The Riga Centre for New Media Culture (RIXC)Â has published the 11th volume ofÂ Acoustic Space:
edited by Rasa Smite, Eric Kluitenberg and Raitis Smits
The publication takes a different perspective on the value of the relationship between humans, the environment and technology:
We can no longer consider technology as the alienating â€œotherâ€. The idea is that we â€œinhabitâ€ technological ecologies emphasises our connectedness to our environment (material, natural, technological) and our dependence on available resources (material, energetic, biological, cultural). Mastering these conditions is vital to our survival on this planet.
This techno-ecological perspective was the topic of theâ€Techno-Ecologiesâ€ conference in Riga November 2011. As such, some of the many contributors were conference participants, but other authors also took part in writing the book.
For more information on the book and how to buy it (or older publications in the series), clickÂ here
â€œTechno-Ecologiesâ€ is the 11th issue of Acoustic Space Series. â€œAcoustic Spaceâ€ (published since 1998) is a journal for new media culture and creative explorations within digital networked environments and electro-acoustic space. Since 2007 Acoustic Space has come out as a peer-reviewed international journal for transdisciplinary research on art, science, technology and society.
Cultura21 is a transversal, translocal network, constituted of an international level grounded in several Cultura21 organizations around the world.
Cultura21â€²s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.
The activities of Cultura21 at the international level are coordinated by a team representing the different Cultura21 organizations worldwide, and currently constituted of:
– Sacha Kagan (based in LÃ¼neburg, Germany) and Rana Ã–ztÃ¼rk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)
Cultura21 is not only an informal network. Its strength and vitality relies upon the activities of several organizations around the world which are sharing the vision and mission of Cultura21
As with the previous COP, the CSPA has been seeking out alternative action around the climate meetings. Moe Beitiks, a CSPA affiliate and writer for Inhabitat.com, is Executive Director Ian Garrett’s traveling companion for the conference and made her way to the Moon Palace today. The CSPA, instead, headed to the Villa Del Cambio ClimÃ¡tico or Climate Change Village to see what was happening with the Mexican version of Hopenhagen and meet with the co-director of Artport, Anne-Marie Melster, who is organizing projects here in Cancun.
You may remember Artport from last year’s COP15 and their (Re-) Cycles of Paradise, which has been remounted in Mexico City concurrent to COP16: Through video installations, photography, drawings, sculptures, and interactive interventions, artists such as Kim Abeles (USA), Subhankar Benerjee (Indien/USA), and Charley Case (Belgien) explore links between the destruction of nature and the suffering of women, revealing hidden or unknown aspects of the interrelation of gender and climate change. They will retell the story of a â€œlost paradiseâ€ and the role of women. Gender issues will be scrutinized as part of a process to reverse climate change. â€œParadiseâ€ is no longer a long-lost ideal world but can be recreated as a contemporary, more sustainable place on earth.
This year,Â ARTPORT_making waves and partner Cinema Planeta are presenting aÂ rich program of cell phone video contests, art videos, panels with conference participants and artists, and a live art performance with hundreds of children drowning little islands in the midst of a heated climate debate.Â It is part of the official cultural program of the United Nations Climate Conference in Mexico, COP16, at local cinemas, outdoor screens, public spaces, and conference locations in Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen.
Moe will have more on that soon, as the information is digested.
The Climate Change Village, like Hopenhagen, was a mixture of public stage, exhibitions on green technologies and cultural showcases. Aboce is a picture of masked dancers in the food stalls. Additionally, there was a temporary structure which held a photo and video installation by photographer Willy Sousa on the the culture of Mexico called Mexico en tus Sentidos which had previously toured to international cities and been a part of the Mexican Pavilion at the recent Shanghai Expo. It was capped with a lovely piece of Mexican Pride/Propoganda focusing on the diverse populations of Mexico interacting with the flag.
We immeadiately scurried over to the main expo hall to catch a screening of Cool Stories I, Artport’s short form, curator film series. It was unfortunately shown on a lo-res led video panel, but the films are worth check out in all of their glory on the Artport website.
Here is an excerpt from one of the included films, Rob Carter‘s Metropolis:
Later on in the week, the Artport Public performance ofÂ La Isla Hundida (The Drowned Island), their collaboration with Spanish artist Javier Velasco,will involve hundreds of school children from Cancun, who will produce an island from a cutout model with a newspaper page during a live performance in a public space in each city. The children will then drown the islands in a large container filled with water. The performances will be videotaped and streamed live.
I may be gone by the time the first one happens, on the 4th, but if you would like to attend, check out their website or our calendar. And, to make your own drowning island, here are a couple informational vidoes:
After the screening, we grabbed some tacos and climbed into a collectivo van to get back into downtown. One thing I will say is that there is plentiful and convenient transportation for getting around Cancun itself. Many buses, shuttles and collectivos, all really low cost. However, getting to the various sites related to the conferences–which are all fairly remote compared to downtown OR the hotel zone– is a real annoying venture. Official shuttles only go to official places like associated hotels, but not things like the bus station or transit hubs. And then you’re let with taxis, which aren’t expensive per se, but aren’t the lowest cost option.
Once we made it back, we took a dip in the pool and called it a night.
ARTPORT_making waves andÂ Cinema Planeta are proud to present engaging art where it mattersâ€”at the heart of the most important climate conference in the world!
A rich program of cell phone video contests, art videos, panels with conference participants and artists, and aÂ live art performanceÂ with hundreds of children drowning littleÂ islands in the midst of a heated climate debate.
Presented as part of the official cultural program of the United Nations Climate Conference inÂ Mexico, COP16, at local cinemas, outdoor screens, public spaces, and conferenceÂ locations in Cancun, Tulum, andÂ Playa del Carmen.
A full program will be announced in November.
Send in your cell phone video ofÂ 20 seconds for the planet. Learn more atÂ www.my20sec.org
Learn more about the groundbreaking live art performance, La Isla Hundida (TheÂ Drowned Island) by artist Javier Velasco with hundreds of school children during theÂ UN climate conference inÂ Cancun… and help us make it happen through Kickstarter! Even a small contribution can go a long way.Â http://kck.st/92oUXD
(Re-) Cycles of Paradise
Spanish Cultural Center,Â Mexico City
November 11, 2010-January 9, 2011
In conjunction with COP16 (First presented at COP15,Â Copenhagen, Dec 2009)
International artistsÂ raise challenging questions about gender andÂ climate change.
Partners:Â United Nations Framework Convention on Climate ChangeÂ (UNFCCC);Â InternationalÂ AmericanÂ School of Cancun;Â Summit of Environmental Cinema, Mexico; Government of theÂ Maldives; Maldivian Youth Climate Network; Bluepeace Maldives;Â Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID);Â IPADE Foundation Spain.
YourÂ ARTPORT_making waves team:
Corinne Erni, Co-Founder and Co-DirectorÂ New York
Anne-Marie Melster, Co-Founder and Co-DirectorÂ Valencia, Spain
Oliver Orest Tschirky, Co-DirectorÂ Zurich, Switzerland