Other lectures online

UPDATE _V1 (first part) took place in November 2020. The master classes that have taken place can be viewed here.

The talk is exploring the role of prototyping from the perspective of a media art practitioner. Through the examples of various art projects it will be argued that prototyping is a vital research method of practice-based investigation. In addition to that, conscious and unconscious research processes in the practice will be discussed.

BIO. Dr Varvara Guljajeva is an artist and researcher. She holds a position of researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Varvara has been invited as a visiting researcher to XRL, Hong Kong City University, IAMAS (Ogaki, Japan), LJMU (Liverpool, UK), Interface Cultures in the Linz University of Art and Design, Blekinge Institute of Technology (Karlshamn, Sweden).

As an artist she works together with Mar Canet forming an artist duo Varvara & Mar. Often duo’s work is inspired by the information age. In their practice they confront social changes and impact of technological era. In addition to that, Varvara is fascinated by kinetics, participation, and digital fabrication, which are integral parts of her work.

The duo has been exhibiting in international shows since 2009. Their works have been shown at MAD in New York, FACT in Liverpool, Santa Monica in Barcelona, Barbican in London, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Ars Electronica museum in Linz, ZKM in Karlsruhe, and more.

Reference: www.var-mar.info

KRIŠJĀNIS RIJNIEKS – FAB LAB and the industry of prototyping

Krišjānis Rijnieks is telling what exactly is a Fab Lab and how it differs from other types of open workshops, such as hackerspace, makerspace, or open innovation workshops.
With a brief introduction to Fab Lab, Krišjānis is showing how to create a true parametric design with the CAD program Freecad. Freecad is an open source alternative to tools such as Fusion 360, Solidworks.

BIO. Krišjānis Rijnieks is a designer, new media artist and fab lab activist who currently runs Aalto Fablab at Aalto University in Finland. Krišjānis has experienced the Internet of the 1990s, worked as a VJ, and worked with projection mapping projects as well as developed his own open source software that can be used to create mapping installation using a Raspberry Pi minicomputer. Krišjānis has a master’s degree degree in new media from Aalto Media Lab and he has graduated official Fab Academy course at Fab Lab Barcelona.


In this part of the workshop you can get to know Beamo, a small but powerful 30 watt CO2-laser cutter. We will talk about different materials, price and and where to get them and figure out the best machine settings for each. We will also explore Fusion 360, professional CAD software used to design 3D models. After a basic introduction you will work on your own design and use Beamo to realize your dreams.


Since 2016 Friedrich Boell utilizes 3D Printing and other computer controlled manufacturing machines to realize different projects in arts and daily life, ranging from little gifts to functional machines.

So what does Prototyping mean and how does it differ from a normal production process? In the field of arts it doesn’t always have to be a precursor for a mass production rather than it can be an artistic practice that may produce the final result by itself.

There will be an overview about the strengths and weaknesses of Laser cutting, 3D Printing, Milling and Industrial Robots as well as discussing designing guidelines. Boell will talk about his findings gathered over this process and approaches to certain materials as well as showing different software tools and helpers available ranging from Blender and Inkscape to Fusion 360.

BIO. Friedrich Boell (DE) was born 1982 in Wesel and grew up in Xanten, Germany. In 2005 to became trainee as IT systems electronics in Remscheid. During the next 10 years he worked in the field of IT service and got to know the mountains of electronic scrap behind the flashing digital facade. The awareness of this socially generated resource and the attempt to understand it from a technical point of view drove him from now on increasingly around. He began to think about the modification and contextualization of everyday objects and the technologies used in them.

In 2015 he began studying media arts at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Here he deals with technologies such as reverse engineering, 3D printing, 3D modeling and works in the field of robotics. In 2019 he took part in a study exchange program to Bogotá in Colombia. In addition, he has been involved in non-professional electronic music production, digital image processing and computer-generated graphics since 1996.

More: www.systemrest.art


14.00 – 14.20 – MAIJA DEMITERE – DIY Culture
14.40. – 15.00 – Shawn Pinchbeck – Actions with Reactions, Involving the Body in Artworks with Interactivity
15.00 – 15.20 – ANNA PRIEDOLA – Presenting the results of the research project “VR not Bullies”. More: vrnotbullies.eu
15.20 – 16.00 – Dr Dani Ploeger – Another Everyday: Frugal appropriation in East Africa as prototyping practice for new technological lifeworlds

BIO. Dani Ploeger is an artist and cultural critic who explores situations of conflict and crisis on the fringes of the world of high-tech consumerism. He has made a VR installation while embedded with frontline troops in East-Ukraine, travelled to dump sites in Nigeria to collect electronic waste originating from Europe, stolen razor wire from the so-called ‘high-tech fence’ on the EU outer border in Hungary and interviewed witnesses of US drone attacks in Pakistan about sound and technologies of violence, among others. His work has been shown at ZKM Center for Culture and Media (Karlsruhe), Ludwig Forum (Aachen), House of Electronic Arts (Basel), Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig, WRO Media Art Biennale (Wroclaw), The New Institute (Rotterdam), V&A Museum London and many other places. He holds a PhD from the University of Sussex, UK, and is currently a Research Fellow at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, a Fellow at V2_Lab for the unstable media in Rotterdam and an Associate Research Fellow at De Montfort Unversity in Leicester.


Audio-visual media exhibition “ART EXTENDS LIVES”. Artists offer fresh, “life-extending” experiences to visitors. Exploring art as a kind of road of searching that allows interactive experimentation with space, environment and perception; like artists themselves experiment with their own lives; seeking new ways to exist, see and think.

Virtual tour: garatour.aste.gallery

Update BACKUP 2020 was supported by the Creative Europe Programme of European Union, Liepaja city municipality administration, Kurzeme Planning Region, State Culture Capital Foundation and Liepaja University.