February 27, 2020

Riga Jurmala Music Festival and the 2nd Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art launches new collaboration in 2020!

Riga Jurmala Music Festival has launched season 2020 with rich artistic programming, summer master classes (Riga Jurmala Academy) for Baltic and international talented young classical musicians, and today the Festival announces new and exciting collaboration with the 2nd Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA2) and suddenly it all blossoms.

“One of the Festival’s long-term goals is to place Latvia on the map for the classical music and culture lovers from all over the world. It is a very ambitious goal that will not only require dedicated work on the Festival’s agenda and experience, but will demand for institutional and interdisciplinary collaborations. Having shared ambition and similar values, we are happy to launch a fresh and exciting cooperation with Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA2) and the amazing artist Tomás Saraceno this summer,” says Zane Čulkstēna, Executive Director of Riga Jurmala Music Festival.

Tomás Saraceno (Argentina and Italy, b. 1973) presents his Aerocene project, a flying sculpture from Berlin to Riga carried only by the air, the sun and the power of the wind. The artist states: “For every biennial, exhibition, art fair, I join, I have to ship an artwork, which adds months’ worth of human-generated carbon emissions to the atmosphere, impacting the health of the planet and all beings it provides for, you and I included. What if a sculpture could carry itself to Riga?”.

Studio Tomas Saraceno.
Arachnid Orchestra, 2015.
Jam Sessions exhibition, Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), NTU Singapore. Courtesy of the artist.

Saraceno will also present a new partnership with the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, a ‘Jamming Session’ between leading classical music stars and a spider, transforming the concert into a vibrating laboratory for experimentation. Making spiders’ webs into musical instruments via his sonification devices, amplifying the vibrations of the spiders and their webs, Saraceno stages a musical collaboration between the spiders and various invited musicians.

More information on performing artists, admission times and special offers as a part of the collaboration will be announced shortly.

More about RIBOCA2: https://www.rigabiennial.com/riboca/riboca-2