Conferences

EUCIDA Project Symposium

2019 is the last year of the international EUCIDA* project, concluded by a symposium in Luznava manor, Latvia, in which a series of lectures, masterclasses, exhibitions will take place for two days. Symposium is curated by media artist and leader of RIXC centre for new media culture in Riga – prof. Rasa Smite.


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“An ecology of the virtual is .. just as pressing as ecologies of the visible world” – Felix Guattari

Ecological awareness forms the core of the EUCIDA symposium, which aims to explore the artistic strategies facing the urgent realities of today in our society – such as climate change, environmental issues, ubiquitous and immersive virtual technologies. By focusing on ecologies, we are using environment as the point of departure to make a shift “back to reality” with the two fold intent: First, as climate change is a major issue which can only be solved in the physical world; and second, as nature in Latvia, where this Eucida symposium will take place, has always had a particularly strong meaning and link for the local communities.

Now more than ever, it is time to make a reality turn, and to treat the virtual more seriously.

Outstanding keynote speakers will discuss alternate realities and ecologies of the virtual, while featured Eucida network artists will give masterclasses that use digital technologies for communicating with the plants, reveal myths behind electricity and network infrastructure, grow algae and bacteria for producing green energy, experiment with 3D printing to transform the digital into the tangible, and experiment with 360-video transforming the real environment into the mixed reality experience, establishing a stronger link between the virtual and the real.

Program:

Wednesday, May 15

Symposium Day 1: ECOLOGY AND ART PRACTICES IN VIRTUAL ERA

14.30 — Welcome Speech by EUCIDA Symposium Organizers

14.45 — Opening Keynote Lecture:

Eric KLUITENBERG. Beyond Binary: Rethinking Ecological Art Practice.

Conference Moderator – Rasa SMITE

16.15 — Panel 1: NATURE AND COMMUNICATION.

Artist Talks and Workshop Introductions

Gaspard and Sandra BÉBIÉ-VALÉRIAN, Maija DEMITERE, Paula VITOLA

17.30— Workshops (in parallel)

(1) Gaspard and Sandra BÉBIÉ-VALÉRIAN. Rituals in Unknown Spaces

(2) Paula VITOLA. Lights, Shadows, Waves

19.30 — THROUGH THE BLACK MIRROR – EUCIDA Exhibition Opening.

Featuring Artists: Julian OLIVER, Cécile BABIOLE, Suzanne TREISTER, Monica STUDER and Christoph VAN DER BERG, and others.

20.00 — Parallel Programme: Opening of Student Exhibition – Digital Experiments in Design II.


Thursday, May 16

Symposium Day 2. NEW EXPERIENCES IN IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENTS

10.00 — Panel 2: Thematic Keynotes: IMAGINATION AND TANGIBLE REALITIES

Raivo KELOMEES, Vytautas MICHELKEVICIUS, Varvara GULJAJEVA, Ilva SKULTE

12.15 — Public Keynote Lectures

Zilvinas LILAS. Phenomenology of Virtual

Nora O MURCHÚ. Ecologies of Care

15.00 — Panel 3: Artist Talks

Paul O'NEILL, Sarah LUNDY, Florent DI BARTOLO, Gundega STRAUTMANE

16.15 — Parallel Workshops

(3) Maija DEMITERE. Creating a Self-Sustainable Micro-System for Growing Food

(4) Nora O MURCHÚ with Adam GIBNEY. Reflections on EUCIDA – Mobility and Collaboration (for invited participants only)

(5) Zilvinas LILAS Lūznava Clouded

18.00 — Closing Discussion


How to get to Luznava manor?

Train: FROM RIGA

09:50 Rīga - 13:23 Rēzekne 2

17:00 Rīga - 20:29 Rēzekne 2

17:30 Riga -20:15 Rezekne fFrom Riga –Rezekne – Moscow)

Car: from Riga E22 until Rezekne, then A13 and left turn to Luznava