Posted on | August 4, 2014
Recently RIXC has published two new books – TECHNO-ECOLOGIES II. Media Art Histories (Acoustic Space No. 12) and TALK TO ME. Exploring human-plant communication.
TECHNO-ECOLOGIES II. Media Art Histories (Acoustic Space No. 12)
Edited by Rasa Smite, Armin Medosch and Raitis Smits
English, 312 pages
Techno-ecological perspectives have become now one of the key directions in contemporary discourses and are part of a larger paradigm shift from new media to post-media art. A range of practices which were once subsumed under terms such as media art, digital art, art and technology or art and science, have experienced such growth and diversification that no single term can work as as a label any more. Traditionally separated domains are brought together to become contextual seedbeds for ideas and practices that aim to overcome the crisis of the present and to invent new avenues for future developments.
This is the 2nd volume in the Acoustic Space series that continues to build a ‘techno-ecological’ perspective whereby new artistic practices are discussed that combine ecological, social, scientific and artistic inquiries. Edited and published in the context of the exhibition Fields, it makes a perspective its own that sees art as a catalyst for change and transformations.
Contributors: Armin Medosch, Douglas Kahn, Kevin Hamilton, Katja Kwastek, Lauren Fenton, Kuai Shen Auson, Vytautas Michelkevicius, Roberta Buiani, Erich Berger, Laura Beloff, Tega Brain, Brad Miller, Michel Bauwens, Claudia Roselli, Eric Kluitenberg, Heba Amin, Erandy Vergara, Gavin MacDonald, Conor McGarrigle, James Warner, Brian Reffin Smith, Saskia Korsten, Maryam Bolouri, Gabriela Galati, Amos Bianchi, Asa Stahl, Kristina Lindstrom, Eric Snodgrass, Takis Zourntos, Marjan Verstappen, Caroline Langill, Ebru Yetskin.
The volume is available at amazon.com, and/or by ordering directly from RIXC via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (price EUR 19.99).
TALK TO ME. Exploring human-plant communication
By Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits and Martins Ratniks, with reflection by Nishant Shah
English and Latvian, 144 pages (color)
Everyone wants someone to talk to. Perhaps ancient Latvians, like Prince Charles, who in a 1986 television interview stated I just come and talk to the plants, may be right after all. Recent scientific studies have proved that talking to plants may encourage their growth. RIXC artists were keen on testing this concept by developing Talk to Me, an online interface which allows people to talk to their plants while away from home. The Talk to Me book introduces the process and results of our artistic research project on human-plant communication. The networked installations with live growing bean-plants were set up and presented in Helsinki, Riga, Tallinn, Ventspils, Basel, Lueneburg and Stavanger. Before the beans ripened they received over 13 000 online messages in different languages.
Book available at amazon.com.
Published by RIXC Center for New Media Culture.