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FRI KUNST – en feiring av kunstnerisk ytringsfrihet 2.- 8. mars 2020

FRI KUNST er et nettverk av kunstnere, kunst- og kulturinstitusjoner og -organisasjoner.

Vi står sammen for å bidra til at kunstnere og kunstinstitusjoner – i alle land – skal kunne skape og utøve sin kunst fritt, uten trusler og forfølgelse. Dette er en grunnleggende rettighet og forutsetning for et fritt og demokratisk samfunn.

Den kunstneriske friheten er stadig mer utsatt og truet i verden. Vi kan ikke akseptere at kunstnere og kunstinstitusjoner settes under press av politikere som er uenig i budskapet, virkemidlene eller formen på kunsten. Politiske myndigheter skal ikke overstyre uavhengige, kunstfaglige beslutninger.

Vårt mål er:

– å handle aktivt og solidarisk når kunstnere utsettes for sensur, forfølgelse og trakassering,

– å bidra til økt oppmerksomhet og bevissthet i samfunnet om å ivareta den kunstneriske ytringsfriheten,

– å bevare kunstens autonomi – gjennom forsvar av «armlengdes avstand»-prinsippet i kunst- og kulturforvaltningen.

https://www.frikunst.org


Hossein Derakhshan – Post-news journalism: Art meets journalism

(Text in Norwegian below)

Why Europe should build its own social platform for news;if news is dying, who will safeguard democracy?; how did the news go ‘fake’? When the media went social. These has been some of the articles that Hossein Derakhshan has been writing at The Guardian and other international media.

Hossein Derakhshan is an Iranian-Canadian writer, who has been defining, commissioned by the Council of Europe, on the theory and practice of what is known as ‘fake news’ together with Claire Wardle. In 2010, Iran’s Mashregh News reported that the ‘counterrevolutionary blogger” had been sentenced to more than 19 years in jail for “conspiring with hostile governments, spreading propaganda against the Islamic system, spreading propaganda in favor of counterrevolutionary groups, blasphemy, and creating and managing obscene websites.1

After six years in prison he was pardoned by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. No reason was given for the pardon.

As Wired magazine reported, Mr. Derakhshan “figured out a way to combine Unicode and Blogger.com’s free tools to handle Persian characters.” This technical advance, Wired said, meant that “suddenly, blogging in Persian was as simple as it is in English.”

Considered a major influence in introducing the blogging concept to Iran, he was a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center and is currently a research associate at the MIT Media Lab. His current research is focused on the future of journalism and also on the theory and socio-political implications of digital and social media. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, MIT Technology Review, Wired, Libération, Die Zeit, and Corriere Della Sera.

In Bergen, under the Piksel19 festival program, he will be giving a lecture about how the challenge awaiting journalism in the years to come is to reinvent itself around something other than news, whilst resisting the seduction of propaganda and entertainment. He thinks that post-news journalism will revolve around drama. This means journalists should make various experiments inspired by older artistic forms such as literature, theatre, cinema, photography and even music and dance. Innovation in journalism should not only be about business models or technology, it should be also about radically new cultural forms and representation formats.

Hossein Derakhshan will be in Bergen invited by the Piksel Festival, giving a lecture on Friday 22nd of November at the Bergen Public Library. He will be available for interviews. Please contact Maite Cajaraville (maite(at)piksel.no) or Gisle Frøysland (gif(at)piksel.no) . For mer informasjon: http://19.piksel.no

1. (excerpts from The New York Times)


Pressemelding

Hossein Derakhshan

Journalisme I tiden etter nyhetenes fall: Kunst møter journalisme


Why Europe should build its own social platform for news;
if news is dying, who will safeguard democracy?; how did the news go ‘fake’? When the media went social. Dette er eksempler på noen av artiklene Hossein Derakhshan har ført I pennen for The Guardian og andre internasjonale nyhetsbyråer.

Hossein Derakhshan er en iransk-kanadisk skribent som på kommisjon fra Europarådet, sammen med Claire Wardle, har hatt en definerende rolle når det kommer til å utforme teorien og praksisen bak hva vi snakker om når vi I dag betegner noe som “fake news”. I 2010 rapporterte en av Iran sine nyhetskanaler, Masregh News, at den motrevolusjonære bloggeren har vært idømt mer enn 19 år I fengsel for å ha konspirert med fiendtlige regjeringer, spredt antiislamistisk propagada, spredt propaganda til fordel for motrevolusjonære grupper og blasfemi. I tillegg til å både opprette og drive hjemmesider med svært upassende innhold.

Etter å ha tilbragt seks av årene I fengsel, ble Derakhshan benådet av Iran’s øverste leder, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Noen årsak til dette ble aldri gitt.

Det gikk ikke ubemerket hen da Derakshan oppdaget hvordan han kunne kombinere Unicode med de gratis verktøyene som allerede var tilgjengelig gjennom Blogger.com slik at persiske tegn og bokstaver kunne taes I bruk. Magasinet Wired omtalte det hele som et teknisk fremskritt som plutselig gjorde det akkurat like enkelt å blogge på persisk som på engelsk.

