Deadline extended - June 20, 2020 ECODATA Open Fields Conference!

June 9, 2020
Author Echo Gone Wrong

The Call for Open Fields Conference 2020: Ecodata is extended – the deadline now is June 20, 2020. This year RIXC Art Science Festival and conference will take place from October 8 – 10, and it will be a combination of online (Zoom) presentations and physical meeting (Ecodata–Ecomedia–Ecoaesthetics symposium) at the National Library of Latvia.

This year’s festival is a collaboration with “Ecodata” research project that explores the role and significance of new media, technologies and technoscientific methods in the arts for the perception and awareness of the ecological. It brings together international scholars and artists, working at the intersection of arts, humanities and science. ECODATA Open Fields conference will focus on artistic research, the changing role of arts, its transformative potential, and relation to the sciences. This call for participation invites contributions and conference paper proposals by scholars, artists, artists-researchers, art and media theorists, data designers and critical engineers, as well as doctoral students, and scientists from different fields – biology, ecology, environment, digital technologies, renewable energy, etc., who are engaged in experiencing the transformative potential of arts.

The festival will feature the “Ecodata – Ecomedia – Ecoaesthetics” exhibition (October 8 – November 17, the National Library of Latvia), symposium with outstanding keynote talks by scientists and artists, as well as the annual Open Fields conference, public performance programme, participatory workshops, and artistic interventions by young and emerging artists.

We welcome proposals by scholars, artists, artists-scholars, designers, PhD researchers, curators, media theorists, art historians, science philosophers, cultural innovators, bio-hackers, critical engineers and data designers, as well as scientists from different fields – biology, ecology, environment, digital technologies, renewable energy, and others, who have experienced or see the potential of collaboration with arts.

Conference proposal should consist of:

* title and abstract (200 words),

* 5–6 keywords,

* short author’s biography (120 words).

Please submit your proposals online:

The Open Fields conference is an annual Riga based gathering for the discussion on artistic research, the changing role of arts in societies, art’s transformative potential, and relations to sciences.

The exhibition “”Ecodata – Ecomedia – Ecoaesthetics” will feature about twenty artworks by internationally acknowledged artists working in the field of media art, science, and ecology, featuring works by artists-researchers of the Ecodata project – Marcus Maeder, Rasa Smite, Aline Veillat.

Symposium will introduce the results of the 3-year research project “Ecodata – Ecomedia – Ecoaesthetics”, led by researcher and theorist Yvonne Volkart (Basel, Switzerland), with the participation of invited keynote speakers, artist talks and presentations by scientists.

OPEN FIELDS 2020 conference chairs and exhibition curators: Rasa SMITE, Raitis SMITS (Latvia) and Yvonne VOLKART (Switzerland)

Organiser: RIXC the Centre for New Media Culture

Phone: +371 26546776 (Rasa Smite, festival curator)
Agnese Baranova (, ph. +371 29635167), festival producer

RIXC the Centre for New Media Culture, Lenču iela 2, Riga, LV-1010, Latvia

Supported by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Liepaja Art Research Laboratory (Liepaja, Latvia), Liepaja University (Liepaja, Latvia), University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, EU programme Creative Europe in the framework of the “Green Revisited” project, Riga City Council, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Academy of Art and Design FHNW (Basel, Switzerland), Institute of Aesthetic Practice and Theory IAeP (Switzerland).

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