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HUMOUR IS THE WEAPON.

Taking part in a Contemporary Art Biennial is something that always brings up many different queries and questions. The Biennial discussion is more than ever on the radar, after many years of analysis and debate. In addition to all of these problems, Manifesta 10 Biennial includes the current situation of the Russian policy about LGBT groups and the conflict with Ukraine.

Frankly, my participation in Manifesta 10 started with an intense personal process: To go or not to go, boycott or not. My intention of visiting Saint Petersburg as part of Manifesta 10 parallel program of events started with a question of morals and ethics. Should I participate in an art model of Manifesta in such a context? My final positive decision on attending happened thanks to the comments of different Russian friends from Saint Petersburg close to the gay rights movement and from the art scene, who supported and encouraged me taking part in order to develop my project, “Mobile Discotheque”, in such a difficult and tricky context.

My project idea was to develop a mobile sound artefact inspired by the traditional Caribbean Colombian sound systems. It would circulate through the public space, and would work as a megaphone for different collectives which inhabit the city. Roman gypsies, musicians, those of the LGTB collective, skaters and immigrants were the people I had in my mind as possible users of the artefact. I invisioned that these people would use the platform of my project for open public discussion about the problems they face in their everyday lives.

After my research period on the city I met with Olga Yitlina, a Russian artist with whom I overlapped with two years prior while she was making a residency at HIAP, at the same time as I was curating the exhibition “The Worker´s Hand” at HIAP Kaapeli Gallery. She was developing a project in St. Petersburg within the public program of Manifesta 10, related to the problems of Central Asian immigrants arriving to Russia. Persecution, poverty, interminable bureaucracy and police violence are some of the countless problems they face everyday in order to have a better life for themselves and their families. The merging of both projects, her’s and my “Mobile Discotheque”, appeared immediately as the best way to help this collective, and we took the claim “HUMOUR IS THE WEAPON” as our main project statement.

The project toured through Ligovsky Avenue and Nevsky prospect, Saint Petersburg’s main arteries. Different claims about migration as well as Central Asian and Caribbean rhythms were shouted and spread by the powerful sound system carried on top of an old Lada car. The sound system was made from wood and decorated with colours from the Latin Caribbean countries.

We went through different streets and city areas, getting stopped by the police every 20 minutes. We stopped at the main central Asian market. There, many people followed us, dancing and enjoying our performance of an illegal immigrant hitting a police officer, making a parody of the sad everyday life for many Central Asian immigrants. From there we continued our caravan and we finished at a backyard with a final humour contest performance of the Nasridin character represented in the sound system.

Such an amazing day was closed with a popular open party where we were sharing, eating, dancing, and celebrating the power of humour and solidarity. Different media such as newspapers and a popular TV channel reported about the project, creating public debate and a visability of this collective that is normally marginalized and isolated on many different levels.

Sometimes risks are worth taking.

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Best Cultural Practice, Winner Hai Art!

Last week, Hai Art, international platform for experimental art in Hailuoto, Finland, won a prize for best cultural practice in a competition for the EU/ governmental funded projects between 2007-2013 in rural Finland. Congratulations to Hai Art!

Hai Art ‘engages the local community as well as invites international artists, curators and competence to the remote island […] They want form a vision, how to combine existence with nature and digital technology, manifesting local and global awareness through artistic practice.’

While they are honoured to receive this recognition, they also explain in their statement that they look critically at the EU & the Finnish government policies. They are also calling out to the Finnish government to cancel all further plans to build nuclear power plants and support the development of sustainable energy solutions. Read More

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Pixelache Projects / Recommended events

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19.11 Lunch Bytes Helsinki #3

Lunch Bytes is a series of public discussions, which examine the consequences of the increasing ubiquity of digital networked technologies in relation to artistic practice. Each event is dedicated to a different topic and brings together artists, media scholars, designers, curators and intellectuals. Lunch Bytes is curated by Melanie Bühler, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut and various local partners.

In 2014, the series was launched as the “European Edition” by the Goethe-Instituts in Northwest Europe with events in different cities. The upcoming and last event of the series in Helsinki will take place on November 19 at gallery Sinne and will center on the topic of the commons. This last event is co-conceptualized with Pixelache. Read More

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Pixelache Festival

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Camp Pixelache 2014: Remix the Commons video-mix

During Camp Pixelache 2014 in June on Vartiosaari, Alain Ambrosi & Frédéric Sultan from Remix the Commons platform worked together with M-Cult,‘s Maria Candia and Kalle Kuisma to make recorded interviews & conversations with our Camp participants (see contribution call) about how they defined the Commons, and about the gathering that was taking place.

