications: 27 June. 


The Summer School offers an alternative to the usual educational formats and discusses topics that are beyond academic studies. The programme will consist of lectures, artists’ presentations, discussions, collective reading sessions and implementation of shared ideas. The Summer School is organised by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art in collaboration with Kuldīga Artist Residency and the Art Academy of Latvia. Its goal is to provide emerging professionals with an opportunity to find out about the most up-to-date contexts of contemporary culture, develop critical thinking, and implement collective artistic research and creative practices under the guidance of acknowledged lecturers and moderators of creative workshops in an interdisciplinary form.

The framework of the 2018 Summer School is ‘contemporary geographies’ –

the visible and invisible boundaries, including social and cultural boundaries, transformation processes and experiences, which often do not match national and political geographies. To study such processes and experiences, ‘other’ geographical categories are used, constructing and deconstructing knowledge from most varied fields, merging objective and subjective perspectives. In these changing circumstances art is also involved to create common knowledge, understanding and perception fields. For example, visual culture theoretician Irit Rogoff in her work Terra Infirma relates art to so-called ‘critical geography’ – a concrete, yet ever-changing space and environment, and the relationships between this space and time, geography, history and the contexts of place. Critical geography allows one to analyse and interpret the experience of transformation processes and to highlight questions about the relationships between different places, especially the relationships between the West and the ‘rest’ of the world. It allows one to examine the various cultures and histories, create connections between people, places and discourses, as well as to understand the terms and conditions of contemporary reality and to explain them through the familiar.

The Summer School will address questions of migration and mobility in the past and today – the thematic bloc of identity and memory viewed through the perspective of belonging and not belonging, alienation, displacement, changes and transit. How does a new place of residence motivated by a free choice or circumstances affect the identity and quests for creativity in the new environment and new geopolitical and culturally political conditions? To be the other, the outsider, who looks for the support in a new culture; or the opposite – to be in a continuous position of transit with no strings attached to any of the places. These conditions are characteristic of today, where tourists, migrants and urban nomads are typical figures. The transient is somebody who is continuously changing her/his place of existence before becoming deep-rooted, and her/his state of identity is based on alienation and the experience of Otherness.

How are these experiences related to the past, when life in emigration or in exile was the everyday norm for so many people? How can we interpret the big wave of migration from the countries of Eastern Europe after the enlargement of the European Union if we examine it in parallel with the negative reactions expressed against offering shelter for refugees and asylum seekers? Why, in the contemporary migration politics in the post-Soviet countries, are they portrayed as a burden and threat that must be avoided and not as a labour force that could be included in economy? How does global migration transform art geographies – the relationship between the centres and peripheries, marginal places, as well as provinces? Cultures, too, are ‘portable’ and they are increasingly less attached to a certain place and increasingly more to the movement and certain trajectories in the global space, a general condition of continuous change in physical, social and temporal relationships, indicating new relationships between their meanings and forms. How can migration or transformation experiences in the widest sense – also as migration of knowledge, resources and industries – become the forms of interdisciplinary creative workshops?

The programme of the Summer School will address these issues from the perspective of art and culture theory, emphasising the complex relationships between the social and the political, the local and the global, and the geographies constructed by facts and imagination.

The lectures, seminars and creative workshops will be led by artists, curators, theoreticians and cultural researchers, including artists Inga Erdmane, Diāna Tamane, Tanel Rander, Eléonore de Montesquiou, Mindaugas Gapševičius, Didem Pekün, curators Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Antonia Alampi, media theoretician Ilva Skulte and others. Part of the Summer School programme – the lectures and artists’ presentations – will be public and everyone is invited to attend.

The working language of the Summer School is English. Participation in the Summer School is free of charge, yet the participants have to cover partial accommodation and catering costs to the amount of 100 EUR.

To apply for the Summer School, please complete the application form on the LCCA website in English, and submit it by email with a CV and a motivation letter. Additionally, you can add a creative portfolio, publications, etc.


Application form 2018:

lcca_summer_school_application_form_2018.docx

Deadline for applications: 27 June 2018. Please email the respective documents to: lccasummerschool@gmail.com

More information can be found at:

Māra Žeikare: mara@lcca.lv

Tel: +371 29586893

www.lcca.lv