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Open Fields Conference Programme

WEDNESDAY, September 28, 2016


12.00 – Press conference
The National Library of Latvia, Address: Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga
18.00 – Opening of the “Turnton, a small city on the sea” exhibition by Time's Up (AT/AU)
RIXC Gallery, Address: 11. novembra krastmala 35, entrance from Minsterejas iela 

THURSDAY, September 29, 2016

14.00 – Conference Registration
15.00 – Plenary Session: The Contemporary Condition – Key Concepts (Aarhus University / Contemporaneity Research Group)
16.30 – Jussi PARIKKA (Winchester School of Art / University of Southampton / UK)
17.30 – Christiane PAUL (New School / Whitney Museum / US).
19.00 – The Opening of the Open Fields Exhibition and RIXC Festival Reception, featuring performance “E.E.G KISS” by Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat (NL).
The National Library of Latvia 

FRIDAY, September 30, 2016

Featured session by Liepaja university's Art Research Lab / Thematic keynotes / Parallel sessions
17.00 – Open Fields Book Review 1 (Featured session): book discussion by Armin MEDOSCH and Christiane PAUL.
The National Library of Latvia 

SATURDAY, October 1, 2016

10.00 – 16.00 Conference Day 2: ECO-AESTHETICS / ART AND SCIENCE
Featured session by Changing Weathers project partners / Thematic keynotes / Parallel sessions
17.00 – 18.00 Open Fields Book Review 2 (20”x20 / Pecha Kucha format) presentations: by authors – Open Fields participants // Festival Closing: Art-Science Cocktails
The National Library of Latvia


THURSDAY, September 29, 2016


The National Library of Latvia, Mukusalas iela 3

14.00 – Conference Registration

(contemporary contemporary; chronophobia; random access memory; real-time; presentism; arrested movement; migration; algo-rhythm; pre-acceleration; iconomy; time stamp; loop).

Geoff COX, Verina GFADER, Jacob LUND and Anne KØLBÆK IVERSEN / Aarhus University's Contemporaneity Research Group / DK


16.30 – 17.30 Jussi PARIKKA. Situated Data: On Art Methods, Cultural Institutions and Infrastructure

17.30 – 18.30 Christiane PAUL. Digital Art Now: Challenges of the Post-Digital Age

19.00 – The Opening of the Open Fields Exhibition and RIXC Festival Reception:
Welcome words by festival curators Rasa SMITE and Raitis SMITS, RIXC / Dace VILSONE, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia / Mrs. Dominique PETTER, Embassy of Switzerland in Riga / Santa SĪLE, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands / Dace MARKUS, rector of Liepaja University / Andris TEIKMANIS, vice-rector of the Art Academy of Latvia
19.45 – Featured Open Fields performance: E.E.G KISS by Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat (NL)


FRIDAY, September 30, 2016


Venue: The National Library of Latvia

09.00 - 09.30 Registration and Coffee

09.30 – 11.3Plenary Session(120 min):OPEN FIELDS: Artistic Research and Contemporary Aesthetics
Featured session with presentations by (some of) Open Fields exhibition artists
Moderated by Raitis SMITS, curator of Open Fields exhibition
Speakers (18 min + 1 question / 6 speakers): 

Martin RUMORI. Narrative Immersion – Artistic Approaches to Binaural Auditory Display Research
Raphael KIM. Microbial Money: Alternative Narratives for Economic Sustainability
Mauro MARTINO. Beautiful Science
Laura BELOFF. Art & Science projects flirting with the concept of the ‘Real’
Ellie IRONS. Vegetative Resistance: Weeds and Wildness in Human-Dominated Landscapes
Jan TORPUS, Andreas SIMON. Atmospheric Experience in An Affective-Responsive Environment

11.30 – 11.45 Coffee Break

11.45 – 13.0Parallel Session A (75min): Contemporaneity, Complexity and Community
Speakers (15 min + 1 question / 5 speakers): 

Lucy IRVINE. Made of Holes: Embodied Complexity and Emergent Form
Maryam BOLOURI. App-Art Aesthetics: Post Media Art as an Extension of Man’s Imagination
Ágnes Karolina BAKK. Is There an Online Theatre with its Online Community? - Online Theatre Strategies for Creating New Communities
Pauline O'CONNELL. The Ecology of Community

11.45 – 13.0Parallel Session (75 min.) Data Visualization 
Speakers (1
4 min + 1 question / 5 speakers):

Marita BATNA. Beyond Representation: Data Visualization in Networked and Spatially Distributed Art Practices
Marinos KOUTSOMICHALIS. On Catalogue Aesthetics
Solvita ZARINA. Data Visualization Between Design and Artwork
Sandra ALVARO. Artistic Production and Embodied Information. Tracking Spaces of Transformation.
Martin SCHNEIDER. Towards Bottom-Up Interactive Dataviz

