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RIXC Art Science Festival 2017 "Virtualities and Realities"

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October 19 – 21, 2017, Riga

RIXC is annual Riga based international festival for digital art, science and emerging technologies, which this year takes place in from October 19 – 21, 2017, in some of Riga’s most significant contemporary art venues – kim? Contemporary Art Center, RIXC Gallery, as well as in the Arts Academy, and the National Arts Museum.

This year’s festival programme will include the Open Fields conference, the annual gathering for international scholars and artists working at the intersection of arts, humanities and science. The Open Fields aims to raise the discussion on the changing role of art in society, its transformative potential, and relations to the science. Taking place in the framework of RISK CHANGE Creative Europe’s project, this year’s conference will primarily focus on highly relevant topics in post-media society such as “migrating cultures”, “augmented and virtual reality” and “neomateriality and post-digital”. The conference will also explore broad spectrum of other important themes including “data aesthetics”, “digital archives”, “techno-ecological practices”, etc.

In connection to the conference, the Festival Exhibition will take place presenting the most innovative approaches in artistic research practices. The exhibition will be presenting emerging and established artist work, individual artistic expressions and collaborative art-science explorations, outcomes of the field-work and creative laboratory experiments, researches originated within the academia and critical independent artist views. By showing such a huge variety of high quality contemporary artwork, RIXC Festival Exhibition once again aims to manifest the diversity of art practices, which not only create new aesthetics but are profoundly involved in social, scientific, and technological transformations.

The programme will also feature broad programme of satellite events including audiovisual performances, Books Overview PechaKucha presentations by authors-conference participants, young artist exhibition, as well as workshops exploring biometrics and augmented/virtual reality and mapping the migrating cultures by using data visualization.


Currently, we have announced the Call for Proposals with the deadline of May 7, 2017. We welcome to submit the abstracts for CONFERENCE and proposals for EXHIBITION with regards to the following THEMES:

augmented and virtual reality
360-degree video and interactive narratology
biometrics and immersive environments

migrating cultures
artistic research practices
techno-ecological practices

neomateriality and post-digital
digital art archives
data aesthetics

Welcome to submit your conference
proposal consisting of:
keywords 5–6,
an abstract 250 words,
biography of the author(s) 200 words each.

DEADLINE for submissions: June 7, 2017

In case of any issues with the openconf system, please don’t hesitate to contact us:
Festival curators: Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits
Contact:, +371 67228478 (RIXC office), +371 26546776 (Rasa Smite)

Organized by RIXC in collaboration with the Risk Change EU Creative Europe project partners and Nordplus academic partners Liepaja University, Aalto University and Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Support: The State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia,
Riga City Council, The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia


+371 67228478 (office)

+371 26546776 (Rasa Smite)