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29 Oct 2015

DATA DRIFT Exhibition - open till November 22, in Riga

Screenshot from 'On Broadway' (2014) by Lev Manovich, Daniel Goddemeyer, Moritz Stefaner, Dominikus Baur

RIXC Center for New Media Culture


Exhibition duration: till November 22 V

enue: kim? Contemporary Art Center Address: Maskavas street 12/1, Riga, Latvia Opening hours: Mon – closed, Tue 12:00-20:00, Wed–Sun 12:00-18:00

Rasa Smite
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RIXC Center for New Media Culture
Maskavas street 10
LV-1050, Riga

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The DATA DRIFT exhibition showcases works by some of the most influential data designers of our time, as well as by artists who use data as their artistic medium. How can we use the data medium to represent our complex societies, going beyond 'most popular,' and 'most liked'? How can we organize the data drifts that structure our lives to reveal meaning and beauty? (And can we still think of 'beauty' given our growing concerns with privacy and commercial uses of data we share?) How to use big data to 'make strange,' so we can see past and present as unfamiliar and new?

If painting was the art of the classical era, and photograph that of the modern era, data visualization is the medium of our own time. Rather than looking at the outside worldwide and picturing it in interesting ways like modernist artists (Instagram filters already do this well), data designers and artists are capturing and reflecting on the new data realities of our societies. 

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The DATA DRIFT exhibition is as part of the new Renewable Futures conference series. The first edition of the conference took place in Riga from October 8 to 10, 2015 in the framework of the annual RIXC Art Science festival.

The first Renewable Futures conference gathered over 85 delegates from 25 countries – media theorists and art historians, artists and scientists, as well as academic researchers and independent cultural workers from different universities, science institutes, art centers and cultural organizations. Launched by RIXC and its partners from Renewable Network in 2015, the Renewable Futures is a traveling conference series for art, science and cultural innovation in Baltic Sea and North European region. The first Riga edition of the conference is focusing on transformative potential of art in the age of post-media.


n the occasion of the exhibition, also the new issue of the Acoustic Space journal series is out now – with the title 'DATA DRIFT. Archiving Media and Data Art in the 21st century'. This volume is edited by Rasa SMITE, Raitis SMITS and Lev MANOVICH, and it includes a catalog section of DATA DRIFT exhibition, as well as the papers by the Media Art Histories (Riga, 2013) conference participants, and new texts by Renewable Futures conference speakers. The DATA DRIFT volume will be available via (from the beginning of November), as well as by ordering via email: rixc(at), and/or via website: