workshop

SIGNAL TO NOISE, Curator: Tincuta Heinzel Exhibition program 2019 Piksel Studio 207

Official opening 24th of May from 19:00 – 23:00

Exhibition dates: 25th of May – 16th of June (Mondays closed)

Opening hours: 15:00 – 18:00

Bergen 2019

“I remembers the radio broadcasts from London during World War II and Norway’s king stiffening the resolve of his subjects under German occupation. ”
Judith Haaland, 98

The Paraset (Paratrooper radio set) was one of the most notorious of all the transceivers used by the partisan clandestine radio operators during WWII. Often transported in food baskets, suitcases, and other obscure places, it was used for clandestine radio communication primarily in Norway and Europe. The equipment is known as the “Paraset” because it was dropped by parachute for field agents. A fascinating piece of history.

With this exhibition Piksel wants to make an homage to the radio as a device and also to the importance of the listeners. In a historical moment where the FM analogue radio has been shot down and there are voices that claims that “Norway is not prepared for this.” and “Of course there is a lot of nostalgia in radio. That’s one of the reasons this switch is so controversial.” Piksel wants to bring some fresh air doing both, recalling the analogue radio and bringing new low-cost digital technologies to the people, radio-makers and emitters.

SIGNAL TO NOISE
One of the well known examples of Victor Papanek’s “designs for the real world” is that of a radio receiver for the third world. Produced from very simple, “cottage” like materials, such as an used juice can, paraffin wax and a wick as power source, the radio was non-directional, receiving any and all stations simultaneously. “But, as Victor Papanek will comment, in emerging countries, this was then of an importance: there was only one broadcast (carried by relay towers placed about fifty miles apart”. And, as Papanek continues, “It was much more than a clever little gadget, constituting a fundamental communication device for preliterate areas of the world. After being tested successfully in the mountains of North Carolina (an area where only one broadcast is easily received), the device was demonstrated to the Army. They were shocked. “What if a Communist”, they asked, “gets to the microphone?” The question is meaningless. The most important intervention is to make information of all kinds freely accessible to people.”

This story of the non‐expensive, locally adapted produced radio receiver is the starting point for an exhibition and a workshop which deals with different aspects of radio broadcasting: From the way a radio receiver and a radio transmitter are produced to radio infrastructure, and from the delivered information to the means of questioning its accuracy and validity. The exhibition will consider a historical perspective, but will mostly bring into discussion researches related to the present forms of radio infrastructure and radio phenomena, as well as strategies and tactics of radio‐based interventions.

List of works and artists:
Repertories of (in)discreetness
Tincuta Heinzel & Lasse Scherffig

∏‐Node Platform

Embodied RF Ecologies
Afroditi Psarra

Workshop
Do your own radio!
∏-box : streaming and local FM radio broadcasting with a raspberry pi
∏‐Node

Piksel Fest Spill is supported by the Municipality of Bergen, Arts Council Norway, the Wallonie-Bruxelles International and Rumanska Kultur Institutet.

Repertories of (in)discreetness
Tincuta Heinzel & Lasse Scherffig

Largely used during the Soviet Revolution, the “new” communication mediums of the beginning of 20th century’s played an important role in the Soviets’s propaganda strategy during the 1917‐1918 revolution [3]. The same strategy was equally adopted during the installation of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe. The policies at the time have encouraged the production and the acquisition of radio devices by a large number in order to ensure the impact of the propaganda, while in the same time, the content of the broadcasting was subjected to a strict control.

Using this infrastructure, the USA and their Western alliances were trying to counter the communist propaganda. The creation of Radio Free Europe aimed to deliver “truth” and “objective” information. In the same way, radio phenomena (like interference) were used as technical interventions.

Repertories of (in)discreetness project has its starting point in the archives of Radio Free Europe from the Open Society Archives in Budapest. It questions the act and mechanisms of archiving “the Other”, with a focus on the European “East”. The project discusses the ways in which information is collected and transferred, the ways in which the East has gained an epistemic body through refraction. Thus we would like to point out the relation between nature of the information, the production of knowledge and its reception.

Radio Free Europe is considered unique in the annals of international broadcasting: acting as surrogate domestic broadcaster for the nations under Communism. It also relied on local official media and informal news in order to broadcast what was considered objective information. Due to their wish to outline an exhaustive portrait of the world behind the Iron Curtain, Radio Free Europe Archives give way to a series of questions:

What did the archives not capture and what rests uncatalogued and unverified? And, if something was indeed captured, how was it transformed through archiving? What parts of this composite portrait sketched by Radio Free Europe still survive today? And is this portrait only a mirror image resulting from the media war between East and West? By raising these questions, our project looks to divert and to put into a sensible perspective the act of collecting, organizing and using information, in order to question the nature of the information itself.

Documentation link: http://ro.tranzit.org/en/exhibition/0/2015-03-18/repertories-of-indiscreetness References: 3. Nicholas Reeves, The Power of Film Propaganda: Myth or Reality (London: A&C Black, 2004).

