From August 15 to September 28, "Café Europa Riga" in Spīķeri Quarter will host various high-profile events with the focus on art, science and innovation.
The "Café Europa" modules will run weekly exhibitions, many created in collaboration with the visitors to the café. There will also be creative workshops organised by RIXC Centre for New Media Culture and other artists and scientists to explore such new and innovative phenomena as 3D printing, art and science, social innovation, and green energy technologies.
The initiator of the "Café Europa" project, the digital innovation centre TechnocITé in Mons, will visit Riga in August to organise the "Europa Wall" creative workshops and "speed-dating" between the Latvian and Belgian creative industries.
Visitors are also invited to attend creative workshops of Liepāja new media artists at the 3D print laboratory, which will also showcase an exhibition and become the venue for the new media art symposium "JMM Showcase".
In addition to the 3D print laboratory, an art and science laboratory will be set up at "Café Europa" in September, where Belgian artist Annemie Maes will give engrossing classes on urban ecosystems, whereas RIXC, scientists from the University of Latvia, and designers from France will participate in an experiment trying to create 3D objects from sounds and water energy.
Philosopher, bioart and history of science researcher Ainārs Kamoliņš will lead workshops to create set design for a 17th century play about "virtuosos", which is how people referred to scientists and their experiments at the time.
In mid-September, Gints Gabrāns will continue his project "FOOOD" that commenced during the "Fields" exhibition. In collaboration with microbiologists, he will offer visitors to test their bodies for enzymes that would, theoretically, enable them to eat paper (cellulose).
The "Café Europa" project will close with Finnish artist Hannah Haslaati’s interactive exhibition about the psychology of visual perception, the principles of which were the basis for the author’s social games and the "shadow projections" workshops.
"Café Europa" exhibitions will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m., admission – free of charge.
The weekly creative workshops for visitors without prior knowledge or experience will also be free of charge. For registration and further information, call +371 26546776,+371 67228478, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Fridays and Saturdays, the cafe will also offer screenings of experimental films, concerts and performances.
"Café Europa" is the first physical cultural venue to travel from one European Capital of Culture to another to establish a virtual connection between the two cities. Next year when Mons will be the European Capital of Culture, a few more cities, yet to become the European Capitals of Culture, will be added to the “Café Europa” network.