PIKSEL15 the 13th annual Piksel Festival is scheduled for 19-22 Nov. 2015


!!Deadline june 30th July 15th 2015!!

  • North Creative Network and Pikslaverk

    From 21th of June to June 24th the Pikselaverk festival in Iceland hold the NORTH – Creative Network project. Piksel part of this EEA grant project took part with the DIY DNA action “From NSA to DNA” from the Piksel artists Gisle Frøysland and Maite Cajaraville.

    From NSA to DNA

    From NSA to DNA

    NORTH – Creative Network is a response to the unstable situation of this moment, which requires constant and rapid changes in culture and art sector finding new, innovate solutions for more sustainable future. Past years, new media artists have developed and expanded their field of interests far beyond the so-called “new media” borders. They are engaged in sustainability issues, looking at them from different perspectives – social, cultural, environmental and technological. NORTH Creative Network (NCN) – for open innovation and cultural exchange will be developed by project partners from Latvia, Iceland and Norway in a result of the project activities, taking place in all three countries. The project mission is to contribute towards sustainable culture development by designing and building more accessible routes into the sector of creative industries.

    Pikslaverk is an electronic art festival dedicated this year to art and science. Pikslaverk opened with Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir‘s performance based on data from earthquicks in the glacier Bardarbunga. She was accompanied by the bassist Haraldur Ægir Guðmundsson. Other artists participating in the exhibition are Raits Smits, Ragnar Már Nikulásson, Olga Kisseleva, Gisle Frøysland, Maite Cajaraville, Hrund Atladóttir and Katla Rós. There will also be display of photographs from the geologists Hrafnhildur Hannesdóttir and Snævarr Guðmundsson as well as Frederick Howell, Jack Ives, Ólaf Magnússon, Helga Arason, Ingólf Ísólfsson, Tretow Loof and danish surveyors from early 20th Century.

    Pikslaverk festival was organized in connection to the workshop Melting on Ice which took place in Reykjavik during May 19th to 21st. Melting on Ice workshop was a series of lectures and a fieldtrip to the glacier Sólheimajökull. The workshop and the festival are part of a collaborative project called NORTH Creative Network – for open innovation and cultural exchange supported by an EEA grants.

    NORTH Creative Network partners are Lorna, association for electronic arts, the organizer of Piksalverk festival, Rixc from Riga, Piksel from Bergen and i/o/lab from Stavanger.

    Pikslaverk festival is organized in collaboration with Raflost festival and Raflost workshop at the Iceland Arts Academy.
    Project coordinator: Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir.
    Assistant : Ragnar Már Nikulásson.

  • PIKSEL15 – open Call for Projects:- deadline June 30

    November 19-22 2015
    Bergen, Norway

    open CALL for PROJECTS
    For the exhibition and other parts of the program we currently seek projects in the following categories:

    1. Installations
    Projects to be included in the exhibitions. The works must be realized by
    the use of free and open source technologies. For Piksel15 we specially
    encourage projects in the field of DIY BIOart and renewable/sustainable
    technologies to apply.

    2. Audiovisual performance
    Live art realized by the use of free software and/or open/DIY hardware.

    3. Presentations
    Innovative DIY/open hardware and audiovisual software tools or software art
    released under a free/open license. (Also includes presentations of artistic
    projects realized using free/open technologies.) For Piksel15 we specially
    encourage projects in the field of DIY BIOart and renewable/sustainable
    technologies to apply.

    4. Workshops
    Hands on workshops utilizing free software and/or open/DIY hardware for
    artistic use. For Piksel15 we specially encourage projects in the field of
    DIY BIOart and renewable/sustainable technologies to apply.

