Exhibition and Art+Communication Festival programme

FIELDS / RENEWABLE FUTURES Riga 2014 – A European Capital of Culture Event

RENEWABLE FUTURES is a new conference series, the launch of which will take place during the FIELDS exhibition opening weekend on May 15-18, 2014 in the framework of Riga – European Cultural Capital programme. In a response to recent quests for a more sustainable future and overcoming the crises of the present, the conference aims to invent new avenues for future developments by bringing together traditionally separated domains. The conference idea is inspired by the approach of FIELDS Exhibition, which does not just look at art in a narrow sense but takes into account all kinds of creative practices that bring together new ways of thinking, scientific knowledge, aesthetics, technologies and social practices. The conference aims to shape new contact zones between academic research and diversity of contemporary art practices, art and science, sustainable businesses and social engagement in the 21st century.

Conference events May 15 – 18, 2014


Thursday, May 15

18:00 FIELDS Exhibition Opening

Arsenals Exibition Hall, Torna street 1 / free entrance

Friday, May 16

17:00 – 19:00FIELDS / RENEWABLE FUTURES – public lectures by artists and currators

Goethe Institute – Riga, Torna iela 1 (entrance from Klostera street) / free entrance / please register via e-mail:

Armin MEDOSCH. The Broken Mirror: Art after the dreamworld of digital utopia Misko SUVAKOVIC. Grey zones: Revisionisms and theory of art and politics

20.00 Art+Communication Festival Concert and Performances

Spikeri Concert Hall, Maskavas street 4, Tickets at – 9 EUR / 4,50 EUR (students)

Saturday, May 17

Conference RENEWABLE FUTURES Day 1 ART AND SCIENCE. From Techno-Ecological Practices to New Sustainability Theories Goethe Institute – Riga, Torņa street 1 (entrance prom Klostera street) / Free entrance 10:00 Artist Keynotes

Marko PELJHAN & Matthew BIEDERMAN. Integrative Methodologies – Tactical Approaches to Some Strategic Problems Lisa JEVBRATT. Together – Seeing, Seeking and Knowing with an Other

Ieva ASTAHOVSKA. Trajectories of search for new space in Latvian art of the recent past – visionary art and

approximate art

Richard BARBROOK. Class Wargames: Ludic subversion against spectacular capitalism 12:30 Session 1: Art+Science

Ainars KAMOLINS. On History and Philosophy of Art and Bio-Science Annick BUREAUD. Art in the Future Tense. A Life, Bio Art and Synthetic Biology Maja SMREKAR. Hu.M.C.C.: Transdisciplinary Guide through the Project Regine DEBATTY. Artistic Exploration of the Meat Industry. Or How to Reconnect with Your Burger?

14:00 Session 2: Techno-Ecologies Olga MINK. New Sustainable Models for Future Collaborations Darko Fritz. Nature Embedded Netculture Annemie MAES. Intelligent Beehives Eric SNODGRASS / Malmö University. Ecologies of the Executable: A Few Interstratic Experiments Klaus SCHAFLER. Hacking the Future and Planet Ulrich EVERDING and Jonas BUECHEL. Empty Spaces

15:30 Participatory Session – PLAYING FIELDS – Plant It! Wild Ontologies in the service of activating history 19:00 – 01:00 FIELDS Exhibition Public Event Programme during the Museum's Night

Arsenals EXibition Hall, Torna iela 1 / Free entrance

Sunday, May 18 (Liepaja)

8:30 There is an free organized bus Riga – Liepaja – Riga Please let us know if you plan to use the bus in advance:

RENEWABLE FUTURES – Conference Day 2 ART AS RESEARCH – From Transdisciplinary Explorations and Participatory Culture to Academic Inquiry Liepaja University's Art Research Lab, Liepaja, Kurmajas prospekts 13 / free entrance 13:00 Session 1: Art as Research – Exploring Relation between Digital and Real Environment

Piibe PIIRMA. Hybrid Practice Anna TRAPENCIERE. Intimacy and Private Space in Internet of Things Age

Anja MALEC. Out of the Black Box Inside the White Cube – On Immersive Environments

14:15 Session 2: Art as Research – Theories, Practices and Methodologies Raivo KELOMEES / Estonian Academy of Arts / Tartu University. Transgressing Borders and Building Norms: On Research-Based Artworks – Discussing Interdisciplinary Artworks from Point of View of Ordinary Visitor Ásthildur Björg JÓNSDÓTTIR / Iceland Academy of Arts / University of Rovaniemi / University of Iceland. On Participatory Research Lily DIAZ-KOMMONEN / Aalto University. Transformation Through Research

Kristin BERGAUST / Oslo University College, Faculty for Art and Design. Art in Society: Artistic Methods as a Resource and Challenge for Innovation in Education Gisle FROYSLAND. On Pixel Festival

15:30 Session 3: Art as Research – Building Techno-Ecological Perspective Isidora TODOROVIC. On Games for Social Changes and as Art Research. Can you feel the spill (on Kravtsovskoye oilfield) Karla BRUNET. Art as Research: The Creative Process of a Costal Project in Brazil. Karl Heinz JERON. Wind Park Drone: The Humming of Wind Turbines – Sound Art Action About the Perception of Noise Scott ELLIOTT / Aalto. On Architectural Interventions and Environmental Art Simon GODDEK. Sustainable Challenges of Commercial Aquaponics Vika SOKOLOVSKAJA. Upcycling design in context of contemporary fashion Markus JOUTSELA. Exploring Food Packaging Experiences for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS)

17:00 Session 4. New Media Art Showcase by Liepaja Art Research Lab students Maija DEMITERE, Mārtiņš EŅĢELIS, Jānis JANKEVICS etc.

Janis GARANCS. Immersive environments as self-adopting interfaces for participats

Samir BHOWMIK. digGLAM: A Collaborative Digitization Project for the Collections of Gallen-Kallela Museum and

its User Communities

Margrét Elísabet ÓLAFSDÓTTIR / Lorna / Iceland Academy of Arts. What is the scholar doing here?

Entrance for the conference events is free of charge, however, you are kindly asked to register by sending an email to:


Electronic Art and Media Center RIXC Maskavas street 10, Rīga, LV-1050 e-mail: phone.: +371 67228478

Rasa Šmite, RIXC / LiepU MPLab, festival director,, +371 26546776 Agnese Baranova, RIXC / festical producer,,+371 29635167


The new conference series will be launched by RIXC / Renewable Network and ARS BALTICA in a joint effort with Goethe Institute – Riga, The Danish Cultural Institute in Latvia, Art Research Lab of Liepaja University as well as by other involved partner organizations, cultural institutions, art universities and collaboration networks. More then just building an other new Baltic-Nordic collaboration platform, this event aims to play a role of 'connector' – maintaining links between different platforms and networks existing in North European and Baltic Sea region, as well as connecting them with the other European countries and the rest of the world.


The Renewable Futures conference takes place in the framework of Renewable Network – long-term collaboration project supported by Nordic Culture Point. The Fields exhibition is supported by Riga 2014, Riga City Council, Nordic Culture Point, State Cultural Capital Foundation, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Austrian Ministry of Culture, EU Culture 2007-2013 programme, Nordic Culture Point.


The Latvian National Museum of Art, Soft Control, Techno-Ecologies, Goethe Institute in Riga, French Institute in Latvia, Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Latvia, The Danish Cultural institute, ARS BALTICA, Renewable Network.



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