Open Fields 2018: GLOBAL CONTROL

hosted by RIXC Center for New Media Culture

The National Library of Latvia

Start: 13 Sep 2018

End: 15 Sep 2018

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    • Rogier Arents


      • Salutation: Male
      • Title: -
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): Studio Rogier Arents
      • Country: Netherlands
    • Kathryn Blair


      • Salutation: Female
      • Title: MFA
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): University of Calgary
      • Country: Canada
    • Benjamin Bocquillon


      • Salutation: Male
      • Title: Engineering student
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): OsloMet
      • Country: France
    • Niels Bonde


      • Salutation: Male
      • Title: Artist at large
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): Independent
      • Country: Denmark
    • Jade Boyd


      • Salutation: Female
      • Title: PhD Candidate
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): The University of Sydney
      • Country: Australia
    • John Brumley


      • Salutation: Male
      • Title: Student
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): University of Tsukuba
      • Country: Japan
    • Hiuwai Chan


      • Salutation: Female
      • Title: MA
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): Interface Cultures, Kunstuniversität Linz
      • Country: Austria
    • Budhaditya Chattopadhyay


      • Salutation: Male
      • Title: PhD fellow
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): Leiden University
      • Country: India
    • Marc DaCosta


      • Salutation: Male
      • Title: Senior Fellow
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): Columbia University
      • Country: United States of America
    • Tiziano Derme


      • Salutation: Male
      • Title: MArch
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): Independent
      • Country: Italy
    • Pascal Glissmann


      • Salutation: Male
      • Title: Assistant Professor of Communication Design
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): Parsons School of Design New York
      • Country: United States of America
    • Mitch Goodwin


      • Salutation: Male
      • Title: Faculty of Arts
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): University of Melbourne
      • Country: Australia
    • Jasmine Guffond


      • Salutation: Female
      • Title: PhD Candidate
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): University of New South Wales Art & Design
      • Country: Australia
    • Bianca Hlywa


      • Salutation: Female
      • Title: Student
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): None
      • Country: United Kingdom
    • Stephanie Corine Antoinette Hoebeke


      • Salutation: Female
      • Title: Master Student
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): OsloMet
      • Country: Norway
    • Laima Jaunzema


      • Salutation: Female
      • Title: bachelor arts/choreography
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): SNDO, Amsterdam University for the Art
      • Country: Netherlands
    • Stacey Koosel


      • Salutation: Female
      • Title: Dr.
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): Estonian Art
      • Country: Estonia
    • Ojars Krasts


      • Salutation: Male
      • Title: Mg.
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): -
      • Country: Latvia
    • Laima Kukle


      • Salutation: Female
      • Title: Bachelor student
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): LU
      • Country: Latvia
    • Marco Laimre


      • Salutation: Male
      • Title: PhD Candidate
      • Organization (University, NGO, Independent etc.): Estonian Academy of Arts
      • Country: Estonia
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  • Open Fields 2018: Global Control

    Open Fields 2018: Global Control
    International Conference on Art, Science, Technologies and Humanities
    in the framework of RIXC Art Science Festival
    September 13 – 15, 2018, The National Library of Latvia, Conference Center

    “Knowledge is a power. And power is possessed especially by whoever controls the flow of information.” (Global Control and Censorship* exhibition concept).

    Marking the centennial anniversary of independent Latvia and Baltic countries, this year RIXC Art Science festival takes up the call by becoming a space for artistic interventions and hot-button conversations addressing the complexity and future of digital society, especially with regards to ubiquitous surveillance and data privacy.

    The anniversary festival conference titled GLOBAL CONTROL, investigates issues from three main perspectives. The first, “hybrid war”, is particularly relevant in the context of the Baltic states independence celebration year, when continuous “post-truth” propaganda in media and tensions around military training in this region are on the rise. We also discuss the issue of “fake news”, its consequences on global politics, and its impacts on individual nations.

    The second perspective deals with “surveillance and immersion”; as we all are under surveillance, we need to become aware of both the enormous scale of “watching”, as well as the potential “depth” of watching due to the development of immersive technologies. The third, concerns “the next big privacy” issue, discussed from a “data politics” perspective – What is the future of our social media? How can we feel safe about our data we publish on the internet today?, and How to maintain trust with the next generation?

    These are just a few of critical topics that will be critically discussed and explored in Global Control festival through a series of public keynotes, artistic interventions, thematic panel presentations, open public discussions, performances, and participatory workshops for younger audiences.

    The festival's special event is the Global Control and Censorship* exhibition, which particularly aims to expand the public debate about ever-present surveillance and censorship methods.

    On the closing day of the festival, participants will be invited to join on a the bus tour to legendary Irbene Radiotelescope, a former top-secret Soviet military antenna formerly used for spying, and repurposed into a scientific device for use by the Latvian and international radio astronomers communities.

