Artist Talks and Discussion on Art and Research

In the presentation and discussion night organised by Liepaja University Art Research laboratory on 14th of December 6PM EET artist-researchers Dani Ploeger (NL) and Vytautas Michelkevičius (LT) will introduce the audience to the role of research in their art and the variety of art as research approaches. Under the guidance of the workshop moderator – media theorist Ilva Skulte (LV) – the methodology and lifestyle of the artist-researcher will be introduced.

Discussion will be live streamed on Youtube:


Dani Ploeger (NL)

Artistic Research on the Frontiers of Techno-Consumerism:

New technological imaginaries in extreme circumstances


I examine everyday technologies in places and circumstances that are usually unforeseen by their designers, manufacturers and marketers, such as garbage dumps, warzones and abandoned territories. Combining field research methods with approaches from arts practice, my work explores the ways in which technologies that were intended for use in everyday consumer culture start to (mal)function, gain new meanings and are appropriated in these liminal spaces, thus giving us hints at what alternative techno-cultures could look like.


Dani Ploeger is a media and conceptual artist and cultural critic. His artwork has been exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals worldwide, including ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Venice Architecture Biennale, transmediale, Nairobi National Museum and The New Institute in Rotterdam. He holds a PhD in media studies and performance from the University of Sussex, UK, and is currently a Research Fellow at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, Associate Research Fellow at De Montfort University Leicester and Fellow at V2_Lab for the unstable media in Rotterdam. His artwork is represented by Art Claims Impulse in Berlin. /



Vytautas Michelkevičius (LT)

The Lifestyle of Artist-Researcher

I am a scientist
and I am a researcher;
I am an artist, I am a curator, who am I?

Vytautas Michelkevicius will speak about the lifestyle of artist-researcher, the many questions that arise in the process.


Dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius (Vilnius, LT) is a curator, writer and researcher whose focus was gradually shifting from photography in expanded field to media art & theory and lately to artistic research in academia and beyond. He is teaching art practice & theory BA, MA and DA/PhD students in Vilnius Academy of Arts and served as artistic director of Nida Art Colony (2010-2019). He has supervised or still is supervising 7 candidates in doctor of arts (1 has successfully completed and the second one is about to complete).

Since 2019 he is the Head of Photography and Media Art Department and Doctoral Programme in Fine Arts in the same academy. He has curated numerous symposiums and exhibitions, among them Lithuanian Pavilion in Venice Biennale (2015). He has edited and authored more than 10 books on art, media and residencies, among them “Mapping Artistic Research. Towards Diagrammatic Knowing” (VDA Press, 2018) and “Atlas of Diagrammatic Imagination: Maps in Research, Art and Education” (together with Lina Michelkevice, VDA Press, 2018) .





New media art festival UPDATE is organized by Liepāja University Art Research Laboratory (MPLab) in cooperation with ASTE. Art, science, technology, education (


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