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‘Waterpieces’ reflect a colorful artworld

The 14th International Contemporary and Video Arts Festival “Waterpieces” opens Friday on the AB Embankment in the middle of the Daugava river and at Kronvalds Park by the canalside in downtown Riga.

The theme of the festival this year is “The Changing City” and will treat the interaction between people and their cosmopolitan environment through artists’ eyes. Coinciding with Riga’s City Festival this weekend, “Waterpieces” will feature presentations by Baltic arts curators, video art exhibits, audiovisual performances and works compiled from world-reknowned motion picture and digital culture platforms.

“Visually, the program is exceptionally colorful and attractive. You can enjoy it just passing by,” program coordinator Viktorija Kasperoviča told Latvian Television news program Panorāma Thursday.

The festival will open with an international project called “Riga’s Urban Screen.” Curated by Lorenzo Gerbi, it compiles video images from the world’s largest city ‘screens’ (parks, squares, architectural facades, shopping centers) already seen by millions of viewers around the world.

Festival organizer Dzintars Zilgalvis told Panorāma that the artworks will be presented on the waterside, reflecting both the works and the sky in a kind of ‘double-screen’.

The compilation centers around two themes – the city as our daily context and the city as a living creature. Friday and Saturday’s program compiles a wealth of animated videos and motion pictures depicting both real and symbolic urban environments and discoveries from various corners of the world.

A series of short films and conversations about the interaction of video art with urban culture will take place at the canalside in Kronvalds Park Saturday, curated by Egle Mikalajune and Stena Ojava to offer an insight into Lithuania and Estonia’s video arts scene.

On Saturday evening the video compilations continue with the program titled “The City as Character”, plus an assortment of entries from Australia’s progressive digital culture festival “Pause Fest”.

The ‘Waterpieces’ festival is set to close Sunday on the AB Embankment with a series of stop-action photography workshops starting at noon for families and children, as well as open-air screenings of various cartoons from the London Animation Film Festival LIAF.

 

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