Betraktet som en helt vesentlig figur når det gjelder å ha bragt konseptet blogging til Iran, tidligere forskningspartner ved Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center og for øyeblikket forskningskollega ved MIT Media Lab. I sin nyere forskning har Derakshan imidlertid valgt å fordype seg I undersøkelser omkring journalismens fremtid og de mulige sosialpolitiske konsekvensene av vår tids utstrakte bruk av digitale og sosiale medier.

Tekstene hans har stått på trykk I både The New York Times, The Guardian, MIT Technology Review, Wired, Libération, Die Zeit, og Corriere Della Sera.

I løpet av Piksel19 festivalen I Bergen kommer han til å holde en forelsening omhandlende hvordan journalismens virkelige utfordring på vei inn I fremtiden er å gjenskape seg selv, bygge seg opp på nytt etter nyhetenes tid er over og samtidig unngå å la seg forføre av propaganda og underholdning. Selv er han overbevist om at journalisme I tiden etter nyhetenes fall vil dreie seg om drama. Med dette mener han at journalister burde eksperimentere med eldre kunstformer som litteratur, teater, film, fotografi. Ja til og med musikk og dans. Innovasjon innenfor journalismen burde ikke utelukkende handle om forretningsmodeller eller teknologi, men også radikalt nye former for kultur og presentasjon.

PIKSEL19 – e/co,li:bre 21. – 23. november
Med et mål om å ta tilbake kunstnerisk kontroll over teknologien, lar Piksel deg utforske elektronisk kunst og fri teknologi. Du kan få oppleve live koding, eksperimentere med lyd og interaktiv kunst.

Hossein Derakhshan er invitert til Bergen av Pikselfestivalen, og holder en forelesning fredag 22. november på Bergen Hovedbibliotek. Han vil være tilgjengelig for intervjuer. Ta kontakt med Maite Cajaraville (
maite(at)piksel.no) eller Gisle Frøysland (gif(at)piksel.no) .
For mer informasjon:
http://19.piksel.no

Piksel19 is supported by the Municipality of Bergen, Arts Council Norway, Hordaland County, Community of Madrid, Austrian Embassy, Acción Cultural Española, Inaem, Pro Helvetia. and BEK.


Volunteers wanted for Piksel19!

Piksel Festival is looking for volunteers!!
Come on join us as artists assistants, exhibition mounting, event producers, communicators, and more!!
Email us at prod (AT) piksel.no or pm us on Facebook!!!
21-23 Nov 2019 BERGEN (NO)

PIKSEL 19
Piksel is looking for volunteers!!

DELTA Piksel presents IULY.B (RO)

Friday 11. october 22:00 – 03:00
Østre – Østre Skostredet 3
CC: NOK 150
18 yrs

SCHEDULE
22:00 DJ Error (experimental floor)
23:00 Kaptein Kaliber (experimental floor)
23:30 Iuly.B (main floor)
24:00 Pop-up food with Michelle Zhao
00:30 DJ Error & Anders G (experimental floor)

MAIN FLOOR – 23:30 – 03.00

ALL NIGHT

IULY.B (RO) (Joule, Subtil, RORA, Visionquest, Mulen, Fuse rec.)

One of the fastest rising Romanian young talents, Iuly.B (Iulian Bivolaru) resides in Iași, a major city in the North-Eastern part of the country. He is all about discovering and reinventing himself through music. He is self-taught and hard working in order to achieve the per fect matching sounds, leaving behind his own legacy. With the continuous flow of releasing an i deal amount of tracks, showing dedication and passion for what he does, along with playing in different i mportant venues across Europe, South America and Australia, in the recent years, he managed to make a name for himself.

Iuly.Bs records fly off the shelves as soon as they go on sale. We’re talking about a comprehensive discography, having credits on more than a dozen EPs in the last years, for renowned labels such as Rora, Visionquest, Mulen, Subtil or Fuse London. At Dubla Parties, he also plays on a regular basis in the opening for important names in the industry, such as Christopher Ledger, Ion Ludwig, Alci, Julian Perez, Priku, Cezar, Prâslea, SIT and together with many more.

Deep, hypnotic energies are forged into merciless basslines, born out of his own imagination and keener sense of space.

https://www.instagram.com/iulybbb/?hl=en

VIDEOJOCKEY

GISLE FRØYSLAND

220hex / Gisle Frøysland has for over a decade been one of the key figures of the Norwegian electronic arts scene. Since the early 80s he has been working as a musician, VJ and visual artist. He is a founding member of BEK – the Bergen Centre for Electronic Art and initiator/director of the Piksel festival for electronic art and free technologies.

