SPECTROPIA – Illuminating investigations in electromagnetic spectrum
International scientific conference
October 17 – 18, 2008 in Riga, Latvia.

Organised by RIXC in collaboration with Art Reseach Lab (MPLab) / Liepaja University
Location: RIXC Media Space, 11. Novembra krastmala 35, Riga.

Along with the invention of electromagnetic technologies major paradigmatic shifts have occurred in the 20th century science. Since then the density of electromagnetic radiation has multiplied thousands of times as a result of the increasing exploitation of human-made devices. However, in the beginning of the 21st century electromagnetic phenomena still remain to at great extent incomprehensible. Today we still know very little on how artificially created radiation interact with natural emissions and how it affects our bodies and living nature. How to investigate something that we can't even see or feel? Naturally we can perceive only warmth and light with our senses, a very little part of the total spectrum. Also the controversial properties of the waves themselves – its' duality and immateriality of this 'material', makes the spectral investigations challenging.

In this conference, international artists, media theorists, scientists and researchers will discuss how the vast spaces of electromagnetic spectrum that often cannot be reached by science, are taken over by mythologies of modern society, and saturated with artistic explorations.

The title “Spectropia” is used as a conceptual metaphor with the intent to illuminate artistic and scientific investigations in the electromagnetic spectrum. The conference also aims to facilitate theoretical background for the SPECTROPIA exhibition (taking place in Riga Art Space October 16 – 25, 2008), as well as to found a bases for “electromagnetic art” [as] research in the future.

Conference themes:

Conference programme (preliminary!):

Friday, October 17

10.30 – 16.30
DAY 1: Spectral Investigations / Spectral Art / Waves Art

10.00 – 10.30 – Registration and Coffee.
10.30 – Welcome (5 min) by Prof. Dr. paed. Oskars Zīds, rector of Liepaja University
10.35 – Introduction (5 min) by Rasa Šmite .

10.40 – 11.20
Keynote talk: Armin Medosch. LISTENING TO THE UNIVERSE – A DEEP GENEALOGY OF ART AND ELECTROMAGNETISM

11.20 – 13.30
Section 1: Spectral Investigations

(20-30 min talk + 5 min for questions/each)

Zita Joyce. THE INVENTION OF RADIO SPECTRUM
Rasa Smite, Linda Vēbere. SPECTRAL ECOLOGY AND LEGEND OF SKRUNDA SIGNAL
Antons Kolodinskis. EMERGING EMF TECHNOLOGIES AND CHILDREN
José Luis de Vicente. ATLAS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC SPACE: MAPPING ART AND SOCIETY INTO SPECTRUM REGULATION

14.30 – 16.30
Section 2: Spectral Art / Waves Art

(15-20 min talk + 5 min for questions/each)

Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand – on Wave Phenomena, Perception and Perpetuality
Sophea Lerner – on Wireless Telephony
Martin Hesselmeier – on SARoskop
Florian Dombois. FRIENDLY FIRE
Lindsay Brown. THE MYTH OF SAUCY TALES
Arijana Kajfes. OCCULAR WITNESSING
Edwin van der Heide. CREATING SPACE – demo-lecture, exploring the spatial properties of a magnetic field as a carrier for sound.

Saturday, October 18

10.30 – 16.30
DAY 2: Spectral Visions / Electromagnetic Myths

10.30 – 11.00 – Registration and Coffee.

11.00 – 11.40
Keynote talk : Eric Kluitenberg. ARCHAEOLOGY OF IMAGINARY MEDIA – i nvestigating technological myths and the dream of the ultimate communication medium from multiple perspectives.

11.40 – 13.40
Section 3: Spectral Visions / Spectral Ecology

Jussi Parikka. NON-HUMAN COSMOLOGIES: FROM TECHNICAL MEDIA TO ANIMAL SENSATIONS
Antony Hall and Gregory Byatt. ENKI INTERFACE
Marie-Jeanne Musiol – on electromagnetic photography and Bodies of Light
Jens Hauser – on Perfusion – Pollution – Pervasion (Article Biennale 2008)
Catherine Richards – on Shroud/Chrysalis I is an emblem of our new technological environment
Anna Friz. EMBODIED RADIO

14.40 – 16.30
Section 4: Electromagnetic Myths

Martin Howse. THE AETHER AND ITS DOUBLE
Nina Czegledy. NIKOLA TESLA'S ELECTROMAGNETIC VISIONS
Sneha Solanki – on a Tour of Military Communications
Gianluca Ruggeri and Filippo Filliger. 10111.ORG PRESENTS BRION GYSIN'S DREAMACHINE.
Martin Howse -– **TEMPEST workshop presentation
Final discussion.