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Sensus Art exhibition platform. Augmented Experiences exhibition. RIXC publicity image.

Experience is what happens to us.. It is a transformative move across cultures and historical contexts ... and [it] is actively theorized according to a combination of solid research, operative assumptions, and shifting cultural affinities” (Caroline A Jones, 2016)

Augmented Experiences exhibition challenges our sensory perception by pushing the boundaries of the human sensorium and revealing its connectedness to the environment. Augmented Reality (AR) artworks are virtually located in Esplanade Park, and are available by using Sensus Art AR application maintaining the intersection between the real and the virtual.

The opening of the Augmented Experiences exhibition and the Sensus Art application presentation, symposium and artwork presentations will take place at the RIXC Gallery, Lencu iela 2 on December 15 at 18.00. View the virtual AR artworks next to the National Museum of Art, at the Janis Rozentals square 1 next to the Esplanade park.


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Visit the virtual artworks at the square outside The Latvian National Museum of Art next to the Esplanade park:


The exhibition artworks:

Familiar yet different (2021)
Jurģis Peters

Jurģis Peters. Familiar yet Different, 2021.

The different stages of the author's portrait depict the Artificial Intelligence (AI) training process creating a synthetic image which is indistinguishable from the original. Various globally connected AI algorithms are increasingly capable of performing more different tasks, and becoming more self-aware. Ubiquitous algorithms are taking over tasks traditionally reserved for human judgment such as calculating individual credit scores or flying military drones. How far are we from achieving Superintelligence? And how will it affect human experience and perception of reality – if our ability to distinguish the 'real world' images from those generated by Artificial General Intelligence will be lost...

Omnisence (2021)
Zane Zelmene

Zane Zelmene. Omnisence, 2021.

360-degree virtual photographic spheres is an artistic reconstruction of the changing landscape of Esplanade Park in Riga tracing its historical developments from prehistoric times to the 20th century. We experience the world around us by our five main senses. However, metaphysical perspective recognizes also the sixth sense, an extrasensory perception which allows some people to feel time and space from a very different point of view. Today, this natural ability has been transformed and augmented by contemporary science and smart technologies. The smartphone to some extent has become our sixth sense; by providing access to the collective consciousness, it has become a tool for reaching out to the memories and knowledge of humanity, and creating new augmented scenes connecting past and present.

Soil Mate (2021)
Sabīne Šnē

Sabīne Šnē. Soil Mate, 2021.

Soil is covering our planet's surface and it has a vital role for sustaining life processes. There is a contemporary theory proposing that the Earth is a unified and conscious self-regulating system, consisting of numerous subsystems, in which all organisms and their inorganic surroundings are closely integrated, maintaining conditions for life on the planet. This is the theory of Gaia, named after the Greek goddess who symbolizes Earth, which suggests that the planet itself is alive. Soil is a part of Earth, a part of Gaia. Soil Mate explores the relationship among art, mythology and science. Inspired by the aesthetics of Stone Age's Venus figures, the virtual 3D sculpture represents the contemporary version of Gaia. It is covered with the texture generated using various soil samples found in the Esplanade Park, where the sculpture is virtually located.

Forest (2021)
Rihards Vītols

Rihards Vītols. Forest, 2021.

The artwork is a speculative vision to the tree species which potentially will be covering the Earth surface in the future, maintaining the natural balance of the planet. The artwork explores the interaction between artificial intelligence and nature. Large databases of different tree species have been used to train the Artificial Intelligence algorithm to create a collection of future tree species. The futuristic collection of trees is an unimaginable, abstract and absurd simulation of nature in the future. Some of the future trees will be virtually planted and made available on view at the exhibition “Augmented Experiences” taking place virtually at the Esplanade Park.

Augmented Experiences. Symposium and exhibition opening program.

18.00 The presentation of the new RIXC Sensus Art app and exhibition. Curators: Raitis Šmits, Rasa Šmite

18:15 Zane Zelmene. Omnisence

18:30 Sabīne Šnē. Soil Mate

18:45 Jurģis Peters. Familiar yet Different

19:00 Rihards Vītols. Forest

Venue: RIXC Gallery and online

19:30 Discussion and the visit of the Augmented Experiences exhibition together with the curator Raitis Šmits and artists behind the National Art Museum of Latvia next to the Esplanade park. 

20:00 Guided exhibition tour by Raitis Šmits

Venue: behind the National Art Museum of Latvia next to the Esplanade park.


 The language of the opening and symposium: Latvian

The exhibition artworks are on-view until November 30, 2022.


Exhibition curators: Raitis Šmits, Rasa Šmite

Artists: Jurģis Peters, Sabīne Šnē, Rihards Vītols, Zane Zelmene

Exhibition producer: Agnese Baranova

The AR exhibition and Sensus Art platform is produced by RIXC with the support of VKKF KultūrELPA program. (c) RIXC, 2021.


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