September 6th

Tobacco Factory



Kristīne Alksne & Margo - Meža Measure.

September 7th

Tobacco Factory
14:00 Discussion: Slow living – for a more meaningful life or capitulation?

Do we achieve a more meaningful life by slowing down? Or perhaps, by gaining control over our own time and choosing “simple” living we become losers from the perspective of the ruling system of liberal economics? Participants: Søssa Jørgensen (NO) & Geir Tore Holm (NO), Futurefarmers (US), Kobe Matthys (BE), Ansis Liepa, Valdis Ābols, Jana Strogonova, Agnese Kalniņa and others.

18:30 Opening of the Timeline Hotel

 The ephemeral art hotel Timeline Hotel is a place for time-travel to the past, the future and parallel realities. It merges memories and dreams, imaginary lives and factual experience. At the opening night: performances by Ida Hansson, Jaokim Hansson, Eskil Liepa and poetry reading by Krišjānis Zeļģis.

September 8th

Tobacco Factory
14:00-23:00 WHITE NIGHT: Trajectories of tactilit. John Grzinich (EE), bērnu rīts (LV) and friends.

“bērnu rīts” performances are a kind of ritual with space and movement as the main participants - but the most important method is careful listening. Instruments and sound records are either home-made or found. Performers themselves describe the event for White Night as sound and space interactions.

16:00 WHITE NIGHT: Performative lecture: Staging Dissensus. Reloading Images (DE/IT/IR)

Reloading images intervention for Survival Kit 2012 will focus on the intersections between artistic agency and dissensus. By employing historical and fictional elements, documents and research materials produced during the project ‘On Dissent – A collective narrative”, we will use different methods and approaches to explore downshifiting as a dissensual practice. More info – p.25.

17:30 WHITE NIGHT: Presentation of performance: Zipper Suit. Johanna Blixt (SE)

For ideas that require more courage, Swedish artists Johanna Hästö uses the pseudonym Johanna Blixt. For some time already, the artist has been collecting zippers and sewing them together, thus forming an armour or second skin. One day Johanna decided that she could come to Riga wearing only this skin, a passport and an aeroplane -ticket.  This is especially significant because the Swedish word for zipper ir blixtlås. On White Night Johanna Blixt tells her story.

21:00-23:00 WHITE NIGHT: Latvian texts, served on a plate. Kristīne Želve (LV)

What would you like to taste tonight? A piece of Skalbe or Ezera? Or may I recommend Jaunsudrabiņš? You should definitely consider Rainis… Only during White Night in the café of the Tobacco Factory the classics of Latvian literature will be served for exquisite gourmets during special hours of retelling.

23:00-00:00 WHITE NIGHT: Concert & performance: Trulā grupa

The project entitled “Trulā grupa” (Lumpish Band) was created to educate, surprise and enchant the listener with magic beats, dreamy vocals and wonderful elements of sintypop in the 1980s style. Although stars of this scale are known to create little more than songs with texts like “baby, baby”, the “Lumpish Band” likes the difficult themes – the class struggle, conquering the Universe, separation, love and dandelion sap.

12:00 T.E.H.D.A.S in Tukums: opening

During a week-long residency, Finnish performance artists in collaboration with young people from Tukums have been creating interventions in the city-space. The exhibition, as documentation of interventions, is to be opened in the Tukums Art museum. More information – p.38.

September 9th

Esplanade, Riga 2014 tent
15:00 Discussion: Lost in translation. The language of contemporary art in the centre and periphery

Umeo and Sigulda, along with Riga, will become European Cultural Capital in 2014. What can a small city, its image, inhabitants and guests gain through the activities of contemporary art? How can we accustom and involve citizens in contemporary art? Discussion with: Jolanta Borīte (Sigulda Municipality), Līga Lindenbauma (Tukums Art museum), Rasa Šmite (RIXC and Liepājas University), Fanny Carinasdotter and Ida Hansson (artspace Verkligheten, Umeo), and others.

Tobacco Factory
11:00 Lecture: Assembly. Agency (Int.)

How can processes become included in art practices? Participating experts: lawyer Andis Pauniņš, art historian Stella Pelše, artist Aigars Bikše, Head of the Botanical Gardens Arta Sparinska and landscape architect Ilze Rukšāne.

17:00 Poetry afternoon in collaboration with Poetry Days 2012

A poet is destined to look right in the eyes of language instead of looking through it. Language that is self-evidently exploitable but intangible for some, for a poet is a substance that can be sensed, shaped, tasted and  loved. We are invited to listen to how language can be arranged, made visible, adorable, extended in endless dimensions, it can be blown up in the air so that everybody gets a part. Poets: Inga Ābele, Arvis Viguls, Artis Ostups, Toms Treibergs, Rihards Bargais, Marts Pujāts, Ērika Bērziņa, Anna Foma, Krišjānis Žeļģis.

