Listen to the interview with the curator of the RIXC festival and ECODATA exhibition - Rasa Smite - in the recoridng of the 'Atspere' radio broadcast in 'Radio Klasika', here. In the morning interview, Rasa Smite looks back at the events of the RIXC Art and Science festival and introduces with ECODATA exhibition and Atmospheric Forest exhibition.
The main events of the festival were the international ECODATA contemporary media exhibition in the National Library of Latvia (on view until November 18) and the Atmospheric Forest exhibition (on view until December 12) in RIXC Gallery.
Atmospheric Forest is an immersive installation that visualizes the complex relations between a forest, climate change and the atmosphere. It is an outcome of a three-year artistic research project on Pfynwald, an ancient Alpine coniferous forest.
Trees emit large amounts of volatile organic compounds that we can sense as a habitual scent of the forest. Scientists have long known about the link between the fragrant forest. While some believe that the strong smell of a pine forest indicates that climate change can be limited, others suggest that the volatile emissions could make global warming worse.
Atmospheric Forest reveals patterns of this complexity by visualizing the data of volatile emissions and resin pressure in pine trees. To create the Atmospheric Forest, the scientific laser scanner was used to scan the Pfynwald in point cloud. The viewer can navigate through the emitting trees of virtual forest, observe the forest from the bottom up, and follow the path through the tree trunk to get far up above the emitting forest, experiencing the interactions between the terrestrial ecosystems and atmosphere.
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