    5. PikselSavers
    Video and software art based on the screensaver format – short audiovisual
    (non)narratives made for endless looping. Possible thematic fields includes
    but are not limited to: sustainable resource allocation, renewable
    technologies, energy harvesting, fair trade hardware, free content, open
    access, open data, DIY economy, shared development. The works must be
    realized by the use of free/open source technologies. –


    !!!!!!!!!! Deadline – June 30. 2015 !!!!!!!!!!
    Please use the online submit form at: http://piksel.no/ocs or send documentation material – preferably as a URL to online documentation with images/video to piksel15 (AT) piksel.no

    Piksel15 is supported by the Municipality of Bergen, Arts Council Norway,
    PNEK and others.

    more info: www.piksel.no

  • PIXEL LAB – CLOSING EVENT | 24, 25 & 26 APRIL 2015 (Paris)



    24, 25 & 26 April 2015
    @ la Gaite lyrique, Paris

    with : Nicolas Maigret, Brendan Howell, Benjamin Cadon, Jake Harries,
    Owen Kelly, Susanne Palzer, Collectif Dardex, Maite Carajaville,
    Andrew Gryf Paterson, Gwenola Wagon, Stéphane Degoutin, Philippe Vasset,
    Inke Arns, Albert Laine …


    && http://gaite-lyrique.net/restitution-pixel-lab



    As the closing event of Mal au Pixel’s one year long Pixel Lab program,
    we are organizing a full week-end of performances, talks and workshops,
    addressing technologies and innovation critically, with an ecological

    On this occasion, Pixel Lab will examine and collectively reflect on of
    some of the very topical questions raised by the « digital tsunami » :
    the transformations of identities and sociabilities ; the speculation on
    the value of social capital in the era of social networks ; the
    concentration and centralization of the web in a context of global
    surveillance ; the rise of supra-human algorithmic networked entities,
    etc …



    Friday 24th April 2015, 8PM, La Gaité lyrique, Auditorium
    – “The Pirate Cinema” – Brendan Howell & Nicolas Maigret
    – “Spams Lifts Us Up Where We Belong, …” – Jake Harries
    – “Attack Me Please At 2.432 GHz” – Benjamin Cadon

    Saturday 25th April 2015, 2PM > 6PM, La Gaité lyrique, Plateau Média
    – Owen Kelly, Andrew Gryf Paterson, Maite Cajaraville, Brendan Howell,
    Susanne Palzer, Collectif Dardex.

    Sunday 26th April 2015, 4PM > 7PM, La Gaité lyrique, Auditorium
    – “World Brain”, by Gwenola Wagon & Stéphane Degoutin,
    followed by a discussion with Stéphane Degoutin & Philippe Vasset
    – “Eigenvalue : Technology as an Acting Subject” – Inke Arns

    Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April 2015, 2PM > 6PM, La Gaité lyrique
    – “Gold Diggers” – Albert Laine
    – “Data Sonification” – Benjamin Cadon

    Full program on http://www.malaupixel.org

    && http://gaite-lyrique.net/restitution-pixel-lab


    Within the context of la Gaité lyrique’s Laboratoire Ouvert residency
    program, Mal au Pixel has proposed from May 2014 to April 2015, a cycle
    of open meetings, gatherings and workshops offering critical points of
    view on current, emerging or future technologies. Artist and researchers
    have been invited to transmit their know-how during a workshop, in areas
    such as liquid data transmission low-tech systems to organic matter
    based computers, celestial bodies tracking devices, Tempest based
    radios, or even, cybernetic ghosts detectors.

    In Parallel, Mal au Pixel and the Pixelache Network have conducted from
    2013 to 2015, a cycle of international meetings and workshops. An
    initiative gathering five European structures dedicated to open source
    and open hardware : Pixelache (FI), Piksel (NO), Pikslaverk (IS) and
    Access Space (UK). These collaborations aimed to build and feed a
    database of resources and documentation on organizing festivals,
    supported, the European fund Grundtvig.

    Pixel Lab has been developed as part of a larger EU Grundtvig supported
    project called Open Sourcing Festivals, co-produced by five experimental
    art, design and technology organizations from the Pixelache Network and
    focused on open source culture. Open Sourcing Festivals is a mobile
    circuit of workshops and seminars organized across Europe during
    2013-2015 by Piksel (NO), Pikslaverk (IS), Mal au Pixel (FR) and
    Pixelache (FI). In the process the partners have been gradually working
    towards ‘open-sourcing’ the knowledge embodied in their respective
    workshops and festival production, in order to share it with a broader
    range of users. A database of resources and documentation is under
    construction and accessible at http://opensourcingfestivals.eu

    In partnership with Pixelache Network. http://www.network.pixelache.ac
    With the support of the Grundtvig Foundation for Life Long Learning.


