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Information about the previous, year 2017, conference:

The 2nd OPEN FIELDS Conference (2017)

in the framework of the RIXC Art Science Festival 2017
October 19 – 21, 2017, Riga

The deadline for 2017 is CLOSED.

VIRTUALITIES AND REALITIES is the theme of this year's RIXC Art Science festival in Riga, Latvia, that aims to establish a space for artistic interventions and conversations about the complex implications of immersive technologies. 

Taking place in the framework of the RISK CHANGE EU Creative Europe’s project, various festival events will explore relations between “virtualities” and “realities” in our post-media society. The Open Fields conference will discuss the socio-cultural and neurobiological impacts of virtual and augmented reality, and other immersive technologies. The conference participants will also look at the places and movements from a socio-political perspective, the mapping and charting of migrating cultures particularly people and their data traces. The conference will be complemented by the festival exhibition that will explore the changing role of art in society, its transformative potential, and its relations to the sciences, especially focusing on neomateriality, new aesthetics and other critical qualities of the post-digital. 

We welcome artists and theorists, academic researchers and creative practitioners to submit the abstracts for CONFERENCE with regards to the following THEMES:


Welcome to submit your conference proposal consisting of:

- keywords 5–6,

- an abstract 250 words,

- biography of the author(s) 200 words each.

Conference venues: the Art Academy of Latvia and the Latvian National Museum of Art.

Important: This is the platform to apply for the Open Fields Conference 2017,
call for the RIXC Art Science Festival 2017 Exhibition is Closed!

In case of any issues with the openconf system, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Conference chairs:
Rasa SMITE / RIXC / Liepaja University / Latvia
Ellen PEARLMAN / Parsons / New School / Art-A-Hack / ThoughtWorks / New York, USA

Festival curators: Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits

The International Conference Scientific board:
Lev MANOVICH / Cultural Analytics Lab / The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA
Jussi PARIKKA / Winchester School of Art / University of Southampton / UK
Geoff COX / School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark
Kristin BERGAUST / Oslo and Akershus University, Norway
Laura BELOFF / IT University, Copenhagen / Finnish Bioart Society, Helsinki, Finland
Lily DIAZ-KOMMONEN / Head of Research Department of Media, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland
Ursula DAMM / Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
Vytautas MICHELKEVICIUS / Nida Art Colony, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania
Margrét Elísabet ÓLAFSDÓTTIR / Art Education at the University of Akureyri, Iceland
Ilva SKULTE / Riga Stradins University
Regine DEBATTY / / UK/BE
Piibe PIIRMA / Tallinn University / Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
Raivo KELOMEES / Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
Aleksandra KOSTIC / Kibla / Risk Change project / Maribor, Slovenia 

The Conference is organized by RIXC / Riga in collaboration with the Renewable Futures Headquarters / Oslo, and Art-A-Hack / New York, and Hybrid Lab Nordplus project academic partners: Liepaja University, Aalto University and HiOA, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

Support: EU Programme Creative Europe's Risk Change project, Nordplus Hybrid Lab project, the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Riga City Council, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.

Contact:, +371 67228478 (RIXC office), +371 26546776 (Rasa Smite)


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