Search is on for a Lost Scientist in “Riga 2014” Art Project

Search is on for a Lost Scientist in “Riga 2014” Art Project
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The “Riga 2014” project “Where Is Our Dear Scientist? “(Kur ir mūsu mīļais zinātnieks?”), created by the studio “URGA”, will be on show in the courtyard of the main building of the University of Latvia (Raiņa bulvāris 19, Riga) from the 26th of September until the 27th of October. Everyone who wants to find out where the scientist is at, and whether he has succeeded at rescuing the Latvian maiden, is welcome to see the installation.

The installation tells a story about a scientist who experiments with quantum physics and primal code, and goes missing after one of his experiments goes wrong. The project combines animation, feature film and installation, and it was implemented by artist Aigars Bikše, curator Viesturs Graždanovičs, and author Māris Bērziņš.

The installation is on show in the courtyard of the main building of the University of Latvia. Entry via the main entrance, then follow signs and directions. Admission free of charge, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

The project was created in order to turn the spotlight on the increasing pace of the development of science and the individual’s role in it. The message of the installation, created as part of the “Riga 2014” Programme, is: “How will the world change, and will there be a place for us in the future?”

The origins of the project go back five years to a time when artist Aigars Bikše was visiting Japan. This is where the main part of the animation was created, with the other parts to be later created at the Large Hadron Collider and during the Latvian Song Festival procession. The hybrid film features popular actors Andris Keišs, Madara Botmane, and Juris Lisners.

The European Capital of Culture Programme of Riga is prepared and run by the foundation “Riga 2014” in collaboration with state, municipal and non-governmental cultural organisations and creative associations. The Programme is financed by the Riga City Council, Ministry of Culture and the European Commission, and offered to the public in partnership with “Lattelecom”, which also provides technical support for the Programme.

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