∏‐Node Platform

Fig 5. ∏-Node Installation, Orleans (2015).

∏-Node is an experimental platform for hybrid Web/FM radio-phonic composition. As a multi‐dimensional radio infrastructure platform, ∏-Node explores the narrative, involves participation, and imaginary possibilities of radio through the use of both historic and new, digital technologies.

∏-Node aims to explore the many dimensions of radio’s format and diffusion: its physicality (ether, radio waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum), its spatiality (bandwith, frequencies), its infrastructure (network of radio receivers/emitters), its methods of creation and editorial content management (programming boards/teams, recording studios), its methods of metadata reception (RDS/SDR), its history (radios libres and pirate radio movements), its legislation. Most importantly, ∏-Node also wishes to examine radio’s future at a time when everything is moved towards “the digital”.
The interconnectedness of these various dimensions, tools, and networks allow for the establishment of a decentralized and hitherto unseen diffusion structure, where each of the network’s nodes serve to both receive and diffuse information. Such a structure creates a break with the classic one-way radio format, substituting it with a horizontal peer‐to-peer model that creates room to play with new potentials for multi‐ diffusion and superposition, as well as room to rethink the radio network’s topology.

Embodied RF Ecologies
Afroditi Psarra

E-textile installation and sound performance

Following my quest to embody the invisible transmissions that surround us, in this wearable I explore the use of an IC mixer circuit to down convert the emissions from the NOAA weather satellite and make them audible. By continuing my research into textile antennas and fractal geometry as a means to detect radio-frequency (RF) transmissions, I aim to speculate about the body as an agent of power in a post-capitalist world, and to re-interpret transmission technologies through handmade crafting techniques.

Teaser video here: https://vimeo.com/326116349


Piksel18 Buzzocrazy! Workshops in a glance!

PIKSEL18 Buzzocrazy!
22nd – 24th November
Piksel Studio 207
Strandgaten 207
5004 Bergen

WORKSHOPS announcement– Piksel Studio 207 (All in 1 PDF)

PIKSEL18 Buzzocrazy!
The 16th annual Piksel Festival for Electronic Art and Free Technologies

– Wokshops.
– November 22nd-24th, Bergen (NO)
– http://18.piksel.no

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.

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!
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Workshops Programme:

All workshops are free to attend.
To sign up send an email to: prod(at)piksel(dot)no
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OMSynth: DIY electronics and building audio circuits from scratch Workshop by Peter Edwards

23rd Nov
Building: SKUR14
Date: 15:00-18:00

In 2013 Peter presented the early stages of a DIY circuit building interface called the Open Modular Syntehsizer (OMSynth).

In this lecture he will share how the OMSynth has evolved from an idea to a product and how it challenges many of the established norms of DIY electronics practice. Along the way he will also discuss a call for a new standard of DIY circuit design in the post SMT (surface mount electronics) age.

Participants will build an experimental sound circuit from scratch using the OMSynth.

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).

Weird Signal Processing – a VGA Hacking Workshop by Wolfgang Spahn
24th Nov
Building: SKUR14
Date: 15:00-18:00

Name June Paik is known for manipulating a TV set with a magnet. One might think that after we abandoned monitor tubes the combination of TV and magnetism is gone as well. But similar techniques are still possible today by manipulating the monitor signal.

The fact that most signals used to connect devices via wires are based on electric current allows for easy hacking. For example one can manipulate the VGA video signal flow with coils and magnetic fields. The signal being similar to sound signals makes for an easy transfer to sound and vice versa. One can make a video signal hearable and display an audio signal on a monitor.

In the workshop we will process VGA signals. We learn the basic about the VGA standard and how to manipulate, mix and sonify the signal, how to amplifier, invert and add fast video signals. Every participant will build a VGA breakout board that allows easy access to the signal.

Please bring your own laptop (with a VGA connection or converter), an Arduino and or your Raspberry Pi if you have some.

Wolfgang Spahn (*1970, Austria) is a visual artist based in Berlin. His work includes interactive installations, videos, projections, and miniature-slide-paintings. After having studied mathematics and sociology in Regensburg and Berlin he founded the screen-printing-studio at Tacheles. He also managed various art projects e.g. Schokoladen Mitte and was one of the artists at Meinblau, Berlin. He currently teaches at the BBK-Berlin, Medienwerkstatt and is associated lecturer at the University of Paderborn, department of art.

International exhibitions (selection): 2000 Biennial of young Art in Genua, Italy, 2003 The Kosovo Art Gallery in Pristina, Kosovo, 2005 Biennial in Prague, Czech Republic, 2008 and 2009 Internationales Klangkunstfest in Berlin, 2009 The Art of the Overhead in Malmö, Sweden, PIXEL09 and 10 in Bergen, Norway, 2010 Biennial Of Miniature Art in Serbia, 2010 Media-Scape in Zagreb, Croatia, Transmediale 2012, Berlin.

