The 5th Nida Doctoral School in Venice

26 – 31 August

The 5th Nida Doctoral School: ‘Fight The Power 2019/1989: We, the Ungovernable’


The Nida Doctoral School (NDS) comprises an intensive programme for DA & PhD students in visual and performing arts, design, media and architecture, as well as the humanities. Focusing on questions pertinent to their individual research, doctoral candidates will work closely with speakers and tutors from art, design, higher education and the culture sector. Talks, discussion groups, doctoral research presentations, peer review, group and individual consultations, derives & screenings will contribute to developing the students’ PhD projects.

The NDS will be held at the Lithuanian Pavilion, the Research Pavilion and additional environments in Venice. Entitled ‘Fight The Power’, this year’s Nida Doctoral School is energized by the 30th anniversary of Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing’ and its opening credit sequence soundtrack-ed by Public Enemy. Convinced by the radical potentialities of research-as-praxis, NDS utilises this 30th anniversary to ask: what does it mean to do the right thing?


Curator of the 2019 NDS: Marquard Smith

Speakers: Michelle Williams Gamaker, Guy Julier, Lucia Pietroiusti, Morgan Qaintance

Tutors: Mika Elo, Vytautas Michelkevičius, Joanne Morra, Sofia Pantouvaki


NB The open call to join this year’s NDS has closed in March and the participating students have been selected.


About the NDS

NDS was initiated by Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts and Aalto University. University of the Arts Helsinki and University of the Arts London joined in 2016-2017. The programme comprises intensive courses organised once a year and doctoral residencies. Usually at VAA Nida Art Colony, in 2019 the NDS will be held in Venice, coinciding with Nida Art Colony producing the Lithuanian Pavilion for the 58th Venice Biennale.

Nida Art Colony