The RIXC Art Science Festival's PostSensorium exhibition

23/09/2021
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The RIXC Art Science Festival's PostSensorium exhibition
The RIXC Art Science Festival's PostSensorium exhibition
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The RIXC Art Science Festival's PostSensorium exhibition is going to be on view at the exhibition hall on the first of the National Library of Latvia from 24 September to 12 November, 2021. This year, in order to overcome the human virtual, and real-life challenges, the festival and exhibition focus on exploring the sensory stimuli and body experience. Free admission.

The PostSensorium exhibition is the main physical event of this year's RIXC Art Science Festival discovering the post-sensorium aspects in artworks by internationally recognized artists who are at the forefront of interrogating novel virtual sensing tools in order to broaden our sensoriums in the name of a future that is "more-than-human". The PostSensorium Virtual Program will take place from 23 to 25 September and will consist of the annual Open Fields Conference, virtual concert from RIXC Greenhouse, performances, video screenings, WebVR exhibition, Artist Talks, and outstanding Keynote Lectures discussing the contemporary mediums, artistic practices and novel tools for exploring human and “more-than-human” sensoriums, AI and aesthetics of the 21st century, and creating new immersive experiences.

This year's conference will feature three special keynote speakers: American professor and adjunct curator of digital art at the Whitney Museum in New York City, Christiane A. Paul, American historian of the arts, theorist, and writer, who is known for his contribution in the sound art sphere, Douglas Kahn, as well as one of the festival exhibition’s artists, Slovenian new media artist holding a Ph.D. in biology, Špela Petrič.

The Deep Phytocracy: Feral Songs artwork by Špela Petrič leads the viewers into an immersive expedition, exploring countless relations with various specifically adjusted tools, which are used as a medium between humans and surrounding plants, giving an opportunity to meet the plants anew, feeling them through a different kind of communication that is outside of rationality.

The pointcloud.garden artwork series by the American artist Clement Valla offers to take an aesthetic walk through immersive and virtual gardens, where the viewer can observe large sets of data points measured from three different gardens in America in a 3D scanning process. The compressed translation in the unusual landscape of three gardens emphasizes certain ways in which humans experience a garden; as an aggregation of leaves, petals, stalks, and stems, a set of discontinuous points forming an overall texture. Clement Valla is a renowned New York-based artist whose work considers how humans and computers are increasingly entangled in making, seeing, and reading pictures. His work has also been exhibited at the XPO Gallery in Paris, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Stedelijk Museum, Breda, Netherlands; Museum of the Moving Image, New York and elsewhere.

The Plants Sense is an installation by María Castellanos and Alberto Valverde that allows the audience to know and experience the secret language of plants. The work consists of an interactive garden in which different sensors measure the electrical oscillations of the connected plants, and show their biochemical reactions to the human presence and the environment that surrounds them. Perhaps in the future, the artist-created sensory costume will be owned by every gardener, through which they will be able to feel, understand and communicate with plants.

The internationally renowned artist duo Knowbotiq from Switzerland in their Thulu Thu Thu, Before the Sun Harms You artwork trace and unfold past, present, and future entanglements and narratives of materialities in the peatland in Scotland. Thulu is a multitudinous object of braided plant fibers that connects people and apprehends the vibrations of the peatlands in an artistic performance.

The Mari Mutare artwork by the young Spanish artist, Vanessa Lorenzo who is currently based in Switzerland, merges plant and human worlds. It is inspired by the proto-Christian ornament of the Greenman: a pagan hybrid figure half-plant, half-human. The artist gives a special opportunity to the exhibition visitors to try on various plants through augmented reality on a specifically made Instagram profile.

In total, the RIXC Art Science Festival’s PostSensorium exhibition features artworks by 14 renowned artists who are at the forefront of interrogating novel sensing tools, immersive technologies, and experiential art practices. The exhibition is complemented by immersive excursions, led by exhibition curators and artists in the virtual environment, as well as interactive educational programs for the local audience in Riga and Latvia. The exhibition features artworks by new and already renowned artists and artist duos from all over the world: Maria Castellanos and Alberto Valverde (Spain), Santa France (Latvia), David Haines and Joyce Hinterding (Australia), Knowbotiq (Switzerland/Austria), Kristīne Krauze-Slucka (Latvia), Vanessa Lorenzo (Switzerland/Spain), Špela Petrič (Slovenia), Tivon Rice (US/Netherlands), Clement Valla (France/US), Rihards Vītols (Latvia).

Buy the tickets on Eventbrite for the festival's virtual from that takes place from 23 to 25 September: https://ieej.lv/tWWim.

More information: https://festival2021.rixc.org/.

The PostSensorium exhibition is open during the NLL OPENING HOURS.

Support and Partners: The PostSensiorum Festival and Conference program take place in the framework of "Green Revisited - Encountering Emerging Naturecultures (GREEN)" project co-funded by the EU program Creative Europe. GREEN project is led by RIXC in collaboration with the partners Baltan Laboratories (The Netherlands), Emmetrop (France), Zavod Projekt Atol (Slovenia), Oslo MET (Norway), Biofilia at Aalto University (Finland), MPLab / Art Research Lab at Liepaja University (Latvia).

The festival is supported by The State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Riga City Council, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Goethe Institute, Capital, Liepaja University, MPLab, The National Library of Latvia, Arterritory, Satori, Wemakemoneynotart, Echo Gone Wrong.

 

Producers and contact:

The Festival is Produced by The RIXC Centre for New Media Culture.

Festival curators: Rasa Smite (rasa@rixc.org) and Raitis Smits (raitis@rixc.org)

Festival producer: Agnese Baranova (agnese@rixc.org)

PR and information coordinator: Liva Silina (rixc@rixc.org)