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‘Gold diggers’ dismantling & metal-extraction workshop at Kierrätystehdas 26.4.

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The ‘Gold diggers’ dismantling & metal-extraction workshop will take place at this year’s Kierrätystehdas event at Kaapeli on 26.4., starting at 10.30 and will be led by Albert Laine in co-operation with Delegaatio, as part of Trashlab‘s April activities.

At the ‘Gold diggers’ workshop participants will mine old computers in search of valuable metals. Gold digging could be a way to earn some income. It could also be development work. Instead of leaving electronic trash on a derive to the global south, we can dismantle it here. You are most welcome to bring desktop computers to the workshop (the older, the better) to dismantle. We will handle the waste. The workshop is free of cost.

The workshop programme includes an introduction to the techniques of dismantling and metal-extraction by Albert Laine, video-material related to e-waste and documentation from a field trip to Kuusakoski recycling center and discussion with Anna Härri from eetti.fi, who talks about the electronic trash in faraway waste lands at 14:30.

Find our workshop in Merikaapelihalli 2kr (location PDF).

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Ambassador Report

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Explorations on sustainable culture in Sicily

I (Mikko Laajola) was invited to visit and explore Sicily by Egle Oddo, a sicilian artist currently residing in Helsinki, for further collaborations regarding Maaland and other related Pixelache topics. Egle is currently working on Nuppu-project, which is a collaborative art project to preserve local plant seeds inside a public artwork.

In Italy, as well as in other european countries, traditional agriculture and countryside has transformed due to industrialisation and global capitalism. Many families have agricultural land and farms left abandoned, as they are not capable of competing with industrialised and imported goods and crops. With this knowledge in mind, we explored the topic through the potential of unused / wasted resources.
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Open calls / Recommended events

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Nuppu – art shelters biodiversity in sculpture

In a time when global food technology companies are trying to replace most of our natural choices with their own products, Nuppu is an art project to preserve local plant seeds inside a public artwork. You can participate in the project on multiple levels: receiving the seeds and planting them together, finding and spreading knowledge about biodiversity, helping to build and maintain a network to understand international seeds circulation policies, coming to Nuppu’s art events with your friends, partner, family and being aware, supporting Nuppu via the mesenaatti platform etc. With simple and joyful gestures we can make a difference on a global scale. Read More

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Open calls / Uncategorized

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Prix Cube 2014

Loyal to its calling to reveal, highlight and support the work of emerging artists in the digital art scene, Le Cube launched in 2013 the first edition of an international award for a digital artwork created by an artist under 36 years old, which tackles the topics of interactivity, generativity, networks, internet or mobility. A panel of experts will shortlist five artworks for the second Prix Cube to be exhibited to the public from 26 to 30 November 2014. The winner of the Prize will receive €10,000. Applications are open until May the 12th, at 12 O’Clock. Read More

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Pixelversity / Recommended events

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Update: Meet to Delete (The Weight of Information) event in Helsinki prosponed again!

Update: Sorry to say there is a delay again at Cape Canaveral..

New Zealand based artist-hacker Julian Priest‘s latest project is an orbital artwork called The Weight of Information, based on a pico-satellite was scheduled for launch via SpaceX on March 30th, to orbit the Earth for 3 weeks before burning-up on re-entry. However, due to another delay, a new date hasn’t yet been confirmed. Julian is being philosophical: “Sorry.. – I guess it’s the nature of working in space! I will let you know as soon as I have more news.”

Pixelversity 2014 celebrates and engages with this endeavour as part of its ‘infowork’ thematic. We will arrange one of the related ‘Meet to Delete’ events taking place during the pico-satellite’s orbit-time and so life-span, inviting a group of people together for a bonfire party to delete information in solidarity with the satellite. Julian Priest will provide satellite tracking through a simple website, and request a matchbox of ash as documentation (we must be careful not to create too much information).

We meet up at Pixelache office (Kaasutehtaankatu 1) in Helsinki on ??th April/May at 17.00 (TBC). Keep an eye on this blog for update in April for new confirmed date.

