The 4th International OPEN FIELDS Conference for Art-Science Research
In the framework of the RIXC Festival: Un/Green – Naturally Artificial Intelligences
Riga, July 4 – 6, 2019
Venues: The Latvian National Museum of Art and The Art Academy of Latvia.
The RIXC Festival 2019 aims at complicating the pervasively employed notion of “green” by providing a cross-disciplinary platform for the discussions and artistic interventions exploring one of the most paradoxical and broadest topics of our times. The festival will feature the “Un/Green” exhibition opening that takes place in the Latvian National Museum of Art, and the 4th Open Fields conference which aims to ‘un-green greenness’, ‘Eco-systematically’ reconnect ‘post-human postures’, and discover and unpack ‘Naturally Artificial Intelligences.’
‘Green’, symbolically associated with the ‘natural’ and employed to hyper-compensate for what humans have lost, will be addressed as indeed most anthropocentric of all colours, in its inherent ambiguity between alleged naturalness and artificiality. Are we in control of ‘green’? Despite its broadly positive connotations ‘green’ incrementally serves the uncritical desire of fetishistic and techno-romantic naturalization in order to metaphorically hyper-compensate for material systemic biopolitics consisting of the increasing technical manipulation and exploitation of living systems, ecologies, and the biosphere at large.
Alongside ‘green’, the central topic of this conference, the Open Fields 2019 organizers also included visionary and critically un-green, spectral-prismatic, post-anthropocentric, and socio-algorithmic papers by artists, scientists, researchers and experts from different academic disciplines and professional fields.
- green/ungreen – ‘symbolic green, ontological greenness and performative greening’
- biopolitics and ecotopia – beyond the anthropocene, towards multi-species relations
- ‘green’ intelligence – environment and naturally AI within algorithmic societies
- post-anthropocentric visions – ‘nature culture’ and eco-critique
- sensible ‘green’ – beyond the visual: acoustic, olfactive, chemical, etc.
- biosphere and technosphere – techno-ecological perspective of our planet and in Space
- prismatic – color theories, light and perception
The Conference Chairs
Rasa SMITE, Raitis SMITS, Jens HAUSER
The Conference International Scientific Board:
Prof. Lev MANOVICH / Cultural Analytics Lab / The Graduate Center, City University of New York, US
Dr. Ellen PEARLMAN / Parsons / New School / Art-A-Hack / ThoughtWorks / New York, USA
Prof. Kristin BERGAUST / OsloMet-Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Ph.D. Jussi PARIKKA / Winchester School of Art / University of Southampton / UK
Ph.D. Geoff COX / Plymouth University, UK
Assoc. Prof. Laura BELOFF / IT University, Copenhagen / Finnish Bioart Society, Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Lily DIAZ-KOMMONEN / Head of Research Department of Media, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Ursula DAMM / Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
Dr. Vytautas MICHELKEVICIUS / Nida Art Colony, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania
Ph.D. Margrét Elísabet ÓLAFSDÓTTIR / Art Education at the University of Akureyri, Iceland
Dr. Ilva SKULTE / Riga Stradins University, Latvia
Dr. Piibe PIIRMA / Tallinn University / Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
Ph. D. Raivo KELOMEES / Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
Regine DEBATTY / we-make-money-not-art.com / BE/UK/IT
The Conference takes place in the framework of RIXC Art Science Festival, and it is a part of RISK CHANGE project, co-financed by Creative Europe.
Organized by RIXC Center for New Media Culture in Riga, Latvia.