Gisle Frøysland has been the receiver of grants and has held numerous exhibitions, many of them in Norway but also abroad. His work has been presented at several international festivals like Electrohype, Dissonanze, Transmediale, Borealis, Ultima, MakeArt, Pixelache, Mal au Pixel and Electropixel. His past collaborators include KKNull, VuNhatTan, John Hegre, Lasse Marhaug, BAKtruppen and Motherboard.

http://220hex.org

EXPERIMENTAL FLOOR – 22:00-03:00

KAPTEIN KALIBER – LIVE

The eclectic duo John Hegre og David Aasheim have decades of musical experience from different projects in the experimental/noise electronica scene. Tonight their bring they will bring their hard-gear and deliver a rare live performance.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician-Band/Kaptein-Kaliber-1488340938147761/

DJ ERROR
DJ Error alias Rolf Skøien har been a part of the Bergen underground scene since the start. DJ Error is known for arranging underground parties and playing long sets with a unique repertoire that is hard to describe in words.

ANDERS G
Anders G is one of the founders of the Bergen’s techno scene. He has fit into all the facets of the scene, standing behind the stage as DJ and light artist, and in front of the stage as part of the audience. As a previous club organizer, he has managed club events, techno and rave parties, and incorporated VJ artists, performance art projects and installationst. Anders G has a distinct sound that may consist of everything from industrial ambience, intergalactic space funk and pure muzak.

VIDEO/INSTALLATIONS

PIKSELSAVERS – screensavers that makes a difference!
PikselSavers is a screening programme of short videos and software art based on the screensaver format – short audiovisual (non)narratives made for endless looping. The programme is curated by the Piksel Festival.

PROGRAM:
– Political Campaigns – Battle of Opinion on Social Media, Marc Lee
– 2×6, Nick Montfort
– El arte de las perillas (the art of knobs), Osvaldo Cibils
– I will be waiting (2017), Dimitrios Gkikas (Alemania/Grecia)

VIDEO PROGRAM:
– Copyright Atrophy, Antonio Roberts
– Anarchotopia, Karen Eliot
– Go Rando, Benjamin Grosser
– Reconquista series, Paola Torres (Perú/Suecia)

#Anti-corruption-code-my-circumstances, Gisle Frøysland
#Anti-corruption-code-my-circumstances is an autonomous algorithm that reads from the anti-corruption best practices manual for companies named “Anti-corruption: Ethics and compliances hand book for business” widely distributed on the internet and highly recommended by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the World Bank.
The reader software gradually corrupts the text randomly picking sentences with the word “anti” until the word “anti” is the only word left.
Idea, concept and development by Gisle Frøysland with the ideological inspiration of Maite Cajaraville.

http://piksel.no/mediawiki/index.php?title=TransPiksel#PikselSavers.2C_Several_artists.

http://piksel.no

FOOD – Michelle Zhao
Michelle Zhao is the owner and creator of the Instagram account @nosweetsour, which features delicious, authentic Chinese dishes and recipes. Her motivations are simple: to discover, and recreate proper Chinese food from around her country and in particular from her region of Yunnan.

https://nosweetsour.com/


PIKSEL19 – Open Call for Projects

The 17th edition of the Piksel Festival takes place November 21-23 2019.

Open call for projects: https://piksel.org


Piksel Pavilion Opening Night – Piksel18 – Buzzocrazy!

PIKSEL18 Buzzocrazy!
The 16th annual Piksel Festival for Electronic Art and Free Technologies
http://18.piksel.no presents:

Piksel Pavilion – The central info point for Piksel18 – Buzzocrazy!!

Yes, you heard it right, on the 22nd of November we are going to visualize and sonorize the Music Pavillion in Bergen with 3 hours of audiovisual live performances. The music pavilion will be electronically updated to host different Piksel artists doing high impact performances as a preview of what is going to happen at the Piksel Festival.

Piksel18 – Buzzocrazy! Is a festival devoted to art and technological freedom. It is happening next weekend in Bergen. Starting on Thursday with the Exhibition Opening, Concerts nigths on Friday and Saturday, workshops and artists talks.

To show you all of this we will be warming up for the opening of the festival in the Piksel Pavilion (Music pavilion in Bergen) from 16:00 to 19:00. It will produce a very different spectacle for the citizens passing by the main square and surroundings streets.
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Once the show is over we invite you to join at the Exhibition Opening Night – Piksel18 – Buzzocrazy! at Piksel Studio 207 in Strandgaten 207 and SKUR14 in Holbergskaien 1, Bergen

– Exhibition – 22nd opening night – 20:00 – 01:00

PIKSEL18 Buzzocrazy! Is proud to announce the opening night that will take place in two different spaces at the Piksel Studio 207 and SKUR14.

We invite you to join us in the opening night tour! 2 openings at the same time. Starting at 20:00 in Piksel Studio 207, the main exhibition shows different artworks devoted to DIY bioart and the Buzzocrazy! theme.

At 22:00 we will tour to SKUR14 where we will enjoy the premiere of the sound installation developed by Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due, Jo Grys with altered accordions: Hidden Track. SKUR14 is also hosting works by artists from Germany, Iceland, Italy, Uruguay and UK and Norway.

We hope you can enjoy the opening night with us.

At PIKSEL STUDIO 2017
Strandgaten 207, Bergen

DIY bioart topic is presented by the work of Anne Marie Maes (BE), The Intelligent Guerilla Beehive; Mindaugas Gapševičiuss (LT)+ Martin Howse(UK), Radio Mycelium & How I Hack Plant Conversations; Gisle Frøysland (NO) + Maite Cajaraville(ES), From DNA to NSA; Hamilton Mestizo (CO), DIY Traffic Lines for Air Pollution; Jose Alejandro Lopez (CO), Our 25th Chromosome on Google and Dimitrios Gkikas (GR/DE), I will be waiting.

Buzzocrazy! The slogan of this edition festival bring us artworks from Marc Lee (CH) , Political Campaigns – Battle of Opinion on Social Media – Start TV Bot; @Antonio Roberts (UK), Copyright Atrophy; Gabin Cortez Chance (US); Gisle Frøysland (NO), #Anti-corruption-code-my-circumstances.

At SKUR14
Holbergskaien 1, Bergen

International artists are invited to show their last developments at SKUR14 as part of the PIKSEL18 Buzzocrazy! Exhibition.
Björk Viggósdóttir (IS), Circle; Wolfgang Spahn (DE/AT), It’s Organic If You Look Close Enough; Antonio Della Marina (IT), fades.net; Osvaldo Cibils (UR), El arte de las perillas (the art of knobs); Bioni Samp (Live Electronics) (UK), Beespace or Hive Synthesis, Camilla Vatne Barratt-due(NO), Jo Grys, Hidden Track, and, Ann Edvartsen (NO) with her last work Kessler Syndrome.


Concerts Night at Hulen -Piksel18- Buzzocrazy!

PIKSEL18 Buzzocrazy!
The 16th annual Piksel Festival for Electronic Art and Free Technologies
http://18.piksel.no

– Concerts Night at Hulen -Piksel18- Buzzocrazy! – 21:00 – 22:30
Doors open at 20:00
– SISTA CAVE RAVE – 3 year anniversary – 23:00 – 3:00
– Venue: Hulen | Olaf Ryes vei 48, 5006 Bergen
http://hulen.no/
– Entrance Free for the Piksel festival concerts. 150 kr if you stay all night long at Sista Låten 3rd Anniversary techno night. Please see below.

John Bowers (UK)
Tim Shaw (UK)
Ivan Paulsen (NO) (Ivanuschka Sgrim Pa)
Thor Merlin (NO)
Peter Edwards (US/SL)

We are proud to collaborate with Sista Låten techno underground collective in Bergen to bring you a 2 sessions concerts program. Pikses18 – Buzzocrazy! starts at 21:00 to 22:30, then Sista Låten will start with their impressive line up of techno DJ’s till the end of the night.

PIKSEL18 – Buzzocrazy! on its second concerts night is presenting three shows with very different set up.

John Bowers and Tim Shaw from UK will introduce us to UTM, The Universal Transformation Machine (UTM), an imagined alchemical device that transforms one form of matter-energy into any other. Light energy into sound. Sound into physical movement. Physical movement into shortwave radiation. Radiation into magnetism. Magnetism into gravity.

Oroboros, from the Bergen artist, Ivan Paulsen will create a thick feedback invading noise situation trying to get as many types of feedback into one small package, crn will use everything from videofeedback to mixer-, audio-, EM- and radio-feedback to entertain, entrance and cause pain.

In the visual part, Thor Merlin Lervick will be creating a video mapping sculpture accompaning Ivan Paulsen. The projection mapped improvised brings live coded visuals into the physical space on a human sized figure enabling the audience to relate to the visuals in an untraditional setting.

Peter Edwards aka Casperelectronics is the man behind the OMSynth, a “circuit development and performance interface” that allows users to create astonishing sound and light performances. He will be our guy to close the night with his hardcore dance-noise set.

More about the artists:
John Bowers, Tim Shaw (UK)
http://www.jmbowers.net/
John Bowers (UK) works with modular synthesisers, home-brew electronics, reconstructions of antique image and sound-making devices, self-made software, field recordings and esoteric sensor systems. He makes performance environments which mix sound, image and gesture at a fundamental material level, sometimes accompanied by spoken text. His practice often combines improvised performance with walking, urban exploration and the investigation of selected sites to conduct research in an imagined discipline he calls ‘mythogeosonics’. He has performed at festivals including the collateral programme of the Venice Biennale, Transmediale/CTM Vorspiel Berlin, Piksel Bergen, Electropixel Nantes, BEAM Uxbridge and Spill Ipswich, and toured with the Rambert Dance Company performing David Tudor’s music to Merce Cunningham’s Rainforest. He contributed to the design of The Prayer Companion – a piece exhibited twice at the Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and acquired for their permanent collection. Amongst many musical collaborations, he works with Sten-Olof Hellström, Tim Shaw and in the noise drone band Tonesucker. He helps coordinate the label Onoma Research and works in Culture Lab and Fine Art, Newcastle University.