    Mal au Pixel is produced by Artkillart



  • Introducing ShrimpCraft! Tools for the water curious. OPEN workshop

    Amanda Steggell (Oslo, Norway) with Ross Dalziel and Adrian McEwen (Liverpool)
    Open call for participants!
    16-05-2015 12:00 16:00

    ShrimpCraft! is a project building water sensing computer kits with- and for kids.

    The approach is for the group to become co-researchers and assemble simple water sensors based on the Arduino platform, and then use them to explore their water environment.


    Instead of Arduino, we use shrimping.it to buy ‘shrimp core’ kits with Persistence Of Vision extender kits. Shrimping sell cheap kits and distribute free information on how to build Arduino compatible breadboards for prototyping.

    Children build their own ‘computers’ and sensors and then visualise the data using simple LEDs flashing on the breadboard, a simple processing sketch and then draw graphs in minecraft on the FACT server at mc.fact.co.uk as its a space young people are very engaged with. Along the way they are introduced to how to go about making inferences from the data they collect in the environment; does a certain temperature and muddy water mean the water is healthy? Or do we need water full of useful stuff for animals to live in it?

    More info at:

    To participate send an email to: piksel15[at]piksel.no

    Amanda Steggell (Oslo, Norway) is choreographer, Professor at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Academy of Dance. She works with shifting contexts of choreography in contemporary society through open research and experimentation.

    Together with Ross Dalziel (DoeS Liverpool , UK) she is co-founder of Currently, a research initiative that aims to get people to engage with the marine world in new ways across different disciplines, from sailing to soap making and computer science.

    Participating are a loose collective of artists, architects, scientists and technologists living mainly in coastal regions of Norway and the UK. From 2013-14 they have included Hillevi Munthe, Elisabeth Weihe, Jana Winderen, Etienne Gernez, Adrian McEwen, Hans Jørgen Wallin Weihe and artist groups Open Source Swan Pedalo, Owl Project and POINT FIVE. They have worked alongside Liverpool’s National Oceanographic Centre (NOC), National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool Maritime Museum and National Maritime Museum Oslo.

    Each has a passion for the water and a drive to uncover hidden and forgotten spaces of the marine environment. Together they are producing new, exciting and eclectic work for the public to engage and play with – an open response to the marine sciences and maritime culture.


  • Solar kinetic sculptures. OPEN workshop.

    Egil Paulsen
    Open call for participants!
    16-05-2015 12:00 16:00

    Workshop by Egil Paulsen (Oslo, Norway).
    Creating simple solar kinetic sculptures (full workshop plan is under development).

    Solar Sculptures
    Nature gives way to speciation depending on the building blocks it can offer. Only by the decades, enormous amounts of plastic, silicon and metals has been dug up, refined, and put into circulation. It has been said that we are the genitals of our technology. We exist only to improve next years model. How can we recognize this quiet neighbour?

    Kinetic sculptures: solar cells, dc motors, melted plastic, infrared heating lamps, table.


    To participate send an email to: piksel15[at]piksel.no

    Egil Paulsen works with installation, computer art, and video. He has a Bachelor degree from Bergen National Academy of the Arts where he was enrolled under Department of Fine Art. As a graduated Bachelor in computer science with a genuine interest in the subjects HCI and Accessibility, Egil has been involved in teaching, consulting and worked as an experience designer in many projects. Egil also works as a freelancer within visualization, illustration and system development.

    Egil Paulsen will held a presentation showing works including Solar Sculptures, Ultrasonic Vision, WiFi-Shamanism, and a newly completed face tracking installation done for a big mask exhibition at Rubin Museum of Art in NY.

  • Sonification & the Physical. OPEN workshop

    Jon Nordby
    Open call for participants!
    16-05-2015 12:00 16:00

    Workshop by Jon Nordby (Norway) where we will use visual programming in Flowhub to create custom sensors, interactions and sound experiences.

    As a basis we have microcontrollers (Arduino) wired with sensors, both off-the-shelf and custom-built.
    These we will connect to our laptops and/or embedded Linux machines (Raspberry Pi) and use
    SuperCollider to create sound from these.

