"E-Static Shadows" Zane Berzina, Jackson Tan in collaboration with an international research team

as a part of the 6th European Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts "Textures"

June 15 – 19, 2010, Riga, Latvia

Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Strelnieku iela 4a.

RIXC in collaboration with LiepU MPLab, e-text+textiles.
Stream "Networks and Sustainability" chaired by Armin Medosch and Rasa Smite,
stream "Art as Research" is chaired by Kerstin Mey and Florian Dombois


Motto: "Taking Stock"

The Networks and Sustainability stream will take place in the framework of the 6th European Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts. The SLSA-EU 2010* conference with the title “Textures” is dedicated to exploring fabrics, structures, surfaces and interfaces in a world that has been transformed to a large extent through technoscience and networked media.

The Networks and Sustainability stream will interrogate the complex relationships between “network technology” and “network society”, in order to reveal the multilayered texture of networks and to consider what potential network culture contains for sustainable development in technological, social and cultural fields.

After the initial privatisation of the net in the 1990s, there was a wide-spread believe that the decentral structure of the net would remodel society in its image. The contrary has happened and the net has come under ever more closer corporate and state control.

While some of the techno-utopian ideas of the 1990s failed, still many important developments have been made which were rooted in the network culture of the 1990s. In order to take steps towards a sustainable network culture a deeper analysis of many of its facets is now demanded. It is also important to investigate how network culture interprets interwoven layers of the network texture and technical, social, political-economical contexts. Taking stock of progressive and innovative developments in network culture, we are asking encouraging to discuss

What approaches exist for sustainable and social development of technologies (merging communal and technological developments)?
Which projects are underway to address the alternatives of energy use and other environmental issues (stemming from ICT)?
In which ways have alternative networks been able to create and maintain own network infrastructures (regarding server hosting, bandwidth, wireless and wired community networks, etc.)?
What can artists learn from FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) communities and vice versa?
In which ways has network culture already transformed the ways artists, curators, art historians and the audience "work" together? And which alternative models for dealing with authorship rights and collective authorship exist?
Which (artistic) strategies have been successfully used for purposes of resistance, social transformations, development of autonomous and sustainable structures?

This stream features researchers, media theorists, social scientists, network activists and artists, who are engaged with the issues of sustainable development, ecological and alterantive uses of new technologies, social networking and social software development, etc.

By Rasa Smite and Armin Medosch.



Chair: Aija Druvaskalne-Urdze - the stream in Liepaja is organized by the Art Research Lab, Liepaja University(LV) in cooperation with Y (Institute for Transdisciplinarity) of the Berne University of the Arts (CH) and the td-net for Transdisciplinary Research of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

Researching art, talking about art. Researching through art, talking through art. We call the first activity the science of art, while the second is currently evolving under the banner of 'artistic research' or 'art as research'. This slight reformulation via a prepositional shift is not a mere trifle. It is a way of affirming that the arts produce knowledge, and that they have the right to lay claim to being an alternative form of knowledge and research on a par with other sciences.

In our workshop "Art as Research" we want to collect general positions in dealing with artistic-research practice and focus especially on questions of methodology and the process of peer reviewing. We invite contributions that address the following issues:

General approaches:

  • How to combine art and research? - On the theory of artistic research
  • What does art know? - On the epistemological potential of the arts
  • Why should we do artistic research? - On the explicit and implicit reasons for artistic research


  • How to combine artistic and scientific knowledge production?
  • Which are the methodologies for doing art as research?
  • How can the arts contribute to the development of innovative inter- and transdisciplinary methods in research and teaching in general?

Peer reviewing:

  • If artistic production wants to be research, how then to evaluate the presentation of nonverbal results?
  • Examples of PhD-projects in the Arts.
  • Examples of peer reviewing processes of artistic projects in national research funding programmes
  • What's the added value of integrating the arts as research in larger inter- and transdisciplinary research projects and curricula?