Recognizing the increasing significance of media art for our culture, the Conference Series on the Media Art Histories (MAH) serves the platform for discussing the history of media art within the interdisciplinary and intercultural contexts of the histories of art.


Since 2005 large-scale international academic conference events have been taking place in Banff/Canada (Refresh, 2005), Berlin/Germany (re:place, 2007), Melbourne/Australia (re:live, 2009), and Liverpool/UK (Rewire, 2011). The next MAH conference event with the title “Renew” in 2013 will take place in Riga and Liepaja/Latvia.



Media Art Histories 2013: Renew

Riga, October 8 – 12, 2013


The fifth International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, Renew, will be hosted by RIXC to be held in Riga, Latvia, from 8th to 12th October 2013, coinciding with the Art+Communication festival. It will host three days of keynotes, panels and poster sessions on the histories of networked digital, electronic and technological media arts.


 With the theme of Renew the Media Art History 2013 intends to address current tendencies in sustainability quests from various perspectives. As media art is based on increasingly aging technology and is dependent on energy (electricity) the conference will discuss how sustainability approach can be applied to the issues of producing, preserving and representing the media  artworks – how to renew them. By focusing on practices and histories of networked media arts, Renew conference will cover broad range of topics to include early communication arts (mail, fax, radio, satellite, etc.), and, open source and network culture, locative media and wireless communities, hybrid networks and electromagnetic art, and at last but not least – artistic investigations of renewable energy, and future visions of art within converged information and energy networks.


Proposed topics may include:


Histories of Networked Media Arts

Archiving, Preserving and Representing of Net.Art

Histories of Media Arts in Eastern Europe and Baltics

Art of Electromagnetic Society

Art, Ecology and Renewable Energy Technologies

Network Culture, Sociability and Sustainability;

Future of Information & Energy Networks

and other.


Selected papers from the conference will be published in Acoustic Space. Founded in 1998 by E-Lab as artistic journal for networked audio experiments and new media culture, since 2007 Acoustic Space comes out as peer-reviewed journal for transdisciplinary research on art, science, technology and society, published by RIXC & Art Research Lab of Liepaja University.


The conference will be complemented by affiliated events of the Art+Communication festival, including thematically related media art exhibition, experimental film and video screening programme, live performances and workshops.


The conference will be organized by The Center for New Media Culture RIXC in Riga in collaboration with Art Research Lab of Liepaja University, Latvian Acadamy of Arts and other local academic partners.



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