The first video remix edited by Maria Candia, has been released with english subtitles on M-Cult’s M2HZ platform and Remix the Commons platform, via YouTube.

Further video clips of full individual interviews will be uploaded in the future to these platforms.

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Pixelache Festival / Pixelache Projects

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Autopsy of Island Currency, the book is out!

This book documents and reflects on a long-term Pixelache project called Suomenlinna Money Lab, that tried to create an experimental local currency for the small island of Suomenlinna in Helsinki. It looks at the particular challenges faced by the project, as well as the broader topics of participatory practices and money as a social & material medium through a series of essays.

The book is composed of the multiple voices of artist Christian Nold, curator Susanne Jaschko and Nathalie Aubret from Pixelache.

> Autopsy of an Island Currency will be launched and presented at Camp Pixelache on Sunday 8.6.
> You can download the book in pdf format HERE

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Open calls / Pixelache Festival

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Contribute to Remix the Commons!

Remix the Commons is a collaborative and evolutive multimedia project. It aims at documenting and illustrating key ideas and practices of the commons movement, including the creative process of the project itself.

In collaboration with Remix the Commons & M-Cult, we would like to invite you for a short interview about the Commons during the Camp Pixelache week end (7-8.6). Camp Pixelache is bringing together a myriad of people from Northern Europe, the Baltic countries and beyond, who we hope could share their voices to the Remix the Commons platform.

Interviews will be documented in video and made available under a creative commons license in order to be remixed, distributed, and eventually added to the Remix The Commons database. All along the weekend, the contact point on Vartiosaari for the Remix the Commons interviews is Verkkomaja. Welcome!

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Open calls / Pixelache Festival

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Bio-hacking scene gathers at Camp Pixelache (6-8-6)

Exploring the thematic of the Bio-Commons, members of the biohacking scene from Europe and beyond will gather for a workshop at Camp Pixelache (6-8.6).

With regards to biotechnology, society relies mainly on patents as means to enable and secure innovations. In recent years, the limits of this intellectual property regime has become increasingly evident. New approaches to biological knowledge and technology, such as the attempts to establish open access and open-source practices to key biotech methods and processes are currently being negotiated.

A plenitude of licensing modes has been developed in the past and with success in the digital world. Despite the essential achievements, there exists no similar licensing model for the life sciences.

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Pixelache Festival

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Pixelache Helsinki 2014 shop is open!

Are you commoner, commonist, commonaut or commonerd?  You can say it with a T-shirt. Or maybe a bag. Pixelache’s shop is now open! Items from previous editions also available for the nostalgic. Visit the shop here.

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Open calls

Melliferopolis Workshop III: Bees for Architecture and Architecture for Bees

Artist Talk 27th May, 2014 at 5 pm
Workshop 9-11th June, 2014
Helsinki University Botanic Garden, Finland
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“Bees for Architecture and Architecture for Bees” is a three day workshop at the Kaisanemi Botanical Gardens offered by Australian artist Dr. Nigel Helyer as part of the ongoing Melliferopolis urban bee project. The workshop will be preceded by an introductory lecture “Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee” by Dr. Nigel Helyer on 27th May at Eläintarhan Villa, Eläintarhantie 12 Helsinki.

Working with natural materials gathered from the Gardens we will concentrate on sculptural approaches to create Bee friendly hives which we will incorporate into large figurative works to be installed in the Park.

The second focus is the creation of a series of small sculptural objects to be housed inside conventional bee hives allowing the Bees to ‘co-create’ works which will later be shown as part of a Melliferopolis exhibition.

Registration

Please send an email to info@melliferopolis.net by Friday 30rd May, 18 pm to register to the workshop. Title ” Melliferopolis workshop 2014″ and your name.
We would like to have max 100 words description of you and your motivations to take part to the workshop.
Max 15 participants will be selected.

More info: http://melliferopolis.net/events/

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Activity

Pixelache Network / Pixelache Projects / Pixelache Residencies / Recommended events

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Designing trans-disciplinary residencies 1.12

Residency programmes have been an established methodology for bringing perspective to creative practice through mobility. Helsinki has been the home of a number of established residency programmes; both artistic ones such as HIAP or Linnunlaulu and academic/university practices. At Pixelache, we have conducted a number of production and micro-residencies over the years, and the issue of creative mobility has been a major current in our Pixelversity themes.

Alternative Mobility Research Triangle (AMRT) is a network established by Pixelache to look at the past and future of cultural residencies, in particular at how the format can be extended towards models that are more efficient and with wider impact. The partners of ARMT are Pixelache, Makerspark (Stockholm) and Wabalinna maja (Paide, Estonia). On Monday, 1 December, AMRT will be meeting in Helsinki at the V96 space, which has operated as a trans-disciplinary ‘activist in residency’ project since 2013. We will also be joined by special guest Jonas Büchel from the Urban Insitute Riga, who is also interested in starting Riga’s first trans-disciplinary residency.

