20. June 2016
Open Fields is the title of this year's international conference taking place in the framework of the annual RIXC Art Science festival in Riga. It brings together international scholars and artists, working at the intersection of arts, humanities and science. Open Fields will focus on artistic research, the changing role of arts, its transformative potential, and relation to the sciences.
Following the last year's successful launch of Renewable Futures (renewablefutures.net – 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.
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.
For the exhibition and conference, we are looking for research that is located in the contested territory between academic knowledge production and independent creative practices. 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.
The Conference also will feature “Playing Fields” session on contemporary taxonomy, maintaining a connection between the exhibition and the conference. It also will include “Open Fields – Book Review” (PechaKucha) session, providing an opportunity for the speakers to present their new books for other participants and the audience.
The Open Fields conference will be complemented by the exhibition taking place in the new Exhibition Hall of National Library of Latvia. Partly curated, partly peer-reviewed, the Exhibition will represent works by artists, artists-researchers and data designers, who are challenging the notion of art and contemporary aesthetics by moving across, bringing together and converging different knowledge, various media and diverse Fields, as well as using scientific, cultural and social data as new artistic medium, and interpreting them in a new and meaningful ways.
Partly curated, partly peer-reviewed, the Festival Exhibition welcomes proposals by artists, artists-researchers, artists-engineers, data designers, as well as practice-based doctoral students, who are challenging the notion of art and contemporary aesthetics by moving across, bringing together and converging different knowledge, various media and diverse Fields, as well as by those, who are using scientific, cultural and social data as new artistic medium, interpreting them in a new and meaningful ways.
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.
Conference 29. Sep – 1. Oct, 2016
Exhbition 29. Sep – 6. Nov, 2016
LOCATION: Exhibition Hall of the National Library of Latvia, Riga.
CONFERENCE CHAIR: Dr. Rasa SMITE / RIXC / Art Research Lab, Liepaja University, Latvia
FESTIVAL AND EXHIBITION CURATORS: Dr. Raitis SMITS, Ainars KAMOLINS, Dr. Rasa SMITE
PLAYING FIELDS SESSION will be organized and moderated by Armin MEDOSCH / Austria
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS AND ABSTRACTS: 20 June, 2016 (extended)
HOW TO SUBMIT, AND ADDITIONAL INFO: http://rixc.org/en/festival/
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