OPEN SOURCE MEDIA ARCHITECTURE
The 5th RAM workshop entitled "Open Source Media Architecture"
will take place from May 4th to 9th, 2004 in Riga, Latvia, organised
by the RIXC.
Open Source ideas -- that has its origins in the scientific and computer
programming communities, where research is shared within a network for
the common advancement of the field -- will be used to set up the context
for the RAM5 workshop in Riga.
The aim of the workshop is to investigate into how the Open Source concept,
applied in contemporary practice of architecture, locative art and streaming
media, can turn closed systems into open-ended narratives. It also aims
to explore how the Open Source concept changes the notion about copyright
and intellectual property, facilitates free access to the media content,
and promotes enhancement of the public domain - leading a step closer
towards an interactive, shared and collaborative practice of copyright-free
In this context, the workshop will focus on exploring the potential
of open source architecture in city saturated with mobile communications;
the impact of ad-hoc wireless networking on architecture, art and social
organisation; and the implication of streaming sound in acoustic cell-space
of mobile media.
Accordingly three "media architecture" working groups will
be set up:
 Open Source Architecture
 Locative Media Architecture
 Acoustic Cell-Space Architecture.
Additional activities will be devoted to introduce with Open Source
software architecture - initiatives, tools and tactics; and to develop
strategies to protect open source (streaming and locative) media content.
The 5-day workshop programme will include working sessions of 3 thematic
groups, participants presentations, public lectures in the evenings
and night performances. To close the workshop, a special event - "Open
Source Day" will be organised for the wider public introducing
the conceptual background of the activity, including the workshop results.
The workshop addresses architects and designers, sound artists, open
source activists and programmers, however open for everyone interested.
Applications primarily from Eastern and Northern Europe were selected
(deadline was March 8, 2004).
Participation fee for non-selected participants – 35 Ls (55 EUR) (It
includes free lunch and dinner during the workshop days, and free entrance
to Media Lounge programmes and closing party).
- "media architecture" festival in Riga 2003
- "locative media" workshop in Liepaja Karosta 2003
- locative media lab
- weblog for Open Source Architecture
RAM5: "Open Source Media Architecture" is a part of the "Re-Approaching
New Media" series of workshops and events being held across 6 Nordic
and Baltic countries. The project is a collaboration between CRAC (SE),
Olento (FI), RIXC (LV), Atelier Nord (NO), E-Media Center (EE), Vilma/Jutempus
Address: 11. Novembra Krastmala 35 (The House of Artists’ Union), Riga
workshop events will take place in various locations of the Artists’
Union House. It is 5-floor dark brawn soviet style building, at the
corner of Old Town, near the railway bridge, next to river Daugava).
Also RIXC office and RIXC Media Space is located at this house.
(RIXC office), 371-8200289 (Mara), +371-76546776 (Rasa, Raitis)
E-mail: rixc (at)
rixc.lv, mara (at) re-lab.net (Mara Traumane)
of the Riga center
How to get to RIXC and Hotels
Power output rating in Latvia is 220V/50Hz
RAM workshop series is supported by Culture 2000 Programme of European
RAM5 is supported by Latvian Ministry of Culture, Latvian Cultural Capital
Foundation AND Nordic Council of Ministers Information Office in Riga.
The Open Source Day is a part of “Innovation in Integration” project,
implemented by the K@2 in Liepaja and RIXC in Riga with the financial
support of European Union.