We welcome applications by artists and scientists who are interested to participate in the symposium (either by sharing their experience and knowledge – giving a talk, proposing a workshop, etc. or by attending workshops conducted by other symposium participants).
The “Renewable Lab” symposium will include several workshops conducted by artists and scientists who will be experimenting with new generation bio-technologies, showing how to build hydrophonic systems for urban/rural gardening, as well as building “electrosmog” harvesting devices, DIY solar cells, and working with other renewable energy technologies.
The symposium will feature talks by scientists from Hydrogen Lab, Institute of Solid State Physics and Faculty of Biology at University of Latvia, who will be demonstrating and testing their hydrogen cars, bio-electricity generation systems and other renewable energy developments. It will also include presentations by artists from RIXC and Renewable Network, as well as contributions by other participants.
In addition, the symposium will feature specific event – collaborative working session “Biotricity” during which artists and scientists will investigate the ‘next-generation’ biotechnology (called MFC – microbial fuel cells) and how it can be approached and interpreted through artistic perspective and cultural innovation. MFC technology is based on a bio-electrochemical system that converts chemical energy to electrical energy by using microorganisms – bacteria found in the commonly available resource such as, for instance, wastewater. “Biotricity” is a research project by RIXC, which is carried out in the framework of Studiolab project. During “Biotricity” working session the participants will be involved in building bio-electricity generators outdoors – in pool water and soil, and will be experimenting with sonification and visualization aesthetics of MCF technology.
2-days of the symposium will take place in Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum, and the 3rd day – in Salinas farm (and on the road in-between Pedvale and Salinas, testing hydrogen car).