RIXC Media Space 11. Novembra krastmala 35, entrance from Minstereja street
Exhibition open from October 5 to November 4

Working Hours:
Monday: Exhibition closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 14.00 – 19.00
Saturday, Sunday: 12.00 – 19.00
Exhibition tour guides provided. For group tours please contact: rixc (at) rixc.lv, 26546676 (Rasa Smite).
Entrance free.

This year's festival exhibition showcases two artworks – installation “Dancing with’without Darvin” by Swiss-German artist collective Knowbotiq and “Biotricity No. 5” by Latvian artist collective RIXC in collaboration with Voldemars Johansons. Swiss-German artists are experimenting with camouflage suits while artists together with scientists from Latvia are building green energy stations, making visible and audible the process of creating 'bacteria electricity' and seeking relations between biological (natural) and electronic (technological) networks.


Yvonne Wilhelm & Christian Hübler / Knowbotiq collective in collaboration with Zulile Blinker, Joana Aderi and Simon Broggi

Artists Christian Hübler and Ivonne Wilhelm from Knowbotiq collective (Switzerland/Germany) are showcasing their latest installation-performance “Dancing with’without Darvin”. The installation is a continuation of project “MacGhillie – just a void” (2008) which uses a figure clad in a camouflage suit. What happens when our modern, controlled urban sites are visited by a figure disguised in such camouflage suit? Neither man nor woman, it defies all classification and it doesn’t want to communicate. By creating MacGhillie the artists are inquiring if there is a moment for something that doesn’t want to be anything in a space where everything has to be managed, optimized, and secured. “Dancing with’without Darvin” is a re-reading of Black colonial history and the refusal of becoming part of such history. The installation offers a set of props – microphone, ornament-generator, MacGhillie camouflage costume, an empty demonstration shield, a spot light and a marker for a line-dance. It is unclear if these stage props are part of a performance, which already happened or will occur soon. The stage clothes are remixes of two costumes – MacGhillie and kotomisi. MacGhillie is a camouflage suit originally invented for hunting while kotomisi denotes traditional piece of clothing of female slaves in former Dutch colonies. Both figures have intransparent historic and cultural connotation withdrawing them from any decipherments. The installation also uses software capturing voices of spoken word artists, transforming them live into ornaments.

Knowbotic Research is a German-Swiss electronic art group, established in 1991. Its members are Yvonne Wilhelm, Christian Hübler and Alexander Tuchacek. They hold a professorship for Art and Media at the University of the Arts in Zurich. The Knowbotic Research group has experimented with the intersection of technology, information and knowledge, interface, immersive virtual reality and networked agency. In their more recent work, they created media-based projects that try to intervene in the (physical or digital) public domain. Knowbotic Research has participated in the 48th Venice Biennale (1999), Seoul Biennale (2002), Hongkong Shenzen Biennale (2007), Biennale Rotterdam (2009), Moscow Biennale (2011), and has received major awards including: the Swiss Art Award (2012); the international ZKM Media-art award and the Prix Ars Electronica.


Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Martins Ratniks / RIXC and Voldemars Johansons

“Biotricity No.5” is an innovative art and science collaboration project by Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits and Martins Ratniks together with sound artist and composer Voldemars Johansons and young biologists from University of Latvia. “Biotricity No.5” project experiments with new generation “green energy” technologies and sonifies the process of generating electricity from bacteria living in water. The installation consists of a cell network altogether creating a ‘bacteria battery’. A part of the battery is aligned at the exhibition space in illuminated plastic containers whereas the other part operates remotely from a pond in Latvian rural area which is streamed live on one of the monitors at the exhibition space while another monitor displays microscopic images of the bacteria environment offering a limited insight into this invisible world. This “Bacteria fuel” process is interpreted in sound structures providing an aesthetic perspective on the mutual relations between nature and technology, biologic systems and electronic networks.

Rasa Smite is a media artist-innovator and network researcher based in Riga, Latvia. She has graduated from Art Academy of Latvia (with MA in visual art), and holds a PhD in sociology from Riga Stradins University (the topic of her PhD thesis was “Creative Network Communities” (2011)). Currently she is an Associate Professor of New Media Art Programme and researcher at Art Research Lab (MPLab)/Liepaja University. She is also the director of RIXC, The Center for new media culture in Riga.
Raitis Smits is a media artist and curator. He holds MA from Art Academy of Latvia, and currently he is doing his PhD (the topic of his PhD thesis is “The preservation of new media art”). He is an Assistant Professor in Visual Communication dept. at Art Academy of Latvia, and the artistic director in RIXC.
Martins Ratniks is an artist, VJ and designer working together with E-Lab/RIXC since 1997. He is also one of the founding members of artists collective F5. He is an Assistant Professor in Visual Communication dept. at Art Academy of Latvia and he still works as an artist and designer in RIXC.
Latvian artist and composer Voldemars Johansons works with audio/data in forms of composition, installation and performance. Studied at the Institute of Sonology in Hague and Latvian Academy of Music. His work deals with acoustics and sound processing, examining aspects of spatiality, physicality and interaction in context of real and virtual environments and their hybrid intersections.


Contacts: rixc (at) rixc.lv, 67228478 (RIXC center and festival office)