International Symposium "Hybrid Labs" ended with a symposium on hybrid practices in art and design from 30th of May untill 1st of June in Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.
"Hybrid Labs" is a Creative Europe Innovative Maker Trends in Art & Design Practices project: Art in Society, Heritage Narratives and Hybrid Laboratories (Maker Trends) is a collaborative effort that seeks to bring together art and design, and education and heritage communities to develop practices that lead to development of new hybrid storytelling artifacts. These artifacts will link memories from the virtual domain with the material domain of everyday life. The work is based on already existing collaboration between the Aalto University Media Lab Helsinki (FINLAND), RIXC New Media Center and MPLAB at University of Liepaja (LATVIA) and Art in Society Research Group (NORWAY). The work involves development of a curriculum to use digital and social crafts, growths and manufacturing techniques with heritage and storytelling. The activities include workshops that are targeted to the creative and memory sectors – including general publics, artists, art and design teachers, and students. Our method for generating the curriculum is a collaborative laboratory (collaboratory) approach.
More info on the project: http://hybridlabs.aalto.fi/abouthybridlabs/
Syposium consisted of international media artists' and designers' creative research presentations, Aalto University Media Lab Demo Day, Finland VR scene Demo Day, Art and Science journal LEONARDO 50th anniversary dinner, and an exhibition on hybrid ecologies curated by Kirstin Bergaust, where also the latest piece of Liepaja University professor Rasa Šmite's and Raitis Šmits' "Swamp Radio" was exhibited.
Liepaja University was represented by Art Research Laboratory's head duty officer Anna Priedola in the symposium.