The UrbCulturalPlanning residencies programme has started with the Swedish duet SIMKA at the Komēta festival in Bolderāja, Riga (LV). SIMKA is the first one of the residencies running from the autumn of 2019 to 2020.
SIMKA is the project name for visual artists Simon Häggblom and Karin Lind from Sweden. Throughout their work SIMKA combines the knowledge and skills form visual art, set design and landscape architecture. They want to investigate and create spaces and sites for human interaction. SIMKA pays attention to the relationship between humans and nature in the context of the urban environment.
The residencies will foster creativity and experiment in the cultural mapping and participatory collaborations.
The residencies within the UrbCulturalPlanning (UCP) project were selected according to local needs and societal challenges.
The residencies will:
• Add value to the community with creative work by helping to change the perception and profile of the host community for both its residents and outsiders,
• Create shared Baltic Sea Region value and identity, making a direct dialogue between community residents and creative short-terms visitors possible,
• Contribute to the development of the UCP Demonstrator Projects
Art works will be in various forms and media such as video, photo, sound, note as well as concept.