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The 14th edition of the Art+Communication festival (October 4 - November 4, 2012) with the theme "art of resilience" will be discussing a sustainability from art perspective.

* Theme:

Today art is leaving its autonomous position behind the society's quest for a sustainable future. Artists who once were in vanguard of exploring digital frontiers, today again are among the first ones who are actively engaged in looking for other ways how to make the world more sustainable.
Resilience is one of the key tactics that helps people to undergo unstable, uncertain times. The idea of a resilience will be used as a guiding theme and as a point of departure for the festival discussions with which we aim at fostering deeper understanding of social, cultural and ecological, as well as technological sustainability issues.

We are questioning: How to enhance resilience - our capability to cope with today's complex situation that has occurred in the result of rapid 'techno-sciences' development? Does art play a role of a 'catalyst' in this quest for sustainability, if it keeps actively establishing new connections with other fields - science and technology, architecture and design, rural infrastructure development and urban planning, social networking and global engineering? How these emergent art practices that are bridging not only different fields but also exploiting resilience experiences from different times and different cultures, are contributing towards developing a successful scenario for the future world?

* Programme:

The main festival programme will take place in Riga, Latvia, October 4 - 6, 2012, including international art, science and technology conference "Art of Resilience" with visionary thinkers, artists and scientists from different countries of the Europe and the world. The festival will also feature unique programme of audiovisual performances, electronic music concerts and experimental film and video programmes in Spikeri Concert Hall. The exhibition this year will take place in RIXC Media Space, open from October 4 until November 4.
In parallel to the main festival programme, series of "art of resilience" workshops in Riga and Liepaja will be organised by RIXC and MPLab (Art Research Lab) of Liepaja University, that will result into annual International New Media Art Week "iWeek" held in Liepaja, from October 26 - November 3, 2012.
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We welcome participants with different background and from different fields - art, science, technology, sociology, architecture, music, design, network activism etc. - to submit proposals for the conference. We also invite artists and electronic musicians to propose their work and ideas for other festival events - performances, workshops, video programme.
Notification - September 3, 2012

Please send your proposals - conference abstracts (about 200 words) as well as descriptions of proposed workshop or artwork (performance, video) along with your short biography to: and/or (Rasa Smite)

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The "Art of Resilience" conference will be organised in the framework of the European partnership project "Survival Kit" in collaboration with  MPLab (Art Research Lab) of Liepaja University and Latvian Contemporary Arts Center.

Find out more about previous "Art+Communication" festival editions: "Techno-Ecologies" in 2011 (and all the other ones starting 1996) here:

Festival organiser:

Support: State Cultural Capital Foundation, Nordic Culture Point, Riga City Council, EU Culture 2007-2013

Contact: festival curators - Rasa Smite, and Raitis Smits