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Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art
RIBOCA2 programme of online series of talks and conversations
and suddenly it all blossoms
May 21–October 1, 2020
How can we build alternative ways of living, making and caring?
The 2nd Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA2), and suddenly it all blossoms, curated by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, invites you to join its online weekly series of talks, conversations, workshops and activities imagined with associate curator of public programmes Sofia Lemos. The series launches with poet CAConrad’s live talk and performance on May 21, 2020 at 6pm (CET).
The online public programme developed for RIBOCA2 reconsiders human life and presence on Earth by listening out for voices, gestures, and rhythms that challenge dominant assumptions and open up perspectives. Engaging with our present at the threshold of past and nascent worlds, the programme encourages multiple ways of imagining, knowing, and expressing. Riga, Latvia and the Baltics are a central inspiration, where, having undergone occupations, wars and economical flux, “worlds have ended” many times. Reflecting on our entanglement with one another, history, and other species, the programme explores how words make worlds and proposes perspectives for assembling possible futures.
Unfolding across the duration of the Biennial, the weekly programme expands on a glossary of words that inspired RIBOCA2: Endings, Nature, Love, Ruins, Healing, Magic, Cosmos, Underground, Care, Dreams, Dance, Imagination, Human, Wildness, Ghosts, Language, Metamorphosis, Voices, Fictions and Futures. Each keyword works as a prompt for the week’s events and as a tool for building alternative social and ecological imaginaries that acknowledge diverse ways of being, thinking and doing.
The series brings together outstanding thinkers, researchers, and writers from various fields. They include physicist and queer theorist Karen Barad, anthropologists Marisol de la Cadena, Tim Ingold and Anna Tsing, philosophers Federico Campagna and Emanuele Coccia, poet CAConrad, sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos, philosopher Vinciane Despret, sociologist and writer Avery F. Gordon, art historian Boris Groys, queer theorist Jack Halberstam, researcher Marina Simakova, artists Anton Vidokle and Arseny Zhilyaev from the Institute of the Cosmos, performance studies scholar André Lepecki, critical theorist McKenzie Wark, feminist writer and geographer Sophie Lewis, philosopher Michael Marder, environmental humanities and feminist thinker Astrida Neimanis, anthropologist Tobias Rees, artist Nikolay Smirnov and curator Kaspars Vanags in conversation with scholar Birgit Menzel, and prison-abolitionist and poet Jackie Wang with mathematician Alexander Moll.
In addition to the series of talks and conversations, educational activities engage the audience by providing an experimental, multigenerational and accessible creative environment for exchanging ideas and collectively producing new knowledge and skills. Tailored to the present global notions, the programme will become a platform for turning the unknown into the familiar through hands-on experience. The content of the various workshops, series of masterclasses and performances are designed in close collaboration with RIBOCA2 artistic participants and developed together with local communities including scientists, biologists, artists and arts educators among others, thus offering an insightful link between the themes of RIBOCA2 and our everyday life. These multidisciplinary educational activities are open to all, providing the resources to satisfy curious participants of all ages.
For a full list of events, dates, participants’ biographies and thematic detailed descriptions, please visit the Public Programmes page of the RIBOCA website.
Austrian Pavilion at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale 2021
This week, the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale should have opened to the public. But the Covid-19 pandemic has not only thrown these plans into disarray—it has changed much more: fundamental human rights connected to our physical presence in the world have vanished into thin air, giving way to an army of on-demand platforms in control of shadowy figures glued to computer screens.
The power and control that digital platforms have gained over our lives is now more evident than ever. The question of access has moved centre stage in everyday struggles as much as in the shaping of future societies. But importantly, architecture and urban planning remain key arenas in which the conditions of access are created, configured and maintained.
Indeed, there is a new breed of “platform urbanism” emerging today, pervasive and insidious enough to extend the dominance of Big Tech even further into our living environments and which is at the heart of the project PLATFORM AUSTRIA curated by Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer (Centre for Global Architecture).
“Not least in light of the profound transformations we are experiencing at this time, the question of how access has become the new capital will continue to set the agenda for the Austrian contribution, now being adapted for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021” (May 22 to November 21, 2021), say the two curators.
“To engage with the challenges of the ‘New Normal’, we are devising a programme that can bridge the physical-virtual divide in such a way as to reclaim the common-good potential of platforms—celebrating openness and rejecting algorithmic exclusions, championing equal opportunities over tiered privileges, and recapturing human dimensions while rejecting excesses of affective exploitation.”
“We will continue to refine our curatorial response to this new world of platform ecologies and look forward to unveiling the results of this process at the official opening of the Austrian pavilion on May 20, 2021.”
Join us for this debate at the Austrian pavilion in Venice or online at www.platform-austria.org
Designer: G. Dean Smith
Context: Production Company
Electrovision Productions provided computer-aided services for film and TV. This include film, slides, sound tapes, computer-controlled effects and three-dimensional multi-media presentations. The firm’s logo is made up of a series of squares and planes that form a letter E. These squares and the implication of depth that is created by the planes sought to imply the multi-use three-dimensional effects that was offered by the firm.