XCHANGE UNLIMITED  [XU]

Art + Communication III

Art+communication III is the 3rd International New Media Conference organised by E-LAB, Electronic Arts and Media Centre in Riga.
This year conference Xchange Unlimited will focus on the following topics:
art servers; supporting of collaboration and networking among the independent artists organisations in both - within the Latvia and world-wide; developing of an international self-supporting platform - InterFund project; developing of the real audio servers network.

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November 28 / 13:00-19:00
XU CONFERENCE: PRESENTATIONS
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13:00 / PANEL 1: ART SERVERS
moderator: Manu Luksch
Rachel Baker, Janis Garancs, Luka Frelih, Klaas Glenewinkel, Molnar Daniel, ...

> Art Servers Unlimited - video presentation about the art servers conference ASU held  in London, July of 1998;
> artists organisations and individual initiatives: discussions about the survival and supporting of the small scale artists-run spaces and individual initiatives (Backspace, E-LAB, Ljudmila, Mikro, etc.)

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14.30 / PANEL 2: MEDIA ART ACTIVITIES IN LATVIA, LITHUANIA, ESTONIA
moderators: Hanno Soans, Kristine Briede
Locomative, Varka Crew, Very Hopeful, Women League, Jutempus, Sorgenfrei, and others

> presentations: media and net art and artists activities in Lithuania, Estonia
> presentations of the media art in Latvia in context of the idea to establish the Media Culture Centre in Riga - originally it is the idea of  the virtual platform to develop network among the different independent organisations and projects in Latvia: E-LAB, Casablanca 2000, Locomative, Sloka Sound System/ ELAST, OPEN-London, etc.
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16:00-16:30 coffee break
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16:30 / PANEL 3: INTER FUND
moderator: Pit Schultz
Eric Kluitenberg, Rasa Smite, Manu Luksch, Diana McCarty,...

> Concepts and discussions about the establishing of the inter-fund -
how to establish and develop the international decentralised self-supporting platform for innovative and creative projects and research work in new media field - the aim, models and structures.
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17:30 / PANEL 4: NET RADIO
moderator: Susan Kennard
Jinx, Raitis Smits, Luka Frelin, Yvanne Faught, Kostya Mitenev, Pit Schultz...

> presentations of the Internet radio projects (CCS, Pararadio, OZOne, etc.)
> proposals about the establishing of the real audio server network (orang.orang.org)
> discussions about the potential of real time audio as a 'collaborative communication' tool (has it ever been explored enough?)

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19:00-21:00 - break
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21:00 / XU NET RADIO NIGHT

> presentations of the 3 new audio tapes produced by E-LAB
 # ELAST - acoustic, ambient and electronic music from
 Fruitbox, Sloka Sound System/Riga, etc. - presentation
 of the ELAST label
 # TOXICITY - Latvian underground techno music, compiled 
 by Illegal Records/Riga
 # KITKAT radio KitKat in frameworks of project Venstpils 
 Transit Terminal presents an electronic music of Latvian young
 musicians and artists

> Net.radio live broadcasting session into the Internet in collaboration with remote participants: Pararadio/Budapest, Radioqualia/Adelaide, Radio90/ Banff, Jennifer/Toronto, Ljudmila/ Ljubljana, RIS/Berlin, and others

> Welcome to participate! contact: raitis@parks.lv
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November 29 / 12:00-18:00
XU CONFERENCE: DISCUSSIONS

The first day of the conference is organised mostly for presentations of different projects and concepts; the second day - for discussions and achieving of particular results:
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> Discussions about the concept and interface for developing of the global real audio server network (working group: Thomax Kaulmann, Janis Garancs, Raitis Smits, Luka Frelih, ..)
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> Establishing of the Interfund - further steps and strategy (working group: Pit Schultz, Manu Luksch, Rasa Smite, Eric Kluitenberg)
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> Concepts of  establishing of the Virtual Platform for Media Culture Exchange in Latvia (Media Culture Center in Riga - idea), Lithuania and Estonia (working group: Ilze Strazdina, Kristine Briede, Hanno Soans, Jutempus, ...)
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> E-LAB and Xchange proceedings: Acoustic Space II and Net.radio guide - contents and concepts (working group: Rasa Smite, Susan Kennard, )
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