Lecture by Rasa Smite and Bacteria Battery workshop in Basel, Switzerland, March 14 and 16, 2013

Next week RIXC artists Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits together with Voldemars Johansons are going to Basel, Switzerland to give a lecture on renewable energy and other techno-ecological topics as well as make a performance and lead Bacteria Battery workshop.

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Bacteria Battery. Photo: Martins Ratniks


Lecture and Bacteria Battery networked Sound Installation-Performance
by Dr. Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits (RIXC) and Voldemars Johansons
Thursday, 14 March 2013 at 19:00
HGK FHNW Offenburgstrasse 1, Basel

Bacteria Battery is an installation at the intersection between art and science that developed from a collaboration between RIXC, the sound artist and composer Voldemars Johansons and the biologist Arturs Gruduls form the University of Latvia. They joined forces in the quest for sustainable energy. The installation is part of the overall project Biotricity that experiments with a new generation of technologies to produce “green energy”. Bacteria Battery produces electricity with the help of bacterias, that live for example in dirt water, with additional elements. Voldemars Johansons has created an acoustical environment for the installation that meassures the voltage and translates it into sound.


Bacteria Battery Workshop
by Raitis Smits and Voldemars Johansons
Saturday, 16 March 2013, 14:00 – 18:00
HGK FHNW Offenburgstrasse 1, Basel

The workshop on ‘bacteria-electricity’, uses waste water as an energy source. Participants will experiment with ‘next-generation’ biotechnology (microbial fuel cells/MFC) in order to explore how to approach and interpret it through artistic perspectives and cultural innovation.

Max. 12 participants. Information and reservation: +41 (0)61 331 58 40 or office[at]haus-ek.org

Installed bacteria batteries for Renewable Futures lecture-performance in Basel, March 14, 2013. Photo: Rasa Smite

The lecture and workshop are part of the experimenta13: NATUR Stadt KUNST.

Biotricity art and research project (video)

Organiser: House of Electronic Arts Basel
About RIXC
About Voldemars Johansons


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