11.45 – 13.0Parallel Session (75 min.) Art as Research
Moderator: Kristin BERGAUST
Speakers (14 min + 1 question / 5 speakers):

Saskia KORSTEN, Marieke DE JONG. Enframing Korsten&DeJong
Aneta PANEK. Alchemy and Punk

Lena SÉRAPHIN. Another Alphabet
Ance GRICMANE. Seeing the Sound – Synesthesia – the Phenomenon as Source of Inspiration
Sarah BURGER. (un)earhted

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.15 Parallel Session A (75 min): Contemporary Symbiosis
Speakers (14 min + 1 question / 5 speakers):

Amy YOUNGS. Practicing Symbiosis: Experiments in Collaborative Teaching and Art Making between Science and Art
Vincenzo SANSONE. Theatre among Liveness, Divergence and Software Culture
Minka STOYANOVA. Performing Hypo-Linguistics
Adam HYDE. What Scientific Publishing has Learned from Art
Christian FAUBEL. Songs from my Analogue Utopia

14.00 – 15.15 Parallel Session B (75 min)Artistic Research in Baltics (Part I) 
Speakers (14 min + 1 question / 5 speakers):

Thematic Keynote: Andris TEIKMANIS. Art, Research and Politics
Jurij DOBRIAKOV. An Expired Future: The Curious Case of Lithuanian Media Art
Raivo KELOMEES. Interactive Art as a Method of Preserving and Exhibiting Physical Artworks
Ance GRICMANE. Seeing the Sound – Synesthesia – the Phenomenon as Source of Inspiration
Vytautas MICHELKEVIČIUS. I am a scientist and I am a researcher; I am an artist, I am a curator, what am I?

14.00 – 15.15 Parallel Session C (75 min.) Data Sonification and Ecological Awareness
Speakers (14 min + 1 question / 5 speakers):

Matt PARKER. Vibrating the web: media infrastructures and the economy of noise
Eva SJUVE. Dark and Dirty: Metopia
Rihards VITOLS. Woodpecker
Ryan JORDAN. And the Earth sang like a mad Beast

15.15 – 15.30 Break

15.30 – 16.45 Parallel Session A (75 min)Post-Human, Post-Digital, Post-Organic
Moderator: Regine DEBATTY

Deborah LAWLER-DORMER. Altercations: An autonomous avatar creation account
Anna Maria MONTEVERDI. Will there be Theatre in a Software Culture?
Raune FRANKJÆR, Patricia FLANAGAN. The cybercrafted posthuman: Introducing cyborganics
Bart VANDEPUT (Bartaku). Aronia m.BaBe: the Morphing of the Human With the Chokeberry
Owen KELLY. Digital Toolkits for Experimental Arts Organizations

15.30 – 16.45 Parallel Session B: Artistic Research in Baltics (Part II) 
Featured Session by Art Researh Labof Liepaja University
Moderator: Ilva SKULTE
Speakers (15 min x 5 Speakers + 1 question each):

Dirk HOYER. Futura as a conceptual framework for Artistic Research
Raivo KELOMEES. Practice-based artistic doctoral research in Estonia: history, experience and results
Chris HALES. Developing a Practice-led Arts Doctorate at Liepaja University
Aigars CEPLITIS. Rhizomatic Narratology In Spherical Cinema
Jānis GARANCS. Artistic Reflection on the Turbulent Virtual Landscape of Crypto-Currency Online Trading (2010-2016)

15.30 – 16.45 ParalleSession C (75 min.): Art As Research

15.30 – 16.30 Performative Presentations (60 min)Situating Hybrid Knowledges: A Material-Discursive Archive
Mara-Johanna KOLMEL / Alice COLQUHOUN / Helena HUNTER / Mirko NIKOLIć
15.30 – 16.45 Video Presentations:
Tracey M BENSON. Way of the Turtle (video)
Meghan Moe BEITIKS. Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience (Live Archive 1) (video)

16.45-17.00 Coffee Break


17.00-18.30Open Fields Book Review (Part I: featured session): book conversation by Armin MEDOSCH and Christiane PAUL, based on their recently published books: “A Companion to Digital Art”, ed. by Christiane Paul, and “New Tendencies Art at the Threshold of the Information Revolution (1961 – 1978)” by Armin Medosch.

Venue: The National Library of Latvia



21.00 – Audiovisual Performances: Uldis HASNERS, FIGURAS, Jukka HAUTAMÄKI (FI), Roberto PUGLIESE, Christian FAUBEL // Guided tour through the IMPULSES Exhibition by new media artists from Liepaja University's Art Research Lab ( 

Venue: RISEBA Center for Architecture and Media “H2O 6”, Address: Durbes iela 4


SATURDAY, October 1, 2016


Venue: The National Library of Latvia, Mukusalas iela 3

09.30–10.00 Registration and Coffee

10.00-11.30 Plenary Session (90 min): CHANGING WEATHERS: Networked Response...
Moderated by Netta NORRO
Speakers (15 min + 1 question / 5-6 speakers):

Netta NORRO. Introduction into Changing Weathers
Lucas VAN DER VELDEN. Living Earth – Dark Ecology
Erich BERGER. Hybrid Matters
Andrew Gryf PATERSON. Reflections on Soil Present(s), Past(s), Future(s)
Time's Up. Turnton, a Short History
Marko PELJHAN (video presentation)

11.30-11.45 Coffee Break

11.45-13.15 Parallel Session A (90 min): Eco Aesthetics and Techno-Ecologies in the Anthropocene
Speakers (1
5 min + 1 question / 5 Speakers):

Yvonne VOLKART. Technologies of the Ecological in the Anthropocene
Cathy FITZGERALD. The Ecological Turn: Transversal Practice to Exit the Anthropocene.
Karolina ŻYNIEWICZ. Bioart as a Laboratory Experiment
Grit RUHLAND. Randomness as a reSource

11.45-13.15 Parallel Session B (90 min): Bio-Ethics: Scientific Experiments in Art
Speakers (1
5 min x 1 question / 5 speakers)
Moderator Lucas EVERS 

Lucas EVERS. Trust Me I’m an Artist.
Mari KETO, Erich BERGER. Inheritance: Open Care
Alexandru RAEVSCHI (RAEVSKI). The project "Universe 69" / The influence of anthropogenic transformation and their reflection on human subconsciousness
Alana JELINEK. Ethics of Multi and Inter-Disciplinary Working with Artists
Ursula DAMM, Birgit BRUEGGEMEIER. Combat, Courtship and Advertising – How to Understand Scientific Experiments in Art

11.45-13.15 Session C (90 min) Bio-Hacking, Mapping & Eco-Poetics
Moderator Regine DEBATTY
Speakers (1
5 min x 1 question / 5 speakers)

Francisco Javier Fernandez GALLARDO, Audrey SAMSON. Peel that! Free-labour art at the Mouth of the Thames
Krista PĒTERSONE. Surveyor's Turn 
Danielle WILDE. BioHacking our Danish Town to Diversify Civic Imaginaries
Irina DANILOVA. Where Topology meets with Typology
Lisa ERB. To Combine Those – Pluriphony. Meta 

13.15-14.14 Lunch Break

14.15-15.45 Parallel Session A(90 min) ART AND SCIENCE: Institutions and Platforms
Moderator Ainars KAMOLINS
Speakers (15 min + 1 question / 5 speakers)

Natalia FUCHS. Polytech. Science. Art: Institutionalization of Art & Science Research in Russia
Ela SPALDING, Emily ZHUKOV. A Laboratory for Art and Science collaboration in Panama
Benjamin CADON, Julien BELLANGER. ArtLabo, an anti-disciplinary platform for a prospective and critical approach of art & science
Matteo LANFRANCHI. Stormo: Collective Intelligence between Art & Science
Joanna SZLAUDERBACH. Research Station on Planet B – Curatorial Practice Between (Citizen) Science & Art Exhibition

14.15-15.45 Parallel Session (90 min) Art And Science: Energy Innovation and Critical Design
Moderator: Andrew Gryf PATERSON
Speakers (15 min + 1 question / 5 speakers)

Thomas ORTIZ, Cédric CARLES. Paleo-energetic : a Collaborative Counter-History of Energy Innovation.
Christina DELLA GIUSTINA. You are variations
Artis VOLKOVS. Solar Transport for Solar Civilization
Talivaldis MUZIKANTS. Eco-Aesthetical Solar Tree in Urban Environment
Liene JAKOBSONE. The Purpose Of Uselessness. Critical and Speculative Approaches in Design

14.15-15.45 Parallel Session C (90 min.) TECHNO-ECOLOGIES: Workshop and Walk

Jamie ALLEN, Martin HOWSE. The Launch of Shift Register (workshop - read more)


16.00-17.00 Monica BELLO. Expanding curiosity through fundamental research in arts

17.00–18.30 Open Fields Book Review
(Part II) by authors – Open Fields participants:
(6 min presentation session: 20 slides x 20 seconds / Pecha Kucha format): 

Rasa Smite. Open Fields (Acoustic Space Vol. 15) / Lucas van der Velden / Alana Jelinek "Knowing", Ela SPALDING, Emily ZHUKOV “LAB de Arte y Ciencia / Art and Science LAB - Chiriquí, Panama, 2015” / Katherine BEHAR. Object-Oriented Feminism (University of Minnesota Press) / ...
... and other conference participants are invited to make their book presentations:

You can apply for this session by sending your book/presentation titles to



+371 67228478 (office)

+371 26546776 (Rasa Smite)