visiting lecturer 2018 - present

Raitis Smits is artist and curator, working with science and emerging technologies. He is artistic director of RIXC Center for New Media Culture in Riga, and curator of annual RIXC’s Art and Science festival exhibitions (virtualitiesandrealities.rixc.org). He holds doctoral degree in arts (2015), and is associated professor in Visual Communication at the Art Academy of Latvia. In Spring 2017 he was Fulbright researcher in the Graduate Center of the CUNY (hosted by Lev Manovich) where he did the research on digital art archiving and archive visualizations. Currently he is finishing his book (English translation), based on  his doctoral thesis – ”New Media Art. Preservation and Representation Problematics” (which will be published by RIXC, Riga: 2018).

 

In his artistic practice, Smits works together with Rasa Smite, fusing art, science and technology. Their pioneering internet project – Xchange Net.Radio Network was awarded with PRIX Ars Electronica (1998). He together with RIXC also co-produced MilkProject together with artists Ieva Auzina and Esther Polak, which received Golden Nica in 2005.

More recent artworks by Smite and Smtis include: Talk to Me – human plant communication project, and Biotricity – real-time data visualization and multi-channel sound installation exploring a poetics of green energy, which have been exhibited in HeK (Basel, Switzerland, 2012), Ars Electronica Center (Project Genesis exhibition, 2013-2014), National Science and Technology Museum in Stockholm (2015), Van Abbe Museum for Modern and Contemporary Arts (The Netherlands, 2016), ZKM (Open Codes exhibition, 2017-2018), and elsewhere.

 

For their long-term contribution to the field of digital art and international achievements, Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits received Excellence in Culture Award, from Ministry of Culture of Latvia. Currently Smite and Smits work on Swamp Radio – immersive environmental visualization and sonification project, the first results of which will be presented in ACT in spring 2018, celebrating CAVS 50th at MIT, and as a part of Swamp Pavillion / Swamp Summer School project in Venice Architecture Biennial 2018.