The first research phase took place within the framework of the conference “un/green: naturally artificial intelligences“, which was the fourth Open Fields conference on art research and the “un/green exhibition” part of the RIXC Festival in Riga.
AMRO Research Lab was invited to present the current state of research at the conference in the form of a conference presentation entitled “Unpacking Digital Greenwashing – Is an organic internet possible?”
Abstract of our presentation:
Aiming at discussing the ecological trend on the Internet, this presentation was based on an attempt to define how Digital Greenwashing can be understood as a practice in which Internet corporations combine the use of green computing with ecological-friendly marketing strategies.
During the conference, which was also accompained by an art exhibition at the Latvian National Museum of Art, we had the chance to get in touch with the research of many artists working in the field of environmental activism and critical practices. The show featured works, among the others, of Eva-Maria Lopez, Marloes de Valk (with a work produced in the collective Iodine Dynamics), Joana Moll, Quimera Rosa and Rihards Vītols.
Eva-Maria Lopez‘s I Never Promised You a Green Garden consists of a series of mandala-like graphic works that include logos of several companies selling polluting chemical products for agricultures. Iodine Dynamics‘ What Remains is an 8-bit interactive fiction and adventure video game about environmental issues, the manipulation of public opinion, and whistleblowing, that the audience could play in the exhibition. Joana Moll‘s projects CO2GLE and DEFOOOOOOOOOOOOREST are two browser-based installation that deal with the energy consumprion and the related CO2 emission of internet browsing activities – which we also included in our presentation as example of possible future implementable tools. The very ironical work of Rihards Vītols Anniu deals with the melting of the artic pole and proposes the adoption of ice-cubes producing ships to compensate for the loss of frozen surface. And lastly, Robert Hengeveld‘s Kentucky Perfect nicely visualizes human doggedness of controlling nature with a kinetic work in which a lawn is constantly irrigated, illuminated and mowed by a mechanical arm.
Throughout the conferences we fond conversation also with the spanish artist and architecture collective Taller de Casqueria working about mapping an the mismatch between physical and digital landscapes with a focus on water. Paul Granjon, a media artist which recently begun collaborating with the recently-emerged activist group Extintion Rebellion and combined his electronic-based art with the activist practice. The work of the duch art and design formation Oddkin (Marton Kabai and Natela Lemondzhava), who investigate the relation between design and critical posthumanism, specifically focusing on slaughterhouses. Very inspiring was also Riccardo Torresi’s presentation about the project he realized with Maxime Lethelier and Asako Fujimoto (artist collective Ephemeral Tomorrow), an audiovisual installations which visualized remote gravitational phenomena in the outer space.