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GLOBAL CONTROL Keynotes and Early Bird Registration – RIXC Festival and Open Fields Conference


GLOBAL CONTROL Keynotes and Early Bird Registration – RIXC Festival and Open Fields Conference
RIXC Center for New Media Culture
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Festival and conference dates: September 13–15, 2018, exhibition – until October 21, 2018; Venue – The National Library of Latvia Early Bird registration – extended until September 6, 2018 Keynotes by Bruce STERLING, Bernhard SEREXHE, Jens HAUSER, Jasmina TESANOVIC, Mauro MARTINO, Ellen PEARLMAN

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RIXC Center for New Media Culture
Lenču iela 2
Riga, LV-1010
Latvia

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REGISTER NOW!
The Early Bird registration extended until September 6, 2018
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Register Now! Global Control – RIXC Art Science Festival and Conference Early Bird Registration Extended until September 6, 2018!


GLOBAL CONTROL
RIXC Art Science Festival and
Open Fields 2018 Conference
September 13–15, 2018, Riga


'Knowledge is power. And power is possessed especially
by whoever controls the flow of information.'

(from Global Control and Censorship exhibition concept)

Marking the centennial anniversary of independent Latvia and Baltic countries, this year's festival takes up the call by becoming a space for artistic interventions and hot-button conversations addressing the complexity and future of digital society, especially with regards to ubiquitous surveillance and data privacy.

Keynote Speakers:
Bruce STERLING / science fiction author, WIRED journalist, critic and futurist / US
Bernhard SEREXHE / art historian, expert for electronic and digital art, author, curator / DE
Jens HAUSER / researcher and curator on bioart / DE-DK-FR
Jasmina TESANOVIC / author, feminist, political activist, and filmmaker / US-RS
Mauro MARTINO / artist, designer, inventor and educator / Visual AI Lab, IBM / US
Ellen Pearlman

This year's festival featuring exhibition is a collaboration between Goethe Institut, ZKM and RIXC; titled – Global Control and Censorship, the exhibition aims to expand the public debate about ever-present surveillance and censorship methods.

The festival conference titled Global Control, is a part of Latvia's 100th anniversary program and it takes place in the framework of Creative Europe's supported RISK CHANGE project. The Global Control conference will investigate issues from three main perspectives. The first, 'hybrid war', is particularly relevant in the context of the Baltic states independence celebration year, when continuous 'post-truth' propaganda in media and tensions around military training in this region are on the rise. We also discuss the issue of 'fake news', its consequences on global politics, and its impacts on individual nations.

The second perspective deals with 'surveillance and immersion'; as we all are under surveillance, we need to become aware of both the enormous scale of 'watching', as well as the potential 'depth' of watching due to the development of immersive technologies. The third, concerns 'the next big privacy' issue, discussed from a 'data politics' perspective – What is the future of our social media? How can we feel safe about our data we publish on the internet today?, and How to maintain trust with the next generation?

These are just a few of critical topics that will be critically discussed and explored in Global Control festival through a series of public keynotes, artistic interventions, thematic panel presentations, open public discussions, performances, and participatory workshops. The broad festival program will be closing with the Swamp Radio and Acoustic Surveillance program, featuring artistic interventions and immersive sound installations in Kemeri Bog.

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FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Thursday, September 13, 2018
16.00 – Opening Keynote Lectures: Bruce STERLING, Bernhard SEREXHE
19.00 – Festival and 'Global Control and Censorship' Exhibition Opening

Friday, September 14, 2018
10.00 – Global Control Conference, Day 1: Plenary and Panel Sessions
17.00 – Public Keynote Lectures: Jasmina TESANOVIC, Mauro MARTINO, Ellen PEARLMAN
20.00 – Satellite Program: Performances and Installations / Tallinas Street Quarter

Saturday, September 15, 2018
10.00 – Global Control Conference, Day 2: Plenary and Panel Sessions
16.00 – Swamp Radio and Acoustic Surveillance: Artistic Interventions in Kemeri Bog

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CONFERENCE
Open Fields 2018: Global Control

September 13 – 15, 2018, The National Library of Latvia, Conference Center

REGISTER NOW!
The Early Bird registration extended until September 6, 2018

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The Open Fields conference is the annual gathering in Riga, Latvia, for international scholars and artists working at the intersection of arts, humanities and science. This year's conference with the title Global Control will gather together more then 80 participants – artists, researchers, scientists, technology innovators, designers, theoreticians and activists from 25 countries world-wide.

Themes:
hybrid war, fake news and post-truth
the next big privacy, data politics and social visibility
surveillance, immersion and VR/AR environments
brainwaves science and neural networks
AI, network visualisation and data tracing
global information space and local media ecosystems
acoustics and espionage, from radio to social media


Selected Speakers:

