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|Title: ||Digital Art History, 56°56’51” N 24°6’23”E|
|Authors: ||Zarina, Solvita|
|Issue Date: ||5-Jul-2016 |
|Series/Report no.: ||Practices: Differential Sites;08.11.2015 Session 8A|
|Abstract: ||Fortunately Latvia has found a place in Media Art history. This is evidenced by the annual festival Art+Communication
held in Riga, the pioneering status of ELAB as the early developers of Net Art, the prix Ars Electronica awarded to
the MILK project (2005) and other wellknown activities and events in this field.
This paper wants to dig deeper in the past and attempt to unearth some lesserknown artifacts from the 1970s, when
a kind of ASCII Art and Computer music emerged in the academic circles of Latvian computer scientists. Case
studies of these ephemeral art phenomena show several differences from their Western counterparts. Among these
are the realistic approach and even a proSoviet propaganda function of visual arts. Music formed by calculated
computer signals prompted a scientific approach to this field. In other cases, it served as a somewhat underground
Another sitespecific milestone has to be mentioned to paint a more accurate picture of the early history of media art.
The emergence of design was encouraged by the establishment of the Design Department at the Art Academy of
Latvia in the 1960s. Gradually it became an environment where most Western contemporary art movements and
practices were inconspicuously studied and pursued. Design served as a kind of umbrella term for artistic activities
that were not allowed in the political space of the Soviet Union. Later, it made possible the freedom of ideas for
realizing a completely new set of activities in the field of media art.|
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