Lounge + temporary media lab coordinated by E-LAB

The first part of Riga project - The MeetSpace - will take place in May 5-10, 2000 at Makasiinii, on the beginning of ArtGenda 2000 in Helsinki. The space - temporary media lab and media lounge - will be set up by media artists and networkers from Riga and other cities from the Nordic and Baltic Sea region. The gathering will include meetings and discussions about the Artgenda Network, public presentations by media artists, and NICE - Network Interface for Cultural Exchange working session that will focus on the issues dealing with new media cultural policy development in the Baltic/Nordic region (and beyond).
<http://nice.x-i.net>

"[...] The best way to speed up the process of production is to meet in real space, to confront the loose, virtual connections, to engage in the complex and messy circumstances of real time-space, to and present the audience (and possible future participants) with actual outcomes. And then go back again, in scattered places, on-line.[...]" /by Geert Lovink, The Importance of Meetspace/
A Manual for Temporary Media Labs/
http://re-lab.lv/rezone/a/msg00954.html

MEETSPACE PROGRAMME:

MAY 5, FRIDAY
- arrival
18.30/19.30 - ArtGenda Opening at Makasiinit

MAY 6, SATURDAY

11.00-16.00 -> setting-up of the MEETSPACE Media Lab at Makasiinii
16.00-18.00 -> [nice]#1: MEDIA CENTERS MEETING - case study by the participants of new media centers from Riga, Oslo, Helsinki, Vilnius, Stockholm
19.00-21.00 -> MEETSPACE LOUNGE #1:
meeting of AG artists (participating in AG Open Forum), net.radio, music, screenings, talks

MAY 7, SUNDAY


11.00-14.00 - ARTGENDA Open Forum
16.00-18.00 - [nice]#2: NICE MEETING - Network Interface for Cultural Exchange in the field of new media / New Media Cultural Policy development in the Baltic/Nordic region
19.00-20.00 - MEETSPACE LOUNGE #2: screenings, talks, music

MAY 8, MONDAY

11.00-18.00 - [nice]#3: WORKING SESSION - developing of proposal for Nordic Council, EU and/or other official funding bodies (how to support NICE network and media centers development)

MAY 9, TUESDAY

12.00-17.00 - MEETSPACE PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS:
-> new media culture and networking in Baltic/Nordic region: NICE, BIN and other networks
-> presentations: by individual Artgenda artists working with media art and new media (AnalogTV/Tallinn, Riga Media Space, and others)

20.00-22.00 - MEETSPACE LOUNGE #3: LIVE NET RADIO SESSION
- Riga-Helsinki live stream mix & net.radio party

MAY 10, WEDNESDAY
departure

TECH-LIST

3-5 PCs (with soundcards+speakers, win98,)
data-video-projector
vhs-player
sound mixer (at least 8 channels)
microphone
tape-deck
cd-player,
dat and/or mini-disc player
loudspeakers (amplifier?)
access to real audio server
internet (+ possibility to connect laptops)
tables
sofas
..

PARTICIPANTS:

Rasa Smite/E-LAB, co-ordinator <rasa@re-lab.net>
Janis Garancs/E-LAB/X-I.net <jg@x-i.net>
Mara Traumane <mara@re-lab.net>
Oskars Poikans <oskars@re-lab.net>
Reinis Petersons/RigasZieds <reinis@dizains.lv>

Miks Mitrevics/RigasZieds <rigaszieds@mail.lv>
Otto Zikmanis/RigasZieds

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