DIY tech

Call: Piksel Remote Hacklab – Experimental Communication System Open Workshop, Venice

Piksel Remote Hacklab: Experimental Communication System Open Workshop,

Free 2-day workshop, Venice, May 28-29th, 12pm-late.

Recent studies have shown that the electrical resistance in soil above a buried carcass has a different resistivity to that of near by soil due to the decomposition of bodily tissue. The body leaves a “real”, quantifiable electrical trace when it is dead. Following this idea that traces of the dead can be measured via electricity it may be possible that these traces can be found elsewhere such as in the electromagnetic field.

In this workshop the construction of various electronic devices which apparently enhance the possibility of communication with spirits both audibly and visibly will be undertaken. Attempts at direct electromagnetic induction from such a vitalist earth to human brain will be made in the construction of a diy earth-brain interface, along with devices such as the Germanium Trans-Dimensional Communication Receptor (TDC) and other EMF detectors, emitters, and amplifiers.
These will then be applied to Venetian decomposing geo-bio canal soup mixes in a final experimental communication system performance.

The workshop is free. Places limited to 10.
May 28 – 29th, 12pm – late.

Officina delle Zattere,

Fondamenta Nani, 947 Dorsoduro

30123 Venezia, Italia

(Vaporetto stop: Zattere or Academia)


Piksel presents: Arduino workshop for young people in collaboration with Trafo

We have invited Afroditi Psarra from Athens to host this exciting three-day workshop at the public library in Bergen.

Time: Monday 19. November – Wednesday 21. November.  4PM- 8PM

Who can attend: Young people between the ages 16 and 22. Anyone who is interested in Arduino programming, e-textiles, 8-bit music and DIY electronics. No necessary background in programming is required.

This workshop consists of an introduction to Arduino programming through the creation of a simple embroidered synthesizer. The participants are going to engage in the process of prototyping and building DIY electronics on textile using various components – such as LEDs, resistors, sensors, buttons and buzzers, and conductive materials such as conductive thread and conductive fabric. Through the construction of an embroidered synthesizer the participants will get familiar with the concept of electronic textiles and soft-circuits and their use in fashion, art and performance, while experimenting on 8-bit sound.

More info about the workshop leader:

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Piksel presents: Xth Sense Workshop in Bergen, Norway 15. – 18. October 2012

Workshop: “Xth Sense, Biophysical Music” with Marco Donnarumma. Hands-on training in augmentation of the body for musical performance.
 Build your own low cost biosensing wearable device for muscle sounds.

Location: Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek, Bergen, Norway. Free admission. Monday October 15th- Thursday October 18th. 4 PM – 8 PM. Full program TBA.

Sign up via email:  info (AT)

New media and sonic artist, performer and teacher, Marco Donnarumma was born in Italy and is based in Edinburgh, UK.

Motivated by the principles of post-modernism and open source philosophy, his works explore the body to unfold alternate relations between Man and machine. Weaving a thread around biomedia research, musical and theatrical performance, participatory practices and subversive coding, he looks at the collision of critical creativity with humanized technologies. His biophysical system Xth Sense was named the 2012 “world’s most innovative new musical instrument” by the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, US.


This project is supported by The Municipality of Bergen

PIKSEL[X] open CALL for projects


November 22-25 2012
Bergen, Norway


Now open for proposals.
Read the open call for projects and use the online submit form to apply.

!!!!!!!!!!  Deadline postponed until August 25. 2012 !!!!!!!!!!


PIKSEL11 — Open Workshops

  • PIKSEL11 workshop series
  • Free and Open Creative Technology workshops

In connection with the PIKSEL11 festival we are offering in total 12 hardware and software workshops. All the workshops are free to attend, but for some of the hardware workshops there is a cost for materials.

