During the united ISSP and Baltic Analog Lab summer school 25 participants – artists from ten countries, including the Baltic states, Poland, UK, Germany and Italy, became acquainted with the surroundings of Ruck Manor and created work inspired by natural phenomena around them.
The summer school program consisted of four photography and experimental cinema creative workshops. In an experimental eco-process cinema workshop with the Latvian artist and founder of Baltic Analog Lab Ieva Balode the summer school participants made 16 mm films using plants found in Rucka park and vitamin C and soda. During the photography workshop with Gintautas Trimakas (Lithuania) participants developed photographs in authors technique, developed by Gintautas himself, using Baltic Sea water, which not only allowed unusual images to be obtained, but also gave the works a symbolic meaning. Under the supervision of Vytautas Juozėnas (Lithuania) the participants made Super8 films and during a workshop led by Krista Mölder (Estonia) the participants created images by placing light traps in Rucka park. The workshops were accompanied by lectures, discussions and walks in nature. The summer school also hosted a variety of nature researchers and professionals from the related fields, focusing on the interaction between art and science.
The summer school concluded on 9 of August with a pop-up exhibition, film screenings, informal presentations and performances, thus presenting the creative results of the participants to a wider audience. Rucka Artist Residency wishes success and creative spirit to all the summer school participants, mentors and its organizers. We welcome everyone to return with fresh new ideas!
Photos by Kristaps Mednis. The united ISSP and Baltic Analog Lab summer school “Natural phenomena” was organized in cooperation with Rucka Artist Residency and supported by Cēsis District council and State Culture Capital Foundation.