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Solar Do-Nothing Machine. Charles and Ray Eames. US, 1957.

Keep on Smoking! Michel de Broin (CA). Video, 2006.

Claiming energy leaks as resource. Myriel Milicevic, Hans Kadel...


XI International festival for new media culture
October 8 – 10, 2009 in Riga, Latvia

“Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed.” (The law of conservation of energy)

The 11th edition of "Art+Communication" festival in Riga with this year's theme: Energy, will investigate the notion of 'sustainable development' from various perspectives – artistic, scientific, cultural, technological, social, architectural, and environmental.

Festival programme:

Thursday, October 8

14.00 Press conference – in RIXC Gallery at Spikeri (2nd floor)
19.00 Opening of the festival and ENERGY exhibition – in RIXC Gallery at Spikeri
21.00 Concert: John Wiese/US (in collaboration with Sound Forest) – in Meta Kafe at Spikeri.

Friday, October 9

10.00 – 17.00 Conference “Energy. Scientific and artistic, utopian and critical visions” – in Spikeri (3rd floor)
15.00 – 18.00 “Light pollution harvesting” workshop – in RIXC Media Space
21.00 – Film “The Yes Men Fix the World" – in RIXC Media Space

Saturday, October 10

11.00 – 18.00 Conference “Energy. Scientific and artistic, utopian and critical visions” – in Spikeri (3rd floor), including: 12.00 – 14.00 Live online discussion “Electrosmog”, moderated by Eric Kluitenberg from de Balie in Amsterdam. 
14.00 – 17.00 “Energy abundance” workshop – in RIXC Media Space
21.00 – Live performance: “Mortals Electric” by Telcosystems/NL – in RIXC Media Space

Conceptual background:

Energy makes change (E=mc2)

In nature, energy is found in many different forms - kinetic (avalanches), motion (wind), sound (thunder), water (rain), thermal (fire), electrical (lightening), magnetic (Earth's magnetic field), radiant (light), etc. Energy is involved in all processes that take place in Universe and on Earth.

In human society, energy is the most essential resource driving its economy and its future development. Now, in the twenty-first century, it has turned out that human society with its information technologies need more resources to sustain its development then ever before. Yet, currently used forms of terrestrial energy production known today, have turned out to be finite, non-sustainable, posing a serious danger to the climate, people and environment.

Creative ideas and new approach today is requested nearly in all fields, while sustainable development of both energy and information technologies have become key issues in nowadays. Smart devices and energy internet, clean and renewable energy resources, alternative and ecological design and production methods, open source and hybrid approaches to information technologies - are just few of the broad potential quests that could change the future landscape of sustainability.

"The quest for a sustainable world may succeed, or it may fail. If it fails, the world will become unthinkable. If it works, the world will become unimaginable. In practice, people will experience mixed success". (Bruce Sterling)

Yet, scenario of "saving the world" can only have any success, if people from different fields - scientists and artists, politicians and business people, theorists and practitioners, futurists and engineers, producers and consumers, etc. - will eventually be open for new ideas and new collaborations.

The Energy festival will offer a space of exchange for an interdisciplinary group of participants, who will share their scientific and artistic, utopian and critical visions of future terrestrial energy.


I ENERGY IN NATURE AND SOCIETY: - The concept of energy and its various contexts: in Universe and on Earth - Invisible energy: in myths and legends, in nature and science - Energy technologies: in human life and in information society

II CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF SUSTAINABILITY: - Environmental science research, climate change and ecology - Permaculture and biosystem design - Historical traditions vs. modern alternative solutions in urban planning and architecture - Transition theory and futuristic visions of sustainable living -

III INFORMATION AND ENERGY: - Synergetic and co-relation between information and energy - Smart devices and Energy Internet - Sustainability using open source approaches: in art, culture, ecology, architecture, environmental design -

IV ART AND SCIENCE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY: - Dye sensitized solar technologies - Green chemistry: new approach in biotechnology - Artistic explorations of clean and renewable energy technologies (sun, wind, water, tides, biomass, etc.).


