Three exhibitions will take place simultaneously across the three sites in Ireland, Latvia and France. Six contemporary visual artists have been selected, two from each of the host countries, whose practice is rooted in various aspects of digital technology.
The EUCIDA Curator in Residence for 2017, Matthew Nevin is exploring the idea of an "Echo Chamber", a metaphor for a situation where information, ideas or beliefs are reinforced inside an "enclosed" system, and where different or opposing beliefs are censored or underrepresented. In this way the digital arts may sometimes seem like an echo chamber for the viewing public, something which is only for a specific tech savvy audience. Aim is to create an accessible dialogue between the digital arts and its interpretation of politics, culture and society through technology to a European-wide public.
"Echo Chamber" aims to create an accessible dialogue between the digital arts and its interpretation of politics, culture and society.
"To grow or not to grow – that is the question" – this was a message left by an anonymous person to the bean plants grown by RIXC artists Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits a few years ago at the start of the "Talk to Me" human-plant communication research project. Tell these messages to the beans online at http://talktome.rixc.lv
The text messages sent online will be read out aloud to the plants day and night. You will be able to choose the voice to talk to the beans: one of the plants at the manor will be talked to in a female voice, the other by a male. The messages will be collected and analyzed, calculating the most frequently used words and exploring the relations between the words used together.
The other Latvian artist taking part in the exhibition is Paula Vitola.
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