The Residency and workshop centre SERDE Atmodas iela 9 LV-3456 Aizpute Latvija www.serde.lv facebook.com/SERDE issuu.com/smg.serde vimeo.com/smgserde
Four-day workshop to discover the device 'Pixelstick'. Participating artists: Bartaku, Franky DC, Jesse Cremers, Loes Jacobs, Samu Viitanen, Various Artists, Wojtek Mejor. In collaboration with MPLab and nadine (Brussels, Belgium).
EMMA GIBSON (AT)
My project is to map foreign territory through walking, in order to create a poetry map or creative cartography. This project would build on and refine the process I developed at a previous artist residency in Cadiz, Spain. Through this process I have identified the key elements that make a territory suitable for exploration on foot â€“ a city or town that is compact and walkable, has history that I, as a foreigner, am not aware of, and has sufficient streets for me to get lost in.
BRIDGET HENDERSON (ZA)
h�ps://cowgirlblues.co.za/ I come to explore the Latvian hand knit mitten tradition and practice with a view to developing a “new tradition” for a South African/Cape Town knit pattern, shape and style, with the additional possibility of reflecting on the interaction and influence of young/youth/tradition and old/ageing/contemporary practice on each other, using had knit mittens as a metaphor.
NIAMH SEANA MEEHAN (UK) My work pays attention to the non-understanding. As artists, we are using our practices to ask questions to see how far one concept can be pushed. I use performance to illustrate how research within the arts context is portrayed.
MICHAEL MC DERMOTT & WILLIAM "BILWA" COSTA
Un/natural Fields is a new project in which Michael McDermott and William "Bilwa" Costa juxtapose two solo projects, the organic imagined landscapes of the McDermott's Echozoo works in progress and Costa’s unnatural field recordings. Together they create an imaginary listening experience akin to magical realism.
SIGBJØRN BRATLIE (NO)
My art practice has a conceptual and analytical undertone, and humor is an important part of it. A key ingredient in my way of working is what I like to call «the artist as anti-hero». At Serde I started filming, writing and researching a project I want to make in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, in Yiddish.
LINDA ANDERSON (USA) Houses and landscape modeling workshop for local audience.
AGNESE, JĀNIS, TERĒZE MARIJA RUDZĪŠI (LV) Creative workshop for children “Kociņš un kartons” with tactile works and first steps in graphic technique, to show the most popular places in Aizpute which needs attention.
VICTORIA CAZARRES (FR) EVS PROJECT “CORNER OF EUROPE”
BÁRA JURAŠKOVÁ (CZ) EVS PROJECT “CORNER OF EUROPE”
KAZUTAMI YOSHIDA (JP) I see a lot of value in the ordinary things existing and surrounding our life, and therefore, framing the scenery of one part or another from photographs and images showing such things is the first approach to my work, and then dividing the object into several visual elements will follow in order to create the basic materials. After that, I structure the overall design based on these materials, and express it on a plane canvas. I think the process of dismantling and rebuilding the objects plays really important role that could end up making my work represent the true beauty.
ESTHER SCHAMINĂ‰E (NL) FOKUS Finding: something that is often found by good luck, often on an archeological site. I would like to see myself as an eyewitness: one who sees an occurrence or an object; one who gives a report on what he or she has seen. The booklets, that were made during my stay at SERDE, contain my findings in and around Aizpute. They advocate to remain the childish feeling of wonderment and to stay focused at the same time.
MINNE DE LANGE (NL) Iâ€™m a nomadic textile artist from the Netherlands, traveling around and creating hand embroidered works based off the places I see. The works often have to do with the relations of people with their surroundings, nature and culture, folk tales that include nature. Recently Iâ€™ve been getting more into embroideries that combine humans/portraits and nature so I continue exploring that during my residency at Serde through creating a new collection of embroidered jewelry. I create miniature works with silk threads that I split to create very fine threads and embroider in a technique I developed myself, based off both Asian and Western silk embroidery techniques.
NICOLETTA FAVARI (IT) & CHRISTOPHER SALVITO (USA) hďż˝ps://passepartoutduo.com/
In our work as a Duo we have been creating, rehearsing, and documenting music through visual mediums and online content. This brought us to reflect on different ways we can communicate our art, an idea connected to our ongoing reflection on the constraints that artists find when living in a big city. During our residency at Serde we continued the exploration of these formats and shared it with the community during the public presentation.