PIKSEL BIO LAB 2018 WORKSHOPS

The Umwelt of the Forager: on Bees, pheromones and bacteria by Anne Marie Maes
23rd and 24th Nov
Building: Piksel Studio 207
Date: 15:00-19:00

The workshop -the Umwelt of the Forager- will be studying the bio semiotics of the beehive & its ecosystem. The workshop will be organized as a DYI BioLab: the starting point is the role of pheromones and the important task these signifiers play for the communication in the beehive and for the relation of the bees to their ecosystem.

Participants will be sensing the ecology of the beehive and interpret the emergence of symbols. They will be detecting the granularity of waves formed between bacterial signals and the signs emitted through invisible (bio)technologies. In several hands-on sessions the microbial sphere in and around the beehive will be studied under the microscope. Participants will prepare agar plates to culture bacteria and spores that they collect at the intersection of places, called the Umwelt of the Forager (bee). They will ‘design’ with bacteria and reflect upon shared habitats for bees and other micro-organisms.

Anne Marie Maes is an artist who has been studying the tight interactions and co-evolutions within urban ecosystems. Her research practice combines art and science with a strong interest for DIY technologies and biotechnology. She works with a range of biological, digital and traditional media, including live organisms. Her artistic research is materialized in techno-organic objects that are inspired by factual/fictional stories; in artefacts that are a combination of digital fabrication and craftsmanship; in installations that reflect both the problem and the (possible) solution, in multispecies collaborations, in polymorphic forms and models created by eco-data.

Radio Mycelium & How I Hack Plant Conversations by Martin Howse and Mindaugas Gapševičius
23rd Nov
Building: Piksel Studio 207
Date: 10:00-14:00

Radio Mycelium & How I Hack Plant Conversations
Martin Howse, Mindaugas Gapševičius
Keywords: Installation, tutorial, toolkit, experiments

The project invites us to experience interspecies communication and feedback loops between mycelium networks and their habitats, including other organisms and beings. It also proposes the examination of a new networked imaginary between electrochemical signals, digital data, and electromagnetic waves. The project invites the user to experience plant to plant or plant to fungi interaction by connecting an electronic interface and converting data from electrochemical to digital and back to electrochemical signal. Using allelopathy as a metaphor for plant interaction, the project questions the mechanism of translation of signals, which, through the number of generations are influenced by the information from outside, including its own transmitted information.

The experiments introduced in the tutorial will give an idea of how to grow mycelium, how to make electronic tools and attach them to living organisms, and how to use the tools for audiovisual expression. During the hands on session, we will do four experiments:

– Start growing mycelium on coffee grounds;
– Sense electric potentials in living organisms;
– Assemble and test the mycelial radio transmitter;
– Use built tools and a Pd patch provided for audiovisual expression.

The experiments are facilitated by Mindaugas Gapševičius.

Mindaugas Gapševičius, http://triple-double-u.com/
Martin Howse, http://www.1010.co.uk/org/

Martin Howse is occupied with an artistic investigation of the links between the earth (geophysical phenomena), software and the human psyche (psychogeophysics), proposing a return to animism within a critical misuse of scientific technology.

Mindaugas Gapševičius (b 1974) is an artist, facilitator, and curator living and working in Berlin and Vilnius. He earned his MA at Vilnius Academy of Arts in 1999 and started MPHIL/PhD program at Goldsmiths University in 2010.


PIKSEL KIDZ LAB 2018 EDITION

City GO! DIY Traffic lights of air pollution by Hamilton Mestizo
5th – 7th November – 10:00- 14:00
8th – 9th November – 14:00 -18:00
Building: Piksel Studio 207
To participate send and email to piksel18(at)piksel(dot)no

Do It Yourself Traffic lights of air pollution is an eco-design workshop for kids. Kids will be assembling “air traffic lights” that visualise the pollution in our cities. The goal is to experiment with a sensor which detects levels of Carbon Monoxide (CO) concentrations, the main gas produced by gasoline and diesel cars and go to the city and test them in the urban environment.

The project mixes artistic, environmental and social concerns and adheres to the design principles of open hardware and software: Everyone is invited to learn how the electronics and the code functions in order to be able to modify it.

Hamilton Mestizo (CDMX, Mexico)
Hamilton Mestizo explores the interfaces of arts, science and technology and their critical, ecological, and social-culturall implications. In the last decade, Mestizo has combined his artistic practice with education and research focused on open source hardware development, DIY-DIWO culture, new media and biotechnology.

City TECH! SONORATEC! en kunstlab med nye medier for barn! by Oda Bremnes (Norway), Margarita Ardila (Colombia)
12th – 14th – 10:00- 14:00
15th – 16th November – 14:00 -18:00
Building: Piksel Studio 207
To participate send and email to piksel18(at)piksel(dot)no

Sonorartec is a lab where the kids learn the basics of electronic to produce sound with drawn images, toys with lights, plastic pianos, … recycling everyday materials. What we will do? Build different devices which permit kids to experiment with leds, circuits, sound, graphics, creative writing, and much more.

Oda Bremnes (Norway) is a third year of bachelor’s degree at the Department of Art at the Faculty of Arts, Music and Design, UiB (further Art and Design College in Bergen). She is working on new media. mainly video, installation and electronics.

Margarita Ardila (Colombia)
Margarita Ardila is a Colombian maker, composer and sound researcher. Multidisciplinary artist coordinator and workshop of SONORARTEC LAB, laboratory oriented to the application of new media in the art, design, education.

City TECH! Electrotextile! Customize your clothes or accessories with LEDs! by Pauline Vierne (France)
12th – 14th – 10:00- 14:00
15th – 16th November – 14:00 -18:00
Building: Piksel Studio 207
To participate send and email to piksel18(at)piksel(dot)no

Electrotextile workshop is a practical and theoretical workshop to make, remixi and intervene your accessories and garments through the manufacture of soft and flexible electronic circuits.

The participants will approach to the concept of “wearable technologies” and to the basic notions of electronics. To this end, circuits will be prototyped and creative projects will be developed by mixing textiles and materials capable of conducting electricity.

Kids will learn to make resistances and soft switches with cloth, felt, thread for lighting or sound applications and they can customize your clothes or accessories with LEDs!

Pauline Vierne, France
Pauline Vierne completed an MA in Innovative Textiles at ENSAAMA, Paris, and works as an e-textile researcher at the Design Research Lab, Berlin University of the Arts since 2014. Using experimental design and practice-led processes, her work bridges conductive and unconventional materials using traditional craft techniques to explore new materiality.


City go! DIY Traffic lights of air pollution. DIY Trafikklys for luftforurensning

5 – 7 november – 10:00 – 14:00
8 – 9 november – 14:00 – 18:00
For å melde deg på, send en mail til piksel18(at)piksel(dot)no

Piksel Studio 2017
Strandgaten 207, 5004 Bergen, Norway

DIY Trafikklys for luftforurensning
DIY Trafikklys for luftforurensning er en øko-design workshop for barn. Deltagerne vil sette sammen «trafikklys» som visualiserer luftforurensingen i byen vår. Målet er å eksperimentere med en sensor laget for å avlese nivåer for konsentrasjonen av karbonmonoksid (CO) i luften. Karbonmonoksid er den viktigste avfallsgassen som slippes ut av diesel- og bensinbiler. Vi drar deretter til byen for å teste sensorene i sentrumsgatene.

Prosjektet blander kunstneriske, teknologiske, økologiske og sosiale tilnærminger, og følger prinsippet om åpen teknologi, både for maskinvare og programvare. Det vil si at alle inviteres til å lære hvordan elektronikken og kodingen som tas i bruk fungerer, slik at de selv blir i stand til å modifisere den.

Hamilton Mestizo (CDMX, Mexico)
Hamilton Mestizo utforsker punktene hvor kunst, vitenskap og teknologi møtes, og hvilke lærdommer vi kan trekke av disse møtepunktene, kritisk, økologisk og sosiokulturelt. I løpet av det siste tiåret har Mestizo kombinert sin kunstneriske gjerning med utdanning og forskning, med fokus på utvikling av åpen kilde-teknologi, DIY/DIWO-kultur, nye medier og bioteknologi.


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

english

Piksel Studio 207
Strandgaten 207
BERGEN

To sign in: piksel18(at)piksel(dot)no with the subject CITY GO – DIY Traffic lights of air pollution.
Free entrance
No prior knowledge is required.
Age: 9 – 17.
Number of participants: 15.

DIY Traffic lights of air pollution.
An eco-design workshop for kids. During a week kids will be assembling “air traffic lights”. This workshop aims to visualise the pollution in our cities.

The goal is to experiment with a sensor (MQ-07) which detects levels of Carbon Monoxide (CO) concentrations, the main gas produced by gasoline and diesel cars. The project mixes artistic, environmental and social concerns and adheres to the design principles of open hardware and software: Everyone is invited to learn how the electronics and the code functions in order to be able to modify it.

We will learn how to use it with an Arduino board, participants will program a series of behaviors in colour variations that allowed us to translate the sensor signals into color changes on a RGB LED screen: red 🙁, orange: I, green 🙂.

To then assemble all the pieces inside a hand-held traffic light designed for laser cutting.

The workshop part occurs over 4 hours in which the operations of the circuit and the code will be explained while assembling the circuit. The group will then walk in order to listen to the city in a different way.

The workshop:
1.- Assembly
The assembly process is developed in three phases:
1. electronic circuit. 2. programming. 3. assembly.

2.- Electronic circuit
The electronic circuit was previously designed. Use an attiny84 microcontroller, programmed through arduino as ISP. The circuit controls the sensor, the intensity of each RGB color and regulates the electrical voltage.

3.- Programming
The program translates the mq7 sensor signal into a sensitivity range of an analog input of 0 to 1023, 0 = 10ppm (particles per million), 1023 = 10000ppm of CO in the environment. At the same time it determines in that range the color mix in the RGB screen, based on this signal.

