The National Library of Latvia - Riga
29 / 09 / 2016 – 01 / 10 / 2016

Open Fields will focus on artistic research, the changing role of arts, its transformative potential, and relation to the sciences.

A call for participation invites contributions and conference paper proposals by scholars, artists, artists-researchers, art and media theorists, data designers and critical engineers, as well as doctoral students, and scientists from different fields – biology, ecology, environment, digital technologies, renewable energy, etc., who are engaged in experiencing the transformative potential of arts.

For the exhibition and conference, a research is located in the contested territory between academic knowledge production and independent creative practices. Open Fields will be investigating the use of data visualizations and other mappings of the contemporary. It will look into areas such as open commons, the future of social interaction, data representation and visualisation, critical design, sustainable infrastructures, eco-aesthetics, techno-ecologies, bio-hacking and other techniques of a transformative potential. No field is excluded, yet there should always be a connection with art; it is highly likely that art works and conference papers will touch on several fields, not one. It is such an enhanced understanding of transdisciplinarity that drives this undertaking.


Research Questions: How art and other creative practices can meaningfully contribute to the environmental, technological and scientific challenges of our time? What kind of new knowledge can be created through artistic practice that collaborates with science, technology and other disciplines? And how to deal with contemporary aesthetics, which has undergone dramatic changes during the past decades and keeps changing again as influenced by current post-media situation, data visualization and other contemporary conditions?

The Open Fields conference will be complemented by the exhibition taking place in the new Exhibition Hall of the National Library of Latvia. Partly curated, partly peer-reviewed, the Exhibition will represent works by artists, artists-researchers and data designers, who are challenging the notion of art and contemporary aesthetics by moving across, bringing together and converging different knowledge, various media and diverse Fields, as well as using scientific, cultural and social data as new artistic medium, and interpreting them in a new and meaningful ways..


Conference keynote speakers: Christiane Paul / New School / Whitney Museum /New York, Jussi Parikka / Winchester School of Art / University of Southampton / UK, Monika Bello / Arts@CERN/Switzerland and others – tbc.

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