September 10th

Esplanade, Riga 2014 tent
17:30 P.S.Talks in the park and IDEARIUM

The discussion looks at the green parts of the city – parks, allotments, suburbs and the city centre. What would the green survival kit look like? Are the parks for representation or for citizens to experience them? Should we allow more countryside to enter the urban space? IDEARIUM – idea planting action by artist and curator Laura Prikule.

Discussion participants: Signe Pucena (creative group ‘’Serde”), artist Camilla Berner (DK), researcher Anna Žabicka, landscape architect Daiga Veinberga, Helēna Gūtmane (Radi Rīgu) and others.

Tobacco Factory
19:00 Presentations of artists Jussi Kivi (FI) and Kristaps Gulbis (LV)

Jussi Kivi walks in  the footsteps of old landscape painters. He makes outdoor expeditions on foot and skis and records what he sees and experiences by drawing, photographing, writing and videotaping. His notes record the times, places, weather conditions and maps. They tell of both the ruggedness of nature and traces left by humans. Kristaps Gulbis studied Sculpture at the Art Academy of Tallin. Since the mid-1990s he has taken part in numerous contemporary art projects in more then 20 countries. He has been co-curator of the Sculpture Quadrennial Riga 2004 and 2008. His work Pink House has been shown at the 51st Venice Biennale.


September 11th

Tobacco Factory
18:00 Discussion: Art festivalization vs critical tradition

In last few decades festivals have become a very common form of presenting contemporary art. Festivals are often seen as a handy tool for regional development, gentrification, the promotion of tourism, etc. Art festivalization has generated “project artists” that shape their artistic practice around the commissions of art festivals and biennales. Is it possible to turn the format of “festival” into a critical and discursive event? Discussion with Rael Artel (contemporary art festival “ART IST KUKU NU UT”), representative of Mindaugas Triennale (LT), Aigars Bikše (Sculpture Quadrennial Riga), art critic and curator Ieva Astahovska, Astrīda Rogule (Cēsis Art Festival), art critic and curator Ieva Kulakova and others.

September 12th

Tobacco Factory
17:00 Improvised kitchen and performance. Søssa Jørgensen (NO) & Geir Tore Holm (NO)

Norwegian  artists Søssa Jørgensen and Geir Tore Holm invite you to communal cooking in an improvised kitchen, built by artists. The cooking will be accompanied by artists’ presentations, conversations and music through web radio RadioKongoFM thus creating an atmosphere of a summer event somewhere in the northern Norwegian mountains. Visitors are welcome to share their stories on living in the countryside or the countryside entering the city; they are also welcomel to share their autumn harvest – greenery, fruits or berries.

September 13th

Tobacco Factory
19:00 Book presentation: “Recuperating the Invisible Past”

While continuing research on the recent past, the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art presents its newest publication “Recuperating the Invisible Past”. The publication is a unique source on avant-garde art in Latvia and the Baltic States during the 1960s-1980s. The publication provides a systematic review of art processes of that time as well as analysis on the relationship between art and ideology, parallels, analogies and differences in a wider regional context. During SURVIVAL KIT, the book will be launched for the very first time with public talks of authors, supporters as well as a special performance dedicated to Hardijs Lediņš by Andris Indāns, Stropu Jurka, Normunds Griestiņš, Toms Auniņš, Indriķis Ģelzis, Anna Ķirse Auniņa.


19:00 Workshop for Manifesto writing. “Slow revolution” with Kārlis Vērdiņš

Meeting place: conspiracy flaton the 2nd floor of building 1985. (please apply beforehand at

The band “Maukas” will perform.


September 14th

All day long Applethink

The main event of Applethink is a creative camp with the apple as the centre of interest. We will start with the process of traditional fermenting, brewing, juicing and preserving, ending up with experimental investigations: Can an apple be a transmitter of energy? How can one build a ‘bacteria-battery’ from apple-waste? How can apple-electricity signals be interpreted through sonification and visualization? The AppleThink event will also include presentations and discussions by artists, curators, scientific researchers and the community. The camp will end with a local outdoor market together with local farmers, where artefacts created during the creative will be put out for symbolic sale-exhibition.

September 15th

Tobacco Factory
18:00 Readings and discussions. Slow revolutions.

Meeting place: conspiracy flaton the 2nd floor of building 1985.

Music: Soundarcade and project Bigband by band Tesa.