4.- Mounting
Finally, the RGB LED screen, the power supply (battery-switch) and the container were assembled.

5.- Testing on the streets 🙂

Duration: 5 day – 15 hours
Age: 8-18 years old.
Exhibition: Piksel Studio

Hamilton Mestizo (CDMX, Mexico)

Hamilton Mestizo work primarily explores the interfaces of arts, science and technology and their critical, ecological, and social-culturall implications. In the last decade, Mestizo has combined his artistic practice with education and research focused on open source hardware development, DIY-DIWO culture, new media and biotechnology.

From 2007 to 2014 he had taught hypermedia in Film’s Department at Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2007), biotechnology and physical computing in Design and Architecture’s Department (2008-2012) and Art’s Department (2014) at Universidad Javeriana Bogota. Mestizo had worked at Parque Explora Medellín (2016-2017) where, with a multidisciplinary team, they designed and planned the program and activities at the “Exploratorio” (Public Experimentation Laboratory and Workshop). Moreover, Mestizo has involved with different private-public institutions developing strategies and counseling in pedagogy and education.

Mestizo has participated in several exhibitions and festivals worldwide, including: Siggraph Art Gallery (Los Angeles, 2017); GOSH – Gathering for Open Science Hardware (Santiago de Chile, 2017); Medialab-Prado (Madrid, 2016); Rural Scapes Exhibition (Brasil, 2015); Festival Internacional de la Imagen ( Manizales, 2015); Fundación Platohedro (Medellín, 2015); Centro de Cultura Digital CCD (México, 2014); ISEA sur-south – International Symposium of Electronic Arts (Sydney, 2013); Balance-Unbalance Conference (Noosa, 2013); Maker Fair London (London, 2013); Pixelache (Helsinki-Tallinn, 2013); Plataforma (Bogotá, 2012); Labsurlab ( Quito, 2012); Culturadigital (Rio De Janeiro, 2011); Deus Ex Media (Santiago, 2011); Interactivos?10:neigburhoodscience Medialab-Prado (Madrid, 2010); VIDA Art and Artificial Life International Awards (Spain, 2007), among others venues.

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


City Tech – Elektrotekstil! Utsmykk klærne og tilbehørene dine med LED-lys!

12 – 14 november – 10:00 – 14:00
15 – 16 november – 14:00 – 18:00
For å melde deg på, send en mail til piksel18(at)piksel(dot)no
Alder: 10-18 år.

Piksel Studio 207
Strandgaten 207
BERGEN

Elektrotekstil! Utsmykk klærne og tilbehørene dine med LED-lys!

Elektrotekstil workshop er en praktisk og teoretisk workshop hvor du lærer å skape og utsmykke klær og tilbehør ved å fremstille myke og fleksible elektriske strømkretser.

Deltagerne vil bli kjent med konseptet «teknologiske klær», og innføres i grunnleggende elektronikk. Vi vil sette sammen elektriske strømkretser fra grunnen av, og vi vil lage kreative prosjekter hvor vi utstyrer klær og tilbehør med materialer i stand til å bære elektrisitet.

Barna vil lære hvordan man kan bygge elektrisk resistans og myke av/på-knapper inn i stoff, å lage strømførende tråder for lys- eller lydinstallasjoner, og hvordan man kan utstyre klær og tilbehør med LED-lys!

Pauline Vierne, France

Pauline Vierne har en master i «innovative tekstiler» fra Frankrikes ledende kust- og designutdanning, ENSAAMA i Paris, og har siden 2014 arbeidet som forsker på e-tekstiler ved Design Research Lab på Kunstuniversitetet i Berlin. Arbeidene hennes kjennetegnes av at hun kombinerer strømførende og ukonvensjonelle materialer med tradisjonelle håndverksmetoder i jakten på nye materielle uttrykk.


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


english

Piksel Studio 207
Strandgaten 207
BERGEN

Email to piksel18(at)piksel(dot)no with the subject Electrotextile – CITY TECH
Free
Ages: from 8 to 18 years old.

Gratis verksted for barn/unge i alderen 8-18 år

Electrotextile workshop is a practical and theoretical workshop aimed at the making, remixing and intervening of accessories and garments through the manufacture of soft and flexible electronic circuits.

The participants will approach to the concept of wearables or “wearable technologies” and to the basic notions of electronics. To this end, circuits will be prototyped and creative projects will be developed by mixing textiles and materials capable of conducting electricity.

Kids will learn to make resistances and soft switches with cloth, felt, thread for lighting or sound applications and they can customize your clothes or accessories with led light.

Using the learning methods Do It Yourself (DIY) and Do It With Others (DIWO).

Pauline Vierne, France
Pauline Vierne completed an MA in Innovative Textiles at ENSAAMA, Paris, and works as an e-textile researcher at the Design Research Lab, Berlin University of the Arts since 2014.

Using experimental design and practice-led processes, her work bridges conductive and unconventional materials using traditional craft techniques to explore new materiality.