AMEE EVANS GODWIN (USA)
A. E. Godwin is a visual artist based in Northern California. Her work is a meditative investigation of life-force energy and form created by layered elements drawn from nature. The artist builds intersecting compositions combining video, original and vintage photographs, drawing, sound, and performance. Also called Ameera, the artist creates projections for musical concerts and theatre productions. During her residency at SERDE, she has created a series of new videos and photo work in-progress, and will also combine forces with Godwin & Noya in their performance of new musical works.
MIGUEL NOYA (VEN) UN PAUL GODWIN (ASV) hďż˝ps://godwinoya.com/
Live music performance by Miguel Noya and Paul Godwin at Applethink festival in SERDE. New contemporary electro-acoustic work for keyboards and voice was presented in quadrophonic surround sound. The duo have been performing and recording together for three decades at concerts and festivals throughout Europe, North and South America.
ALAN RUTHERFORD (UK) I use my time at Serde to explore the environment, places and spaces. I am interested in the architecture that was created during the Soviet era and the method in which it functioned as a Utopian vision.
KATI HYYPPÄ (FI/DE)
Electronics and textiles workshop was organized during the Applethink festival. Embroidery was used as a technique for making the LED patches. Participants stitched simple patterns using conductive yarn and LEDs, which blink when powered up.
FRONTIERS IN RETREAT: SERDE OUTDOOR EXHIBITION
h�p://www.fron�ersinretreat.org/ SERDE organized events and artist residencies during from 2014 - 2018 dedicated to the art and ecology issues. Artists Bartaku (BE), Joanes Simon-Perret (FR), Anna Rubio Llambi (ES), Gints Gabrāns (LV) and Sylvia Grace Borda (UK/CAN) art work and process documentation are exhibited at outdoor exhibition at SERDE centre.
SIGNS OF POWER Ceramic workshop with signs of power at the INTER PAGAN NETWORK framework was led by Lithuanian artist Ieva BertaĹĄiĹŤte Grosbaha. Workshop participants were invited to make their own Baltic (Latvian/ Lithuanian) amulet by choosing the traditional ornament.
AT THE WATER'S EDGE At the water's edge exhibition is a result of a transnational and cross-generational communication project, which aims to bring to wide public the memories of the Baltic Sea Region from the time when the sea was divided by the Iron Curtain. The exhibition is composed by memory material collected from all nine countries sharing the shore of the Baltic Sea (namely Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany (both former East and West), Kaliningrad (Russia), Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden).
CHRISTOPHER ARTHUR GARCIA (USA) SCULPTURES OF LATVIAN FOLKLORE CHARACTERS Christopher Garcia worked on 2016 at SERDE residency centre on mixed-media sculptures based on folk stories about Vilkatis, Lietuvēns, Pērkons, Mēness, Pūķis, Lāčplēsis and the Black Knight, Veļu māte, Kurbads and Deviņgalvu velns. Exhibition of sculptures was held in Aizpute Tourism Information Center and in Riga at European professional doll art festival.
LFDKDCPM ANNUAL LARGE FORMAT PHOTO WORKSHOP Mārcis Bendiks, Ģirts Jēkabsons, Gvido Kajons, Jānis Deinats, Imants Žodžiks, Jānis Knāķi, Valts Kleins, Rihards Puriņš, Ieva un Spāre Vītola.
4TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON WOOD RESTORATION
Restoration workshop led by Jānis Tolpežņikovs, Ieva Zilberte, Guntars Upenieks. Participants: Yoshimasa Yamada (J/FI), Juris Gailis, Undīne Trapenciere, Ineta Freidenfelde, Aigars Kārkliņš, Sofija Katerīna Jākobsone, Artūrs Catūrovs, Līva Garkāje (LV)
Within the framework of intangible cultural heritage researches the workshops of reconstruction of the ancient stone beer took place in SERDE centre Aizpute, Grobiņa “Festival of Live History ”,Festival “Sviests” in Valmiermuiža , Festival “Zobens un Lemess” in Bauska and Rucava Crafts House.