Tim Shaw
https://tim-shaw.net/
In performances Tim improvises with field recordings, microphones, modular synthesisers, sculptural loudspeakers and resonant sound objects which, when combined, create layered listening environments. He uses a variety of self-constructed technologies to playback and manipulate his recordings. The unfolding composition incorporates elements of uncertainty and indeterminacy processed through room acoustics, computational systems and networked infrastructures. He is particularly interested in the relationships between site, sound and technologies. Presenting work through musical performances, installations, walks and site-responsive interventions his practice attempts to expose the mechanics of systems through sound to reveal the hidden aspects of environments and technologies. Tim works as a lecturer in Digital Media at Newcastle University. He presents work at galleries, festivals, museums, through residencies and cultural events nationally and internationally. Recently his work has been presented at New Ear Festival, New York (2018), History of Bosnia Museum, Sarajevo (2018), ARC, Switzerland (2018), bb15, Linz (2017), Stereolux, Nantes (2016), Baltic, Gateshead (2017), FACT Liverpool (2016), Eastern Bloc, Montreal (2016) and The Wired Lab, New South Wales, Australia (2016).

cimu / Ivan Andre Paulsen (NO)
https://soundcloud.com/irn-5
cirnu is the shadow of Bergen-based noise-maker and connoiseur of things weird, wild and WTF Ivan Andre Paulsen. While Ivan did his thing around the impro- and contemporary music-scene in Bergen, cirnu was hibernating. The summer of 2018, cirnu started to wake up, and for the piksel festival will be fully awake and ready to cause mayhem and get hir freak on with the rather spiffily named project ‘ouroboros’; an autophagous wall of glimmering, shimmering, magical noise, ‘ouroboros’ is a sonic feast using as many different types of feedback as possible – including FMradio- , EM-, microphone- and mixer-feedback – to detune your brains and break your chains.

Thor Merlin Lervik (NO)
https://thor-merlin.no
Thor Merlin is a Norwegian designer and programmer with a degree in programming from UiO and a degree in design from KhiO. He has developed several open source software tools for visual live coding like Sakuhin and Zypit. He has mainly worked with musicians in the genres of improvised noise, live dnb and jazz. To name a few, he has performed at Slottsfjell, Victoria Nasjonale Jazzscene, Ingensteds and Kulturhuset in Oslo.

Peter Edwards (US)
http://www.casperelectronics.com/
Peter Edwards is an American artist, musician, and teacher. He has been exploring the field of circuit bending and experimental musical electronics since 2000 through his business Casperelectronics. He performs regularly under the same name.

Edwards has performed, taught workshops and spoken on the topic of circuit bending and creative electronics at MIT’s Media Lab, Hasbro Toys, Hampshire College, Skidmore College, New York University, Bloomfield University, Long Beach University, Georgie Southern University and at new media festivals around the world including The Piksel Festival (Bergen, Norway).

****The Piksel festival entrance is free. If you want to enjoy all night long together with Sista Låten starting at 23.00 → 3:00, then the ticket entrance will be 150 kr. You can pay that at the entrance.

PIKSEL18 – Buzzocrazy!


Concerts Night at USF -Piksel18-Buzzocrazy!

PIKSEL18 Buzzocrazy!
The 16th annual Piksel Festival for Electronic Art and Free Technologies
http://18.piksel.no

– Concert night – 23rd 21:00 – 01:00 – Doors open at 20:30
– Venue: Studio USF | Georgernes verft 12, 5011 Bergen
https://usf.no/lokaler/studio-usf/
– Entrance 60 NOK – Free for students.

PIKSEL18 – Buzzocrazy! First concerts night brings four outstanding audiovisual performances.

PIKSEL18 – Buzzocrazy! presents a line up of very well known artists in the international experimental scene.

From Berlin comes Wolfgang Spahn. His unique performance „Self-Similarity“ uses the data stream from a projector to create sound and visuals. A fractal explosion of colours based on different analogue and digital machines developed by the artist.

From the guts of the most impressive computer music environment, Pure Data, we present “pointillism” from the Austrian Iohannes Zmölnig, one of the core developers of that environment. The music is generated using morse code patterns, the code is written in “Braille”, the language of the blind.

Bioni Samp (Live Electronics), British artist, musician, inventor and bee keeper, will perform with his ‘Honey Viscosity Synth (c) Bioni Samp 2012’ that uses honey as a resistor to control oscillators, filters and sequencers.

And last but not least, we will see the DNA chain searches that Gisle Frøysland pull from the public data base of deCODE, and how he produces sound by sonifying the results of the matching patterns.

We can assure that this night is going to be a very experimental one!

More about the artists:

Wolfgang Spahn is an Austrian-German visual artist based in Berlin. His work includes interactive installations, miniature-slide-paintings and performances of light & sound. His art explores the field of analogue and digital media and focusses on both their contradiction and their correlation. That’s why he is also specialized in re-appropriated and re-purposed electronic technologies. Recently he developed analogue synthesizers as well as analogue computers and analog neuron networks and uses them to create abstract light-and-sound-sculptures.

