Curated by Erwin van 't Hart (NL)

Friday, October 17 at 19.00
Saturday, October 18 at 18.00

Cinema “Riga” (Elizabetes iela 61)
Entrance fee 2,50 Ls

35 mm Film Programme:

Joost Rekveld “#11, Marey <-> Moiré” [NL, 21 min., 1999]
A film in which all images were generated by intermittently recording the movement of a line. It is a film about the discontinuity that lies at the heart of the film medium. The soundtrack by Edwin van der Heide adds to create a vibrant universe in immersive cinemascope.

Telcosystems “LoudThings” [NL, 13 min., 2008].
A n audiovisual account of an expedition into the innards of the computer. Using a set of elementary instructions such as modulation, masking, and feedback, Telcosystems programmed a self-organising network of algorithmic processes for the creation of spatial image and sound. The result is a non-referential world which strains the senses; an exploration along the borders of human perception, through worlds of multiplying and mushrooming clouds of light and sound.


“#11, Marey <-> Moiré”
Joost Rekveld


Friday, October 17 at 21.00

RIXC Media space (11. novembra krastmala 35)
Entrance fee 2,50 Ls, with flyer – 1,50 Ls.

Premier in Latvia:

Craig Baldwin “Spectres of the Spectrum” [US, 91 min., 16 mm, 1999]
The film plunders Baldwin's treasure trove of early television shows, industrial and educational films, Hollywood movies, advertisements and cartoons, combining these with live-action footage, no-budget special effects, and relentless narration to generate a wholly original paranoid science-fiction epic.
BooBoo, a young telepath, and her father, Yogi, are revolutionaries pitted against the "New Electromagnetic Order". Their story, set in the year 2007 in a blighted Nevada outpost, is interwoven with a history of the development of electromagnetic technologies, from X-rays to atom bombs, from television to the Internet. “At once politically charged and wildly imaginative, this unique extravaganza confirms director Baldwin as an avant-garde superstar”. [ Christian Science Monitor].


“Spectres of the Spectrum”
Craig Baldwin

Saturday, October 18 at 21.00

RIXC Media space
Entrance fee 2,50 Ls, with flyer – 1,50 Ls.

The Evening with Semiconductor (UK)

Semiconductor make moving image works which reveal our physical world in flux; cities in motion, shifting landscapes and systems in chaos. In the evening Semiconductor – UK artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, will give a presentation, talking about the ideas and motivations behind their work including their recent projects with space scientists. Works they will be screening include:

 [2008, HD floor projection installation / surround sound, commissioned by Arcadi, Paris] – is a time based sculpture which, using CGI, recreates natural shadow phenomena as observed by our vantage point on the Earth to reveal larger processes at work in the universe.

MATTER IN MOTION [2008, HD/16:9, 05:36 min, commissioned by Careof Gallery, Milan] – in searching for an understanding of the material world around us, Semiconductor have restructured the city of Milan.

THE SOUND OF MICROCLIMATES [2004, 4:3 / surround sound, 08:20 min, made during a Couvent des Récollets Residency, Paris] – reveals the sights and sounds of a series of unusual weather patterns in the Paris of today.

ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD [2005, 4:3 / surround sound, 04:40 min, Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship] – a fictional documentary, that sees the millions of years that have shaped and formed the land, played out at the speed of sound.

200_NANOWEBBERS [2005, 4:3 / Audio: Double Adaptor © www.osaka.ie, 02:49 min] – For this work, Semiconductor have created a molecular web that is generated by Double Adaptor's live soundtrack.

"Magnetic Movie"

October 17 – 25 (12.30 – 19.00)

Riga Art Space (INTRO hall). Open every day, closed on Monday.

Entrace fee 3 Ls. 
During the festival days on October 17–18 entrance fee 1 Ls.

43 min Experimental Film and Video Programme in SPECTROPIA exhibition:

Karo Goldt. Tulipa (Germany, 2008, 3 min.)
Abstraction as sublimation: the tulip reduced to vertical stripes of colour values creating a modern form for still life with flowers.

Billy Roisz. Elesyn 15.625 (Austria, 2006, 10 min.) 

Going back to the fundaments of electronic sound and image synthesis. Moving images and music are generated by 'simple' forms of signal routing like acoustical and optical feedback, radio waves, bended circuits. The result is a very colourful – in the visual as well as in the aural sense of the meaning – diorama of 'electric synaesthesia'.

Semiconductor. Magnetic Movie (United Kingdom, 2007, 5 min.) 

The secret lives of invisible magnetic fields are revealed as chaotic ever-changing geometries. Actual VLF audio recordings control the evolution of the fields as they delve into our inaudible surroundings, revealing recurrent 'whistlers' produced by fleeting electrons.

Peggy Ahwesh. Warm Objects (USA, 2007, 6 min.) 

Produced in close collaboration with the engineering research center MIRTHE (Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment), Warm Objects is a portrait of the world in uncertain and paranoid times. Utilizing MIRTHE's imaging technology and infrared photography, Ahwesh transforms scenes of everyday incidents into glimpses of our world through an alien lens.

Damir Cucic. La Petite Mort (Croatia, 2007, 7 min.)
The crackling plays with light in this layered, almost abstract video are both gruesome and beautiful. Irresistibly attracted to the light and eventually turning to light.

Volker Schreiner. Cell (Germany, 2006, 4 min.)
Living rooms coolly lit by white noise on TV screens are a familiar harbinger of approaching doom in most feature films. In Cell , just this one sinister cinematographic element is put under the magnifying glass. A concentrated montage of countless fragments with flickering and spooky snow-covered screens from Hollywood films; this is the ultimate meta-cinema.

Ian Helliwell. Signal Tracing (United Kingdom, 2007, 3 min.) 

Abstract audio-generated waveform patterns from an oscilloscope and modified TV, were filmed with super-8 and then treated with bleach and vinegar. The electronic music features a special Hellitron photocell audio generator which reacts to varying amounts of light in the film.

Thorsten Fleisch. Energie! (Germany, 2007, 5 min.)
From a mere technical point of view the tv/video screen comes alive by a controlled beam of electrons in the cathode ray tube. For 'Energie!' an uncontrolled high voltage discharge of 30.000 volts exposes multiple sheets of photographic paper which are then arranged in time to create new visual systems of electron organisation.


Thorsten Fleisch