Having one foot in academic research and the other within the international community of the E-textile Summercamp gives Pauline a complex perspective on directions and tendencies currently present in the e-textile field.

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


City-Tech: SONORATEC! By Margarita Ardila/Oda Bremnes

12 – 14 november – 10:00 – 14:00
15 – 16 november – 14:00 – 18:00
For å melde deg på, send en mail til piksel18(at)piksel(dot)no
Gratis verksted for barn/unge i alderen 4-14 år

Piksel Studio 207
Strandgaten 207
BERGEN

SONORATEC er en lab hvor barna lærer seg grunnleggende elektronikk for å kunne skape lyd til tegnede bilder; leker som lyser; plastpianoer… alt bygget av gjenvinnede materialer.

Hva kommer vi til å gjøre?
Bygge forskjellige innretninger som lar barna eksperimentere med ledlys, strømkretser, lyd, grafikk, kreativ skriving og mye mer.

Margarita Ardila (Colombia)
Margarita Ardila er en colombiansk filmskaper, komponist og lydforsker. Hun er en multidisiplinær kunstner og grunnlegger av workshopen SONORATEC LAB, som fokuserer på bruken av nye medier i kunst, design og utdanning.

Oda Bremnes (Norway)
Oda Bremnes er I si tredje år av bachelorutdanning ved Institut for kunst ved Fakultet for Kunst, Musikk og Design, UiB (udligere Kunst- og designhøyskolen I Bergen). Hun jobber med nye medier. hovedsaklig video, installasjon og elektronikk.

Sonorartec is a lab where the kids learn the basics of electronic to produce sound with drawn images, toys with lights, plastic pianos, … recycling everyday materials. Building different devices which permit kids to experiment with leds, circuits, sound, graphics, creative writing, and much more.

Margarita Ardila, Colombia

Margarita Ardila is a Colombian maker, composer and sound researcher. Multidisciplinary artist coordinator and workshop of SONORARTEC LAB, laboratory oriented to the application of new media in the art, design, education. Emerging, independent and self-managed space interested in sharing and disseminating DIY and DIWO dynamics. Currently developing the project LAPIZ VOLTAJOSO activity mixing electronics and creative writing.


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


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/


VECTOR SYNTHESIS WORKSHOP

VECTOR SYNTHESIS WORKSHOP WITH DEREK HOLZER

VECTOR SYNTHESIS is an audiovisual, computational art project using sound synthesis and vector graphics display techniques to investigate the direct relationship between sound+image. It draws on the historical work of artists such as Mary Ellen Bute, John Whitney, Nam June Paik, Ben Laposky, and Steina & Woody Vasulka among many others, as well as on ideas of media archaeology and the creative re-use of obsolete technologies. Audio waveforms control the vertical and horizontal movements as well as the brightness of a single beam of light, tracing shapes, points and curves with a direct relationship between sound and image.
You can see several demo videos here:

http://macumbista.net/?page_id=5000

SOFTWARE

The Vector Synthesis library allows the creation and manipulation of 2D and 3D vector shapes, Lissajous figures, and scan processed image and video inputs using audio signals sent directly to oscilloscopes, hacked CRT monitors, Vectrex game consoles, ILDA laser displays, or oscilloscope emulation softwares using the Pure Data programming environment.

https://github.com/macumbista/vectorsynthesis

During this workshop, you will learn how to use a custom library in the Pure Data programming environment to directly control the vertical and horizontal movements, as well as the brightness, of a beam of light. You will then explore Lissajous figures, waveform representations, and other multiplexed, audio-driven visual shapes and forms which can be displayed and manipulated in real time on an XY oscilloscope, Vectrex game console, ILDA laser display, and other analog vector displays, or with oscilloscope emulating software directly on your laptop.

DATES

March 9-11 2018

PLACE

Piksel Studio 207
Strandgaten 207
5004 Bergen
http://studio.piksel.no

To sign up, send a mail to: prod (AT) piksel.no

LINKS

http://macumbista.net/?page_id=4869

https://www.instagram.com/macumbista/

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Derek Holzer (1972) is an American instrument builder and sound artist based in Helsinki FI & Berlin DE, whose current interests include DIY analog electronics, the relationship between sound + space, media archaeology and the meeting points of electroacoustic, noise, improv and extreme music. He has performed live, taught workshops and created scores of unique instruments and installations since 2002 across Europe, North and South America, and New Zealand


PIKSEL17 — We Take EmoCoin! workshops.

PIKSEL17 – We Take EmoCoin!
The 15th annual Piksel Festival for Electronic Art and Free Technologies

– Wokshops
– November 13st-16th, Bergen (NO)
http://17.piksel.no

The 15th edition of the Piksel Festival takes place in Bergen (NO) November 16th- 18th 2017. We Take EmoCoin! The Piksel17 festival slogan points out to the new capital: our emotions. The interest of the human beings can be captured through emotions, and therefore can be monetized.
Emotions has become the new coin. Emotions can be measured, monitorized and monetized in almost real time. Together with our use of social networks, technology is also investing in bio-sensing the body, using small components and microcontrollers we can collect our bio-data.
So, we ourselves with our public online behaviour and our stored bio-signals, visualized and interfaced, create a direct link between emotions and money.