We invite all interested parties to ‘Desinging trans-disciplinary residencies’. Each AMRT partner will give a brief presentation of their current activities and Jonas will give an overview of urban activism in the Baltic states, with a look towards how international thinkers could work with multiple RIga-based organisations. We will then open up discussion to find ideas about how a non-traditional residency might work in Helsinki. We hope to have representatives from several different Helsinki organisations present to discuss what they might be able to offer to such a project, as well as how they might benefit from increased collaboration.

Some questions to be asked: How can the structures and practices of residency administration evolve to support more dynamic, trans-disciplinary models? Could a residency be designed that would be shared by many initiatives instead of just one host organisation? How could the administrative and curatorial decision-making as well as the financials be reconstructed following a non-hierarchical format?

This event will be held at V96, Vaasankatu 23, Kallio on Monday, 1 December from 18:00 – 20:00. We will start on time as Gustaf has to leave early!

Presenting and dicussing: Jonas Büchel (Urban Institute); Gustaf Josefsson & Simon Morris (Makerspark); Rainer Eidemiller (Wabalinna maja). Some light snacks will be offered.

The AMRT network is supported by Kulturkontakt Nord.

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Pixelache Projects

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‘Autopsy of an Island Currency’, Book Launch #2 & Workshops

In 2010, Pixelache and curator Susanne Jaschko invited UK artist Christian Nold to develop a project for Helsinki. Autopsy of an Island Currency describes and reflects on the two-and-half year process of this artistic research project, which attempted to create an experimental local currency for the small island of Suomenlinna in Helsinki. Read More.

Welcome to the book launch #2 taking place at Kaupunkiverstas on 21.11 from 17.00 onwards, with the participation of Pekko Koskinen & Antti Jauhiainen, both contributors of the book.

In connection with this event, we are organising as well two exciting workshops on 20.11 also at Kaupinkiverstas. The first workshop hosted by Parecon Finland provides tools to implement participatory economy ideas at the level of small organisations and businesses. The second, entitled ‘Learning Through Failure’, and hosted by Owen Kelly, dissects failed community projects. Read more & sign up!

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Open calls / Uncategorized

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FOOD MINUTES: 5 min to share your ideas on food! Register!

Anyone who would like to share ideas, projects, research, works-in-progress, processes related to food, are welcome come to sign-up for the Food Minutes, to be held in Happi on 6.9 as part of Foodycle. Sign-up!

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Foodycle Panels, Speakers announced!

Foodycle 2014 is offering two interesting panel discussions on Saturday 6th September. The first one focusing of social aspects of food security in Finland will be held in Finnish, and the second one dealing with global food security, in English. Read more

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Pixelache Projects / Pixelversity

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Foodycle 2014: Fork off! 5-6.9.

Last year Pixelache & Ruoan Tulevaisuus initiated Foodycle, a transdisciplinary festival, for anyone interested in food issues. It brings together artists, designers, scientists, grassroots organisations, students, and consumers in general. It aims to recover the true meaning of ecosystem thinking – a bridge between art, design and science – and a space for sharing ideas for sustainable food in the current and future Finland.

The second edition of Foodycle 2014, entitled ‘Fork off’, explores the notion of ‘food security’, which is fundamentally about access to food. The event is collaboration between the same two organisations and Dodo ry, in association with Dodo’s Haarukanjälki (Forkprint) event series.

The two day participatory food festival is organized on the scientific campus of Helsinki University, around the cultural site of Suvilahti, as well as at the urban garden Kääntöpöytä. Like last year there will a farmer’s market in Viikki on Friday 5th September, interesting talks on both 5th and 6th September in Viikki and Suvilahti + diverse food related workshops.

In addition to local and European guests, a few participants from the global South have also been invited to take part. The programme is organised around various interpretations of the notion of food security combining theory & hands-on workshops, providing both literally and metaphorically ‘food for thought’, as well as tools for participants to contribute to improving our food system and food security locally & globally.

Stay tuned for updates on Foodycle webpage and related Facebook page.

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Misc / Open calls / Recommended events

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Kompass: Public space un-conference in Tallinn

Kompass is a gathering of organisers, artists, urbanists and active cultural instigators, held in Tallinn, Estonia on 21-22 August 2014. Kompass is a joint initiative of Totaldobze Art Centre in Riga and Ptarmigan in Tallinn, and seeks to connect Latvian and Estonian minds to address collaborative culture while developing public space and non-governmental activities.

