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RENEWABLE FUTURES-OPEN NORTH NETWORK LAUNCH MEETING AND CONFERENCE RIGA, SEPTEMBER 6-7, 2013

… designing more accessible routes towards sustainable culture and in the sector of creative industries …

Open North is a new network initiative that aims to support sustainable culture development in the North European region by fostering open innovation in art and culture and providing accessible routes into the sector of creative industries. The Open North Launch Meeting will take place on September 6 – 7, 2013 in the emerging RIXC Innovation Lab space and outdoors in Riga Spikeri Creative Quarter. The Launch Meeting will gather together artists, cultural operators and other creative producers from Riga and Liepaja / Latvia, Kaliningrad and St Petersburg / Russia, Tallinn / Estonia, Copenhagen / Denmark, Stockholm / Sweden, and Mons / Belgium.

The intent of the meeting is two fold. The first is to launch OPEN NORTH Creative Network and Think Tank for facilitating both — development of strategies and policies for open innovation in creative industries in the region at large. And the second is to work out models and tactics for providing artists, cultural organizations and other creative producers with accessible routes into the sector in particular.

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Conference “Open North” organisers Rasa Šmite and Raitis Šmits

The Day 1 on September 6, 2013 will feature the RENEWABLE FUTURES conference that will focus on digital media art, techno-sciences and open business development in the North European region. The conference will include the presentations and discussions by participants with the aim to investigate the current state of emerging creative industries sector in the region. It will be followed by two parallel working sessions – (1) Networking, Culture and Sustainability and (2) Designing New FabLabs.

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Social Gaming, TechnoCite & Fishing cactus; Belgium

 

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RIXC Art-Science project “Bacteria Battery”. Photo – Boudewijn Bollmann

The programme of Day 2 on September 7, 2013 will take place in the framework of WHITE NIGHT, Riga forum for contemporary culture, with the aim to introduce wider public with open innovation approach in digital media art and culture. Open North project will feature two workshops – SOCIAL GAMING workshop for manifesting techno-social innovation, and BACTERIA BATTERY workshop – showing art and science collaboration. The workshops will be followed by public demonstration of interactive video games and audiovisual performance programme.

We welcome participants from all creative fields who are interested and feel motivated to participate either in the conference, or in the workshops. Please apply by sending short letter of interest to rixc@rixc.lv by September 5, 2013.
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PROGRAMME:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
RENEWABLE FUTURES, Open North Launch Meeting and Conference

10.30 – Coffee and registration

11.00-11.10 – Welcome words by Rasa SMITE / RIXC Centre for New Media Culture / Latvia & Agnese Baranova / RIXC Centre for New Media Culture / Latvia – OPEN NORTH – building new network and creative think tank in the region.

11:10 – 12:30 Session 1: THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL MEDIA ART
Presentations on past and future (introduction to cases):
Nils CLAESSON / Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts / Sweden – THE FUTURE OF LABORATORIES AND LIBRARIES (10 min)
Piibe PIIRMA / Estonian Academy of Arts / Estonian Media Artists Union / Estonia (10 min)
Yulia BARDUN / Tranzit, Non-governmental Agency / Russia & Anna KARPENKO / Tranzit, Non-governmental agency / Kaliningrad, Russia (10 min)
Timo SOPPELA / Artists’ Association MUU / MUU gallery / Finland (10 min)
Victoria ILYUSHKINA / CYLAND Media Art Lab / Russia & Sergei TETERIN / CYLAND Media Art Lab / St Petersburg, Russia (10 min)
Agnese Baranova / RIXC Centre for New Media Culture / Latvia (10 min)
Rihards VITOLS / Liepaja Art Reserch Lab (10 min)
Discussions on future of digital media art (moderated by Rasa Smite and Nils Clasesson)

12:30 – 12:50 Coffe break

12:50 – 14:15 – Session 2: CREATIVE HUBS
Mihkel SALM / Tallinn Creative Hub / Estonia (10 min)
Association of Riga Creative Quartiers / Latvia and representatives from other independent cultural organizations – tbc. (10-20 min)
TechHub / Latvia – tbc. (10 min)
Centre for Sustainable Business / Stockholm School of Economics in Riga – tbc. (10 min)
Pascal KEISER / TechnocITé / Belgium and Yves VASSEUR / Mons2015 – European Capital of Culture / Belgium (10 min)
Rasa SMITE / RIXC Centre for New Media Culture / Latvia – Spikeri Innovation Center (project) (10 min)
Discussions on creative networks and its hubs (moderated by Rasa Smite and Oleg Koefoed)

14:15 – 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 – 17:30 Workshops

Workshop 1: CREATIVE NETWORKS, CULTURE AND SUSTAINABILITY – conducted by Oleg KOEFOED / Cultura21 / Denmark and Rasa SMITE / RIXC

Workshop 2: DESIGNING NEW FABLABS (in Riga, Liepaja and elsewhere in the Baltic Sea region) conducted by Ali Neissi SHOOSHTARI / Aalto University Media Factory / Finland.

17:30 – 18:00 Closing discussions

18:00 – Guided tours to the Latvian artist exhibitions in kim? Contemporary Art Center in Spiker, and Synthetic Nature exhibition by young Liepaja artists in RIXC Media Space.

19:00 – Dinner

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Open North public events in the framework of WHITE NIGHT, forum for contemporary culture in Riga

SOCIAL GAMING
14:00-18:00 – public open workshop conducted by Fishing Cactus and TechnoCite (Belgium)
19:00 – interactive video games demonstration by TechnoCite (Belgium)

BACTERIA BATTERY
19:00-21:00 – art-science workshop conducted by RIXC (Latvia) and young scientists from Latvian University
21:00 – performance programme – audio and visual interpretations of “bacteria battery” signals by Voldemars Johansons, Martins Rokis and Rihards Vitols.

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The conference is organized by RIXC Centre for New Media Culture.

The project “OPEN NORTH. Launching Project of North European Creative Network and Think Tank” is supported by the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) programme, European Union and Riga City Council.

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RIXC and Conference venue address:
Maskavas street 10 (entrance from the yard)
Spikeri creative quarter for culture and creative industries
Riga, LV – 1050
Latvia

e-mail: rixc@rixc.lv
ph.: +371 67228478 (office)
+371 26546776 (Rasa Smite)
+371 29635167 (Agnese Baranova)

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