The Energy conference will gather together an international group of artists, science researchers, engineers, activists, sociologists, philosophers, architects, designers, futurists, and other lateral thinkers, who are engaged with the issues of sustainable development, in relation to the themes proposed above.

Exhibition artists: Jeroen Holthuis (NL), Joanna Hoffmann (PL), Joyce Hinterding / David Haines (AU), Michel de Broin (CA), Folke Köbberling / Martin Kaltwasser / Antje Grabenhorst (DE), Charles and Ray Eames (US), Krišs Salmanis (LV), Gints Gabrāns (LV), Myriel Milicevic / Hans Kadel (DE), Katharina Mischer / Thomas Traxler (AT) / Hans-Christian Schink (DE).

Conference speakers: Michel Bauwens / Peer-to-Peer Foundation (BE), Dr. Ludger Hovestadt, Dr. Vera Bühlmann / ETH Zurich / CAAD - Institute for Technology in Architecture ITA (CH), Julian Priest (DK/NZ), Bart Vandeput / Bartaku (BE), Dr. Christina Stadlbauer (BE), Gert Aertsen (BE), Akos Maroy (HU), Anu Osva / Finnish Bioart Society (FI), John Reshaur Enevoldsen / Wind Festival (Dānija), Terike Haapoja / doktorante, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki (FI), Tina Finnas / Interactive Institute (SE), Tiina Sott (EE), Dr. Juris Žagars / Ventspils augstskola / VIRAC (LV), Lise Skou (DE), Arnbjörn Ólafsson / RES | the School for Renewable Energy Science (IS), Ingrīda Šahta / doktorante, RTU Tekstilmateriālu tehnoloģiju un dizaina institūtā (LV), Niamh McDonnell (IE), Dr. Jānis Kleperis, Dr. Līga Grīnberga, Imants Dirba / Latvijas Universitātes Cietvielu fizikas institūts (LV), Ilze Klepere, LU Bioloģijas fakultāte (LV), Rasa Šmite / RIXC / Liepājas Universitātes Mākslas pētījumu laboratorija / soc. doktorante, RSU (LV), Raitis Šmits / RIXC / Latvijas Mākslas akadēmijas docents un doktorants, Jon Cohrs (US), Erik Sjodin / Interactive Institute (SE), Solvita Krese / Latvijas Laikmetīgās mākslas centrs (LV), Signe Pucena / SERDE (LV).

Workshops will be conducted by Myriel Milicevic / Hans Kadel (DE), Vera Bühlmann / Ludger Hovestadt (CH).

Performance: Telcosystems (NL): “Mortals Electric”.

Film programme: Yes Men (US) “The Yes Men Fix the World” (2009) – tbc.


Festival is organised by The Center for New Media Culture RIXC
Exhibition – in collaboration with Contemporary Arts Museum's project “kim?”
Conference – in collaboration with Liepaja University Art Research Lab “MPLab”

Exhibition curator: Raitis Šmits.
Idea and conception: Rasa Šmite, Raitis Šmits. 
Scenography: Rudolf Bekic.
Design: Mārtiņš Ratniks
Producers: RIXC – Rasa Šmite, Raitis Šmits, Daina Siliņa, Linda Vēbere, Agnese Baranova.


State Cultural Capital Foundation, Riga Municipality Cultural Dept., Nordic Culture Fund, Nordic Culture Point, Hotel Elizabete.
Media support: Terra, Studija, Rigas Laiks, Dizaina Studija, Foto Kvartals, Baltic Outlook, Diena, Delfi.lv, Kultura.lv

Contact and information:

The Center for New Media Culture RIXC
11. novembra krastmala 35-201, Riga, LV 1050, Latvia.

Rasa Smite <rasa (at) rixc.lv>,
Tel: +371-67228478 (birojs), +371-26546776 (mob.)

RIXC E-mail: <2009 (at) rixc.lv>

Follow RIXC in Twitter: http://twitter.com/rixcriga

Festival ENERGY Website: