Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits are artists working with various digital media. They are key founders of RIXC the Center for Art and Science located in Riga.
POND BATTERY. A Poetics of Green Energy
Time lapse video (10 min.)
Pond Battery video visualises the electrical energy generated by MFC (Microbial Fuel Cell) in outdoor conditions during seven month time period from September 2014 to March 2015. Work is a part of Biotricity project series an ongoing art and science research project, exploring dynamics of local ecosystems for envisioning the renewable future networks.
Recorded Internet camera images and data from the fuel cell monitoring during the seven month long observation period are now interpreted into time lapse video, complemented by a sound composition.
Realtime visualisation and sonification of bio energy
The installation consists of a double cell “bacteria battery”, where the electricity is generated by micro-organisms living in a mud. The fluctuation of bacteria electricity is interpreted into realtime two channel sound. Simultaneously, the video on the screen is manipulated by the live sound and interpreted into realtime glitch visualisations. The installation is complemented by digital prints with the electronic microscope images showing the bacteria environment in different scales.
TALK TO ME
Human – Plant Communication Project
Talk to Me is an artistic inquiry into human and plant communication, yet also scientists have nowadays performed various experiments in order to verify the old assumption that communication with plants makes them grow better. RIXC artists developed a human-plant communication interface which lets people send messages to the growing plants in different exhibition venues equipped with Internet camera, loudspeaker and wi-fi.
Collected materials (text messages and camera images) from several locations in in Tallinn, Basel, Riga and Ventspils were analysed and interpreted in a form of word cloud, most frequently used word map and time lapse video of growing plants.
The outcome of this project is a book, which introduces to the project idea, performed experiments, and analysis the content of the received messages.
We have received the Award of Excellence in Culture, presented by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia
RIXC Art and Science Festival will take place in October 19 – 21, 2017
New Acoustic Space journal – Open Fields is out and available at amazon.com