TRANSBIOTICS. Temporal Stability Points

XII International Festival for New Media Culture
in collaboration with „Textures” - the 6th European meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts

Riga, June 14 – 20, 2010

This year the Festival for New Media Culture „Art+Communication” will focus on the emerging biotechnologies as means for artistic expression as well as challenge to the constantly changing materiality in arts. Festival programme with its title “TRANSBIOTICS. Temporal Stability Points” will take place in collaboration with a large scale academic research event - „Textures” - the 6th European meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts which is devoted to exploring materials, structures, surfaces and interfaces transformed by the networked media.

The main event of the festival is the biotechnology art exhibition “TRANSBIOTICS” which will be held June 15 – 20 in kim? Galleries at Spikeri. Although using technologies and scientific discoveries in art is not a novelty, using “live matter” in creating artworks can be considered as an unusual practice. The exhibition will feature a collection of international biotechnology artworks which will be made available to Latvia’s audiences for the first time.

American artist and bioart pioneer Paul Vanouse is participating with his installations “Latent Figure Protocol” and “Relative Velocity Inscription Device” using the human DNA as material for creating art. London based Latvian artists Zane Berzina together with architect Jackson Tan and an international group of scientists have created and interactive installation “E-Static Shadows” – a touch-sensitive “sculpture” exploring static electricity. British artist Andy Gracie with his installation “Deep Data” interprets experiments with bacteria performed in deep space environments. Finnish artist Terike Haapoja whose work “Entropy” was exhibited at kim?/ RIXC Gallery last year will this year present her most recent works “Dialogue” and “Succession” which deal with human and non-human relations.

RIXC invites to public exhibition opening and artists performances on June 14 at 19.00.

The exhibition will be supplemented by “Transbiotics” evening lectures in Spikeri, where exhibition curators will introduce biotechnology art and exhibition artists will talk about their artworks:

Wednesday, June 16, at 19.00 – “Transbiotics: Temporal Stability Points”: philosopher Ainars Kamolins (LV) will talk about bioart and exhibition artists Andy Gracie (UK) and Terike Haapoja (FI) will give an insight into their approaches and conceptions.

Thursday, June 17, at 19.30 – “Transbiotics: Materiality of Textures”: one of exhibition curators Jens Hauser (FR) will introduce biotechnologies as the “new materiality” and exhibition artists Zane Berzina (LV) and Paul Vanouse (US) will talk about how they interpret this notion trough their works.

On Thursday, June 17 at 18.00 in RIXC Media Space RIXC invites to attend Latvian media artist Voldemars Johansons exhibition opening and sound art performance „Concord” as part of the festival.

The special festival evening event – live performance and video programme will be held on Friday, June 18 at 21.00 in RIXC Media Space. German artists Jürgen Reble and Thomas Köner will present their performance “Materia Obscura” - an audio visual expedition into crystallized salts and dyes changing rhythm and structure constantly between moving images and opening a door to the dark and unperceivable material of our universe. The performance “Mucilaginous Omniverse” by Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand – artists based in the Netherlands - will present artistic experiments with sonicated bouncing silicone oil droplets. Meanwhile a movie “Planet A” by French artist Momoko Seto invites into a world of salt crystal formations which are slowly taking over the land by turning it into a physically beautiful but dried out saline desert…

During June 15 to 19 the Festival Day Programme will include lecture streams and discussions at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga on „Networks and Sustainability” and „Art as Research” organised by RIXC and MPLab (Art Research Laboratory), Liepaja University along other thematic streams in the framework of SLSAeu conference „Textures”.

In festival conclusion on Saturday, June 19 at Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia the biotechnology workshop „Tissue Engineering and Art” will be conducted by artists and directors of Australian Bioart Laboratory “SymbioticA” – Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr.


Exhibition Artists: Paul Vanouse (USA), Zane Berzina (LV / UK) in collaboration with Jackson Tan (UK) and international team of researchers, Andy Gracie (UK), Terike Haapoja (FI).

Conference stream “Networks and Sustainability” and “Art as Research” participants: Felix Stalder (AT / CH), Francesca da Rimini (AU), Armin Medosch (AT), Adnan Hadzi (UK), Magda Tyżlik-Carver (UK), Clemens Apprich (AT), Simon Biggs (UK), Valdis Krebs (USA), Ilze Black (UK), Alexei Blinov (UK), Rasa Smite (LV), Henk Borgdorff (NL), Sher Doruff (NL / USA), Carole Gray (UK), Heather Delday (UK), Jan Kaila (FI), Kerstin Mey (UK), Kathy High (ASV), Janis Jefferies (UK), Christoph Brunner (CH / CA), Signe Grube (LV), Chris Hales (UK), Camille Baker (UK), Mili John Tharakan (IN).

Biotechnology art workshop will be conducted by: Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr / SymbioticA (AU)

Performances: Evelina Domnitch, Dmitry Gelfand (BY / RU / NL): “Mucilaginous Omniverse”; Jürgen Reble, Thomas Köner (DE): “Materia Obscura”

Video: Momoko Seto (FR / JP) “Planet A”, 2008.

Festival venues: kim? / Spikeri (Maskavas iela 12/1), RIXC Media Space (11. Novembra krastmala 35, entrance from Minsterejas iela), Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (Strelnieku iela 4a), Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia (Kronvalda boulevard 4).

Exhibition open June 15 – 20,

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12.00 – 19.00
Thursday: 12.00 – 20.00

Exhibition - entrance free

Transbiotics lectures in kim? / Spikeri: 1Ls / students – 0,50 Ls
SLSAeu 2010 conference “Textures” – 1 Ls
Performances and video at RIXC Media Space: 3 LS / students – 1,5 Ls

Organized by:
The festival is organized by Centre for New Media Culture RIXC (

Exhibition is organized in collaboration with The Pilot Project of the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art kim? (

The conference is organized in collaboration with Art Research Laboratory MPLab, University of Liepaja ( and e-text+textiles (

The workshop is organised in collaboration with SymbioticA (AU / and Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia ( ) and SLSA-EU 2010 (

Festival Idea and Conception: Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits
Exhibition curators: Jens Hauser (FR), Raitis Smits, Rasa Smite
Exhibition Conception: Rasa Smite, Ainars Kamolins, Jens Hauser (FR)
Scenography: Rudolf Bekic
Design: Martins Ratniks
Producers: RIXC – Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Daina Silina, Agnese Baranova, Linda Vebere


State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, European Cultural Foundation, Nordic Culture Point, Centre Culturel Français de Riga, EEA Financial Mechanism/Norwegian Financial Mechanism, Hotel Elizabete, Embassy of Federal Republic of Austria, LU Faculty of Biology, the University of Western Australia, SymbioticA, Department of Culture and Arts of the Government of Western Australia, airBaltic.

Informative Support:

Dizaina Studija, Live Riga, Studija, Foto Kvartals, Rigas Laiks, Veto Magazine, Maksla Plus,,,,

Contacts and information:

Centre for New Media Culture RIXC
11 Novembra Krastmala 35 – 201, LV 1050 Riga, Latvia
e-mail: 2010 (at)
Ph: +371 67228478 (office)

Rasa Smite <rasa (at)>, +371-26546776 (cell ph.)
Raitis Smits +371-29401004 (cell ph.)

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