NORTH Creative Network

Neural Magazine reviews Piksel15 Get A-Life!

Nice review of ‘Piksel15 Get A-life! Festival’ in this great Italian magazine, Neural.

Piksel 15 Neural Magazine

Neural is a printed magazine established in 1993 dealing with new media art, electronic music and hacktivism. It was founded by Alessandro Ludovico and Minus Habens Records label owner Ivan Iusco in Bari (Italy).


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


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.


CFP: NORTH Creative Network

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CALL FOR ART PROJECTS

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

Title:
Year:
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
Ecology
Electromagnetic waves
Electrosmog
Energy harvesting
Environmental research
Food as energy
Foraging
Household traditions
Information and energy
Marin ecosystems
Natural farming
Nature and technology
Open source
Participatory culture
Photovoltaics
Pollution
Radio spectrum
Renewable energy
Solar technology
Sustainable technologies
Techno-ecologies
Window farming
Urban beekeeping
Urban gardening
… and you can suggest new ones…

More information:
http://renewable.rixc.lv/network
http://rixc.org

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


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