EUCIDA Digital art symposium REALITY TURN curated by prof. Rasa Smite

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.

“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.



Wednesday, May 15

14.30 – 14.45 Welcome words by organizers

14.45 – 16.00 Opening Keynote: VIRTUAL ECOLOGIES

Eric KLUITENBERG. Beyond Binary: Rethinking ecological art practice

Rasa SMITE. Virtualities and Realities: New experiences, art and ecologies in immersive environments (Book presentation)

16.15 – 17.30 Panel 1 – Artist Talks and Workshop Introductions: NATURE AND COMMUNICATION

Gaspard and Sandra BÉBIÉ-VALÉRIAN. Slime mold as a counter-agent

Paula VITOLA. Light works

Maija DEMITERE. 978 tomatoes

17.30 – 19.30 Workshops

Workshop 1: Gaspard and Sandra BÉBIÉ-VALÉRIAN. Rituals in Unknown Spaces

Workshop 2: Paula VITOLA. Lights, Shadows, Waves

19.30 Opening of the Exhibition Through the Black Mirror

20.00 Opening of student exhibition Digital Experiments in Design II


Thursday, May 16

9:00 Registration

10.00 – 11.30 Panel 2: Thematic Keynotes. PARTICIPATION, ART AND INSTITUTIONS IN VIRTUAL ERA

Raivo KELOMEES. Creating paleolithic forms through digital technology: When imagination becomes tangible reality

Vytautas MICHELKEVICIUS. What is the greenest of them all? The role of time and place in the (artistic) research

Ilva SKULTE. In search of reality: Media history and conceptualization of the real

Varvara GULJAJEVA. From interaction to post-participation: the disappearing role of the active participant. Introducing research framework of post-participation

12.15 – 14.00 Keynotes of Day 2: NEW EXPERIENCES IN VIRTUAL ART

Zilvinas LILAS. Phenomenology of Virtual

Nora O MURCHÚ. Ecologies of Care


Paul O'NEILL. C-Node: Exploring Dublin’s corporate networked ecosystems.

Sarah LUNDY. Koki [A Corporeal Correlation]

Florent DI BARTOLO. The definition of behaviours and the possibility of new ways of seeing

Gundega STRAUTMANE. Visual Poetry

16.00 – 18.00 Parallel Workshops

Final Discussion with conference moderators, organisers and keynote speakers (open for public)

Workshop 3: Maija DEMITERE. Creating a self-sustainable micro-system for growing food (15 participants)

Workshop 4: Nora O MURCHÚ with Adam GIBNEY. Reflections on EUCIDA – mobility and collaboration (for EUCIDA artists only)

18.00 – 19.00 Closing Discussion, with drinks and dinner

19.00 Bus to Riga


How to get to Luznava manor?


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


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