To sign up or get more information, please contact us on piksel11 [AT] or register directly at:
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PIKSEL10 :: Call – Open Workshops

PIKSEL10 ::Call – Open Workshops

* PIKSEL10 workshop series
* Free and Open Creative Technology workshops

In connection with the PIKSEL10 festival we are offering in total 7 hardware and software workshops. All the workshops are free to attend, but for the
hardware workshops we need to charge material costs.

To sign up or get more information, please contact us on piksel10 [AT] or register directly at:


**Building Arduino Synthesizers – Gijs Gieskes (NL)**
*Thursday 18.11 11-16 @PikselHut*
Build your own Arduino synthesizers from component kits, and (if there is time) learn how to make their own scripts for them.
Material cost: NOK 100,-
more info:

**NoiZe bouyZ: Workshop and Guerilla Installation in Bergen – Jenny Pickett
(UK), Julien Ottavi (FR)**
*Thursday 18.11 11-16 @ KNIPSU*
In this workshop the participants will produce EM NoiZe bouyZ as sculptual EM amplifying objects to be chained to various sonically interesting areas in the city center. The NoiZe bouyZ acts as a markers in the city, via which walkers or passers by may navigate/derive into an alternate veiw of Bergen
Material cost: NOK 100,-
more info:

**HACK YOUR RADIO IN 30 MINUTES – Julien Ottavi (FR)**
*Friday 19.11 11-16 @PikselHut*
Learn to hack cheap radios (on the am frequency) to make a new crazy light / touch / radio feedback sound generator.
Material cost: NOK 100,-
more info:

**Psychedelic D.i.Y. Toilet Roll Goggles – Ryan Jordan (UK)**
*Saturday 20.11 11-16 @ PikselHut*
D.i.Y hardware hacking and stroboscopic light. The workshop will focus on building simple hardware synths from 555 timer circuits and CMOS4093 chips. These electronic noise machines can also control lights and the workshop will focus specifically on stroboscopic light.
Material costs: NOK 100,-
more info:

**Mouse and keyboard hacking – Wolfgang Spahn (AT)**
*Sunday 21.11 11-16 @ KNIPSU*
Learn how to use hacked keyboards and mice for creating your own interactive installation.
Material cost: NOK 100,-
more info:


**Functional live coding workshop – Alex McLean (UK), Dave Griffiths (UK) **
*Friday 19.11 11-16 @ KNIPSU*
Live coding using Schemebricks and Tidal.
The workshop is aimed at those without programming experience, or programmers with some experience with functional programming languages
more info:

**Spectral Analysis and Processing in Pure Data – Alexandre Torres Porres (AR)**
*Saturday 20.11 11-13 @ StudioUSF*

The objective of this workshop is to cover the basics of Puredata and introduce to Spectral Analysis and Processing. Participants will be provided with a good didactic material, and will learn how to use the Phase Vocoder Abstractions provided by the author, as well as other examples from the othertopics.
more info:


**exquisite_code – Brendan Howell (DE), Jonathan Kemp (UK)
*Saturday 20.11 11-19 @ KNIPSU*
Participatory algorithmic text production and performance.
more info:

more info and complete program:

Piksel10 is supported by The Norwegian Art Council, Bergen Municipality, Hordaland County Council, PNEK, OCA, UD – Music from the south, BEK, Bergen Kunsthall/Landmark, The Norwegian embassy in Belgium and the Austrian embassy in Norway.

Piksel is an international event for artists and developers working with free and open 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 free technologies & art.

Piksel10 – 18-21 nov. 2010

Call: Circuit Bending workshop


Circuit Bending workshop with Audun Eriksen

22nd-26th March 2010, Piksel has invited sound artist and instrument maker, Audun Eriksen to host a circuit bending workshop in Bergen. The 5 day workshop aims to give the participants the opportunity of learning how to short-circuit existing audio toys and instruments to reveal new soundscapes.

– No previous experience within electronics needed.
– No need to fully understand how it works.
– If it sounds good and don’t smell burnt, it’s ok.
– Almost anything goes – a vital part of CB is trial and error.

