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TECHNO-ECOLOGIES

ART+COMMUNICATION 2011
XIII International Festival for New Media Culture
Riga, November 3 – December 11, 2011.

"Techno-Ecologies" is the theme of this year's "Art+Communication festival" that will explore how we inhabit the deep technological spheres of our everyday life.

Everyday life has become so intimately interwoven with complex technological ecologies that we can no longer consider technology as the alienating other. A careful consideration of the relationships between the natural and the artificial is required. Techno-Ecologies concept is built by Eric Kluitenberg upon the concerns of Felix Guattari (the French philosopher and co-conspirator of Gilles Deleuze) about the lack of an integrated perspective on the dramatic techno-scientific transformations the Earth has undergone in recent times. Guattari urges to take three crucially important 'ecological registers' into account: the environment, social relations, and human subjectivity.

Techno-Ecologies will develop a discussion between artists, theorists, designers, environmental scientists, technologists, responsible entrepreneurs and activists to develop this perspective. Diversity, social and ecological sustainability, and a much deeper understanding of technology as an extension of our desires are the building blocks that we want to bring together to build a perspective that can help us chart less hazardous routes into the future than the ones currently travelled.

Festival programme:

November 3, 18.00: Press conference and curator's guided tour through the exhibition; 19.00: Opening of the Art+Communication festival and Techno-Ecologies exhibition in Contemporary Arts Center KIM? in Spikeri Quartier, Riga.

November 4 – 5, 2011: Tehno-Ecologies conference and festival programme with public lectures, film and video screenings, live performances at RIXC Media Space, 11. novembra krastmala 35 (entrance from Minsterejas iela), Riga.

November 4 – December 11, 2011: Tehno-Ecologies exhibition in Contemporary Arts Center KIM? in Spikeri Quartier, Riga.

Festival satellite-events:
November 7 – 13, 2011 – iWeek, the International New Media Art Week programme with workshops, seminar, "show and tell" sessions, performances, exhibitions at MPLab (Art Research Lab) of Liepaja University, Kurmajas prospekts 13, Liepaja.


The Techno-Ecologies concept for Art+Communication 2011 festival and exhibition is developed by Eric Kluitenberg.
The exhibition is co-curated by Raitis Smits, Rasa Smite and Eric Kluitenberg.

Organisers:
The festival is organized by RIXC, The Center for New Media Culture (http://rixc.lv).
The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Contemporary Arts Center kim? (http://kim.lv).
The international academic conference in Riga and iWeek programme in Liepaja is organized in collaboration with MPLab (Art Research Lab) of Liepaja University (http://mplab.lv).

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

Phone: +371-67228478 (office), +371-26546776 (Rasa Smite, mob.)
E-mail: rixc ( at )rixc.lv

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