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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Artist Talk 27th May, 2014 at 5 pm
Workshop 9-11th June, 2014
Helsinki University Botanic Garden, Finland
“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.
Please send an email to email@example.com 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.
Selvatorium is an event that will take place for the first time during October 2014 in the rural cultural space El Ensueño on the shores of the Palomino river in the Guajira department in Colombia. The objective of this event is to call together a group of people interested in working on themes related to art, permaculture, sustainable technologies, autonomous communication, the transformation and distribution of food and community development.
Selvatorium will take place in the mountains far from the cities. We feel it is important to promote what we call “positive migration”; that is to say, a movement from the city to the countryside. We understand that the cities are overpopulated and promote a lifestyle which is not sustainable on a long-term.
The ‘Weight of Information’ Meet to Delete event of the series took place on Monday 5.5. outside and at Pixelache office. As Owen Kelly reported: We “gathered some old Pixelache documents outside the office and solemnly light a miniature bonfire”. We went back indoors and slowly deleted some data from our laptops and tablets.. We tried to follow the advice of deleting more data than producing. Here is the report we sent Julian Priest:
Deleted (3 different approaches)..
1. Erased 40 photos (RAW+jpg) approx 30mb per photo = 1200MB taken 26 photos (RAW+jpg)
2. Erased data from files: 673.5MB
768 mails at 20kb = 15360kb = 15 MB
246 list posts = 4 MB
118 files = 2000 MB
46 comics = 184 MB
= 920 MB
Taken 26 photos (RAW+jpg) 26×30 = 780MB
1 photo documentation for blog post .jpg = 0.2 MB
So we entered the recycling center to be welcomed with coffee and buns. First we were introduced to the history of the company, tracking back to the beginning of 19th century, and then onwards to nowdays with service packages and global networking trends.
The global aspect of big recycling companies doesn´t seem to be a easy and clear picture. Due to cultural, regulation and law differences it´s hard to global consensus, while problems should be dealt with locally. On one hand it is pure business, but on the other hand it´s very crucial for how life on earth will continue making it a common issue.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
Call for Participants
Climate Whirl Workshop I
Workshop 29-31st August, 2014
Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, Juupajoki, Finland
Sample collection with a spoon, Hyytiälä forest research station, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, 2013
by artist** Agnes Meyer-Brandis (DE)
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.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
Etsimme vapaaehtoisia auttamaan tämän vuoden Pikseliähky festivaalin järjestämisessä kesäkuun alussa!
Pikseliähky Helsinki 2014 festivaali eli Camp Pixelache järjestetään Vartiosaaressa sekä Helsingin yliopistolla 6.-8. kesäkuuta. Festivaali kokoaa yhteen satoja kansainvälisiä ja paikallisia taiteen, designin, tutkimuksen ja aktivismin harrastajia sekä ammattilaisia.
Tapahtuman teemaana on tänä vuonna “The Commons”; avoimen lähdeköödin, lisenssoinnin ja kulttuurin haasteet ja näkökulmat. Alateemoina käsitellään bioteknologian, urbaanin kulttuurin ja tieteen avoimuuden, yhteisöllisen jakamisen ja tiedon kysymyksiä.
Camp Pixelache 2014 järjestetään Vartiosaaressa sekä Helsingin yliopistolla kesäkuussa 6.-8.6. Pikseliähky-festivaali kokoaa yhteen kansainvälisiä ja paikallisia taiteen, designin, tutkimuksen ja aktivismin harrastajia sekä ammattilaisia.
Tapahtuman teemana tänä vuonna on ”The Commons”; avoimen lähdekoodin, lisensoinnin ja kulttuurin haasteet ja näkökulmat. Alateemoina käsitellään bioteknologian, urbaanin kulttuurin ja tieteen avoimuuden, yhteisöllisen jakamisen ja tiedon kysymyksiä.
Vielä voit ehdottaa työpajoja, esityksiä, esitelmiä!