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.

We have invited artists, programmers, designer and theoreticians from all over Europe to imagine the future of image creation and processing software in collaboration, through four days of presentations, discussions, hands-on workshops, demonstrations and performances.

The program is structured between between daily pre-lunch seminar presentations (Piksels & Lines Seminar), running from 10:00-13:00 and post-lunch workshop sessions (Piksels & Lines Laboratorium), running from 14:00-17:00, Wednesday till Friday. The different focus areas are represented by four program tracks into which the the seminar sessions are organized, namely PIKSEL, LINES, PROCESS and INSPIRATION.

Piksels & Lines Seminar
10:00-13:00 @ ROM 8

Seminar Presentations Wednesday 6. June

10:00 – 11:00 LINES: Ana Carvalho – Plotting Condensed
11:00 – 12:00 PROCESS/LINES: Egil Möller – SketchSpace
12:00 – 13:00 INSPIRATION: Letizia Jaccheri – ArTe

Seminar Presentations Thursday 7. june

10:00 – 11:00 PIKSEL: John Nordby – MyPaint and cross-application workflows
11:00 – 12:00 LINES: August Black – Underweb
12:00 – 13:00 PROCESS: Brendan Howell – Py-Cessing

Seminar Presentations Friday 8. june

10:00 – 11:00 INSPIRATION: Jill Walker Rettberg – Digital Imagining Tools for Storytelling
11:00 – 12:00 PIKSEL: Øyvind Kolaas – TBA
12:00 – 13:00 PROCESS: Chris Sugrue – Generative imagining – the algorithms of an artist.

Piksels & Lines Laboratorium
14:00-17:00 @ ROM 8

Workshop Session Wednesday 6. June

3 hosted workshops running parallel, focusing on desired Improvements of current image creation and generative software, Interoperability issues, and Fringe use and practice.

  • Improvements: Making it Better
    hosted by GEGL developer Øyvind Kolaas.
  • Interoperability: Shared Connections, Shared Histories
    hosted by moddr_artists and WORM-activists Walter Langelaar and Birgit Bachler.
  • Fringe: Demonstrate the Unexpected – Learning By Doing it Wrong
    hosted by media artist and developer Brendan Howell

Workshop Session Thursday 7. June

Piksels & Lines Unconference
Based on calls and workshop offers presented after the three workshop sessions Wednesday, we invite the participants to fill in a grid/schedule of sessions – providing the name and duration of workshop, as well as the duration.

The unconference concept is based on the participants providing the content the workshop session – inviting attendees to collaborate to learn and grow in their specific areas of interest.

Workshop Session Friday 8. June

Commission workshops
The LGRU project includes a series of five research commissions that allow artists and software developers to work together at the same level, imagining and building future graphic and performative tools. As one of the project partners, Piksel, will be commissioning one such research project, and we wish to identify important and engaging commission proposal within the context of LGRU activities. As a result, the last day of the Piksels & Lines Laboratorium is dedicated to identifying fruitful commission areas based on the work from the previous days. There will be a particular focus on performative potential of software, and the proposal presentations should argue necessity and requirements of such a commission.

Both the Piksels & Lines Seminar  and Laboratorium sessions are open to the public and free to attend. However, for the workshop sessions participants need to sign up due to limited places. See the full research meeting program, the confirmed participant list, as well as getting relevant practical information.

The program and meeting schedule are also available as PDF’s.

The LGRU project is funded with support from the European Commission, and Bergen Kommune


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