Piksels and Lines

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.


First Piksels and Lines Orchestra performance at LGM13: MediaLab Prado in Madrid

As part of the Libre Graphics Meeting 2013: Future Tools held at the new building of MediaLab Prado in Madrid, Brendan Howell and Jon Nordby premier the Piksels and Lines Orchestra (PLO).

The Piksels and Lines Orchestra is an experimental performance system for graphic design. The image industry populates our visual culture, yet it exists in a world with an inner life that is invisible to most people. The orchestra shifts the focus from the end results to the actions and decisions that take place during the creative process.  By turning the tools of graphic design, the software applications, into instruments, the active labour and the operational gestures of designers are converted to sound. Actions like painting, cutting, setting text, adding layers, drawing shapes etc. are reflected by sonic events within a score.  At the same time, the system brings the audience visually into the everyday work environment of the designer by exposing the application interfaces as they are used. In order to make the necessary software modifications, the applications used in this project are all free and open source software.

Howell and Nordby are working with four volunteer actors this evening, performing the first composition for the PLO system, a noise opera set in a fictional design agency. The software instruments played in this performance include GIMPMyPaint, and Scribus, and  this instance of the PLO Soundserver is realized in SuperCollider.

The performance starts today Friday 12. April 21:30 GMT +1 and the live stream is found here.

The PLO system was commissioned by Piksel as part of  the Libre Graphics Research Project funded by EU, and realized through an artist residency throughout November/December 2012 in Bergen. The first presentation of the system was given at the 10th anniversary of the Piksel festival: Piksel [X] 24th November. The technical documentation, specifications and source code of the system is stored on GitHub.

The initial idea for the Piksels and Lines Orchestra commission was developed during the 3rd Libre Graphics Research Meeting held in Bergen June 2012, and is one of several commissions developed through the LGRU-project.


CALL: Piksels & Lines Orchestra Residency (PLO)

OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Piksels & Lines Orchestra Residency (PLO)

The Libre Graphics Research Unit is a traveling lab where ideas for creative tools are developed.
Its diverse activities range from the practical to the theoretical via writing, research meetings, experimental prototyping, conferences and workshops. The Research Unit is an initiative of four European media-labs actively engaged in Free/Libre and Open Source Software and Free Culture. At the core of the LGRU project is a series of research commissions that allow artists and software developers to work together at the same level, imagining and building future graphic and performative tools.

In this context, Piksel is offering a collaborative research residency for one artist and one developer, to jointly explore the interoperability and expansion of functionality in self-produced and/or existing libre graphic tools, placed in a performative setting. The free/libre graphics tools can include, but are not limited to the following technologies: GIMP, Scribus, Inkscape, MyPaint, FontForge, Pure Data, Open Frameworks, Py-Cessing, Processing, The Underweb, Blender etc. (continue reading…)


Piksels & Lines Seminar stream

We are happy to announce that we are streaming the Piksels & Lines Seminar sessions.

Stream of the daily presentations running from 10:00-13:00 from Wednesday to Friday can be found here: http://giss.tv:8000/piksel11.ogg (Kindly powered by giss.tv)

Open the url  in a media player like VLC or Mplayer if you can’t view it directly in the browser.

Video documentation of the different sessions will be made available at the Piksel media server.

The collected photo documentation from the research meeting is available from Constant’s web gallery.


Piksels and Lines: Programme

Bergen, 6-9 June 2012 @ ROM 8

The Piksels & Lines research seminar is the third in the Libre Graphic Research Unit research meeting series and will have a particular focus on improvements, interoperability between and fringe use of F/LOSS graphic bitmap and vector software, as well as generative software used in performative contexts.

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Piksel17
The 15th edition of the Piksel Festival takes place November 16th-18th 2017. We are now open for proposals. Deadline is 1st of July 2017.

Submit your proposal!

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