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About the project:
Art centre NOASS together with art studio Fargefabrikken (NO), is creating a travelling exhibition of contemporary art for children and youth.
What are the goals of the project?
- To realize a mobile travelling art exhibition with 4 new, interdisciplinary, innovative works and its accompanying educational programme, which would promote the creativity of children and youth in a safe and inclusive environment while ensuring a high-quality, sustainable and safe realization of works of art, as well as promoting the involvement of children in the coproduction of new works with for artists.
- To create a new, mobile, and exciting way of exhibiting exhibitions which would allow viewing it for free in remote regions of Latvia, travelling to schools and various city festivals, thus making contemporary art accessible to children and youth outside of Riga.
- To ensure that the travelling exhibition visits 50 places in Latvia, mainly in the regions (until April 2024), under the guidance of appropriate technical personnel and specially trained, skilled art mediators.
Exhibition curator Sandra Ķempele says: “With this project, we wish to create a positive image of visiting an art exhibition, which can be a creative, active and inspiring experience for children and young people, as well as to promote the availability of visual art outside the capital of Latvia. The project “Art on Wheels” initiates a dialogue between artists and students, actively involving children in the process of creating a work of art, as well as talking about topics that are important to children and young people.”
What is happening within the project?
The exhibition, located in two minivans, travels around the regions of Latvia, visiting schools and city festivals, as well as Norway, offering an interactive exhibition and a creative workshop, getting to know the use of technology in art. Four artists from Latvia and Norway participate in the project, and with the help of children of two pilot schools, have created new works of art in various media. The travelling exhibition is accompanied by a thoughtful educational programme that fosters children’s creativity in an informal, supportive and encouraging way. Additionally, for teachers’ informative seminars about the process of the project and methods of using contemporary art in the teaching process were held.
About the exhibition:
Art installation “Sensing Waves” by Norwegian artist Oda Bremnes. The installation consists of kinetic sculptures, sound and interactive video. Motion-responsive radio antennas are like sensory organs through which to perceive the world. Radio antennas represent the fusion of the energy of the surrounding world at specific points where invisible physical realities are perceived – electromagnetic waves interact with radio signals of man-made technologies. Incorporating sensory technologies and immersive media, the world of the senses, electromagnetic waves, and motion-based bodily experiences is connected to radio antennas.
Oda Bremnes is a new-generation artist whose field of research is the omnipresence of technology. Interactive video installations, sound, and electronics are used in her works. The artist’s interest in technology is closely related to ideas about sensing supernatural forces and the ability of devices to resemble living creatures. Received a master’s degree in fine arts from Bergen Academy of Contemporary Art, University of Bergen.
“New Trajectories” alternates between physical reality and imaginary scenarios of the future where beings created by artificial intelligence (AI) play an increasingly important role. Using the experience of new media artist Jurģis Peters with VR and artificial intelligence, during three master classes, in cooperation with the students of Jūrmala State Gymnasium, the first 3D scans which captured various types of protests topical for young people were created. Developing the idea of protest in a futuristic context, a person enters a speculative sphere in which artificial intelligence beings have become self-aware and, naturally, begin to protest against the norm and for respect of their rights. What this new reality, that is equally virtual and physical, might look and sound like? In a VR experience, the viewer begins their journey in a scanned 3D environment that resembles the physical surroundings of the work. After a short walk, the viewer is allowed to rise and fly through the physical realm, entering an interspace where point clouds with scans of protesting youths become individual star systems and cosmic objects. Continuing upwards, the viewer eventually enters a futuristic fusion of worlds where dynamic visions of the future are created as AI beings appear and disappear. The visual experience is complemented by a unique soundtrack created by layering available sounds found on the web, field recording archives, and sounds created by the author.
Jurģis Peters is a new media artist, studied digital media technologies and cyber security at the University of Birmingham, obtained a master’s degree in audiovisual arts at the Art Academy of Latvia. In his works, he uses virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies and focuses on the research and application of artificial intelligence
“Youth Camouflage” is a series of illustrations created by the artist and designer Zahars Ze and the students of Jūrmala State Gymnasium, with events topical to young people’s everyday life. The means of graphic expression included in the design of the minibus body (point, line, square) form a disguise pattern similar to camouflage. Geometric elements and contrasting colours reveal how a disguise helps to adapt to the environment, hide, and protect oneself. The illustrations reveal situations and feelings that characterize young people’s free time, friends and objects without which their everyday life is unimaginable.
Zahars Ze is an artist and designer from Riga who works with ceramic paints, wood, and other materials. Working interdisciplinary, creates illustrations, murals, sculptures and works with ceramics. Obtained a master’s degree in graphics at the art Academy of Latvia.
“Architect of the Changing Universe” is an interactive installation which presents art through play by visual artist Eva Vēvere with the soundtrack by Alice Rancāne. Every moment new civilizations arise, old ones decay and disappear without leaving a trace. We are in constant motion and the desire to start something new and deconstruct the old never ends. Any guest at the exhibition playground will become a part of this process – here history does not try to leave traces. Everything changes in hours, minutes, seconds and built cities are always in transformation. When one structure seems complete, another takes its place. When entering the game, the visitor is the architect of the changing universe – bridges, connections, gaps, topography and buildings, the silence between thoughts, and story – all are under the control of the players. By exiting this universe, the player will leave his architecture to the changing and unpredictable, no longer trying to influence and control the story. That can only be done by the next player and even then – only for a while.
Eva Vēvere is a visual artist and the author of international art projects. The artist creates installations, drawings, videos, art education projects, workshops, and interactive, performative projects in which the viewer’s involvement is an important part of the work. She has been working with Poetic Robotism projects, in cooperation with Laura Prikule organizing exhibitions with various Latvian art institutions and independent curators. In recent years, she has been working with contemporary music and dance professionals in the Baltic and Nordic countries.
“Art on Wheels” is a project funded by the European Economic Area (EEA) grant programme “Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Cultural Cooperation.” The project receives a grant of €206,518 from the EEA grants of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and State co-financing in the amount of €36,444. The project implementation period is from November 1, 2022, to April 30, 2024.
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