New media art exhibition "ECONAUTS" at Liepaja Nature House

An exhibition of new media artworks made during intensive fieldwork at Liepaja waterlands and seaside is opened at Liepaja ZIIC Nature House on the so called "Horse island" / "Zirgu sala"

“Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.”

Jules Verne

Econauts follow the idea of "Deep Technology", which is derived from the ideology of "Deep Ecology" – they believe that technology allows a better understanding of the processes in nature, thus gaining empathy for natural phenomena and living beings. Econauts are inspired by scientific research and discoveries that do not romanticize or put nature in a dependent, threatening or otherwise distorted position towards man. According to the French philosopher Bruno Latour, only science can speak the language of nature and defend its interests. Therefore, at a time when man is becoming more and more detached from nature and nature is becoming more and more endangered, Econauts go into the wild armed with technology and scientific research to learn about other forms of existence and to pass on what they have recorded to the viewer.

The artists of the exhibition are also developers of the future ZIIC Nature House educational permanent exhibition.

Artists: Dāvis Kristaps Aigars, Paula Dejus, Maija Demitere, Krista Dintere, Justīne Grīnberga, Lelde Gūtmane, Uldis Hasners, Rogier Jupijn, Kaspars Lēvalds, Diāna Mikanova, Elza Ozola, Andrejs Poikāns, Anna Priedola, Pēters Riekstiņš, Katrīne Rožukalne, Pēteris Sīlis, Ieva Vīksne, Paula Vītola

Curator: Anna Priedola

Organisers: ASTE. Art, Science, Technology, Education in collaboration with Liepaja University Art Research Laboratory MPLab and the Science and education innovation center “Nature House” of the Liepaja municipality Education department. Exhibition is funded by Liepaja municipality Culture department, State Culture capital foundation, and European Union “Creative Europe” programme (project “GREEN Revisited”).

Non-formal education training programs or teachers are being developed by the project "Development of the Innovation Centre in Liepaja City" that is funded by the European Economic Area and the Norway grant programme "Research and Education".  Its total cost is EUR 986 049.00, of which EUR 754 327.40 is co-financing of the Norwegian Grants, EUR 133 116.60 is co-financed by the State budget of Latvia and EUR 98 605.00 by Liepaja City Municipality.   

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