The Piksels & Lines 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.

The Piksels & Lines Seminar presentations are open to the public and free to attend.
The Piksels & Lines Laboratorium workshop sessions are equally free and open to the public, however due to limited place participants need to sign up. Please register by writing us an e-mail: info[at]

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 workflow
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 – GEGL/GIMP
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. The aim is to source out some burning topics for the workshop sessions the following day where we will be using the unconference format to dig out talk points and hands-on workshops proposals that are of importance to the participants.

Improvements: Making it Better
This workshop session is hosted by GEGL developer Øyvind Kolaas, and is dedicated to identifying desired improvements for selected image creation and generative software. Based on the interest and experience of the participants this session will address Improvements in relation to Interface (be it hardware – input/output mechanisms – or software related), Functionality, Usability, Concept (how are these software defined by their intended use – as design tools versus artistic tools?). Workshop documentation (Etherpad)

Interoperability: Shared Connections, Shared Histories
This workshop session is hosted by moddr_artists and WORM-activists Walter Langelaar and Birgit Bachler. With the starting point in previous LGRU research meetings, this session will investigate potential compatibility structures between current F/LOSS image creation and generative software (shared filetypes, shared short-keys etc). Secondly, this session will look into the different versioning systems and in extension the do/undo histories of the different software, to look into the possibilities of arriving at a standard – a shared/global undo history, as a method of expanding the source code. Workshop documentation (Etherpad)
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Fringe: Demonstrate the Unexpected – Learning By Doing it Wrong
This workshop session is hosted by media artist and developer Brendan Howell, and will access represented image creation and generative software from an artistic perspective. Based on the interest and experience of the participants this workshop aims to identify and explore performative cut-up practices, glitch activism, hacker technicity as methods for arriving at new innovative use and practices. Workshop documentation (Etherpad) 

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.

An open call for a research residency will be issued in July 2012 and disseminated through the Piksel network, the LGRU network, and relevant national and international fora. Commission period:
October-November 2012, ending with presentation/demonstration at the Piksel12 festival.