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RIXC founders, Rasa Šmite and Raitis Šmits has been nominated for the prestigous Purvītis Prize.

Founded in the early 2008, the Purvītis Prize was launched to amass regular and systematic information about the latest visual arts events in Latvia, promote development of new projects and original ideas, acknowledge the best achievements in Latvian professional visual arts and popularise the success of Latvian artists both in Latvia and abroad.

Smits have been nominated for the exhibition "Fluctuations of Microworlds", that is taking place in RIXC gallery, until November 28, 2017.

Virtual reality expands our visual and sensory experiences. Although it seems VR has become popular only nowadays it already has its own history from illusions to stereoscopic images, from panorama images to holograms. If earlier complicated technologies were required to create and view virtual realities, then today then can be experienced, for example, on your phone.

Long story short, today VR/AR (virtual/augmented reality) is almost everywhere! Even in the Kemeri bog in which RIXC artists Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits set up this year environment surveillance cameras and “bacteria batteries” with sensors. By the end of summer various data about the swamp ecosystems and images will be collected and drone flights equipped with 360 degree cameras will be made. The visitors of the exhibition will be able to see the data visualizations of the swamp ecosystems and experience flights above the bog in VR headset during the whole exhibition time. Using VR artists tend to look at new perspectives of our relationships with nature revealing the poetics of the “green energy”.

The Prize is awarded biennially to an artist or a group of artists representing Latvia with an outstanding work, which is deemed to be deeply connected to the developments of the era and forming a bridge between contemporary life, spiritual ideals and intrinsic values. The author rated highest by a panel of experts and a special international jury is selected as the winner. The Prize is the most prestigious and the most substantial art award in Latvia, comprising 28 500 EUR pre-tax. 

The eight shortlisted nominees for the Prize are invited by the LNMA to show at a group exhibition featuring the works of the nominated artists. The Prize exhibition is held biennially in February/March at the Arsenāls Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art.


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