Karachi Biennale 2017, Pakistan; Bienal de Artes Mediales – Santiago de Chile 2017; “Feedback” West Den Haag 2017; Wagner Museum Bayreuth 2017; Maximilian Forum, München 2017; “T2F” Karachi, Pakistan 2016, “Venkatappa Gallery” Bangalore, India 2016, „Montag Modus“ Collegium Hungaricum Berlin 2016; Bodenlos – Vilem Flusser und die Künste 2015-2017, Akademie der Künste, Berlin and Galerie AMU, Prague;
http://www.wolfgang-spahn.de

IOhannes m zmölnig (Austria)
IOhannes m zmölnig is an Austria-based software- and media-artist and member of the art-collective forum::für::umläute. He is currently working at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) in Graz. Being an active member of the FLOSS-community, he is one of the core developers of the Pure Data computer music environment, for which he also provides a number of libraries, including Gem for realtime-graphics and iemguts which is targeted at writing live-coding systems within Pd. IOhannes m zmölnig has performed concerts between Bergen and São Paolo, Perth and New York. (http://umlaeute.mur.at)

Bioni Samp (Live Electronics) is a British artist, musician, inventor and beekeeper.
From 2013 to 2018 Bioni took his ‘Hive Synthesis’ show on tour, performing and exhibiting in Ottawa, Canada at Gallery 101 and the National Museum of Nature. Harplinge, Sweden at Harp Art Lab. Slovakia at Banská Štiavnica Gallery. Prague, Czech Republic at školská 28 and Nová Perla. Wroclaw, Poland at the 16th Media Art Biennale. Linz, Austria at Eleonore and STWST48 during ARS Electronica. Liverpool at FACT, Bioni Samp installation in group show: Hybrids: Interspecies Collaboration in Craft and Design, @NationalCraft The National Centre for Craft & Design Sleaford, UK. reROOted festival, part of Hull 2017 Year of Culture, Sonic Dreams Festival, Waterford Ireland 2017, Primal Uproar 3 onboard the MS Stubnitz, Hamburg 2018 and many other various live shows in London and the UK.

h220/Gisle Frøysland (Norway)
http://gislefroysland.com/

Studied computer science, information technology, TV production and arts in Bergen. Since the early 80s he has been working as a musician, VJ and visual artist. He is a founding member of BEK, the Bergen Centre for Electronic Art and initiator/director of the Piksel festival for electronic art and free technologies.

Gisle Frøysland has received grants and has held numerous exhibitions, many of them in Norway, but also abroad. His works have been presented at several international festivals like Electrohype, Dissonanze, Transmediale, Borealis, Ultima, MakeArt,Pixelache, Mal au Pixel and Electropixel. His past collaborators include KKNull, Julien Ottavi ,VuNhatTan, John Hegre, Lasse Marhaug, BAKtruppen, Information and Motherboard.

PIKSEL18 – BuzzOcrazy!


Exhibition Opening Night – Piksel18 – Buzzocrazy!

PIKSEL18 Buzzocrazy!
The 16th annual Piksel Festival for Electronic Art and Free Technologies
http://18.piksel.no presents:

– Exhibition – 22nd opening night – 20:00 – 01:00
– November 23rd -24th, Bergen (NO) – 12:00-18:00
– Venues: Piksel Studio 207 / Strandgaten 207; SKUR14 /Holbergskaien 1;| Bergen

PIKSEL18 Buzzocrazy! Is proud to announce the opening night that will take place in two different spaces at the Piksel Studio 207 and SKUR14.

We invite you to join us in the opening night tour! 2 openings at the same time. Starting at 20:00 in Piksel Studio 207, the main exhibition shows different artworks devoted to DIY bioart and the Buzzocrazy! theme.

At 22:00 we will tour to SKUR14 where we will enjoy the premiere of the sound installation developed by Camilla Vatne Barratt-duer, Jo Grys with altered accordions: Hidden Track. SKUR14 is also hosting works by artists from Germany, Iceland, Italy, Uruguay and UK and Norway.

We hope you can enjoy the opening night with us.

At PIKSEL STUDIO 2017
Strandgaten 207, Bergen

DIY bioart topic is presented by the work of Anne Marie Maes (BE), The Intelligent Guerilla Beehive; Mindaugas Gapševičiuss (LT)+ Martin Howse(UK), Radio Mycelium & How I Hack Plant Conversations; Gisle Frøysland (NO) + Maite Cajaraville(ES), From DNA to NSA; Hamilton Mestizo (CO), DIY Traffic Lines for Air Pollution; Jose Alejandro Lopez (CO), Our 25th Chromosome on Google and Dimitrios Gkikas (GR/DE), I will be waiting.

Buzzocrazy! The slogan of this edition festival bring us artworks from Marc Lee (CH) , Political Campaigns – Battle of Opinion on Social Media – Start TV Bot; @Antonio Roberts (UK), Copyright Atrophy; Gabin Cortez Chance (US); Gisle Frøysland (NO), #Anti-corruption-code-my-circumstances.

At SKUR14
Holbergskaien 1, Bergen

International artists are invited to show their last developments at SKUR14 as part of the PIKSEL18 Buzzocrazy! Exhibition.
Björk Viggósdóttir (IS), Circle; Wolfgang Spahn (DE/AT), It’s Organic If You Look Close Enough; Antonio Della Marina (IT), fades.net; Osvaldo Cibils (UR), El arte de las perillas (the art of knobs); Bioni Samp (Live Electronics) (UK), Beespace or Hive Synthesis, Camilla Vatne Barratt-due(NO), Jo Grys, Hidden Track, and, Ann Edvartsen (NO) with her last work Kessler Syndrome.


