RIXC Art Science & 3rd Open Fields Conference & Exhibition 

Riga, September 13 – 15, 2018


Hybrid war, fake-news, post-trough, surveillance, immersion and artificial intelligence – these are just a few of critical topics that will be discussed and explored in this year’s RIXC Festival through a series of public keynotes, artistic interventions, thematic panel presentations, open public discussions, performances, and workshops. The special event is the Global Control and Censorship exhibition that aims to expand the public debate about ever-present surveillance and censorship methods. The main festival events will take place from September 13 – 15, 2018, in the National Library of Latvia, the exhibition will be open until October 21, 2018.

Marking the centennial anniversary of independent Latvia and Baltic countries, this year’s festival takes up the call by becoming a space for artistic interventions and hot-button conversations addressing the complexity and future of digital society, especially with regards to ubiquitous surveillance and data privacy.

The anniversary festival conference titled GLOBAL CONTROL, investigates issues from three main perspectives:


Hybrid Wars and Post-Truth

The first, “hybrid war”, is particularly relevant in the context of the Baltic states independence celebration year, when continuous “post-truth” propaganda in media and tensions around military training in this region are on the rise. We also discuss the issue of “fake news”, its consequences on global politics, and its impacts on individual nations.


Surveillance and Immersion

The second perspective deals with “surveillance and immersion”; as we all are under surveillance, we need to become aware of both the enormous scale of “watching”, as well as the potential “depth” of watching due to the development of immersive technologies.


The Next Big Privacy

The third, concerns “the next big privacy” issue, discussed from a “data politics” perspective – What is the future of our social media? How can we feel safe about our data we publish on the internet today?, and How to maintain trust with the next generation?