In September 2017 part of the RRS team traveled to Riga, thanks to the European Midstream collaboration project, to carry out a series of interviews for the exhibition called You've got 1,243 unread messages overseen by the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art. These interviews include the voices of curators, collectors, lenders, and investigators, and are testimony to the extensive management and investigative work of this project.
You've got 1,243 unread messages The Last Generation Before the Internet. Their Lives is the title of an exhibition that includes different narratives through social technologies such as diaries, songs, and photo albums that were used in the Baltic country before the arrival of the internet. This exhibition shows the similarities between seemingly horizontal means of communication beyond the specificity of the analog or digital media in which they operate.
These interviews are accompanied by a parallel investigative capsule about themes touched on in the exhibition and the selection of the work of two artists for the Processes channel. All of this will be published under the Midstream group category. Midstream is a collaborative project that seeks to analyze the role of audiences conceived not only as consumers, but also as producers of content, in a context framed by the post-media paradigm, the specificity of contemporary artists' production, and new forms of cultural mediation.
- Audio Rubén Coll & José Luis Espejo. Photography Sara Buraya.
Baiba Krogzeme - Mosgorda, Edgars Zvirgzdiņš, Rihards Funts, Kaspars Vanags, Andrejs Strokins, Ieva Astahovska, Māra Žeikare, Kitija Vasiļjeva, Solvita Krese
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From Baiba Krogzeme - Mosgorda's interview.
- Courtship song (the girl chooses between two young men who want to marry her). Singer: Helēna Spriņģe from Skrunda, Kurzeme (Western part of Latvia). Record is made 1928 on phonograph (wax cilinders)
- Song while working and singing collectively in field harvesting. Singers: women from Baltinava, Latgale (Eastern part of Latvia). Record is made 1993, video recorder (VHS)
- Kumeliņi, kumeliņi, tu man kaunu padarīj. Collection of Jānis Rozembergs recorded in 1985 with a MC recorder
- Spring song, when girls come together singing outside the house in nature. Singers: Emīlija Ezergaile and Emīlija Celmiņa, Lielvārde, Vidzeme (Central part of Latvia). Record is made 1951, reel-to-reel tape recorder
- Skaisti dzieda lakstīgala. Collection of Vilis Bendorfs in 1988 with tape recorder