RIXC Gallery participates in the Art Fair Suomi 2017 representing artists Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits with their art project “Pond Battery”. The international contemporary art festival is taking place in May 24–28, 2017, for the 11th time in Helsinki and brings together 21 art galleries and more than 1000 contemporary artworks.
Pond Battery is a continuation of Biotricity art-science research project carried out by Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits from RIXC – Riga based artist collective. To monitor the bacterial electricity generation process in out-door conditions, the artists use contemporary language and tools of science and innovative technologies. In summer of 2014 six “bacteria cells” were installed in the pond of the Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia in Riga. Live web-cam images and continuous measurements of bacteria electricity fluctuations were delivered live on the Internet, thus making audible and visible the invisible activity of nature – such as was is happening at the bottom of a pond, and which otherwise we can neither see nor hear. Collected data from the seven month long observation of the Pond Battery – from summer to winter, are transformed into visualised data landscapes, video and sound composition, creating sensual and emotional experiences – a poetics of green energy. The work involves longterm collaboration with Arturs Gruduls and other scientists from the Institute of Solid State Physics of the University of Latvia.
Art Fair Suomi is a unique meeting point of art for the public, artists and other art professionals. It is an international contemporary art festival consisting of sales exhibitions and various art events: discussions, screenings etc.
The new RIXC Gallery at Lencu iela 2 in Riga opened on May 3rd, 2017, it will be ran in parallel with RIXC Gallery-2 at 11. novembra krastmala 35.
More about artists Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits on their website
More about Art Fair Suomi 2017 on their website
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