Call for Papers: Renewable Futures conference – on post-media art and theories

We announce call for new conference series – Renewable Futures, the 1st edition of which will focus on “post-media” art and theories, taking place in Riga, October 8–10, 2015:

RENEWABLE FUTURES 2015: Transformative Potential of Art in the Age of Post-Media
The 1st edition of new academic art and science conference series

October 8–10, 2015, Riga

The Renewable Futures is a new conference series in the Baltic Sea region that aims to invent new avenues for more sustainable and imaginative future developments. It will shape new contact zones between traditionally separated domains – art and science, academic research and independent creative practices, sustainable businesses and social engagement in the 21st century.

The 1st conference edition will take place in Riga, from October 8–10, 2015, and it will primarily focus on exploring the transformative potential of art in the post-media conditions. Today, according to several voices – Rosalynd Krauss, Lev Manovich, Peter Weibel and Domenico Quaranta – we have entered the post-media age. here is no any single medium anymore that dominates in contemporary media art practices that are rather engaged with contemporaneity and critical thinking. The huge diversity of “post-media art” was profoundly explored also in the Fields exhibition (Riga 2014,, curated by Raitis Smits, Armin Medosch and Rasa Smite. The Fields showed that art in post-media conditions contains highly transformative and visionary potential. However, symbolic and aesthetic qualities, as well as critical, investigative and confrontational aspects also proved to be just as important for “post-media art” to maintain a line between physical and mental, realities and utopias.

CALL for Conference Proposals:

We welcome proposals by artists, curators, theorists, academic researchers and other lateral thinkers to share their ideas and research with regards to the following themes:

* post-media art – avant-garde practices and theories

* slow media art, preservation challenges for the museums

* art and science, building techno-ecological perspective

* techno-political investigations into the informational paradigm

* big data and “media visualisations”

* culture for sustainable development in the Baltic Sea region

DEADLINE: March 20, 2015

CALL for Exhibition Artworks:

The conference will be complemented by Art+Communication 2015 festival exhibition that will also contribute in building post-media perspective. We invite artists to propose their works that by blurring the boundaries between different disciplines are developing visions for more sustainable and imaginative ways of life.

DEDLAINE: April 20, 2015

Please submit your conference proposal (abstract 250 words, biography 200 words) and/or proposal for artwork (description of idea, images, links, etc. and short biography – 200 words) by sending via e-mail: [email protected] or website: (“openconf” submission page will be opened soon).


* Keynote and plenary session speakers:

John Thackara

Dieter Daniels

Katja Kwastek

Armin Medosch


* Conference International Advisory board: Dieter Daniels, Douglas Kahn, Katja Kwastek, Armin Medosch, Regine Debatty, Gediminas Urbonas, Misko Suvakovic, Rob van Kranenburg, and others – tbc.

* Conference chair: Rasa Smite

* Exhibition curator: Raitis Smits

* Conference Local and Regional (BSR/Nordic) board: partners of Renewable Network – tbc.

* Contact: [email protected]

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Organised by RIXC in collaboration with Art Research Lab of Liepaja University

Partners: Renewable Network, NORTH Creative Network Project, Culturability BSR

Support: State Cultural Capital Foundation of Latvia, Riga City Council, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, EU Programme Creative Europe, EEA grants


Photo: Kaspars Garda, Rīga 2014