How much does it cost to grow one pot of salad off season in Liepaja? Calculating such resources as time, money, electricity, water. Growing in artificial lighting, in rooms with heating.
The pot in the exhibition is equipped with various meters and a diary in which notes are made about everything that happens to the pot.
The salad pot in the exhibition reached its maturity (there were edible leaves) in 40 days.
Resources used in this time:
Water - 13 litters,
Electricity - 7 EUR,
Time - 16 minutes (+ 35 minutes of washing the pot from the outside to make it look nice for the exhibition)
Maija Demitere, Rogier Jupijn
“Tomato-potato masterplan” is an interactive calculator that allows you to calculate how many tomatoes and / or potatoes could be harvested from any given space in a year. The calculator shows the number of calories produced per every next square meter.
Backyard garden care is an actively nurtured hobby. Garden owners, however small they might be, in Latvia spend a lot of time growing greenhouses full of tomatoes. The calculator allows us to see how little benefit we can get from this food.
The calculator is by no means a critique of small gardens - on the contrary! Modern Latvian life is somewhere in between the uncertainty of the political environment, economic situation, the mundane efforts to meet all daily needs and the endless soul and time drain that is social media, TV, phone apps.
Taking care of a garden and plants allows to take a step back to a simpler life.
Dirty hands mean a calm mind!
Data objects, 2020
Author is concerned about the current tendency to rely on technology for everyday tasks such as cooking, that normally would be a reason to train fine motor skills or to socialise, when doing these tasks together with other people.
A lot of skills are being replaced by others that are more suitable for modern interfaces. It is impossible to predict what kind of cognitive and memory disorders will affect the current generation that relies on technology as memory prosthesis, keeping everything in phones instead of their brains, because all the necessary information is seemingly just a couple of touches and swipes away.
Refrigerator is one of technologies that lets us reduce the amount of everyday tasks – it gives us easy access to pre prepared food. Installation “Frozen” is a physicalization of dementia data, represented with dairy products – settled and unchangeable.
Milk is an important part of childrens' diet and dementia patients are often going back to childlike state, living in their past, not present.
Data represented in the installation:
Dementia patient ratio between developed and developing countries (40/60%)
Gender distribution between Alchaimer patients (⅓ male and ⅔ female)
Global distribution of costs for dementia patient care (40% direct social sector costs; 20% direct medical costs; 40% informal care costs)
Prevalence of dementia in population by age (registered in UK in 2014.):
The estimated proportion of the general population aged 60 and over with dementia at a given time is between 5-8%. The loss of cognitive skills is not an integral part of aging – multiple studies have proven that physical and mental activity, social and emotional wellbeing and wholesome diet are factors that help to keep mental health in order even until very old age. Dementia patient care can be overwhelming for the families of affected people, it is both a social and financial burden of affected families and society in general. People with dementia are frequently denied the basic rights and freedoms available to others.
Pasaules veselības organizācijas dati liecina, ka 2015. gadā pasaulē bija 50 miljoni ar demenci sirgstošo, no kuriem 60% mīt attīstības valstīs. Nākotnes projekcijas paredz 82 miljonus demences pacientu 2030. gadā un 152 miljonus – 2050. gadā, to izskaidrojot ar straujo iedzīvotāju skaita pieaugumu attīstības valstīs.
Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, with nearly 60% living in low- and middle-income countries. The total number of people with dementia is projected to reach 82 million in 2030 and 152 in 2050. Much of this increase is attributable to the rising numbers of people with dementia living in low- and middle-income countries.
Dementia has significant social and economic implications in terms of direct medical and social care costs, and the costs of informal care. In 2015, the total global societal cost of dementia was estimated to be US$ 818 billion, equivalent to 1.1% of global gross domestic product (GDP). The total cost as a proportion of GDP varied from 0.2% in low- and middle-income countries to 1.4% in high-income countries.
High cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and too much sugar raises are also associated with increased risk of dementia. The MIND diet is designed to prevent dementia and loss of brain function as you age. The MIND diet encourages to consume a lot of leafy vegetables, berries, fish, legumes, olive oil and recommends to avoid fried food, sugar, red meat and dairy.
When everything becomes too overwhelming and it feels like the last strings that are holding your life together are going to break, something must be done. To keep your mental health in order it is suggested to engage in handcrafts – creating something new and at the same time gain peace and sense of time and place.
Therapeutic and relaxing nature of knitting has been scientifically proven un multiple studies. Knitting helps to tone down stress, relax, lower blood pressure, slow down heart rate and reduce chronic pain.*
The rhythm, technique and the cyclic nature of knitting is a starting point of sound meditation to distance myself from anxiety. Sound composition is created from rhythmic recorded samples from the knitting process and ascends to an abstract musical atmosphere where knitting needles are used to play string instruments.
* Mental Health America. The Mental Health Benefits Of Knitting. 2019.
