Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art


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: Linda Veinberga

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 / Art 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 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  


• 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 


• 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 


• 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 


• 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 


• 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  


• 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  


• 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 


• 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  


• 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  


• 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.

The image credits: Edd Schouten
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The LCCA Summer School Error?! is taking place in the artists’ residence at Ruckas Manor, Cēsis (Latvia) from 11 June until 15 June 2016. 

The theme of the 2016 edition Error?! focuses on the role of erring in thinking and art. Among the subjects of discussion will be slowness as a conscious strategy in cinema and contemporary art; absurd and nonsense in literature and visual art; buffoonery as a strategy – as resistance and critique; as release from learned forms of seeing and experiencing.
Taking into account that in many European languages the word "error" in the sense "to stray, err" (from Latin errorem) has a much longer history than the notion of "error" as "failure", the LCCA Summer School will revisit the various meanings of erring in creative processes and hopes to contribute in restoring the good name of errors. It will turn to such questions as: What is the role of errors and erring in acquiring new knowledge and experiences? In what ways can errors shed light on systems and structures upon which we rely? Which practices of art are located in the zone of systemic errors? Can erring and accidents become a conscious practice?

More about lecturers of the Summer School:
Michael Ramscar countsconcepts, metaphors, analogies, language learning and processing, and all manner of mental representations among his interests. He studies philosophy, computer science, and finished a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. We invited him to talk about the importance of being wrong.
We invited Rosa Bartosi and Elīna Reitere to collaborate ongivingus food for thought regarding slowness and film, and ways of watching. Rosa Barotsi is a film theoretician, her recent work looks at the notions of failure and misuse in contemporary art cinema both as tools for radical politics and as endemic characteristics of ‘debt capitalism’. Elīna Reitere is also a film theoretician, recently finished her PhD on narrative in Slow Cinema, has also worked as the director of the Riga Film Museum and writes about film.
Travis Jeppesen is an artist working in the medium of language. His books include novels such as Victims, Wolf at the Door and The Suiciders, poetry, amongst them Dicklung & Others, Poems I Wrote While Watching TV, and art criticism, such as Disorientations: Art on the Margins of the “Contemporary”. We invited him so that we could explore his method: an object-oriented writing – a metaphysical form of art writing that attempts to channel the inner lives of objects.
Kaspars Groševs is an artist and,as an artist, he works with sound, text, video, paint, other artists, he is co-founder and curator of gallery 427 in Riga.We invited him to share his ways of dealing with uncertainty.
Valentinas Klimašauskas is a curator and writer, interested in the robotics of belles-lettres. Among other things, he hosts collective reading performances and other performative acts that often deal with reading and texts. We invited him to get acquainted.
Paul Clinton is a writer and is assistant editor of Frieze. He has taught on art, stupidity and queer theory at Goldsmiths College and recently curated (together with Anna Gritz) exhibition 'duh? Art & Stupidity' at Focal Point Gallery (Southend-on-Sea, UK). We invited him to talk about unpacking the political and representational issues coming from artists and critics who work with stupidity.
Haralds Matulis has many faces – having studied philosophy and social anthropology he works as a publicist, critic, translator, and has been active in shaping cultural policies in Latvia. We invited him to talk about Daniil Kharms and his writings.
Laura Prikule is an arist interested in ideas, their formation or growth, as well as processes of interaction which link contrasting areas of culture. She works with plants, people, objects, colours, texts and sound. We invited her because she is interested in structures, and structures are full of errors.
Indrek Grigor is an art critic, curator and semiotician, he is an explosive device when it comes to art criticism. We invited him to hear more about the power of unwritten texts and his findings in typology of art criticism.
Edd Schouten is an artist and choreographer. His choreographies are often centred around structured scores with the intention of engaging both the performer and the viewer in a spatial engagement. We invited him because erring means moving.
Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson is an artist, storyteller, performer,maker of objects and illustrator who has a love for the absurd, by which he means less an obsessive passion for the ridiculous, nonsensical or the odd, than a tender and caring attitude: he looks after the absurd, he helps it develop, he gives it a place alongside everything else, where it can be your most disturbing neighbour and your best friend.

Summer School Error?! 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.

This event a part of a collaborative project "This is Tomorrow. Back to Basics: Forms and Actions in the Future" co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, State Culture Capital Foundation, Cēsis Regional Council.

Programme of the LCCA Summer School 2016__ENG.docx