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Full program PIKSEL15 Get A-Life! now online!

PIKSEL15 Get A-life!
Festival for elektronisk kunst og fri teknologi

From 19th to 22nd of November
Bergen Norway
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!

Full program:
http://15.piksel.no


Piksel KidZ OPEN call for participants!!

PIKSEL KIDS Lab 🙂

CITY-SUNS!, CITY-WATER!, CITY-GO!
a new media art lab for kids!

****To register email to tiril(at)piksel.no ****

The workshops are free to attend, but with a limited number of seats. Sign up NOW!

See english text below..
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​PIKSELKIDZ
Er du mellom 8 og 18 år gammel? Så sjekk ut våre KIDZ og ikke-fullt-så-KIDZ verksteder!

CITY-GO!
Har du en historie å fortelle om Bergen? Og som som du vil andre skal få høre når de går rundt i byen?
City-go! gir deg opplevelsen av en utvidet virkelighet av Bergen by skapt av DEG!
Velg et sted i Bergen som betyr noe spesielt for deg, og fortell oss hvorfor. Du får spille inn historien din og legger den inn i kartet på appen vår, og når noen besøker stedet ditt vil historien bli gjenfortalt!

CITY SUNS!
Har du lyst å lage en robotskulptur som styres av sollys? Sammen med kunstneren Egil Paulsen vil du få produsere skulpturer som får energien sin fra solen, og omformer denne til kinetisk energi. Kunstverkene som produseres av deltakerne vil bli en del av utstillingen Piksel Kids under Pikselfestivalen, 2015.

CITY WATER!
Er du nysgjerrig på vann og klima? Hva betyr det at vannet er sunt eller usunt, og hva trengs i vannet for at dyr og organismer skal kunne leve i det? På dette verkstedet får du lage dine egne sensorer og instrumenter til å teste vannkvaliteten med, og resultatene blir visualisert i Minecraft! Vi drar til sjøen i Bergen og tester hvordan det går med vannet der. Bli med, og vær en miljøbiolog for to dager!

PIKSELKIDZ
er du mellom 8 og 1 8 år gammel? Så sjekk ut våre KIDZ og ikke-fullt-så-KIDZ verksteder!

Verkstedene er gratis, men med begrenset plass
For påmelding, send email til: tiril (at) piksel.no (merk med Piksel Kidz)
http://15.piksel.no
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Are you between 8 and 18 years old? Check out our KIDZ and no so KIDZ electronic workshops!

CITY-GO!
Do you have a story to tell us about Bergen? Do you want everybody to hear when they walk throughout the city?
City-go! proposes an augmented aurality experience of the Bergen city created by YOU.
Choose a point in Bergen and tell us a story about it. Record the story in a sound studio and attach it to the Bergen map thorugh an smartphone app. When somebody visit the same location with their phone, the stories become alive again!

 

CITY SUNS!
Would you like to make a sculpture that gets alive with the sun?
With the participation of the artist Egil Paulsen, you will produce robotic sculptures whose energy source is the sun. These sculptures make up small engines that convert solar energy into kinetic energy. The art produced by all participants will be part of the exhibition Piksel Kids program within the Piksel Festival 2015.

 

CITY WATER!
Are you a “water curious?”, 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?
In this workshops, you will be “making” your own computer sensors and devices to test the water. Will go to the Bergen shores and test how is the water doing in here. Join us to be an environmental biologist for 2 days!!!


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

Piksel15
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. –

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!!!!!!!!!! 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


Introducing ShrimpCraft! Tools for the water curious. OPEN workshop

Amanda Steggell (Oslo, Norway) with Ross Dalziel and Adrian McEwen (Liverpool)
Open call for participants!
OPEN SOURCE FESTIVALS – DO IT ANYWAY (Sheffield, Uk)
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.

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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:
http://cheapjackprojects.tumblr.com/post/93588881181/shrimpcraft-tools-for-the-water-curious

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.

http://www.currently.no
http://www.testingtesting.org


Solar kinetic sculptures. OPEN workshop.

Egil Paulsen
Open call for participants!
OPEN SOURCE FESTIVALS – DO IT ANYWAY (Sheffield, Uk)
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.

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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!
OPEN SOURCE FESTIVALS – DO IT ANYWAY (Sheffield, Uk)
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.
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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

Links:

* [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.


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.
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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.

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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?

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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’)
www.piksel.no


DECIPHERING RANDOMNESS, OPEN Worskshop

DECIPHERING RANDOMNESS, OPEN Worskshop

Workshop poses fundamental questions concerning the working of human brain and randomness. It is intended for experienced users interested in practical use of randomness for creative purposes in visual arts, music and film.

Nowadays, many procedures based on simulation of random processes lie at the basis of practical applications in banking, stock market, games, in enciphering passwords etc.

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


PiksteriaLab – Open LAB

PIKSTERIA LAB – OPEN CALL to participants

Bring your own ideas, interests, knowledge and tools.
10-15th november – Bergen Kjott
More info: http://14.piksel.no/

“From 10th to 15th november, PIKSEL14 – be\O/art festival is presenting PIKSTERIA LAB a biohacking lab open to all citizens interested at experimenting new models for knowledge sharing and collaboration building, in the emergent artistic practices related to bio, nanotechnology and science related to Bergen and surrounds.”

**Contents
Open BioElectronix and BioSonification
During this sessions we’ll continue on various prototypes connecting plants to puredata, making sound with fishes, connecting brain-measurements to glitch visuals and generally exploring the possibilities of monitoring the processes of life using open source hard/software.

Water Monitoring
Water monitoring, purification and analysis has been important nodes throughout our activities of the last few years.

Hackteria / Lifepatch Evergreens
You wanna build a DIY microscopy? Or join us for some basic DIY Fermentation or the Art of making Wine, bubble sonification? Join us anytime and we’ll introduce you to some of the all time classics!

8bit Mixtape 0.8 and beyond
The idea was to create a synthesizer from an affordable programmable chip that is playful and could be used by anyone to play the music. 8-Bit Mixtape is using a mathematical expression into a single line of programming code which generates Algorithmic symphonies. In this workshop participants will be invited to identify basic electronic components, soldering the correct way and how to add sound into the synthesizer.

**Schedule 10 – 15. Nov / Pre-Piksel
10. Nov: If you can’t build your Lab you don’t own the Lab
11h | Introduction of all participants and start lab making!

11 – 13. Nov: DIWO Biohacking (Do it with Others)
11 – 17h | Every day DIWO PiksteriaLab .
16 – 18h | Open sessions. join us, discuss with us, bring some something, make something
— Nights | spontaneous and improvised late night biotinkering as much as needed…
— Project work, collaboration, discussions & mini-Workshops

14 – 15. Nov: Open PiksteriaLab
11h – 17h | Every day DIWO PiksteriaLab .
16 – 21h | Open sessions for all piksel peeps who want to be in a lab
— Nights | spontaneous and improvised late night biotinkering as much as needed…
— Jamming with the Living Elektro & mini-Workshops

**Registration
Register by mail to Piksel Team: piksel14@piksel.no – First come first serve.
Other questions can also be directly send to marc@dusseiller.ch
Slots for full participation are limited. Everybody is welcome to join and visit the open sessions.

Please, provide us a few sentences about yourself (short bio).
Why are you interested in the DIWO biohacking session?
Can you join all days of the PiksteriaLab (11-17h)?
Do you want to start another node to work, collaborate on and share?
What kind of lab-tools, organisms, hardware will you bring the lab?

More info at: http://hackteria.org/wiki/PiksteriaLab_2014_-_Bergen


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