9th International Festival for New Media Culture
Printemps Francais
May 31 – June 10, 2007
Riga, Liepaja Karosta and Aizpute

This year the 9th international festival "Art+Communication" is taking place within the framework of French Spring program from May 31 to June 10, 2007 in Riga, Liepaja Karosta and Aizpute. Continuing the previous theme of "waves" festival the guiding theme for this year is focused on the relevance of "spectral ecology" in order to draw publics attention to the invisible side of electronic technologies - the density of electro-magnetic spectrum (EMS) in the environment and its effects on human and living nature today and in years to come.

...Humanity has known electromagnetic waves for a century and for more than half a century the communication technologies have developed rapidly and people have been breaking into the radio spectrum..The total density of radio frequency waves penetrating every corner of the planet (and every person on it) is now 100 million times the level reaching us naturally from the Sun... What are we transmitting so intensively embracing the Earth into more and more dense layer of electromagnetic waves? .. How does it effect us and our environment?...

Issues of “Spectral Ecology” are carried out from a wider point of view, considering interpretations of the post-industrial human and interconnections between the environment of his creation and the living nature. The exhibition in Riga reveals the effect of electro-magnetic radiation on human organism and maps the most powerful EMS networks in Latvia. During the international conference in Liepaja topics like espionage, secret experiments and art in the context of military technology will be discussed. The event program for living and growing culture of Karosta – mushroom laboratory (LabiChampi) – use mushrooms as an organic material, an urban architectonic design form and as a key element of social communication between locals, artists and festival visitors. In closing, creative workshops in Aizpute will demonstrate how the present technology myths originate.

Festival program:

SPECTRAL ECOLOGY – May 31. – June 10. Riga.
Spectral Investigations Collective (FR) and RIXC (LV) artists exhibition in RIXC Media Space and maps at public transportation stops in Riga.
The exhibition continues to explore the theme “waves” instigated by the previous festival and focuses on electro-magnetic field researches on the present radiation density and effect on human. The exhibition will expand to public transportation stops in Riga with maps and a newspaper with a distribution all over Latvia, which will introduce to the studies and scientific data on EMS effects, the most powerful electromagnetic field sources in Riga and Latvia (high voltage lines, mobile telecommunication overlays, wi-fi spots, etc.), as well as the results of specially conducted research by exhibition artists on Skrunda location station, its environment and effects on human health conducted by artists of the exhibition.
Artists: The exhibition is a collaboration of Latvian and French artist groups: Spectral Investigations Collective (Léonore Bonaccini and Xavier Fourt / Bureau d'études, Ewen Chardronnet /Semaphore/Ellipse, Horia Cosmin Samoïla / Ghostlab) and RIXC (Raitis Smits, Rasa Smite, Martins Ratniks, Agnese Rucina, Linda Vebere, Agrita Ozolina, ar well as architect Mikelis Putrams and others).
31.V 12.00: opening day program opened to public,
12.00 Worksop “Urban electromagnetic topology”: how to make your own electromagnetic field detector and how to use it for urban electromagnetic pollution mapping. Conducted by SIC (FR)
17. 00 A tour by artists around the exhibition for press and public: introducing the works, exhibit display and experiments with “Ghost Buster”.
18.00 Exhibition and festival “Art+Communication” official opening. Performances: SIC (FR) “Heat Radiation” and Andrei Smirnov (Theremin Center at Moscow State Conservatory/RU) “Laser Bugging”
Exhibition open until June 10, 12.00-20.00. Entrance free.
Location: RIXC Media Space, 11. Novembra Krastmala 35 (entrance from Minstereja street), Riga.

ESPIONAGE TECHNOLOGIES AND ART – June 1 - 2, Liepaja Karosta.
An international art and science conference on 1.VI 14.00– 18.00 and 2.VI 11.00–17.00. The conference introduces to military past of radiowave technologies, espionage technologies and their rellation to Latvia, electromagnetic pollution, espionage philosophy and artists interpretations
Speakers include: Andrey Smirnov /Theremin Center, Moscow State Conservatory/RU, Konrad Becker/Global Security Allience/AT, Bureau d'études/Tangent University/FR, Benjamin Cadon/Labomedia/FR, Manuela Rossini/Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis/UvA/NL, Ilva Skulte/RSU/LV, Normunds Kozlovs/RSU/LV Latvia, Derek Holzer/umatic/NL, Sara Kolster/umatic/NL, Juris Rakis/historian and military specialist/LV; tbc: Marko Peljhan/Projekt Atol/SI, Inke Arns/HMKV/DE, Ansis Zunde/Institute for Philosophy and Sociology/LV, Antons Kolodinskis/Institute of Biology at Latvian University/LV and others.
2.VI 19.00 A “Military myth“ walk trough the labyrinths of Karosta forts (guided by historian Juris Rakis).
Location: Kinoosta, boulevard Atmodas 6A, Liepaja Karosta.

LABICHAMPI – June 1 - 3, Liepaja Karosta.
Parallel to the conference – festival events for living and growing culture: 1.VI pl. 19.00 K@2 (LV) and Exyzt (FR) inauguration of the art installation and exhibition “Mushroof” and workshop presentations, performances “Jumping Mushroom”, DJs & Vjs.
2.VI and 3.VI pl. 11.00 – 19.00 Guided tours around the exhibition, clothes marking workshop, training in “mushroom growing”, mush-meal and exchange of mushroom recipes, French traditional family party bal musette. 2.VI pl. 22.00: “Electrochampi” Fontaine Palace club in Liepaja.
Location: Building of Prospective Karosta’s Art Center, Cesu rotas street 2, Liepaja Karosta.

TEHNOLOGY MYTHS – June 3 - 9, Aizpute.
In the framework of workshops artists, activists, sociologists, philosophers and researchers from France, Latvia, Russia and other countries will investigate the connection between history and mythology of military sciences in relation to Latvia and other countries.
Workshop program: 3.VI 11.00 Research trip to former USSR army missile bases in Kurzeme. 4.VI 11.00 Public presentations by participants. 5. - 9. VI Workshops conducted by: SIC (FR), Andrei Smirnov (RU), Kuda Begut Sobaki (RU), Sergey Teterin (RU), Rainer Prohaska (AT), Misha A Krest (RU) etc.
Location: Artists Residence Center, Atmoda street 9, Aizpute.

Festival organized by:
New media culture center RIXC (Riga / LV), Culture and information center HYPERLINK "mailto:K@2"K@2 (Liepaja Karosta / LV) and Interdisciplinary art group Serde (Aizpute/Riga / LV) in cooperation with Exyzt (Paris / FR), Ellipse (Tours / FR), Bureau d'etudes (Paris /FR) and Art Research Laboratory of LPA (Liepaja / LV).

RIXC, New media culture centre
11. Novembra krastmala 35 - 201, Riga, LV 1050, Latvia
Tel. +371-7228478, +371-26546776 (mobile)
Fax: +371-7228477
e-mail: rixc@rixc.lv

State Culture Capital Foundation, Printemps Francais, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Department of Culture of the Riga City Council
Visual arts magazine STUDIJA, TERRA, magazine Rigas Laiks, Kulturas Forums, Culture magazine Maksla Plus, www.kultura.lv, ISEC