Duration: September 17, 2011 – October 17, 2011

Opening: September 17, 2011, 7 p.m.

Place: Kaļķu square, Old Riga, LV – 1050


The first public art exhibition held across eight countries in Europe focuses on relations between art, science and society.  As the LV representative, award-winning artist, Gints Gabrāns, will present his artwork, ‘THE NERVES’, for the first time in September 17, 2011.

European Public Art Centre – EPAC is programme which consists of eight multipurpose outdoor exhibition spaces established in eight participating countries (Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Portugal, Spain, Poland, United Kingdom and Iceland), first exhibition in the centre – Public Technologies simultaneously taking place in all countries involved and focussing on collaboration between art and science, workshops Art/Science/Technologies, roundtable discussion Art Technologies, seminar Public Technologies and launch of network CAST (Contemporary Art, Science and Technologies).

The primary aim of programme European Public Art Centre – EPAC is to found the first public art centre in Europe that exists and have permanent physical exhibition spaces in most European countries, to foster interdisciplinary contemporary culture and particularly collaboration between art and science, to create experimental visual art projects in public space that seek innovative solutions for breaking down elitism in artistic and cultural space through openness and accessibility, to involve passive segments of society in cultural processes and the integration of Europe's cultures.


Within the framework of the exhibition „Public Technologies” the light sculpture called “The Nerves” (which has been made from optical fibre in combination with powerful light-laser) will be presented by artist Gints Gabrāns.  "‘THE NERVES’ – impulses in different colours: red, blue, violet, yellow, etc., are transmitted through the optical fibre with such speed that is so high, that we are not capable to detect these impulses as separated tones – they become invisible and changes into a calmly floating white light. There are about 11’200’000 different colour, intensity and length impulses transmitted per second. This number is equal to the amount of bits that whole human nerve system can abstract. By comparison our consciousness can process only 10 – 60 bits per second," says the artist about his work.


Would like to add that two (of eight) exhibitions already are opened. Helsinki art crew (artists Mina Arko, Ben Dromey and software engineer Jari Suominen) presented their artwork called “CityBeat” at August 26, 2011 on Lasipalatsi square. But in September 1st, 2011 on Bishop’s Square, Spitalfields (London) opened UK’s award-winning artist’s Anne Brodie’s „Bee Box”. In the near future the other co-partner countries will open their exhibitions too and afterwards their works will travel from country to country within the framework of the exchange programme.

Find out more: http://www.epacpublic.eu