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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.

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Join our team and become a volunteer at this year’s festival 22.-25. November

Would you perhaps like to be our art exhibition assistant?

Are you great at selling tickets, distributing information, or handling technical equipment?

Or maybe you just love the combination of electronics and art and would like to meet likeminded people?

This year Piksel celebrates its 10th anniversary and would like you to join the party. The festival is an annual event where artists and developers from over a dozen countries spend four days hosting presentations, concerts, workshops, performances, exhibitions and informal discussions on the aesthetics and politics of free and open source software.

As a volunteer you will experience the festival from the inside and will gain useful knowledge while hopefully making new friends and having fun.

Sign up today!

Contact: (mark with ‘volunteer’)

PikselSavers 2012 Oct. 5 – 7 @ Gallery KIT during Meta.Morf in Trondheim


PikselSavers is a screening programme of short movies and software art curated by the Piksel festival. PikselSavers was commissioned by and first shown at the biennial for art and technology in Trondheim, Meta. Morf 2010. It was later presented at Pixelache Helsinki in March 2011 and at The Norwegian Telecom Museum during summer 2011.

The programme was selected based on an open call for participation and the 1st edition included 10 contributions from artists working in a wide range of digital media and techniques.

PikselSavers takes the screensaver as a point of departure and inspirational springboard. They are videos and software art based on the screensaver format – short audiovisual (non)narratives made for endless looping. Possible thematic fields include -but are not limited to: sustainable resource allocation, renewable technologies, energy harvesting, fair trade hardware, free content, open access, DIY economy, and shared development.

For the Piksel festival in 2011, two additional works were included in the PikselSavers series and from 2012 it was included as a specific thematic track in the Piksel festival programme.

PikselSavers 2012 edititon will be presented at the Meta.Morf festival in Trondheim October 5-7 at Gallery KiT. For the opening night on Friday October 5th it will be accompanied by the Piksel A/V system.


Piksel presents Opensound

28th August – 1st September

Piksel is hosting Opensound in Bergen at Kosmo (

You are invited to join us for a week of workshops, concerts, discussions and presentations.

We will focus on projects based on Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) and/or DIY or Open Hardware and/or Free Culture.
The meeting will follow an informal unconference structure, leaving room in the schedule for creative collaborations/ social interaction and ad hoc performances/improv.

Fulll program:


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

Piksel11 Festival Program Release Party and Concert


Release of the official festival program and concert by KK Null/ Ottavi/ Fr0ysland.
Landmark Oct. 23.2011 at 21:00.

Agenda for the evening:

1.Presentation of the festival program by director Gisle Frøysland.


2. Concert by KK Null/Ottavi/Fr0ysland. The Japanese noise legend KK

NULL and the versatile artist JULIEN OTTAVI are touring Europe with



3. DJ provided by Piksel SoundSystem


Artist bios:

“KK NULL (real name : KAZUYUKI KISHINO) was born in tokyo, Japan. Composer, guitarist, singer, mastermind of ZENI GEVA and electronic wizard. One of the top names in Japanese noise music and in a larger context, one of the great cult artists in experimental music since the early 80s.”

“JULIEN OTTAVI is a mediactivist, artist-researcher, composer/musician, poet and tongues destroyer, experimental film maker, anarchitect and founder of Apo33. Ottavi is involved in research and creative work, combining sound art, real-time video, new technologies and body performances.”

“GISLE FRØYSLAND/220hex has been one of the key figures of the Norwegian electronic arts scene for over a decade. He is a founding member of BEK- the Bergen Centre for Electronic Art, initiator/maintainer of the FLOSS videoapp, MøB, and main organizer of the Piksel festival in Bergen, Norway. Since the early 80s he has been working as a musician, VJ and visual artist.”

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