PIKSEL17 – We Take EmoCoin!

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Workshops Programme:

All workshops are free to attend.
To sign up send an email to:prod(at)piksel(dot)no

BioSIGNAL Sensing Workshop by Cristian Delgado
16th Nov
Building: Piksel Studio 207
Date: 14:00-18:00
http://17.piksel.no/?p=72

In this workshop the participants are going to use small components and microcontrolers to make biosignal sensors, to record pulse, muscle and cardiac activity to conect it to instruments and visuals, working with the sense plants response, electromiography and oxygen in blood to control both visuals and audio software with body signals and interaction between bodies.
The result is a colective exhibition made by the participants and the invited artist.

Bergen PD Meeting
16th Nov
Building: Piksel Studio 207
Date: 14:00-16:00
http://17.piksel.no/?p=72

PureData is an open source visual programming language for music and multimedia creation, oftenly used by composers, performers, software designers, researchers and artists to create performances and installations.
This first PD meeting will try to gather the Bergen PD community around regular meetings in order to discuss and learn about PD, what it is, how do we see or use it, but also a place to discuss about electronic music and open-source culture.
The meeting is run by artist and composer Arthur Hureau with the support of Piksel.

From E-waste to Sound Device by Toni Quiroga
17h Nov
Building: Piksel Studio 207
Date: 11:00-18:00
http://17.piksel.no/?p=230

During this workshop you will learn how to turn parts of e-waste and trash into functional primitive sound devices. Through the vivisection of dead media devices you will learn how to extract valuable components (like motors, VU meters, integrated circuits, transistors and other raw materials) and reuse them in order to build a primitive and idiosyncratic instrument. We will build fully recycled electronic gadgets powered through alternative and ecologically sustainable methods integrating our own body residuals into the process (if you want to). The idea is to get a better understanding of new media through the excavation of the old and obsolete by highlighting the nonlinear history within those devices.

The Praxis LIVE – Hybrid Visual IDE for Live Creative Coding by Neil C. Smith
17h Nov
Building: Piksel Studio 207
Date: 14:00-17:00
http://17.piksel.no/?p=69

Praxis LIVE is an innovative and powerful new way to work with OpenJDK and tools like Processing. It is a way to create projections, interactive spaces, custom AV instruments, or live-coding performances.

The workshop will introduce basic project building and patching with Praxis LIVE.
The participants will be able to continue to experiment with visual patching, or learn how to “drop down” to the built-in code editor and live recode components using Processing / Java or OpenGL. They will be able to explore Praxis LIVE’s support for physical computing, including prebuilt integration with TinkerForge open hardware, or GPIO on the Raspberry Pi.
www.praxislive.org |www.neilcsmith.net

A Recipe for Destruction: Secure Hardware Data Erasure by Nikita Mazurov
18h Nov
Building: Piksel Studio 207
Date: 11:00-13:00
http://17.piksel.no/?p=227

This workshop propose the question that how securely delete data nowdays has become an important thing.
Exists a huge number of software solutions which advocate wholesale drive encryption, but software solutions are woefully inadequate for the task. So this piece propose a demonstration of a pragmatic hardware solution: secure device destruction via open source recipes.
Will demonstrate and walk attendees through creating homemade recipes to securely get rid of their devices, whether tablets, laptops, phones, or even desktops.
The ultimate goal of this non-traditional workshop is to illustrate that for our digital data to truly become ‘renewable’ it must be liberated from the prison of the physical form, exorcised from the demon of the hard drive.

Sonified Textiles by Paola Torres Nuñez del Prado
18h Nov
Building: Piksel Studio 207
Date: 14:00-18:00
http://17.piksel.no/?p=78

The Shipibo-Konibo, from the Peruvian rainforest, openly link their traditional singing (Ikaros) to the designs they draw on vessels and their bodies, and the textiles they use as decoration and clothing. They consider that their designs can be sung.

The workshop includes an introduction to various sonification methods, ranging from databending to code, using different open-source softwares (Audacity, Gimp, Hex editor) and programming platforms for mapping sounds on visual data (images and video).
An explanation on how glitch is related to the designs behind the artworks from Paracas Culture from Perú, the Chincheros Textile Masters from Cusco, and the Shipibo-Konibo.

Biotransmissions by Colectivo Electrobiota
18h Nov
Building: Piksel Studio 207
Date: 14:00-18:00
http://17.piksel.no/?p=72

An experiment with electronics and biology seeking to explore different forms of interspecies communication and relationship with nature.
Introduction to biointeractivity and electronics to build our own biosensor that will allow us to make latent the potential voices of the different forms of life that inhabit the rhizosphere.

