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Artist Paula Vītola, experimenting with light and sound, at the MPLab Art Research Laboratory. Photo: Maija Demitere.

Opening of the exhibition “Waves – Lights – Shadows’’ by artist Paula Vītola will take place on Thursday, February 27, 17:00 in RIXC gallery, Lenču street 2. The exhibition's works show artistic experiments and attempts to understand through them seemingly self-evident phenomena - sound and light. By using light as a source for sound, it makes intangible and invisible phenomena visible and workable visually, opening up new possibilities for experimentation.

So far, the artist has created a variety of prototypes for obtaining sound with light - performance tools that can produce sounds using motors, strings, Christmas lights, water bottles and other objects; a sound recorder using a mirror and sunlight instead of a microphone; as well as a device for listening to the sounds of insect wings.

The light used in the exhibition is used to create sound using the principle of photoacoustics, which was already discovered in 1880 by Alexander Graham Bell. During the exhibition, you can see the experiments of the artist - sketches of the process, prototypes and tools for sound creation will also be displayed. In the artworks, the creation of sound and experimentation becomes an exciting, playful process that the exhibition visitors will have the opportunity to try out.

Paula Vitola is an artist and lecturer at the University of Liepaja, mainly working in the field of media art and art research, as well as recently focusing on sound art. In her creative work, the artist is experimenting with different technologies, natural and physical phenomena, trying to understand them, finding new means of expression and ways to deal with them.

The opening of the exhibition “Waves – Lights – Shadows’’ - February 27, 2020, 17:00, in RIXC gallery Lenču street 2. The exhibition is open until May 2, 2020.

Opening hours: from Monday until Saturday 12.00 – 18.00, closed on Sundays. Admission free.

We welcome school and student groups for guided tours on Thursdays and Fridays. Apply by phone +371 67228478 or e-mail


Supported by Riga City Council, State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Electronic Arts and Media Center E-LAB, University of Liepāja, Art Research Laboratory MPLab



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