|ART + COMMUNICATION
4 international new media festival,
XCHANGE Network and [NICE] - Network Interface for Cultural Exchange meetings Riga, August 24-26, 2000
is annual new media festival in Riga, organised by E-LAB. The first international
new media festival "Art+Communication" in 1996 was focusing on the social
and cultural implication of the coming information society in Latvia. The
festival in 1997 with the tittle "Xchange On-Air Session" was focusing on
emerging streaming audio technologies - all festival events were broadcasted
on-line. Year 1998 festival, named "Xchange Unlimited" was held together
with The Baltic Interface Net meeting, and it included the conference, workshops,
party; and developed conceptual ideas for the Interfund - virtual foundation
that would support new media artists.
|This year festival
will contain media artists presentations (from Riga, London, Moscow, Berlin,
Minsk, Kaliningrad, Oslo, Prag, Stockholm and others places), panels on
specific subjects in new media development, such as - genetics, free softwares,
network interfaces and streaming media, as well as public events - concerts,
performances, screenings, parties. This year festival will be co-organised
by the newly established Centre for New Media Culture "RIXC", which unites
Riga's active media organisations.
|* XCHANGE - acoustic.space for intercultural jamming|
|The festival aims to
promote tolerance and the development of an open territory for cultural
exchange, beyond any separation or exclusion either on geographical, economical
or political base. Under the principle of 'cultural jamming' media artists
and net activists from various countries and various cultures will meet
in Riga to present their activities and to work together in the context
of net.radio and web-tv.
|* [NICE] - Network Interface for Cultural Exchange|
|Festival will also
contribute in cultural policy development of Latvia and within the Baltic/Nordic
region in the field of new media culture. During the first day of the festival
the [NICE] Network meeting on new media
and cultural policy development in the Baltic Sea and North/East European
region will take place.
|* RIXC - The Center for New Media Culture in Riga|
|This event is organised
in part to develop the conceptual background, identify the local and regional
partners, and create a material base to develop newly founded Centre for
New Media Culture "RIXC" in Riga.
|* InterCultural Jamming - 00|
|During the month of
August Riga (and Latvia) host a range of media culture events (organised
by RIXC) a number of which will be presented during the festival and NICE
and XCHANGE meetings.