The event begins on Thursday evening with opening presentations by Teele Pehk (Linnalabor, Tallinn), Jonas Büchel (Urban Institute, Riga) and Pixelache’s own Andrew Paterson. Friday will include un-conference time and some instant workshops that are designed to produce concrete proposals to how our initiatives could work together to maximise the potential of public space in the Baltics.

Registration is open to anyone, and we encourage people even from outside of Estonia and Latvia to attend and contribute their ideas. Ptarmigan is a small space so the event will (hopefully) be intimate and productive!

More information can be found via the website, kompass.ptarmigan.ee.

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Pixelache Festival

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Camp Pixelache 2014: Bio Commons white paper

During Camp Pixelache 2014 in June, one of the thematics explored in a 2-day scenario thinking workshop/discussion was Bio-Commons, hosted by Finnish Society of Bioart, as part of the Synenergene EU programme.

Coordinating collaborator Rüdiger Trojok has since compiled and published a white paper which summarizes the ambition of the days to identify the requirements and conditions of Open Source and Citizen Science concepts to realize Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the Life Sciences.

As Trojok prefaces, “In this whitepaper the results of the scenario thinking workshop and brainstorm discussions on the topic of the Bio Commons are presented. As a way to realize these concepts, a hypothetical licensing model termed Bio Commons (in analogy to the Creative Commons) was discussed. The ideas were worked out by participants with a professional background ranging from life sciences, engineering and arts to philosophy and law. Some of them associate themselves with the European DIYbio scene. Although the participants were mostly professionals in one or the other subject, no single person was an expert on all aspects of the Bio Commons topic due to its transdisciplinary character. Therefore, participants are further simply referred to as ‘citizens’. Citizens taking part in the discussion came from a broad range of countries from across Europe and south east Asia. The report does not reflect any personal opinion unless otherwise stated, but serves as a summary of various ideas and concepts that were discussed.”

The project & the white-paper development can followed on GitHub.

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Open calls / Recommended events

TEALEMETREE * Workshop by Agnes Meyer-Brandis 29-31st August, 2014

Call for Participants
Climate Whirl Workshop I
Workshop 29-31st August, 2014
Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, Juupajoki, Finland

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Sample collection with a spoon, Hyytiälä forest research station, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, 2013

Tealemetree* Workshop
by artist** Agnes Meyer-Brandis (DE)

Workshop outline
The workshop starts as an expedition into the forest and the SMEAR Research Station in Hyytiälä, in central Finland. It continues as a journey into the soil, into the trees, into the clouds and the hovering matter in between, finally leading the participants into the realm of smallness. We will investigate the experiments and data production archieved at the forest-research station of Hyytiälä. We will develop our own experiments and take samples of the invisible. On the way we will collect berries, data, aerosols and questions and try to trade and communicate them. As this communication ideally would be mutual between the harvesters and the harvested we might have to develop new languages. Beside that we are going to have a tea with a tree.

* Tea= a traditional beverage made from steeping the processed leaves, buds in water.
Telemetry=The word is derived from Greek roots: tele = remote, and metron = measure.
Tree=There is no universally recognised precise definition of what a tree is, neither botanically nor in common language.

Registration
Please send an email to ulla@capsula.org.es by Tuesday 24th June, to register to the workshop. Title ” Climate Whirl Workshop 2014″ and your name. We would like to have max 100 words description of you and your motivations to take part to the workshop. Max 15 participants will be selected, University of Helsinki students and stuff are prioritised. The selected participants will be informed by 30th June 2014 and prepared with more detailed information of the workshop.

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Pixelache Festival

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Getting to Vartiosaari & info-desk

For those joining Camp Pixelache 2014 on Vartiosaari 7-8.6.,
please consult in advance the Practical Info pages, including how to get there, and the info desk opening hours.

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Open calls / Pixelache Festival

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Camp Pixelache next week on Vartiosaari!

Join us on Vartiosaari for a two-day unconference (7-8.6). The event is free and anyone can propose a Commons-related short presentation and take part in different types of activities, including discussion circles, thematic walks and workshops.

The advance activity proposals we have received via our open call include for instance: a guided tour of the environmental art exhibition on view all around the island from 8.6 onwards; a rope-guided tree climbing expedition to directly experience the unique features of the island’s forest’s biodiversity; a workshop focused on developing a citizen toolkit for creating Commons; various presentations exploring topics from bitcoin to solidarity economy and P2P Gardens.

All the advance activity proposals have been compiled into an online pad. You can get a glimpse of the programme here

> More general info about Camp Pixelache
FB event page

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