Open Fields conference, Riga

annamaria monteverdi/ 19 Settembre, 2016/ conference, digital art

Following the last year’s successful launch of Renewable Futures ( – the biannual travelling conference series) – this year RIXC with its European partners from Changing Weathers project, and other collaborating institutions and universities from the Baltic Sea region and Europe, are introducing Open Fields, aiming to develop it towards an annual Riga based gathering for the discussion on artistic reseach, the changing role of arts in societies, art’s transformative potential, and relations to sciences.

Open Fields will be investigating the use of data visualizations and other mappings of the contemporary. It will look into areas such as open commons, the future of social interaction, data representation and visualisation, critical design, sustainable infrastructures, eco-aesthetics, techno-ecologies, bio-hacking and other techniques of a transformative potential. No Field is excluded, yet there should always be a connection with art; it is highly likely that art works and conference papers will touch on several Fields, not one. It is such an enhanced understanding of transdisciplinarity that drives this undertaking.

Conference keynote speakers:

Christiane PAUL / New School / Whitney Museum / New York

Jussi PARIKKA / Winchester School of Art / University of Southampton / UK

Monica BELLO / Arts At CERN/ Switzerland

and others – tbc.


* Participatory sessions and Book-Reviews by Authors

The Conference also will feature “Open Fields – Book Review” (20″x20/PechaKucha format) session, providing an opportunity for the speakers to present their new books for other participants and the audience.

* Proceeding: The papers will be published in conference proceeding, which will come out in the Acoustic Space, peer-reviewed journal & book series. The call for full paper submissions will be announced during the conference.


THURSDAY, September 29, 2016

Open Fields Conference at the National Library of Latvia
Address: Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga

14.00 – Conference Registration
Geoff COX / Verina GFADER / Jacob LUND / Anne KØLBÆK IVERSEN (Aarhus University’s Contemporaneity Research Group / DK)

16.30 – 17.30 Jussi PARIKKA (Winchester School of Art / University of Southampton / UK)

17.30 – 18.30 Christiane PAUL (New School / Whitney Museum / US)

19.00 – The Opening of Open Fields Exhibition and RIXC Festival Reception, the E.E.G. KISS performance by Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat (NL)


FRIDAY, September 30, 2016

Open Fields Conference at the National Library of Latvia
Address: Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga

9.00 – 16.00 – Open Fields conference Day 1: Contemporaneity / Art as Research Featured sessions by Aarhus University’S Contemporainity Research Group, and Liepaja university’s Art Research Lab / Thematic keynotes / Parallel sessions

17.00-18.30 – Open Fields Book Review 1 (Featured session): book presentations by Armin MEDOSCH and Christiane PAUL, and discussion.

21.00 – Satellite event: New Sound Days performance programme and Impulses exhibition RISEBA Center for Architecture and Media “H2O 6”
Address: Durbes iela 4, Riga


SATURDAY, October 1, 2016

Open Fields Conference at the National Library of Latvia
Address: Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga

10.00 – 15.00 Open Fields conference Day 2: Eco-esthetics / Art and Science Featured session by Changing Weathers project / Thematical speaker: Andy GRACIE / Parallel sessions.

16.00-17.00 Public Keynote Lecture: Monica BELLO (Arts@CERN / CH)

18.00 Festival Closing: Art-Science Coctails



September 29 – November 2, 2016
OPEN FIELDS Featured Exhibition
The main festival exhibition featuring 25 artworks by international artists
The opening – September 29, 2016, 19.00.
The National Library of Latvia, address: Mūkusalas iela 3

September 28 – October 5, 2016
Turnton, a small city on the Sea
Artists: Time’s Up (AT/AU)
The opening – September 28, 2016, 18.00
RIXC Gallery, address: 11. novembra krastmala 35, entrance from Minsterejas iela

September 19 – October 2, 2016
Impulses. New Sound Days
Exhibition by young new media artists from Liepaja University
The opening – September 19, 2016, 19.00
The Concert and Performance programme – September 30
RISEBA Center for Architecture and Media “H2O 6”, Address: Durbes iela 4