PIKSEL15 Get A-life!
Festival for elektronisk kunst og fri teknologi
From 19th to 22nd of November
Østre, S12, Ungdomshuset 1880, BIKS.
Opening night: from 18:00 to 24:00 19th November
Molecular biology has for many years proved to be a great tool that accelerates our knowledge of biological phenomena, allowing us to redesign, reinvent and even recreate it. With this ability to change the basis of biological nature, ethical and social questions have arisen, but one of the most important is: Who can access this technology?
A growing community of biologists, artists and technophiles is experimenting in kitchens, workshops and DIY laboratories.
Speculative projects by artists within open biohacking, DIY synthetic biology and Artificial Life (A-life) co-exists with those in the institutional laboratories and have been instrumental in raising critical and political issues within these fields.
Piksel15 Get A-Life! supports the DIY open bio artists community and brings to Bergen the work of more than 70 artists dealing with these questions.
Aurelia 1+Hz, from Robertina Šebjanič, try to solve the artificial life equation, she proposes a jelly fish as the organic life in charge of it. Bio Vortex, envisions a hybrid musical instrument, part living, part electromechanical that gets “tired” due to the bioluminescent algae fatigue. Cristian Delgado proposes to control the behaviour of the DNA and even the bacterias with sound and camera as they will be robots.
The city of Bergen has awaken the interest of artists: John Bowers and Tim Shaw (Bergen Invocation) in collaboration with workshop attendees will rework a new soundscape of the city, making recordings and conducting rituals in sites selected for their geological and historical importance.
The artwork SATELLITEN will draw the position of the satellites passing by the Bergen sky over old maps of the area. COCICLO from the Canadian artist Alexandre Castonguay, will mark the pollution levels with chalk at Bergen’s streets, as a temporal data tattoo.
In collaboration with the project NORTH Creative Network under the EEA Norway Grants program, Piksel15 will host a “DIY A-Life! Seminar” where
experts speakers, researches and artists will discuss open biotechnology, DIY bioart, DIY synthetic molecular biology, Artificial Life (A-life) and bioethics applied to the practice of bioart.
For the youngest, PikselKidZ wants to bring new media art practices to kids and youngsters through three workshops to enjoy the city. Renewable energy, natural and urban environment using mobile apps, solar energy creatures, maps, augmented realities, water sensors, … SUN! WATER! GO!