Call for proposals – RENEWABLE FUTURES 2015: Transformative Potential of Art in the Age of Post-Media



Call for proposals

RENEWABLE FUTURES 2015: Transformative Potential of Art in the Age of Post-Media The 1st edition of new academic art and science conference series, complemented by the exhibition and festival program

October 8-10, 2015, Riga, Latvia

The Renewable Futures is a new conference series in the Baltic Sea and North European region that aims to invent new avenues for more sustainable and imaginative future developments. It will shape new contact zones between traditionally separated domains – art and science, academic research and independent creative practices, sustainable businesses and social engagement in the 21st century.

The 1st conference edition will take place in Riga, from October 8-10, 2015, and it will primarily focus on exploring the transformative potential of art in the post-media conditions. Today, according to several voices – Rosalind Krauss, Lev Manovich, Peter Weibel and Domenico Quaranta – we have entered the post-media age; there is no any single medium anymore that dominates in contemporary media art practices that are rather engaged with contemporaneity and critical thinking. The huge diversity of “post-media art” was profoundly explored also in the Fields exhibition (Riga 2014,, curated by Raitis Smits, Armin Medosch and Rasa Smite. The Fields showed that art in post-media conditions contains highly transformative and visionary potential. However, symbolic and aesthetic qualities, as well as critical, investigative and confrontational aspects also proved to be just as important for “post-media art” to maintain a line between physical and mental, realities and utopias.


We welcome proposals by artists, curators, theorists, academic researchers and other lateral thinkers to share their ideas and research with regards to the following themes:
– post-media art, avant-garde practices and theories
– ‘slow’ media art – preservation challenges for the museums
– art and science – for building techno-ecological perspective
– technopolitical investigations into the informational paradigm
– Big Data and media visualizations
– post-media architecture, sustainable design and open business
– culture for sustainable development in the Baltic Sea and North European region

DEADLINE: March 20, 2015

Please submit your conference proposal (abstract 250 words, biography
200 words) via
In a case of problems with the openconf system, please don’t hesitate to contact us: rixc (at)


The conference will be complemented by a broad program of the RIXC’s annual Art+Communication 2015 festival, which in its 17th edition will manifest the “post-media situation” by changing its title and a shift
– it will take a turn from the festival’s initial focus on information & communication technologies paradigm to the broader and more contemporary discourse on art and science, culture and sustainability, with particular interest to explore and build techno-ecological perspective.

This year’s festival exhibition will also contribute in building post-media perspective – we invite artists to propose their works that by blurring the boundaries between different disciplines are developing visions for more sustainable and imaginative ways of life.

DEADLINE for artwork proposals: April 20, 2015

Please submit your proposals by sending a description of idea, images, links, etc. and short biography (200 words) via e-mail: rixc (at)

* Public Keynotes:


* Plenary Session Keynots:


* Conference International Advisory board:
Dieter DANIELS, Douglas KAHN, Katja KWASTEK, Armin MEDOSCH, Regine DEBATTY, Gediminas URBONAS, Misko SUVAKOVIC, Rob VAN KRANENBURG, and others – tbc.

* Conference chair: Rasa SMITE
* Exhibition curator: Raitis SMITS

* Conference Regional (BSR/North Europe) Organizational board:
Chris HALES, Hege TAPIO, Kristin BERGAUST, Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir and other partners from Renewable Network – tbc.

* Contact: rixc at

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Organizers: RIXC in collaboration with Art Research Lab of Liepaja University

Partners: Renewable Network, NORTH Creative Network Project, Culturability BSR
Support: State Cultural Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, Latvian Ministry of Culture, Creative Europa, EEA/Norway grants

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