    This year, we expect more than 100 participants, from 60 universities and cultural institutions, as well as numerous independent artists and researchers from more than 30 countries.

    Conference Keynote Speakers:

    Bruce STERLING / science fiction author, journalist, critic and futurist / US
    Bernhard SEREXHE / art historian, expert for electronic and digital art, author, curator / DE
    Jasmina TESANOVIC / author, feminist, political activist, and filmmaker / US-RS
    Mauro MARTINO / scientist, artist, founder and director of the Visual AI Lab, IBM Research / US

    Conference themes:

    • hybrid war, fake news and post-truth
    • the next big privacy, data politics and social visibility
    • surveillance, immersion and VR/AR environments
    • brainwaves science and neural networks
    • AI, network visualization and data tracing
    • global information space and local media ecosystems
    • acoustics and espionage, from radio to social media

    The Open Fields conference is the annual gathering in Riga, Latvia, for international scholars and artists working at the intersection of arts, humanities and science. The Open Fields conference was launched in 2016 by Renewable Futures network. Every year the Open Fields conference gathers together more than 100 participants, representing 60 universities and institutions, as well as independent artists and researchers from more than 30 countries worldwide.

    The Open Fields Conference is organized by RIXC in collaboration with Liepaja University's Art Research Lab and Renewable Futures network. This year, the OF conference is taking place in the framework of the Centenary of the Republic of Latvia Celebration Programme.

    This year’s conference with the title Global Control will take place in the Conference Hall of the National Library of Latvia.

    The selected papers will be published in the next volume of the Acoustic Space, double-blind peer-reviewed journal & book series. The call for papers will be announced shortly after the conference.


    *Global Control and Censorship

    September 14 – October 21, 2018, The National Library of Latvia, Exhibition Hall

    The exhibition is based on the collaboration with a network of scientists, journalists, activists, and artists in some twenty countries around the world, and in cooperation with expert organizations such as the German PEN Center, the Chaos Computer Club, Reporters Without Borders, and such platforms as,, WikiLeaks, and others. The exhibition’s aim is to expand public debate about the ever-present surveillance and censorship methods, which is an urgent priority not only due to constant new reports in the media, but especially because of the extensive obstruction of the investigation of these practices.

    Exhibition Curators: Bernhard Serexhe and Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás

    Produced by Goethe-Institut Riga and RIXC, in cooperation with the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe


    OF2018: GLOBAL CONTROL Conference Steering Committee ad Co-Chairs:
    Prof. Rasa SMITE / RIXC / MIT ACT, USA / FHNW, Switzerland / Liepaja University, Latvia
    Prof. Kristin BERGAUST / OsloMet-Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
    Dr. Ellen PEARLMAN / Parsons / New School / Art-A-Hack / ThoughtWorks / New York, USA
    Prof. Felix STALDER / Zurich University of Arts, Switzerland - tbc.

    OPEN FIELDS Conference International Scientific Board:
    Prof. Lev MANOVICH / Cultural Analytics Lab / The Graduate Center, City University of New York, US
    Ph.D. Jussi PARIKKA / Winchester School of Art / University of Southampton / UK
    Ph.D. Geoff COX / Plymouth University, UK
    Prof. Kristin BERGAUST / Oslo and Akershus University, Norway
    Assoc. Prof. Laura BELOFF / IT University, Copenhagen / Finnish Bioart Society, Helsinki, Finland
    Prof. Lily DIAZ-KOMMONEN / Head of Research Department of Media, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland
    Assoc. Prof. Yvonne Volkart, the Institute of Aesthetic Practice, Academy of Art and Design Basel, FHNW, Switzerland
    Prof. Ursula DAMM / Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
    Dr. Vytautas MICHELKEVICIUS / Nida Art Colony, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania
    Ph.D. Margrét Elísabet ÓLAFSDÓTTIR / Art Education at the University of Akureyri, Iceland
    Dr. Ilva SKULTE / Riga Stradins University, Latvia
    Dr. Piibe PIIRMA / Tallinn University / Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
    Ph D. Raivo KELOMEES / Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
    Regine DEBATTY / / UK/BE
    Aleksandra KOSTIC / Kibla / Risk Change project / Maribor, Slovenia


    RIXC Festival curators: Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits

    The festival is organized by RIXC Center for New Media Culture
    RIXC Festival producers and contacts – Agnese Baranova (exhibition, and Daina Silina (conference,, PR and information –

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

    Support: The State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Riga City Council, Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, LV100, EU Programme Creative Europe's Risk Change project, Goethe-Institut, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, National Library of Latvia, Art Research Lab (MPLab) of Liepajas University, RISEBA University.




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