Survival Kit 3

Kuratore: Solvita Krese

07/09/2011 - 18/09/2011

Ģertrūdes iela 32, Rīga

On September 7 – 18 the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art for the third time already invited everyone to the international contemporary art festival SURVIVAL KIT3. At a time the media is being swamped with diverse foresights of the future, SURVIVAL KIT3 invited artists to look into the future. Where are the geopolitical tendencies taking us; what will the new generation of technologies affect; what will Latvia be like in a several decades’ time? In order to sketch the outline of the future, the artists took a glimpse back into the past and, by linking it to modern times, offered unexpected presentations of the future. Currently, most people in the world live in cities, therefore SURVIVAL KIT3 resorted to urban development solutions as well, focused on the destiny of post-industrial territories and indulged to daring visionarity.

In 2011, the festival SURVIVAL KIT3 settled in a historic Riga centre building offering guests ten days of an ambitious exhibition, discussion evenings, presentations by artists, video screenings, master classes and other creative activities.

The festival gathered more than 20 foreign artists and art organizations, including names like Hito Steyerl (DE), Adam Leech (USA, BE), Melanie Gilligan (CA, GB), Dan Perjovshi (RO), Harald Hund, Paul Horn (AT), Ars Longa (FR), CAC (LT), RIXC (LV), Round Culture (GB), Sponge ArteContemporanea (IT) etc. and more than 25 Latvian artists - Aigars Bikše, Izolde Cēsiniece, Katrīna Neiburga, Miķelis Fišers, Ivars Drulle, Krists Pudzens, Kristīne Alksne, Anna Heinrihsone, Leonards Laganovskis, Aija Bley, SERDE, Andrejs Prigičevs, Artūrs Bērziņš, Brigita Zelča, Klāvs Upacieris, Kristaps Grundšteins, Daiga Grantiņa, Ēriks Apļais, Kate Krolle, Inga Meldere, Katrīna Sauškina, Iliāna Veinberga, Ieva Saulīte, Ieva Balode, Anete Lesīte as well as creativity associations “Ideju Talka” and “TAKA”.

To kick off the SURVIVAL KIT3 August 21 offered the premier of experimental opera “Stockholm Syndrome” by Kaspars Rolšteins and Regnārs Vaivars. They promised the “Stockholm Syndrome” to be the most radical team work within their creative history. “If art were medicine, the “Stockholm Syndrome” would be an act of euthanasia of the western world’s viewpoint, ruined by its great age” revealed the director of the performance K. Rolšteins.

SURVIVAL KIT3 was supported by the EU Culture programme (2007-2013), State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga Department of Education and Culture, Institute of France in Latvia, Goethe-Institute in Riga, Embassy of Austria and Latvia’s State Forests.

Informative supporters include IR, TVNet, Satori, Easyget, Telegraf, Naba, Radio 101, Baddog, Diena, Euro AWK and alike.

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