Sebastian Althoff, Gillian Baldwin, Arno Baltin, Martyna Bikulčiūtė, Kathryn Blair, Niels Bonde, Jade Boyd, Mez Breeze, Kim Burgas, David Schmüdde, Giovanna Casimiro, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Oksana Chepelyk, Cultura Plasmic Inc., Marc DaCosta, Noemi Diamantini, Ariana Dongus, Pascal Glissmann, Andreas Henrich, Olivier Arcioli, Pascal Glissmann, Selena Kimball, Mitch Goodwin, Matthew Graydon, Jasmine Guffond, Varvara Guljajeva, Haakon Haraldsen Roen, Benjamin Bocquillon, Stephanie Hoebeke, Stefano Nichele, Kristin Bergaust, Heidi Dahlsveen, Henrik Lieng, Bianca Hlywa, Ricardo Iglesias, Mark Jarzombek, Zachary Kaiser, Raivo Kelomees, Stacey Koosel, Leily Khatibi, Roya Ebtehaj, Yi Liu, Cleia Dantas, Fan Feng, Andrew Blanton, Korsten & De Jong, Karla Kracht, Andrés Beladiez, Björn Lengers, Marcel Karnapke, Robert B. Lisek, Richard Lowenberg, Karolina Majewska, Nikita Mazurov, Conor Mcgarrigle, Richard Merritt, Salvador Miranda, Daniela Mitterberger, Tiziano Derme, Maciej Ożóg, Jakub Palm, Ellen Pearlman, Daniel Pillis, Dani Ploeger, Elke Reinhuber, The Urban Beautician, Tivon Rice, Stefan Riebel, Vincenzo Sansone, Tim Schwartz, Julian Scordato, Pablo De Soto, Aarti Sunder, Frank Theys, Brad Todd, Monica Tolia, MOON Martina Zelenika, The Miha Artnak, Colette Tron, Violeta Vojvodic Balaz, Waiwai/Hiuwai Chan, John Brumley

Organizers:
The Open Fields conference is organized by RIXC in collaboration with Liepaja University's Art Research Lab and Renewable Futures Network.
This year, the Open Fields conference is taking place in the framework of the Centenary of the Republic of Latvia Celebration Programme.

Conference Proceedings
The selected papers will be published in the next volume of the Acoustic Space, double blind peer-reviewed journal & book series. The call for papers will be announced shortly after the conference.
acousticspacejournal.com

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EXHIBITION
Global Control and Censorship

September 14 – October 21, 2018, The National Library of Latvia, Exhibition Hall

The exhibition is based on the collaboration with a network of scientists, journalists, activists, and artists in some twenty countries around the world, and in cooperation with expert organizations such as the German PEN Center, the Chaos Computer Club, Reporters Without Borders, and such platforms as netzpolitik.org, digitalcourage.de, WikiLeaks, and others. The exhibition's aim is to expand public debate about the ever-present surveillance and censorship methods, which is an urgent priority not only due to constant new reports in the media, but especially because of the extensive obstruction of the investigation of these practices.

The exhibition will feature 33 both internationally recognized and emerging artists works from more than 13 countries world-wide, including Latvia. The exhibition is produced by Goethe-Institut Riga and RIXC, in cooperation with the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.

Artists: Artist Collective '3/8' (LV), aaajiao (CN), Hamra Abbas (KW / US), Selma Alaçam (DE), Halil Altındere (TR), Daniel G. Andújar (ES), Zach Blas (US / GB), Osman Bozkurt (TR), James Bridle (GB / GR), Alice Cavoukdjian dite Galli (FR / DE), Hasan Elahi (BD / US), Finger Pointing Worker + Kota Takeuchi (JP), Kaspars Groševs (LV), Michael Grudziecki (PL / DE), KIT-KASTEL (DE), Frédéric Krauke (DE), Marc Lee (CH), Virginia Mastrogiannaki (GR), Erik Mátrai (HU), Ruben Pater (NL), Dan Perjovschi (RO), Ma Qiusha (CN), Pēters Riekstiņš (LV), Oliver Ressler (AT), Bernhard Serexhe (DE), Christian Sievers (DE), Alex Wenger (CH / DE) & Max-Gerd Retzlaff (DE)

Exhibition Curators: Bernhard Serexhe and Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás

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OF2018: GLOBAL CONTROL Conference Steering Committee ad Co-Chairs:
Prof. Rasa SMITE / RIXC / MIT ACT, USA / FHNW, Switzerland / Liepaja University, Latvia
Prof. Kristin BERGAUST / OsloMet-Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Dr. Ellen PEARLMAN / Parsons / New School / Art-A-Hack / ThoughtWorks / New York, USA

OPEN FIELDS Conference International Scientific Board:

Prof. Lev MANOVICH / Cultural Analytics Lab / The Graduate Center, City University of New York, US
Ph.D. Jussi PARIKKA / Winchester School of Art / University of Southampton / UK
Ph.D. Geoff COX / Plymouth University, UK
Prof. Kristin BERGAUST / Oslo and Akershus University, Norway
Assoc. Prof. Laura BELOFF / IT University, Copenhagen / Finnish Bioart Society, Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Lily DIAZ-KOMMONEN / Head of Research Department of Media, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland
Assoc. Prof. Yvonne Volkart, the Institute of Aesthetic Practice, Academy of Art and Design Basel, FHNW, Switzerland
Prof. Ursula DAMM / Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
Dr. Vytautas MICHELKEVICIUS / Nida Art Colony, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania
Ph.D. Margrét Elísabet ÓLAFSDÓTTIR / Art Education at the University of Akureyri, Iceland
Dr. Ilva SKULTE / Riga Stradins University, Latvia
Dr. Piibe PIIRMA / Tallinn University / Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
Ph. D. Raivo KELOMEES / Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
Regine DEBATTY / we-make-money-not-art.com / UK/BE
Aleksandra KOSTIC / Kibla / Risk Change project / Maribor, Slovenia

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RIXC festival curators: Rasa SMITE and Raits SMITS

The festival is organized by RIXC Center for New Media Culture.
RIXC Festival producers and contacts – Agnese Baranova (exhibition, agnese@rixc.org) and Daina Silina (conference, daina@rixc.org), PR and information – rixc@rixc.org

Contacts: rixc@rixc.org, +371 67228478, +371 26546776

Support: The State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Riga City Council, Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Latvia's Centenary Programme, EU Programme Creative Europe's Risk Change project, Goethe-Institut, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, National Library of Latvia, Art Research Lab (MPLab) of Liepajas University, RISEBA University.

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