Video documentation of a site specific performance where the main performers will be the artist and the sun. Paula Vītola was following the sun as it was be moving around and changing the position of the shadows. The performance was going on for three hours and in three different locations in Liepaja during sunrise, midday and sunset, challenging the seeming human “independence” from solar cycles since the application of electricity.
In the process there is generated sound using photoacoustic principles: the formation of sound waves in accordance with the absorption of light by a material sample. In order to obtain the effect, the light intensity must vary, either periodically (modulated light) or as a single flash (pulsed light). The discovery of the photoacoustic effect was made in 1880 by Alexander Graham Bell, who built the first electronic wireless communication system: the photophone which serves as the main inspiration for the artist both technically and conceptually.
The technical setup consists of sensors and a solar panel that absorbs the energy from the sun and “sees” the slight differences in the light as it changes, and which we are not able to perceive. Subtle changes in the spectrum of light are responsible for the frequencies we hear. The solar panel can be used as an analog input device for any audio interface.
Photoacoustic performance 2020
Artistic explorations in light and electricity. An audiovisual performance using solar panels as microphones and strobe lights and other varying lights as music instruments that generate sound.
Performance, electronics (2020)
Electronic music protoperformance, using latest generation experimental telepresence technology – Concert-robot-YOU
“Let us therefore see, O human soul, whether present time can be long”*
Computer instruction, 2020
The church-bells ring, an echoing reminder of the presence of God. It’s the alarm, announcement of the daily yoga class at 9:30; 12:00 – drive to the mall; business meeting at 15:00 – discussion of the marketing plan for the new line of shampoos.
Throughout the automation of our daily whereabouts, as it is the case for electronic calendars and events on facebook, boredom along with spontaneity (the sort of ‘spontaneity’ that peaks outside the commercial realm) have been excluded from late-capitalist societies. This also goes for the possibility of novelty – in a world where a constant flow of notifications is a norm it is impossible to do intellectual work or daydream. Mark Fisher in his 2012 essay “Time wars” even goes as far as to say that “Only prisoners have time to read, and if you want to engage in a twenty-year long research project funded by the state, you will have to kill someone**”. The work invites viewers to schedule boredom, spontaneity and absurdities in their daily lives via mobile virtual calendars.
*St. Augustine “Confessions”
**M. Fisher “Time wars”
Solar system model
Number of all possible event combinations
All that glitters is not gold
8CH 48Khz/24Bit, 2020
Glass as a material has always been a significant part of our material and immaterial culture. Nowadays glass is used in optical cables to deliver information at high speed to any part of the world. Glass is protective, practical and aesthetic and at the same time it can be sharp, fragile, brittle and even toxic. These are just a few thoughts that arise when listening to the jangling / high pitched (?) sounds of a broken glass.
Studio recording that explores glass as a sound object is used to create a generative sound composition. Recordings are combined with acoustic instruments to create a harmonic sound orchestra. Composition and instruments are programmed with Max MSP.
Ieva Vīksne, Līga Vēliņa
Data visualisation, VR
Mental purity" is a project created by two media artists - Ieva Vīksne (LV) and Līga Vēliņa (LV). Each artist has created her own mental data representation in a 3D environment. By exploring different methods of mental hygiene and wellbeing technologies, artists have created visual representations that lets explore the progress of these practices and daily data measurements. Depending on chosen practices and measurements, artists collected their own data sets and created data visualizations as 3D sculptures. Ieva Vīksne chose to collect the hours of sleep, therapy, exercise, medicating and socializing. Also she collected hours spent using and abusing mobile apps. The flying by objects symbolize the wasted hours. Līga Vēliņa collected data about her usage of applications, sleeping hours, interaction with other people and amount of piano lessons - which were specially chosen as an activity to control body and mind and to learn to meditate.
Artists invite the audience to wander into a sculptural garden of data in VR environment.
Audiovisual poem, video 2020
i promise to speak
with no mistake
to treat myself through the brief threats
diving into the sea as a flow of my consciousness
articulating developments – the creation (system) i’m living in
my secret space – consumed by sand, wind and water.
Seaside – retreat from the everyday storms in a safe and constant calmness that I found in each grain of the
sand...as a response to the current political, environmental and economic uncertainty of today.
Residing in the coastal resort town of Liepaja, she explored the fragile structure of mental ecology (Guattari 1989)
and found an individual self-form as an expression for well-being during the times of change.
Self-poem as an immersive audiovisual work shows the line between being passive and active (meditation and
constant process of thinking) for self-sustainability, mental exercise and retreat.
*In this self-speech, I refer to the texts and ideas of other prominent postmodern authors (V.Nabokov, D.DeLillo,
R.Barthes, J.R.Fowles, J.-F.Lyotard etc.)
The man behind glass, as a form from an unknown era ...
Our true face desperately staring back ...
The momentum of coastal experience is synthesized by texts created by significant authors of postmodern times.
I speak the child's language
I publish my texts... to myself...
I am writing articles that quench my longing...at least for a moment ...
...just to feed your own...
selfishness ... hoping you all might want me to hear more than ones ...