    Depending on the interest and feedback, we may go on to develop an installation or performance
    to be completed during the festival.

    To participate send an email to: piksel15[at]piksel.no

    Participants should bring:

    * Laptop (Linux/OSX/Windows)
    * Headphones


    * [SuperCollider]
    * [Flowhub]
    * [sndflo]
    * [MicroFlo]

    Jon Nordby is a creative software and electronics engineer who specializes in open source, Linux and Embedded Systems. Previously he has contributed to various libre graphics projects, including MyPaint, GIMP and OpenRaster. Since early 2014 Jon works for The Grid, developing the Flowhub visual programming IDE and runtimes for microcontrollers (MicroFlo), image processing (imgflo) and sound synthesis (sndflo).
    For the last year he is also an active member of the Bitraf makerspace in Oslo, researching and developing digital fabrication methods including 3d-printing.

  • CFP: NORTH Creative Network




    We welcome artists and cultural producers from Norway, Iceland and Latvia to share the information about their recent projects, which explore sustainability issues from different perspectives and relate to the beloved mentioned fields. The submitted projects will be “linked” to the NORTH Creative Network – interactive on-line map that explore emerging of new ideas and forms in intersection of art, science and technologies.

    Please send your submissions via email to: rixc@rixc.lv
    Deadline: May 31, 2015

    Authors and contributors:
    Short description (max 140 characters):
    Website address:
    Fields (please choose, or suggest new ones):

    art and agriculture | art and science | artistic investigation | biotechnology
    Cultural heritage
    Cultural sustainaibility
    Electromagnetic waves
    Energy harvesting
    Environmental research
    Food as energy
    Household traditions
    Information and energy
    Marin ecosystems
    Natural farming
    Nature and technology
    Open source
    Participatory culture
    Radio spectrum
    Renewable energy
    Solar technology
    Sustainable technologies
    Window farming
    Urban beekeeping
    Urban gardening
    … and you can suggest new ones…

    More information:

    The project is collaboration between RIXC (Riga), iolab (Stavanger), Lorna (Reykjavik) and Piksel (Bergen).

  • PIKSEL14 streams

  • Biohack-Bohemia

    Det er glinsende gelégreier på bordene, folk lager krystaller og setter fisk på telefonen. Alt har kabler stikkende ut av seg, selv planter, og man kan røyke inne.

    From studvest.no

  • APODIO OPEN workshop

    APODIO OPEN CALL for participants

    Romain Papion
    APODIO is a free computer operating system towards artists and new designers, alternative to microsoft and apple, created in Nantes in the APO33 Lab. It is the new generation of a free and creative computer science.
    The new version 10 will be based on Xubuntu 14.04 LTS
    Real swiss-army-knife software for audio, video, graphics, or 3D, Apodio is ready to use for a live an exhibition a performance or in a studio.

  • Pure Data Synthesizer OPEN workshop

    Servando Barreiro

    In this workshop, among other more advanced things, the attendants are going to learn the basic building blocks of a classic synth.

    Concretely we are going to study and hack a clone of the beautiful and simple ¨moog werkstatt¨ synth which is an experimental limited edition synth. As it´s name indicates, this is a perfect synth to hack, improve, modify and also to learn about basic ¨clean¨ analogue subtractive synthesis.

    To register send an email to: piksel14(at)piksel(dot)no
    More info: http://14.piksel.no/2014/10/26/pure-data-synthesizer-workshop

  • Volunteers! Join our team!!

    Would you perhaps like to be our art exhibition assistant?


    Are you great at selling tickets, distributing information, or handling technical equipment?

    Or maybe you just love the combination of electronics and art and would like to meet likeminded people?

    This year Piksel is arranged for the 12th time in Bergen and we would like you to join the team. The festival is an annual event where artists and developers from over a dozen countries spend four days hosting presentations, concerts, workshops, performances, exhibitions and informal discussions on the aesthetics and politics of free and open source software.

    As a volunteer you will experience the festival from the inside and will gain useful knowledge while hopefully making new friends and having fun.

    Sign up today!

    Contact: prod(at)piksel.no (mark with ‘volunteer’)

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