**WHEN: 22nd-26th March 2010 18-23 daily
**WHERE: PikselHut, Georgernes Verft 12, 5011 Bergen
**COST: Kr. 500,- (inc. components)

REGISTRATION:  use this form or send a mail to:  info [AT]


TinyVGA workshop – Timelapse

The TInyVGA board is a very small (30×45 mm) PCB board which generates a VGA signal using a PIC microprocessor.

This is a timelapse animation of the “Generating VGA signals” workshop given by Arjan Scherpenisse on November 22nd, 2009 at the Piksel09 festival. It was created using Toonloop, the live stop motion animation software by Alexandre Quessy also presented at the festival.


GOSH! – Grounding Open Source Hardware


The Grounding Open Source Hardware (GOSH!) Workshop and Summit at The Banff Centre serves to bring together the many and disparate makers, producers, theorizers and promoters of physical objects that come to life under open and distributed models, and to facilitate the emerging dialogue on both artist-driven and socially conscious open source hardware.

The Workshop and Summit offer a unique opportunity to bring “down to earth” the normally virtual and on-line networks of open source hardware collaboration. Bringing together these cultural producers in one place for an extended period of collaboration, exchange and dialogue, GOSH! will place a critical focus on the possibilities for social transformation and the expansive cultural and artistic possibilities of open source hardware practice.

You can read more about the GOSH! events here, or else visit the Workshop and Summit schedules.


[1] SOMMERCAMPWORKSTATION 2009 – laboratory for art and media Berlin
[2] SOMMERCAMP – workshop series


[1] SOMMERCAMPWORKSTATION 2009 – laboratory for art and media Berlin

sommercamp+workstation=2009 is meant as a practical example of the feasibility of a “laboratory for art and media in Berlin” carrying on the idea of TESLA – medialab. The starting point of the four-month project is the sommercamp from 10 to 16 August – a module to work and generate ideas, with ten open workshops and two days of final presentations on 15/16 August 2009 at the House of World Culture and a kick-off on 14 August 2009 at the radialsystem. The second part of the project is the workstation – intended as project production support – with four three-month project residencies and a curatorial grant that are produced in close collaboration with local and international partners. A discursive weekend will take place from 13 to 15 November 2009 with the invited artists/projects and experts from science and technology at Berlin based general public, in collaboration with DISK/ctm. Please have a look at our website: (continue reading…)

Call: Hacker Space Fest 2009

/tmp/lab announces the second Hacker Space Festival
(Paris, 26-30 June 2009)

Hacker Space Festival 2009 | Call For Proposals | HSF2009

In 2008, we organized HSF[1] on the spot, as an ad-hoc meeting for
hackerspaces-related networks, technical and artistic research emerging
from them and social questionning arising from them. This sudden
experiment proved to be a huge success, as much as on the
self-organizing level as on the participants and meetings quality, as
well as the emotionally-charged ambient, the kind of which you make
fond memories.
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Neanderthal Electronics workshop


Piksel [Bergen] in collaboration with Lydgalleriet presents:

Neanderthal Electronics workshop with Derek Holzer.


Please register early for the workshop, as it is  limited to 10 places! The workshop fees include electronic components + use of tools.

***DATES: Monday 25 May – Friday 29 May 2009 10.00-16.00 daily
***LOCATION: PikselHut, Georgernes Verft 12, Bergen, Norway
***COST: 500 NOK (approx 56 EUR)
***FINAL PRESENTATION: Friday 29 May, 19.00, PikselHut
***REGISTRATION: post (AT) lydgalleriet (DOT) no +47 48 23 78 88

The workshop is organised by Piksel [Bergen] in collaboration with Lydgalleriet and Ny Musikk Bergen. A part of the Off_Piksel series of research and events  exploring Free/Libre Technologies in Art.

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The 15th edition of the Piksel Festival takes place November 16th-18th 2017. Proposals for Piksel17 is currently under review. All applicants will be notified by mail about the jury decision by the end of September 2017.

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