Piksel 18, Buzzocrazy!

Piksel 18, Buzzocrazy!
elektronisk kunst og fri teknologi

22-24 Nov
Bergen, Norway

Piksel18 – Buzzocrazy!, elektronisk kunst og fri teknologi.
The hive mind: from echo-manipulation to eco-pollinization.

From 22nd to 24th of November, an international group of artists will meet at the PIKSEL Festival in Bergen. Throughout concerts, installations, performances, workshops and presentations, artists will share artistic ways to look at bio-data and ecosystems.

Buzzocrazy! The Piksel18 festival slogan points to the new era of “post-truth” based on appeals to emotion rather than policies and facts. Stretching the truth can be seen as just part of a game. The post-truth affects how we make sense of the world around us. That phenomenon has a name – agnotology, the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data.

The human mind has recently evolved to include the thinking process of social media as a whole. We’re connected to social media like a great hive mind.

The importance of what the hive spreads, staying in step with the hive, becomes more important than what happens in reality or maybe it can even be said that what the hive thinks becomes reality. People increasingly seek information that confirms their ideological beliefs, rather than information that’s factually accurate from reliable sources. And thanks to scientific advances in data metrics, the social media companies now have almost perfect mind control technology.

Even on the subject of climate change, people have become incredibly polarized. The hive mind is generating climate science-denying stories.

Piksel 18 Buzzocrazy! Claims to repair the hive mind. The global consciousness has been manipulated and we have to bring it back again from echo-manipulation to eco-pollinization, we seek the bee drones as the new metaphor to restore the logic ecosystem.

PIKSEL18 – Buzzocrazy!

Venues:

– PIKSEL STUDIO 207 | Strandgaten 207 | Bergen

– SKUR14 | Holbergskaien 1 | Bergen

-Studio USF | Georgernes verft 12, 5011 | Bergen

-Hulen | Olaf Ryes vei 48, 5006 | Bergen

Events:

-22 November: Exhibition opening night at PIKSEL STUDIO
https://www.facebook.com/events/264590194250439/

-23-24 November: Exhibition Piksel18 BuzzOcrazy! at PIKSEL STUDIO
https://www.facebook.com/events/714821492224052/

-23 November: Piksel Concert Night at USF
https://www.facebook.com/events/181299019472012/

-24 November: Piksel Concert Night at Hulen
https://www.facebook.com/events/771786699845012/

 

Full program: https://18.piksel.no/program/


Piksel KidZ LAb, en kunstlab med nye medier for barn!

BERGEN
5th – 7th November – 10:00- 14:00
8th – 9th November – 14:00 -18:00
12th – 14th November – 10:00- 14:00
15th – 16th November – 14:00 -18:00

Gratis verksted for barn/unge i alderen 8-18 år
for påmelding: piksel18(at)piksel(dot)no

For fjerde gang i Bergen kan barna tilbringe dagene med å leke med kunst og elektronikk. Piksel KidZ Lab er et kunstnerisk laboratorium hvor barn kan lære seg å forstå og skape kunstverk på nye medier.

Under temaene City- GO, City- BIO og City- TECH, vil barna samhandle med miljøet på flere fronter: både det sosiale, kulturelle og naturlige miljøet.

Anvendelsen av åpen teknologi hjelper barna å forstå hvordan datamaskiner fungerer og introduserer dem for begreper knyttet til digital frihet. Laben tar i bruk samarbeidsprosjekter basert på Do It With Others (DIWO) for å fremme kulturell diversitet og et mangfold av fysiske og virtuelle opplevelser som gjør barna klare for det 21. århundret!

Piksel KidZ Lab har som målsetning å bringe kunst i nye medier ut til barn og unge. Det er et initiativ i regi av Piksel, bergensfestivalen med fokus på kunst og fri teknologi.

Piksel Kidz Lab er støttet av Norsk Kulturfond og Hordaland Fylkeskommune.


ENGLISH

For the fourth time in Bergen, the kids will enjoy the autumn playing with art and electronics. Piksel KidZ Lab is an artistic laboratory for kids to understand and build new media artworks.

From 5th of November, Piksel Studio 207 will host the Autumn School Piksel KidZ Lab. Piksel KidZ Lab this year proposes three new workshops: DIY Traffic lights of air pollution, Bio-Vortex, a luminescent musical instrument and Electrotextile!. The workshops are dealing with pollution, luminescence and hybrid living art, and textile electronic wearables, all in once as a way of exploration of the complex contexts as civil empowerment, interspecies sustainability and urban and natural environment.

Under the themes City- GO, City-BIO and City- TECH, kids engage with the environment in a wide sense: social, cultural and natural environment.

The use of free technologies empowers the kids to understand how computers works and introduces them into the digital freedom concept. The lab apply to collaborative production based on Do It With Others (DIWO) to promote cultural diversity and multilayer physical and virtual experiences to get ready for the XXI century!

