PIKSEL NEWSLETTER 1 Θ 2009
INTRO STREAM: NEWSLETTER INDEX
¤ Call for Piksel09
¤ 1. Neanderthal Electronics [workshop]
¤ 2. Baltan Laboratories [collaborative project]
¤ 3. GOSH! [conference]
¤ 4. Piksel_Plenum [seminar]
¤ 5. RIXC – Organized Networks [collaborative project]
¤ 6. RIXC – Art and renewable technologies [symposium]
¤ 7. Shared Robotics [workshop/exhibition]
¤ 8. PikselHut [space]
¤ 9. HackBergen [community]
■■ PIKSEL09 FESTIVAL
■■ 1. CALL FOR PROJECTS
The Piksel Festival is organized for the seventh time
from 19th-22th November. The Call for Projects is now opened:
!!!!!!!!!! Deadline – july 15. 2009 !!!!!!!!!!
This year we are using a new online platform for applications:
■■ PIKSEL PULSE
Piksel is involved in several off-festival activities throughout 2009, both
locally in Bergen and in collaborative projects internationally. These
activities are named Piksel Pulse.
■■ 1. NEANDERTHAL ELECTRONICS [workshop]
The 25th-29th May Piksel presented the workshop Neanderthal Electronics
in Bergen (NO) given by the sound artist and DIY electronic specialist
The workshop was designed for people with interest in sound, needing
no previous electronic experience. They were invited to build their own
personalized, customized, primitive noise synthesizer.
Derek Holzer left Bergen with a proud group that had created their unique
instruments both in sound and visual appearance. The workshop ended with
a concert at the PikselHut where the various instruments where demonstrated.
■■ 2. BALTAN LABORATORIES [collaborative project]
BALTAN Laboratories is a two year pilot initiative that functions as the first
step towards the realization of a future Art Science Lab in the former Philips
physics laboratory in Eindhoven (NL).
Piksel and BALTAN are currently developing a project running from September
until December 2009 that seeks to involve an artist to produce an artwork
using tools developed in collaboration with local and international developers
of the Piksel Community, together with BALTAN and Piksel, through workshops
and a residency at BALTAN.
Knowledge, experience, tools and artwork will be openly transmitted both
online as well as in person through public events at BALTAN and at the
Piksel 09 Festival.
■■ 3. GOSH! [conference]
The Summer 2008 Piksel was invited to participate in a committee for planning
and setting the frames for a conference and workshop on art and open hardware
at The Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. The work resulted in the project:
Grounding Open Source Hardware (GOSH!).
The Summit takes place at The Banff Centre and invites the many and disparate
manufacturers, designers, artists and engineers within the field to come
together to discuss the common issues of their practices.
Workshop: July 10, 2009 – July 15, 2009
Summit: July 16, 2009 – July 18, 2009
Registration deadline: July 05, 2009
■■ 4. PIKSEL_PLENUM [seminar]
Electronic art is more closely connected to the development of technology than
any other art genre. New technology creates new opportunities for artists and
developers, and with that follows the discussion of copyright, IPR and
In an up and coming seminar series, Piksel_Plenum, Piksel will set focus on
such socio-political questions by inviting various thinkers and artists to
give presentations at Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall.
From 2009 Piksel aims to host 2-3 Plenum events every year.
■■ 5. RIXC: ORGANIZED NETWORKS [collaborative project]
Piksel is currently involved in a collaborative project together with RIXC
(Center for New Media Culture in Lativa). RIXC has together with 6 co-
organizers and 2 partners from Europe applied for funding from the EU Cultural
Programme to realize the project:
– Building sustainable cultural cooperation practice”.
The main objective of the project is to work out new strategies and new
methodologies for long-term cooperation structures (“organized networks”),
as well as to develop new network-based organisational models (for each
individual organisation’s benefit). The goal is to develop more sustainable,
cultural co-operation practices both locally and on a trans-European level by
connecting the Nordic, Baltic and Caucasus regions.
The first event in this programme will take place in Riga December 3-6 2009.
■■ 6. RIXC: ART AND RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES [symposium]
Piksel is invited to host a workshop at the 4-day symposium named Art and
Renewable technologies at Aizpute (LV) – organized by RIXC.
The symposium gathers artists, activists, technologists, scientists and
researchers, to share their ideas and explorations which deal with renewable
energy resources, alternative ecological use of technologies, and other
sustainability related issues.
Program dates: August 13-16, 2009 in Aizpute (Latvia)
■■ 7. SHARED ROBOTICS – Art and Open Hardware [workshop/exhibition]
Piksel is invited to participate in a workshop to create open hardware
prototypes for the Shared Robotics exhibition taking place at Kunsthallen
Brandts 21th-29th November 2009 in Odense (DK). The Shared Robotics
exhibition is produced by the danish network initiative Robocluster promoting
innovative use of robotics and automation.
■■ 8. PIKSELHUT [space]
Piksel has moved into our new office space in Bergen: A stand-alone miniature
building in connection to USF Verftet, that functioned as a stable back in the
days. The space is properly dubbed PikselHut due to its dimentions (and not
its kitchen), and a local moving in party was held 2.May – offically opening the
Hut for business.
■■ 9. HACKBERGEN [community]
Piksel currently hosts the weekly meeting activity of the HackBergen.
HackBergen is new initiative aiming to create a Hackerspace in Bergen – a
physical meeting and workshop space for technophiliacs and creatives.
For those interested, the group meets every Tuesday at 19.00 at PikselHut
(Georgernes Verft 12, Bergen)
OUTRO STREAM: FREE AS IN ART!
Piksel is an international event for artists and developers working with
Free/Libre and Open Source technologies in artistic practice.
Part workshop, part festival, it is organised in Bergen, Norway, and
involves participants from more than a dozen countries exchanging ideas,
coding, presenting art and software projects, doing workshops, performances
and discussions on the aesthetics and politics of FLOSS & art.