Jaanis Garancs

  • Riga
  • Latvia
Cultural areas
New Media


Jaanis Garancs was born 1973 in Latvia and works in areas of interactive ultimedia installations and immersive audiovisual performance.   Garancs received a BFA in Painting, from the Latvian Academy of Arts, Riga. He studied video and computer art at the Royal University of Fine Arts (KKH) in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2003 he received his MA Diploma in Audiovisual Media, from the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne, Germany, focusing on immersive 3D environments.   His current artistic interest is in moving stereoscopic imagery and 3D/surround audio, designed for various contexts, including museum, galleries as well as stage and live concerts. Thematically his work often addresses issues and concepts related to contemporary theoretical physics, communication and evolution theories.   During 2006-2008 Garancs has been a researcher at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences (Germany), part of a research team of the consortium LIVE (funded by European Union) - developing interactive TV formats and production tools to stage Live Media Events in near future.   Currently he continues his creative research and consulting for various projects, and also researcher and lecturer at Liepaja University, Latvia. He is also a co-founder of the Riga Centre for New Media Culture - RIXC.   Garancs' works has been shown in various international events including: Ars Electronica Festival (Linz, Austria), Transmediale (Berlin, Germany), DEAF (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), ISEA (Helsinki, Finland), IMCEXPO (Chelsea Art Museum, NYC); TECHNE'06 (Istanbul, Turkey) and venues as SAT (Montreal, Canada), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), Banff New Media Institute (Banff, Canada), ICA (London, UK), EXPO'2000 Hanover World Exhibition (German Pavilion), RIXC(Riga, Latvia), and others.