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OPEN FIELDS Conference and Exhibition

in the framework of RIXC Art Science Festival 2016
Riga, September 29 – October 1, 2016
Venue: The National Library of Latvia

Open Fields is the title of this year's international conference taking place in the framework of the annual RIXC Art Science festival in Riga. It brings together international scholars and artists, working at the intersection of arts, humanities and science. Open Fields will focus on artistic research, the changing role of arts, its transformative potential, and relation to the sciences. This call for participation invites contributions and conference paper proposals by scholars, artists, artists-researchers, art and media theorists, data designers and critical engineers, as well as doctoral students, and scientists from different Fields – biology, ecology, environment, digital technologies, renewable energy, etc., who are engaged in experiencing the transformative potential of arts.

For the exhibition and conference, we are looking for research that is located in the contested territory between academic knowledge production and independent creative practices. Open Fields will be investigating the use of data visualizations and other mappings of the contemporary. It will look into areas such as open commons, the future of social interaction, data representation and visualisation, critical design, sustainable infrastructures, eco-aesthetics, techno-ecologies, bio-hacking and other techniques of a transformative potential. No Field is excluded, yet there should always be a connection with art; it is highly likely that art works and conference papers will touch on several Fields, not one. It is such an enhanced understanding of transdisciplinarity that drives this undertaking.

Research Questions: How art and other creative practices can meaningfully contribute to the environmental, technological and scientific challenges of our time? What kind of new knowledge can be created through artistic practice that collaborates with science, technology and other disciplines? And how to deal with contemporary aesthetics, which has undergone dramatic changes during the past decades and keeps changing again as influenced by current post-media situation, data visualization and other contemporary conditions?

* Conference keynote speakers:

Christiane PAUL / New School / Whitney Museum / New York

Jussi PARIKKA / Winchester School of Art / University of Southampton / UK

Monica Bello / Arts@CERN / Switzerland

and others – tbc.


WEDNESDAY, September 28, 2016

12.00 – Press conference at the National Library of Latvia
Address: Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga
14.00 – Changing Weathers project partners meeting at RIXC office
Address: Maskavas iela 4
18.00 – Opening of the “Turnton, a small city on the sea” exhibition by Time's Up (Austria) at the RIXC Gallery
Address: 11. novembra krastmala 35, entrance from Minsterejas iela

THURSDAY, September 29, 2016

Open Fields Conference at the National Library of Latvia
Address: Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga

15.00 – Conference Registration
16.00 – 17.00 Public Keynote by Jussi PariKKA (UK/Finland)
17.30 – 18.30 Public Keynote by Christiane PAUL (New York, US)
19.00 – Reception and OPEN FIELDS Exhibition opening

FRIDAY, September 30, 2016

Open Fields Conference at the National Library of Latvia
DAY 1: Contemporainity and Artistic Research
Address: Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga

9.00 – Registration
9.30 – 11.15 Plenary Session – on Contemporainity Research
11.30 – 13.30 Session A1 / B1
13.30 – 14. 30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.30 Session A2 / B2 / C2
Featured Session: LiepU + RISEBA
17.00 – Playing Fields Participatory Session

21.00 – Parallel Programme: New Sound Days performances and Connectors exhibition by young artists at RISEBA Architecture and Media centre H2O 6
Address: Durbes iela 4, Riga

SATURDAY, October 1, 2016

Open Fields Conference at the National Library of Latvia
DAY 2: Art & Science
Address: Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga

10.00 – 11.30 Public Keynote: Monica BELLO (Switzerland)
Plenary Session III – Changing Weathers panel
12.15 – 14.00 Session A3 / B3
15.00 – 17.00 Session A4 / B4
17.00 – 18.00 Book Review (20'' x 20 slides PechaKucha format) + Festival Closing + Art Science cocktails


OPEN FIELDS Exhibition

Venue: The Exhibition Hall of the National Library of Latvia
Dates: Opening on September 29, 2016, 19.00, open until November 2, 2016. 
Address: Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga

Turnton, a small city on the sea Exhibition 
Artists: Time's Up (Austria)

Venue: RIXC Gallery
Dates: Opening on September 28, 2016, 19.00, open until October 5, 2016. 
Address: 11. novembra krastmala 35 (entrance from Minsterejas iela), Riga

* Organizer: RIXC Center for New Media Culture.

* Partners: Conference and Exhibition is organized by RIXC in collaboration with the Art Research Lab of Liepaja University, the Art Academy of Latvia and Changing Weathers – Creative Europe’s project partners (

* Exhibition partner: the National Library of Latvia

* Contact: rixc (at),

Address: RIXC, Maskavas iela 4, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia

Phone: +371 67228478 (office), +371 26546776 (Rasa Smite)

* Support: EU Program Creative Europe, the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Riga City Council, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Goethe Institute Riga.



until Sept 10, 2016


+371 67228478 (office)

+371 26546776 (Rasa Smite)