Talking To Plants

"Biotricity" workshop 2012


"Floating hydroponic garden" workshop 2012


Temporary photoElectric Digestopians Worklab [TpED #11]: The Aronia M Session + AroniaBPB Table Landscape
/Edible-Sun-Electric Experiments with Aronia Power Plant/

Worklab led by Bartaku

Bartaku who works with food architecture designed to harvest light and transform it into electrical energy. During workshop, Bartaku will share his adaptation of existing solar cell technology and he invites you to experiment and test it out yourself. Aronia Session No. 11 will specifically focus on the power of one of the most powerful existing berries - Aronia Melanocarpa. The juice will be extracted from freshly picked Aronias from the Aronia Power Plantation in Aizpute. The predominant color of the digestopians in this edition will be PBB (purple blue black).
The TpED-worklab series are part of Bartaku's ongoing artistic research 'PhoEf: The Undisclosed Poésis of the photovoltaic Effect'.

Bartaku (Belgium) is an artist/researcher with special interest in tropes and hyper-wounded realities. Since 2007 he explores the relation between light, -plant, -body and electrical energy. His public work consists of installations, interventions, co-creation labs, writings and talks. He is a member of transdiciplinary lab FoAM and co-founder of new arts collective r-ohm.

Venue: kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Maskavas street 12/1), 3rd floor
Time: Friday, October 5, 12.00 – 16.30
Special testing session on Saturday, October 6 15.30 – 16.00 during festival conference

Biotricity No. 4 – Energy from waste water

Workshop led by Zane Rutkovska (University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology) and Raitis Smits (RIXC)

A workshop on ‘bacteria-electricity’, which uses waste water as an energy source. The intent of the workshop is to experiment with ‘next-generation’ biotechnology (microbial fuel cells) in order to explore how it can be approached and interpreted through artistic perspectives and cultural innovation.
During the workshop, artist Raitis Smits together with biologist Arturs Gruduls will introduce how to make a fuel cell that generates electricity from bacteria living in (dirty) water. They will also experiment with using different energy sources (soil, waste water). Later on, using their own self-made ‘biotricity’ cells, workshop participants will be invited to 'design' the ‘bacteria-battery’ network, as well as to connect, test and play with different low-voltage devices and to experiment with transforming electrical signal into sound and 'live streaming'.
Workshop leaders will also introduce scientific visions and artistic approaches related to the future of this emerging technology, encouraging participants to develop ideas and experiment with this technology from an artistic perspective.
Technology: microbial fuel cell technology is based on a bio-electrochemical system that converts chemical energy to electrical energy by using microorganisms – bacteria found in the commonly available resources such as, for instance, wastewater.

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Limited to 10-12 participants.
The workshop participants are kindly asked to bring with them different low-voltage devices (0,5-3 V) – electronic clocks, toys, self-made electronic devices, transmitters, game-stations, and similar.

The workshop is a collaboration between artists from RIXC in Riga and scientists from the Institute of Solid State Physics and Faculty of Biology at the University of Latvia, and it is part of Renewable Network activities and RIXC's research at StudioLab project.

Venue: RIXC Media Space (11. novembra krastmala 35, entrance from Minstereja street)
Time: Saturday, October 6, 12.00-15.00

Resilient dialogs with citizens and the city

Workshop led by Lina Kusaite (Lithuania/Belgium), Michel Bauwens (Belgium/Thailand) and
Anna Trapenciere (Latvia).

We all have our own dreams. If 'I' could do what ever I want – how my environment would look like? How do I create the context, instead of context creates me? Give a possibility for teenagers to design there surroundings - let them tell their dreams and stories.
In the introduction of the workshop innovation theorist Michel Bauwens will present a special review on resilience. After the introduction and discussions, participants will be invited to walk in the city, where they will explore the landscape and relationship with it. How our choices and will to act gives us a possibility to create our own environment (context).  Are we resilient in our own surrounding or are we simply reacting to what is build, given, decided?

Lina Kusaite is a freelance illustrator, concept artist and art coach, working in Brussels, Belgium. Her professional life was influenced by a mix of Post Soviet, Dutch and French education systems in the Arts and Fashion Design disciplines. Such a varied mix has taught her to balance different art techniques with strong concept development. Her curiosity and desire to learn and understand our world’s complexity brought her to Brussels in 2001, where she joined the trans-disciplinary laboratory and research group ‘FoAM’. During the last years, Lina’s main source of creative activities became Nature and it’s ecosystems. This evolved into designing and facilitating workshops for kids about balance between local plant ecosystems and urban environments through storey telling formats.

*The working languages will be both - Latvian and English. Translation will be provided.

Venue: kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Maskavas street 12/1), 3rd floor
Time: Saturday, October 6, 12.00-15.00

Participation – admission free. Open to all public. No previous knowledge necessary.

Contacts: rixc (at), 67228478 (RIXC and festival office)
If you are interested to participate in workshops, please contact: Agnese Baranova agnese (at), ph.