“Riga 2014” programme: multimedia projects

“Riga 2014” programme: multimedia projects
Below is a list of “Riga 2014” events, this time - a rundown of multimedia projects

* “Zoon in a Zoot-Suit” – an exhibition, a diary and a symposium

“kim?” contemporary art centre, on show until the 16th of March

One of the most fundamental philosophical works of the modern era, Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza’s “Ethics” is revisited, visualised and rearranged as part of the project “Waiting for… (Archaeology of an Idea)”. Author of the idea – philosopher Ainārs Kamoliņš.

Thematic division “Thirst for the Ocean”


* “Mikhail and Mikhail Play Chess”

New Hall of the Latvian National Opera. 12th, 13th, 21st of March; 7th and 10th of June

The world premiere of the young Latvian composer Kristaps Pētersons’ opera “Mikhail and Mikhail Play Chess” is about the Magician from Riga – the World Chess Champion Mikhail Tal. The production team also includes conductor Ainārs Rubiķis, Latvian choreographer Kirill Burlov who currently resides in London, stage director Viesturs Meikšāns, set designer Reinis Suhanovs and French video artist Carlos Franklin. The libretto is in Russian.

Thematic division “Amber Vein”


* “I, Consumer”

Venue to be announced. 21st – 22nd of March

Art and science symposium “I, Consumer”, organised in collaboration with the British art and climate organisation “TippingPoint”, explores contemporary everyman’s obsession with shopping and  material wealth through installations, presentations, discussions, performances, film screenings and interactive lectures, looking for new ideas and solutions to arrive at sustainable consumption in the future.

Thematic division “Survival Kit”


* Museum of Objects of Fate

“Corner House” (former KGB headquarters) on Brīvības Street. 30th of April – 30th of October

The Museum of Objects of Fate asks Riga residents to submit meaningful objects, entrusting the museum with telling the stories of fates that these objects have changed. This is a new museum of personal history that opens in 2014 and showcases objects presented by Rigans. A new way of interactive social communication presents a world of objects and things that tell entire life stories. As part of the exhibition, video monitors have been set up at the museum to shed more light on a particular object and the story it tells. Also, a compilation of the most compelling stories and objects will be published in a book titled “Fateful Objects” (“Liktens lietas”). The author and director of the project is journalist Ilona Brūvere. Project artist – Artis Rutks.

Thematic division “Freedom Street”


* Sensation Containers

Venue to be announced. 1st of May – 1st of June

The “3D Carnival” project presents a labyrinth of 3D visualisations – a journey through rooms of sensations or “Sensation Containers”. Artists participating in the project: Antra Cilinska, Roberts Rubīns, Didzis Eglītis, Kaspars Braķis, Didzis Jaunzems, Elizabete Nīmane, Aija Liepiņa and Ingus Josts.

Thematic Division “Riga Carnival”


* Ziedoņdārzs Stories

Ziedoņdārzs Park. 1st – 30th of May

The “Ziedoņdārzs Stories” project presents various events and activities for all ages that will run for the entire month of May. Mondays are for making acquaintances, Tuesdays are games days, Wednesdays – the days of sensations and Thursdays are dedicated to conversations. The Extraordinary Day is on every Friday, featuring a variety of events organised by the Latvian College of Culture students in collaboration with professional artists, photographers, musicians and other creative personalities who live in the vicinity of the Ziedoņdārzs Park.

Thematic division “Road Map”


* “Fields”

Latvian National Museum of Art exhibition hall “Arsenāls”; “RIXC” Media Space; Spīķeri Creative Quarter. 15th of May – 3rd of August

International media art exhibition “Fields” will introduce the viewer to the parallel lines of development in art and technological science. The exhibition will present historic works from various museums and gallery collections in Europe that deal with the appropriation of scientific discoveries and media technologies by 20th century art, as well as the latest trends in the search for new approaches and forms in 21st century art practices in Latvia, the Baltics, Europe and the world. In addition to the exhibition, the festival “Art+Communication” presents performances, creative workshops, an experimental cinema programme, a conference and artist presentations.

Thematic division “Survival Kit”


* Contemporary art project “Alternative Grand Piano”

Hall and terrace of the concert hall “Baltais flīģelis”. 30th of May at 7 p.m.

Starting at 7 p.m. and for the entire evening, the concert hall hosts several outdoor modern music concerts, and a contemporary dance performance on the concert hall’s terrace. Closing the event is the “Concert for Seven Synthesisers III”, created for the project by the electronic music composer, and member of the rock band “Dzelzs vilks” Kaspars Tobis who is also one of the authors of the “Nature’s Concert Hall” (Dabas koncertzāle) project.


* “21st Century Content”

Latvian National Library. 15th of September, 15th of October, 15th of November, 15th of December

“21st Century Content” presents academic readings by the greatest minds of Europe: Noble Prize winners in literature, the world’s leading literature critics, writers, researchers, artists, publishers, new media representatives and more. Access to the readings is not limited to the audiences alone: the organisers will provide maximum online coverage of the lectures, thus manifesting the distinction of Riga as the European Capital of Culture in 2014. Literature, history, sociology, art books, new media, education, tradition… The dates of the readings are subject to change.

Thematic division “Thirst for the Ocean”


* “Brightness. The Series”

Venue to be announced. 17th of October at 9 p.m. and 18th of October at 3 p.m.

Tenso Europe Chamber Choir workshops culminate in Riga on the 17th of October at 9 p.m. and the 18th of October at 3 p.m. with the premiere of the choir’s first major joint work – a multimedia performance “Brightness. The Series”. This fascinating, interactive night journey through space addresses such socially-important subject as manipulation of society via the media, a process that also involves art. The project’s creative team includes conductor and artistic director Kaspars Putniņš, composer Kristaps Pētersons, stage director Zane Kreicberga, guitarist Kaspars Zemītis and DJ Monsta (Uldis Cīrulis).

Thematic division “Amber Vein”


* “Staro Rīga 2014”

The streets and squares of Riga. 14th-18th of November

During the Festival of Light “Staro Rīga” (Beaming Riga), multiple light installations are set up in the city to be viewed up close as well as from a distance, temporarily becoming part of Riga’s urban environment. Facades, bridges, monuments and parks become the media of art and video technology, as well as light installation exhibits. A number of music and theatrical performances will round off the festival. Each festival visitor is not just an observer but a contributor as active participation by the public is often essential to the way a project is implemented.

This year the festival will be held for the seventh time and, with a particularly spectacular programme, is part of the European Capital of Culture programme of Riga.

Thematic division “Riga Carnival”


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