Piksel KidZ Lab, aims to bring new media art practices to kids and youngsters. It is an initiative of Piksel, the Bergen festival focused on art and free technologies.

For more information please visit: http://studio.piksel.no/

To sign up email to piksel18(at)piksel(dot)no

Press material (photos and more): http://studio.piksel.no/press-and-photos-pikselkidz/


About the warning case at Piksel Festival 2017

Update 8. oct:

In the light of the online debate generated in social media after Medialab MX launched the public manifesto of support to the volunteer, we believe it is the time to rethink our position and line of action regarding what happened. First to publicly express a firm commitment from Piksel and its community in preventing any attack on freedom of the individual and against all violence, especially against women. And secondly, we want to point out the principles of transparency and community that guides the management and activities of Piksel, principles that we followed in our initial management of the incident, but unfortunately seems to have not been satisfactory for the volunteer according to her later complaint letter.

Piksel will again apologise to our volunteer for any inconvenience or discomfort caused by the publishing of the video and her participation in the performance. We are deeply sorry that our initial effort did not meet the expectations of the volunteer. At no time have we wanted to avoid our responsibility in this matter and for that reason we have taken this into consideration. We may not have had enough sensitivity to handle something this difficult. We live in a patriarchal society that sometimes puts our belief systems and values to the test, which does not stop being oriented towards equality and the elimination of any type of violence.

Acknowledging the request from the volunteer, we are therefore removing the video and images of the performance showing an alleged harassment during Piksel Festival 2017. This is done to avoid any more inconvenience and possible identification for the persons involved. The video and images will still be kept in our private archives as documentation in a possible police or court case.

Piksel takes everything that happens in the festival very seriously. We believe, both cultural organizations and artists must learn how to deal with this kind of situations, and that the only way of dealing with it must be based in the principle of transparency. Transparency must work in a bi-directional way, only like that we will be able to identify and to learn how to deal with this kind of cases.

Following that principle, Piksel has contacted experts to help us cope with this situation, with the aim of learning to identify possible inappropriate situations that may occur in the course of an artistic intervention (or similar) and thus, continue growing in creating artistic spaces that generate fair, equal and equitable synergies.

Piksel is working to develop an ethical framework that provides clear guidelines for acceptable behavior during the festival development in order to ensure a good working environment and safe festival experiences for all involved. Piksel will publish this ethical framework when it’s ready in our webpage.

 


 

Chronology:

About the warning case at Piksel Festival 2017 which involved one of the artists and one of  the Piksel volunteers during her collaboration in the artists performance.

It has come to our attention that Medialab MX has published a report on their website containing serious allegations against Piksel and alleged sexual harassment during this performance. Piksel is against any harassment, inside or outside the festival frame and we believe that this is implicit in the Piksel values and that the Piksel community knows that. Here is our version of the case.

 

17th Nov 2017

  • Piksel handled the case in its full magnitude immediately after it happened in a public internal meeting involving the artist, the volunteer, other participants and Piksel representatives.

 

3rd Feb 2018

  • Piksel has on several occasions contacted and talked to the volunteer about the situation and the volunteer did not signal any further measures. She was satisfied in how the case was handled.

 

26th of June 2018

  • Piksel was contacted by the Norwegian Embassy in Mexico about the case and agreed with them that the volunteer should request action from the police to re-open the case.
  • Piksel did not receive any further request from the volunteer or the police to re-open the case.

 

17th July 2018

  • The volunteer address our sponsors with a sexual harassment report and other documents.

 

31st of July 2018

  • Piksel receives an email from Medialab MX and recommends again to them and the volunteer to ask for police action if they think the case should be re-opened. We had no answer back.

 

28th of August 2018

  • We received documents stating serious sexual allegations against Piksel from our sponsors in Norway.
  • In these documents the volunteer request our sponsors to cut all financial support and also requires an economic compensation.
  • There is also a letter from women participants at Piksel that was never sent to Piksel, instead we got noticed about it directly from the Arts Council in Norway.
  • Medialab MX or the volunteer did not send any documents to Piksel.

 

2nd October 2018

  • Medialab MX considers that the case is not closed but instead of asking in a formal letter to re-open, they publish a public document on internet with false allegations against Piksel.
  • Neither Medialab MX nor the volunteer make a formal request to the police to open an investigation, as Piksel recommended in our email to them.

 

current status

  • Piksel has carried out investigations of the case asking external experts on gender issues and sexual harassment, and also getting legal advice.
  • Based on these investigations, Piksel sees no grounds to re-open the case.
  • Piksel takes all notices of critical circumstances seriously and we are concerned that both employees and participants of the festival have safe and healthy working conditions where mutual respect and openness are important factors for creating a good working environment.
  • Piksel is working internally to develop an ethical framework that provides clear guidelines for acceptable behavior during the festival development.
  • Piksel will publish this ethical framework when we think it’s ready for publication.

 


 

edit: The first version of this statement contained a link to a video of the performance. This link has now bee removed as it can lead to the identification of the persons involved in the case. This version also contained the first name of one of the persons involved. This has now been removed. Piksel apologises for any disclosure of identity caused by this.

 


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