TRANSBIOTICS. Temporal stability points
XII International Festival for New Media Culture
in collaboration with „Textures” - the 6th European meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts
Riga, June 14 – 20, 2010
This year the Festival for New Media Culture „Art+Communication” will focus on the emerging biotechnologies as means for artistic expression as well as challenge to the constantly changing materiality in arts. Festival programme with its title “TRANSBIOTICS. Temporal Stability Points” will take place in collaboration with a large scale academic research event - „Textures” - the 6th European meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts which is devoted to exploring materials, structures, surfaces and interfaces transformed by the networked media.
The main event of the festival is the biotechnology art exhibition “TRANSBIOTICS” which will be held June 15 – 20 in kim? Galleries at Spikeri. Although using technologies and scientific discoveries in art is not a novelty, using “live matter” in creating artworks can be considered as an unusual practice. The exhibition will feature a collection of international biotechnology artworks which will be made available to Latvia’s audiences for the first time.
Public exhibition opening and artists performances on June 14 at 19.00.
The exhibition will be supplemented by “Transbiotics” evening lectures in Spikeri (Wednesday, June 16, at 19.00, Thursday, June 17, at 19.30), where exhibition curators will introduce biotechnology art and exhibition artists will talk about their artworks.
On Thursday, June 17 at 18.00 in RIXC Media Space RIXC invites to attend Latvian media artist Voldemars Johansons exhibition opening and sound art performance "Concord" as part of the festival.
The special festival evening event – live performance and video programme will be held on Friday, June 18 at 21.00 in RIXC Media Space. Programme features: performance “Materia Obscura” by German artists Jürgen Reble and Thomas Köner, the performance “Mucilaginous Omniverse” by Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand – artists based in the Netherlands and a movie “Planet A” by French artist Momoko Seto.
During June 15 to 19 the Festival Day Programme will include lecture streams and discussions at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga on „Networks and Sustainability” and „Art as Research” organised by RIXC and MPLab (Art Research Laboratory), Liepaja University along other thematic streams in the framework of SLSAeu conference „Textures”.
In festival conclusion on Saturday, June 19 at Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia the biotechnology workshop „Tissue Engineering and Art” will be conducted by artists and directors of Australian Bioart Laboratory “SymbioticA” – Oron Catts and dr. Ionat Zurr.
Festival venues: kim? / Spikeri (Maskavas iela 12/1), RIXC Media Space (11. Novembra krastmala 35, entrance from Minsterejas iela), Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (Strelnieku iela 4a), Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia (Kronvalda boulevard 4).
The Center for New Media Culture RIXC (http://rixc.lv)
in collaboration with partners: Contemporary Arts Museum's pilotproject kim? (http://kim.lv/), e-text+textiles (http://www.e-text-textiles.lv), MPLab – Art Research Lab of Liepaja University (http://mplab.lv)
Address and contacts:
Centre for New Media Culture RIXC
11 Novembra Krastmala 35 – 201, LV 1050 Riga, Latvia
e-mail: 2010 (at) rixc.lv
Ph: +371 67228478 (office)