Vector Synthesis by Derek Holzer
November 27 – November 29
Date: 14:00-20:00
http://17.piksel.no/?p=81

VECTOR SYNTHESIS is an audiovisual, computational art project using sound synthesis and vector graphics display techniques to investigate the direct relationship between sound+image. It draws on the historical work of artists such as Mary Ellen Bute, John Whitney, Nam June Paik, Ben Laposky, and Steina & Woody Vasulka among many others, as well as on ideas of media archaeology and the creative re-use of obsolete technologies. Audio waveforms control the vertical and horizontal movements as well as the brightness of a single beam of light, tracing shapes, points and curves with a direct relationship between sound and image.
http://macumbista.net/?page_id=5000


Press Note PIKSEL16 ZERO Level

Piksel 16, ZERO-Level
elektronisk kunst og fri teknologi
24-27 Nov
Bergen, Norway

PIKSEL16 Festival ZERO-LEVEL, elektronisk kunst og fri teknologi.

An independent look at the Bergen’s marine environment.

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From 24 to 27th of November, artists from a dozen of countries will meet at the PIKSEL International Festival in Bergen. Throughout concerts, installations, performances, workshops and presentations, artists will share different ways to look at our marine environment.

Are the fish we eat “feminized” by pollution? In a post-internet era, how would we create an alternative communication network? How can we collect direct data from our seas and learn to interpret that? Is the boat a new artistic mobility tool? Is it possible to prototype with ZERO-emission?

Biotechnology is no longer just a subject for scientists; experimental artists are also researching biological, biopolitical and bioefficiency issues that affect society as a whole. As conscious citizens, artists raise these questions to the general public through art works, performances and workshops where everyone is invited to participate.

Piksel16, ZERO-level, wants to focus on the biological and social aspects of the sea as a sustainable environment. Zero in the meaning of: zero-emissions, zero-footprints, zero-waste, zero-energy, zero-pollution, zero-plastic, zero-trash. Also Zero encourages bio-efficiency, bio-ecology, marine inheritance, sustainable maritime transport, sea communication, civil society, water as a playground, and civil engagement.

Piksel 16, ZERO-Level is an international festival for electronic art and technological freedom in Bergen. From the 24th to the 27th of November; concerts, AV performances, exhibitions and workshops will take place at BAS, PIKSEL Studio 207, Rom 8 and the Mill. Artists coming from a dozen countries will be presenting DIY bio-art, DIY electronics instruments, visual programming, live coding and FM radio workshops, installations and performances.

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Check out the program at http://16.piksel.no/
Find us in Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/piksel.no/


Exhibition “Sushi Roulette” at S.NET conference

Piksel in collaboration with S.Net Conference, UIB and KHIB Bergen presents

Sushi Roulette, a workshop commissioned by Piksel to Kat Austen and Gjino Šutić

Explore plastic pollutants in the marine environment using DIY science
14 October 2016
At the Student Center, UIB | BERGEN
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Thanks to all participants!! Great work!

Sushi Roulette is a workshop by Kat Googie Austen and Gen O Fenring – Gjino Šutić commissioned by Piksel as a follow up of a previous workshop, Pikslo Deep Diving, hosted by Piksel 15 and developed together with Robertina Sebjanic and Slavko Glamocanin. The topic of that first workshop was to find out new DIY protocols to isolate micropollutants in Bergen’s algae. We want to thank Kat and Gjino for the fantastic work they have done. Thank Cat and Zack (Center for Genomic Gastronomy) for bringing their students, to all the participants for their work and interest and to KHIB, Universitetet i Bergen and s.NET to make the collaboration possible.

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DAY 2 at “Sushi Roulette” workshop

Piksel in collaboration with S.Net Conference, UIB and KHIB Bergen presents

Sushi Roulette, a workshop by Kat Austen and Gjino Šutić commissioned by Piksel.

Explore plastic pollutants in the marine environment using DIY science

12-14 October 2016
At the Student Center, UIB | BERGEN
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Artists and scientists Kat and Gjino invite us to examine the unseen and hard to detect impact of our increasing use of “hidden” plastic – plastic that we can’t see, like micro beads, or that we don’t (yet) have a narrative of as polluting, such as 3D printed materials. At the workshop, we’ll be refining DIY chemical tests for micro-plastics, looking at fish samples from the local fishmongers.

Over 4 days of activities, starting with sample collection on a field trip to the fish market, participants will go through a process of exploration of these newly developed DIY techniques, to better understand the presence of plastics in the marine environment around Bergen.

The workshop will culminate with a Sushi Roulette afterparty, where through the encounter with real and dummy sushi the participants are challenged to test their reactions to the thought of consuming plastics as
food.

Schedule:
Day 1: Tuesday 11 Oct. | Meet-up at 1st floor Mesanine, Student Center
3pm – 5pm: Field trip. Visit and finding fish at the Fish Market and other fish shops.

Day 2: Wednesday 12 Oct. | 1st floor Mesanine, Student Center
1pm to 6 pm: Workshop part 1: Establishing an open source and open hardware lab for DIY biology, chemistry and marine fauna research.
6pm-7pm: Cleaning the lab.


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