XI International festival for new media culture

Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed. (The law of conservation of energy)

The 11th edition of “Art+Communication” festival in Riga with this year’s theme: Energy, will investigate the notion of ‘sustainable development’ from various perspectives – artistic, scientific, cultural, technological, social, architectural, and environmental.

The main festival programme will take place in Riga, October 8 – 10, 2009, featuring:

  • International art and science conference (organized in collaboration with Art Research Lab of Liepaja University)
  • Media art exhibition “Energy” (in RIXC gallery at Spikeri)
  • Experimental film screenings, live performances, workshops and artists’ presentations (in RIXC Media Space)

Conceptual background

Energy makes change (E=mc2)

In nature, energy is found in many different forms – kinetic (avalanches), motion (wind), sound (thunder), water (rain), thermal (fire), electrical (lightening), magnetic (Earth’s magnetic field), radiant (light), etc. Energy is involved in all processes that take place in Universe and on Earth.

In human society, energy is the most essential resource driving its economy and its future development. Now, in the twenty-first century, it has turned out that human society with its information technologies need more resources to sustain its development then ever before. Yet, currently used forms of terrestrial energy production known today, have turned out to be finite, non-sustainable, posing a serious danger to the climate, people and environment.

Creative ideas and new approach today is requested nearly in all fields, while sustainable development of both energy and information technologies have become key issues in nowadays. Smart devices and energy internet, clean and renewable energy resources, alternative and ecological design and production methods, open source and hybrid approaches to information technologies – are just few of the broad potential quests that could change the future landscape of sustainability.

“The quest for a sustainable world may succeed, or it may fail. If it fails, the world will become unthinkable. If it works, the world will become unimaginable. In practice, people will experience mixed success”.

Bruce Sterling

Yet, scenario of “saving the world” can only have any success, if people from different fields – scientists and artists, politicians and business people, theorists and practitioners, futurists and engineers, producers and consumers, etc. – will eventually be open for new ideas and new collaborations.

The Energy festival will offer a space of exchange for an interdisciplinary group of participants, who will share their scientific and artistic, utopian and critical visions of future terrestrial energy.


  1. ENERGY IN NATURE AND SOCIETY: – The concept of energy and its various contexts: in Universe and on Earth – Invisible energy: in myths and legends, in nature and science – Energy technologies: in human life and in information society
  2. ENVIRONMENTAL AND CULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY: – Environmental science research, climate change and ecology – Permaculture and biosystem design – Historical traditions vs. modern alternative solutions in urban planning and architecture – Transition theory and futuristic visions of sustainable living -
  3. OPEN SOURCE, INFORMATION AND ENERGY: – Synergetic and co-relation between information and energy – Smart devices and Energy Internet – Sustainability using open source approaches: in art, culture, ecology, architecture, environmental design -
  4. ART AND ALTERNATIVE SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES: – Dye sensitized solar technologies – Green chemistry: new approach in biotechnology – Artistic explorations of clean and renewable energy technologies (sun, wind, water, tides, biomass, etc.) -


For Energy conference we welcome proposals by artists, science researchers, engineers, activists, sociologists, philosophers, architects, designers, futurists, and other lateral thinkers, who are engaged with the issues of sustainable development, in relation to the themes proposed above.

The deadline for conference papers and exhibition proposals: August 31, 2009
Please send your short abstracts (200 words) and bio (60 words) to e-mail: 2009 ( at )

Organisers and support

Organised by RIXC, Center for New Media Culture (Riga, Latvia) with the support of State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point.

Email: rixc( at )
ENERGY festival website:
Symposium Art and Renewable technologies blog:
RIXC on Twitter:

Satellite-event series

The festival is prefaced by a series of satellite events – already past: Terike Haapoja’s “Entropia” installation, a film programme Wonderful World (Riga, May 11, 2009), and forthcoming: Art and Renewable Technologies symposium (Aizpute, August 13-16, 2009), and Erik Hobijn’s “Chemo-bar” performance (Riga, September 12, 2009).

Event dates: October 8 – 10, 2009 in Riga, Latvia

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