This event offers an opportunity to learn more about two artists of the exhibition The Other Trans-Atlantic. Key representatives of Latvia’s kinetic art Valdis Celms and Arturs Riņķis are both still active on the scene.
Valdis Celms will speak about his early works of the 1960s—a series of photographs that captured experiments with rotating forms and mirrors made during his studies at the Art Academy of Latvia. He will also show his photographic collages of the 1970s—utopian projects for public spaces in the city of the future based on his studies of constructivism.
Arturs Riņķis will continue with a discussion of kinetic art of the early 1970s. As a synesthete, he is interested in organic connections between color, movement and music. Riņķis will present his experiments in dynamic color painting and his proto video Breath (1984), based on the work on the same name by Estonian electronic composer Sven Grünberg. He will also speak of his long-term project In the Middle of Nowhere—an annual festival of kinetic art and New Age music that takes place in the art garden on the artist’s land near Sabile.