Innovation Lab Riga

From August 15th till September 28th, 2014, Café Europa Riga organises event series at the container module which has been shipped to Riga 2014 – the European Capital of Culture all the way from the Belgium city Mons (more than 2000 km), which next year will be the Cultural Capital. Café Europa is a multi-functional, architecturally flexible, mobile space that can be adapted to the needs of the local context while maintaining connection to other cultural cities in Europe.
RIXC (Centre for New Media Culture) has turned the Café Europa container into the Riga Innovation Lab by organising a 6 weeks long extensive and manifold programme of exhibitions and workshops, focused on art and science and 3D printing. The RIXC Innovation Lab programme (together with artists and scientists from Latvia, Belgium and Baltic-Nordic countries particularly) will host workshops exploring themes such as urban ecosystems, fog and the future of water, 3D printing of sound (and other intangible and intuitive properties), food as energy in overpopulated future world, as well as visual perception and sensor/responsive technologies.

Lab No 1 : September 2-5 (Part 1)
URBAN ECOSYSTEMS AND CITY HONEYBEES
Exhibition and workshop by Annemie MAES (BE)

The 4-day workshop will continue to explore the complex world of honeybees, which artist and workshop leader Annemie Maes has extensively investigated for some years. The workshop will start with an introduction on the Urban OpenGreens project and the role of the honeybees within this ecosystem. Following, the participants will study the bees’ behaviour and architecture based upon insights from biology, art, design and materials science. The participants will explore specific structural patterns present in physical and biological environments, from macrostructures to biological microsystems. Starting from the collection of gathered organic materials, the participants will develop novel, bio-inspired designs for bee houses. Participants are expected to collaborate in the discussions, with drawings and by creating objects.

BIO: ANNEMIE MAES has studied a masters in fine arts, a masters of cultural studies and a specialisation in anthropological documentary film. By founding the organizations Looking Glass and OKNO she has played a major role in organising the multi-media art scene in Brussels, bringing together artists and art spaces from different European countries to engage in workshops and open research labs. The current line of her artistic work focuses on ecological issues, as in the ongoing Urban Corridors and Bee Laboratory projects: http://annemariemaes.net