>From: Rasa Smite <rasa@rixc.lv>
>Subject:  FIELDS exhibition – welcome to Riga 2014!
>Please see below the first ‘official’ 
>information on the FIELDS – large scale 
>exhibition that will feature about 40 very 
>interesting artworks. The event is specially 
>produced for Riga 2014, European Capital of 
>Culture – so you all are all very welcome to 
>Riga this year, and particularly for the FIELDS 
>opening – on May 15, 2014!
>hope some of you to see in Riga this summer – 
>the exhibition will be open till August 3, 2014
>kind regards
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>Welcome to Riga – the  European Capital of Culture 2014!
>FIELDS exhibition
>Arsenals Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art
>May 15  – August 3, 2014
>Fields – patterns of social, scientific, and technological transformations.
>The changing role of art in society is one where 
>it does not just create a new aesthetics but 
>gets involved in patterns of social, scientific, 
>and technological transformations. Fields, 
>jointly curated by Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits and 
>Armin Medosch, presents an inquiry into patterns 
>of renewal and transition. The curators asked 
>which expanded fields of artistic practice offer 
>new ideas for overcoming the crisis of the 
>present and developing new models of a more 
>sustainable and imaginative way of life.
>In preparation for the Fields exhibition, a 
>widespread survey was undertaken, that did not 
>just look at art in the narrow sense but all 
>kinds of creative practices that bring together 
>new thinking, scientific knowledge, aesthetics, 
>technologies and social practices. A year in 
>advance, a public call was launched that was met 
>by over 200 proposals. The curators of Fields 
>could draw on international networks such as 
>RIXC’s Renewable Network and the European 
>collaborations Techno-Ecologies and 
>Soft-Control. The artist-in-residency series 
>Fieldwork on measurement ship Eleonore, Linz 
>2013, aimed at creating ideas and projects for 
>Fields. Workshops and panels at Transmediale 
>2013 – Berlin, Pixelache 2013 – Helsinki, and 
>the Media Art Histories conference Renew – Riga, 
>October 2013 were used to discuss work and 
>taxonomies for Fields.
>>From the 200 proposals received through the 
>>public call, the curators have chosen 40 works 
>>from all over the world, but with a special 
>>focus on Central, Eastern and Northern Europe. 
>>Fields will be  exhibited between May 15th and 
>>August 3rd 2014, at the Arsenals exhibition 
>>space of Latvian National Arts Museum, the 
>>largest and most important exhibition space for 
>>contemporary art in Riga, as a part of Riga – 
>>European Culture Capital 2014. The exhibition 
>>will be accompanied by public lectures, 
e Futures conference as well as artist 

>>performances and concerts. A catalogue will be 
>>produced, which will consist of a special issue 
>>of the Acoustic Space peer reviewed academic 
>>journal, jointly issued by Liepaja’s University 
>>Art Research Lab and RIXC.
>Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits are artists and 
>founding directors of RIXC, an art institution 
>in Riga, Latvia, whose Art + Communication 
>festival has become one of the most important 
>festivals of this kind in Europe and worldwide. 
>Armin Medosch is a curator, writer and artist 
>based in Vienna, Austria. The Fields exhibition 
>is a follow-up project to Waves 2006, which was 
>also shown at Arsenals in Riga, co-curated by 
>Smite, Smits and Medosch.
>The curators selected works that are considered 
>to be contextual seedbeds for social change. The 
>changing role of art in society is one where it 
>does not just create a new aesthetics but gets 
>involved in patterns of social, scientific, and 
>technological transformations.
>Fields presents a lively landscape of art that 
>challenges existing viewpoints and deconstructs 
>social issues, but also proposes positive 
>visions for the future. A premise behind this 
>project was from the very start that no single 
>field and associated label can do justice any 
>more to the diversity of contemporary art 
>practices. Typically, today, the most 
>interesting practices are transdisciplinary and 
>transformative – they rely on new combinations 
>of existing fields-as-in-disciplines, combining 
>the artistic with the social and the natural, 
>the scientific and the emotional, the sensible 
>with the actual.
>Fields opens up the contemporary field for a 
>free and associative play of radical taxonomies, 
>remixing and recombining existing categories, 
>thereby carrying out important boundary work 
>that gives a new shape to the contact zones 
>between art, science, technology and social 
>engagement in the 21st century.
>While the final list of artists may still 
>change, we would like to present some examples 
>for the radical diversity of approaches:
>    The relationship with nature plays a 
>major role in this exhibition, often in 
>combination with ideas from the open culture 
>that emerged on the net, about sharing resources 
>and tackling social issues through participatory 
>and social mechanisms.
>    In some cases, such as Leave it in the 
>Ground by Oliver Ressler (2013), or 
>Seedsunderground  (2013-14) by Shu Lea Cheang, 
>the work carries a clear and direct political 
>message, concerning issues such as renewable 
>energy, sustainability or the fight for the 
>diversity of agricultural seeds and plants.
>    Other work, less overtly political, opens 
>our senses and minds to new ways of seeing the 
>world, referring to what French philosopher 
>Jaques Ranci?re calls the ‘distribution of the 
>sensible’. Lisa Jevbratt shows how different 
>reality is if we imagine to look at the world 
>with animal eyes. The Belgian collective Okno 
>combines rooftop gardening and beehives to 
>create new maps of the distribution of plant 
>life in cities. Erich Berger measures changes in 
>the magnetic field of the Earth. Manu Luksch 
>offers a free ride on a water taxi in exchange 
>for a conversation with Kayak Libre.
>    The human body itself becomes seen as a 
>node in a complex network of force-fields, where 
>nature, genetic science and political and 
>economical topics intersect. The Latvian artist 
>Gints Gabrans proposes to modify our bodies so 
>that, with the help of new enzymes, we can eat 
>grass and tree branches. Hu.M.C.C.- Human 
>Molecular Colonization Capacity project by Maja 
>Smrekar, Slovenia, uses an enzyme from the 
>artist’s body to create a yoghurt. Hans 
>Scheirl’s paintings and installation Transgenic 
>(TM) breaks through barriers between 2D and 3D, 
>simultaneously opening up new ways of artistic 
>and bodily trans-gression. 
>    The intersection of social and visual 
>fields is the topic of works by Austrian video 
>artist Annja Krautgasser’s Prelude (2010) and 
>media artist Hannah Haslaati, Finland, who uses 
>principles known from Gestalt psychology to make 
>group dynamics visible.
>The intersection of the globalised economy with 
>digital technologies, financial markets 
>exploitative labour practices and culture and 
>concerns of local communities and indigenous 
>people are addressed in works such as Histoire 
>?conomique (2013) by British artist Hayley 
>Newman, Working Life (2013) by Danish artist 
>collective Superflex and Eccentric Archive 
>(2012-14) by Ines Doujak and John Barker.
>    The relevations by Edward Snowden about 
>global surveillance activities of the USA 
>through its PRISM program has made evident how 
>important the invisible world of data flows and 
>data bases is. Data fields, battlefields and the 
>war on terror mark the background for works such 
>as Endless War (2012-14) by British-Japanese 
>artist couple YoHa (Graham Harwood and Matsuko 
>Yokokoji), and We should take nothing for 
>granted! – on the building of an alert and 
>knowledgeable citizenry by Slovenian artist 
>Marko Peljhan and Project Atol. 
>    The relationship between matter and 
>information, as suggested by cybernetics pioneer 
>Norbert Wiener, is the topic of the Earth 
>Computer (2014)  Martin Howse and Ghostradio 
>(2014) by Pamela Neuwirth, Markus Decker and 
>Franx Xaver.
>    Artists such as Martins Ratniks’ 
>installlation with 27 CRT TV screens, and French 
>artist Cecile Babiole’s sound installation are 
>engaging with the  raw energy of electrical and 
>electro-magnetic fields, continuing work started 
>with the Waves project in 2006.
>    Relationships between electrical and 
>biological fields inform the work of Latvian 
>sound artist Voldemars Johansons, who, in 
>collaboration with RIXC’s own project Biotricity 
>(bacteria battery) has made music from 
>electrical signal fluctuations that are 
>generated by living micro-organisms.
>These are some key topics and examples of up to 
>40 works that will be shown at Fields.
>Support: The Fields exhibition is supported by 
>Riga 2014 and Riga City Council, Latvian State 
>Cultural Capital Foundation, Latvian Ministry of 
>Culture, Austrian Ministry of Culture, French 
>Cultural Institute, Nordic Culture Point.