Book: Open Fields

Art and Science Research Practices in the Network Society

Peer-reviewed journal & book series for transdisciplinary research on art, science, technology and society. As part of Acoustic Space, Vol. 15. Edited by Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits and Armin Medosch (2016).













This Open Fields volume presents artistic research that is located in the contested territory between academic knowledge production and independent creative practices.

The book presents the interwoven histories of art and science in the digital age, by investigating the changing role of art in the network society. In previous volumes, we opened multiple conversations about how art can not only criticize and thereby provide a mirror for society, but how it can also more directly intervene in material and social structures.

We are now continuing this discussion by asking: How can art and other creative practices meaningfully contribute to the environmental, technological and scientific challenges of our time?

The first chapter is dedicated to contemporary aesthetics and its immediate forerunners, starting around forty years ago. This is followed by a chapter on media art histories in Eastern Europe. The third chapter brings together specific issues in art and scientific research with speculative and phenomenological, and philosophical questioning. And last but not least, the fourth chapter gives an insight into some more recent exhibitions and art projects in which artists, by exploring “open fields”, challenge the notions of art and contemporary aesthetics.



7 Introduction by editors

9 Christiane Paul. From Archives to Collections: Digital Art In/Out of Institutions


20 Roddy Hunter. Curating the Network-as-Artwork after Globalisation
30 José A. Oliveira. The Art of Systems and the Systems of Art: Theory and Practices 
43 Simon Hagemann. Performing the Web: Aspects of the Communication Network in Performance 
50 Jim Boulton. Error 404 – Why Archive the Web? 
55 Darko Fritz. Agents of Social and Political Change in the Early Digital Arts from the Netherlands 
62 Rajashree Biswal. The Politics and Dynamics of Web Based Art Practice in India in the Post 1990s 
80 Ernest Edmonds. Network Art from the Birth of the Internet to Today


88 Aneta Panek. Ingenious Dillettantes – Night Patrol – Punk in Poland. Transgressions, subversions and détournements in experimental music and cinema in West Berlin, Warsaw and Łódź in the 1980s 
100 Raivo Kelomees, Stacey Koosel. Privacy Experiments in Public and Artistic Spaces 
111 Dana Catona. Human Body Related Works in Performance, Video and New Media – from the ‘60s to the Present in Romania 
118 Ksenia Fedorova. Transmediality, Transliteracy, Transduction and Aesthetics of the Technological Sublime 
129 Vytautas Michelkevičius, Lina Michelkevičė. Unwritten Histories of Extinct Media Art in Lithuania: From the 2000s of Great Promise to the Multidirectional 2010s 
143 Andrew Gryf Paterson. Reflections on Soil Future(s), Past(s) and Present(s)


158 Laura Beloff. Art as A Playground for Evolution 
165 Jung-Yeon Ma. Renewing the Story of the CTG: Haruki Tsuchiya’s Research on Energy 
172 David Thomas. The Crystal Stereoscope: The Architectural Reconstruction of Modern Vision 
177 Jamie Allen, Ryan Jordan. Signal Aesthetics. Stroboscopic Arts and Sciences 
200 Aleksandra Kaminska. Audible Walls, Breathing Vaults, and the Fantastic Sites of Re-Imagination 
211 Brogan Bunt. Cutting Sections from Cars: at the Medial Margins of Media Art


223 Transformative Ecologies. North Creative Network Initiative and Exhibitions 
237 Open Fields. The Exhibition and Conference / RIXC Art Science Festival 2016 
252 Changing Weathers. Networked Responses to Geophysical, Geopolitical and Technological Shifts Across Europe. Collaborative Project


ISSN 1407-2858

ISBN 978-9934-8434-5-7

Published by RIXC, Riga & LiepU MPLab, Liepaja

(RIXC Center for New Media Culture, Riga & Liepaja University's Art Research Lab, Liepaja)


From the Book

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    Timothy Morton

    Dark Ecological Chocolate

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  • Nikel — The City as a Material

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    Nikel — The City as a Material

    Tatjana Gorbachewskaja is an architect who grew up in the Russian town Nikel, located in the far North near the Russian border with Norway. For Dark Ecology Project she researched the materials of...

  • What Is Dark Ecology?

    Timothy Morton

    What Is Dark Ecology?

    In this essay, which draws on his book Dark Ecology, For a Logic of Coexistence, Timothy Morton — who originally coined the term dark ecology — explains what dark ecology is. He also argues how...

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