Baltic Dimensions

In the fall of 2013 six cultural institutions in the Baltic Sea Region focusing on art, citizen’s participation and urban planning initiated a partnership. This Baltic Network formulated a joint strategy to develop, strengthen and cherish a cross national collaboration aimed to pro-mote democracy and enrich dialogue in the present urbanization processes throughout the region. The joint strategy and a common comparative analysis laid the foundation for the research undertaken in spring 2014, pointing out the direction for future activities and further partners. Under the collaborative umbrella Baltic Dimensions there were programs in Riga, participation in the Tallinn Architecture Biennale and the larger joint program called the Baltic House.


The words used in conjunction with our coastal environment are frequently negative: vulnerability, erosion, setbacks and retreat. These descriptions articulate a sense of loss, that how it is or was very recently is how it should always be – and therefore that the coastline is under potential or real threat. Another word is far more appropriate to describe our past and present coastal cities and land-scapes: dynamic. This word is far more enabling for our future. Like the coastal lines that em-brace the Baltic Sea, our cities have never been static but always interconnected, and in con-tinuous and constant flux.


Around the Baltic Sea cultural institutions are developing new programs that involve different actors with means in contemporary artistic practice in the ongoing urban development pro-cess. Just as there is a present disconnection between the urban actors known as citizens, politicians, academics and artists, there is also the unconnected gap between the many cultural institutions within the Baltic region. The benefit of collaboration is therefore apparent. Baltic Dimensions aims to make use of the social capital of cities so as to strengthen the trust between different stakeholders and to jointly identify today’s urban challenges and possibilities.


Baltic Dimensions will highlight how contemporary cities are dealing with and can deal with the successes and failures of the past. Our method is based on horizontal actions, involving similar stakeholders from different regions, and cross sectoral dialogues, that include different stakeholders from the same region. The objective is to create a platform that enables us to step outside our own experience and discover other cities’ struggles and successes.


The program intends to look at the Baltic cities as a laboratory of the broad-range ways of urban development that emerged due to the strikingly different stories of each nation. By looking at the cities as the products of 20th and 21st century political, social and cultural transformation, Baltic Dimensions aims to clearly state the differences and similarities of the past which are not to be judged any more, but to be taken as a fact of experience.

The Baltic Network


Färgfabriken is an independent exhibition space and experimental platform for art and architecture as well as social and urban development.


The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdansk is is a public cultural institution that promotes culture and organized cooperation in Poland and elsewhere.


Laimikis in Vilnius, Lithuania, is an interdisciplinary platform for community art, urban research, non-formal learning and activism founded in 2007.


The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art in Riga is an independent organization that uses art to offer a perspective of past & current events.

The Rauma Art Museum

The Rauma Art Museum, Finland, works to forward matters concerning art and culture.


Creative Association of Curators (TOK) in St. Petersburg, is a platform for of multidisciplinary projects of art, design and social sciences.

Common Grounds

The partners of the Baltic Network have in collaboration investigated similarities and differ-ences between their respective cities and institutions. The network has also identified possibilities and challenges in the cities in the region focusing on urban development from a democratic and cultural perspective. By linking experiences the network formulated its common grounds. The findings made by the Baltic Network are summarized in Attitudes, Urban Processes and Resilience.

Challenge 1: Attitudes among artist

Challenge 2: Urban Planning Collective Memory and Common History

Challenge 3: Resilience Temporary Projects


It’s me, Riga!

Baltic Dimensions in Riga September 2014 is an attempt to understand the urban physiological process of this city. In this publication we continue our search for the Baltic Dimensions. To download the publication, press the image.


Daniel Urey
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The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdansk (BSCC), Laimikis in Vilnius, Lithuania, The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art in Riga, Lativa (LCCA), The Rauma Art Museum, Finland & Creative Association of Curators (TOK) in St. Petersburg, Russia.