14TH INTERNATIONAL CAST IRON ART SYMPOSIUM Led by Kārlis Alainis Participants: Gunārs Dzelme, Nils Jumītis, Dāvis Valnbaks, Madara Zepa, Justīne Lejiņa, Reinis Alainis, Artis Alainis, Rūdolfs Alainis, Trīne Pucena (LV), Rasuole Jautakyte (LT), Victoria Cazarres (FR), Barbora Juraškova un Marcel Peralt Ronell (CZ).
Annual arts and crafts market brings together local craftsmen, artists, musicians to show and sell their production. Artists who lives in SERDE residencies centre gives public workshops, exhibitions, presentations and performances.
A NOTEBOOK OF TRADITIONS “ZAĻUMBALLES”
Honoring the zaļumballe phenomenon in Latvia and elsewhere in the world, SERDE have published Zaļumballes [The Open-Air Dance Party], where stories about Latvian country dances from various eras and places have been collected, including pre-War Latvia, the Soviet era, and contemporary practices complemented with photographs and posters. This book is a wonderful source of information about this little-studied, yet once hugely popular Latvian tradition - what were the liveliest traditions, unwritten rules, and good manners of Open-Air Dance Parties of the past; which melodies and dances were most popular; how did young people travel, secretly or not so secretly, to dance parties many kilometres away.
A NOTEBOOK OF TRADITIONS “SERDES STĀSTI” h�p://serde.lv/?q=lv/node/16
On 2017 in the framework of project "Living with Cultural heritage" SERDE organized Storytelling workshop. The result of Storytelling workshop was published at the series of The Notebook of Traditions “SERDES stāsti” and introduces visitors and local audience with historical background of the one on the main buildings in historical centre of Aizpute, gives good insight into the house and Aizpute history from time before 2nd WW and Soviet period, people and events from local people memories, and documents recent history after the years when the house complex was abandoned and on 2002 SERDE started there their activities.
THE FUTURE HERITAGE OF TODAY A EUROPEAN POSTER EXHIBITION
The exhibition is implemented in collaboration with Latvian art center SERDE and realized with the support of the European Commission Representation in Latvia. What will today look like in 100 years? What would we remember from the year 2018 if we could take a time travel to 2118 and look back? What will become the cultural heritage adopted by future generations? In the poster exhibition The Future Heritage of Today, 10 European artists present creative reflections on these questions.
Austrija / Austria
Dānija / Denmark
Vācija / Germany
Francija / France
Evelina Germanovič, Dovilė Kačerauskaitė, Toma Kanytė, Simas Kisielius How to Walk Lietuva / Lithuania W
Fritz Kaftanski: Analogue Photocamera FEX Fexar, 1940
Heritage designs the future
hopefully As shown in the exposition of Slovak Design Museum
Dawid Ryski VIVAT! Polija / Poland
Designed by Juraj Blaško & Peter Nosáľ, photo by Adam Šakový, for the Slovak Design Center, 2018
Juraj Blaško, Peter Nosáľ Heritage designs the future Slovākija / Slovakia
Our future heritage is in the stories we make
Apvienotā Karaliste / United Kingdom
Latvija / Latvia
Iona Sjöfn Huntingdon-Williams Hopefully Īslande / Iceland
During the 2018 summer season many artists used opportunity to stayed and worked at SERDE residencies centre: - doctoral students from Liepaja university Media art department, - students from faculty of Audio-Visual Media art from Art Academy of Latvia, - young artists under the guidance of art teacher Laura Pīgozne, - artists Iveta Laure and Elvita Ruka (LV), - Vitalija Povilaityte-Petri (LT) with family. Publisher: Interdisciplinary Art Group SERDE Editor: Signe Pucena Design and layout: Ance Ausmane Partners and collaborators: HIAP, Mustarinda, Scottish Sculpture Workshop SSW, GRAD, Skaftfell, Centre d'Art i Natura CAN, Jutempus, Rauma town, Kuldīgas novada dome, University of Turku, Gotland Region, The Culture Management Centre “Lauska”, folk/pagan/metal festival “Zobens un Lemess”, folklore community “Savieši”, Nākotne pagātnei, SIA HIDROLATS, Liepu MPLab, IDEJU MĀJA, Radi Vidi Pats, Aizputes Novada dome, LKNVOA. Armands Ausmanis, Didzis Golubovs, Dzintra Vēvere, Ieva Vītola, Ieva Zilberte, Jānis Tolpežņikovs, Diāna Reine, Laima Alundere.
Photo: From artist personal and Serde archives.