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Pixelache Residencies

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Salaa mä luulin, Stories from Salah Malouli

When somebody from the South thinks about going up North, cold always comes to mind. I’m one of those people. I was worried about the cold and I prepared a lot, spending weeks figuring out which clothes to buy for the freezing weather, thinking about how would I manage, expecting the worst. After all this preparation, I was ready to set foot in Finland, having said yes to Pixelache’ invitation for a micro residency in Helsinki, from the 4th to the 11th of March.

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Pixelversity

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Trashlab activities in April

During 2014 monthly Trashlab events are held at Kaupunkiverstas (Lasipalatsi. Helsinki), on the first Tuesday of each month from 16-19. The next gathering is taking place on Tuesday 1.4. and artist/electronic-expert Ilpo Heikkinen will be hosting the event together with other regular experts in bricolage.

During April, a few special workshop events and activities are also planned in addition to this regular meeting event, including a Waste Expedition to Kuusakoski Oy in Heinola on 16.4., and a ‘gold digger’ dismantling & metal extraction workshop as well presentations at Kierrätystehdas. Read More..

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Open calls / Pixelversity

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Update: Still spaces in Raspberry Pi + openFrameworks + Pure Data workshops 7-13.4.

UPDATE! Although we had fully booked workshops after registration, we now have some spaces opened up!

We invite audiovisual media artists, designers and coders to participate in 3-day long Raspberry Pi + openFrameworks and Raspberry Pi + Pure Data workshops which will result in a collaborative audiovisual jam session from 7-13. April in Helsinki. Supported within Pixelversity’s AV-Culture theme, in cooperation with AAVE festival. Express your interest quick! Deadline 21st March. Find out more about the workshops here. If you have any questions contact event curator Irina Spicaka to irina [-at-] cc4av.info.

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Open calls / Recommended events

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Call for scholars & collaborators at the new P2P Lab, Ioannina, NW Greece

The P2P Lab (Ioannina, NW Greece) proudly opens the doors of its new facility to potential collaborators, scholars, activists, geeks and friends. The open call for visiting scholars & collaborators has just been announced! The visiting scholars program is intended to create networks of researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, policy creators, journalists, geeks, and public intellectuals who are sharing our research interests and have a vision for a project that can inform the public or shape the future of society. Read more here: http://p2plab.gr/en/call

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Misc / Recommended events

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Ars Lieke 2014: Piuhoja ja pikseleitä Kouvolan taidemuseo Poikilossa 8.2.–13.4.2014

Ars Lieke 2014 tarjoaa ensimmäistä kertaa koko Kymenlaaksossa suomalaisen elektronisen taiteen katselmuksen 8.2.–13.4.2014.

Rollaattorirobotteja, muuntuvia kuva- ja äänimaisemia, sinkkunaisen partnerinhoukutus- ja karkotuspäähineitä – Ars Lieke tarjoaa ensimmäistä kertaa koko Kymenlaaksossa kattavan otoksen uudesta suomalaisesta mediataiteesta. Näyttelyn kuratoi Jonne Pitkänen (Eeva-Liisa Puhakan ja Sara Milazzon avustuksella).

Martin Bircher, Ramyah Gowrishankar ja Kati Hyyppä, Hannu Häkkinen & Klaus Nyqvist, Kokeellisen elektroniikan seura (Koelse), Pekka ja Teija Isorättyä, Petri Kuljuntausta, Matti Niinimäki, Pink Twins, Eeva-Liisa Puhakka, Antti Pussinen

Poikilo-museot, Kouvolan taidemuseo
Sijaintiosoite: Varuskuntakatu 11, 45100 Kouvola

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Activity

Open calls / Pixelache Festival / Pixelversity

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Extended deadline – Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters] – Workshop in Helsinki/Finland

Call for workshop participants: “Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters]: An investigation of radioactivity in the context of art, physics and activism” originating from the Case Pyhäjoki project.

When/Where: 2nd-5th of June 2014, Helsinki, Finland (exact place TBC)
Guides: Erich Berger and Martin Howse
Guests: Mari Keski Korsu, Andrew Paterson, and others
Application deadline extended: send your application including CV and motivation until 15.5.2014 to erich.berger [-at-] bioartsociety.fi
Participation fee for coffee and radiation detector: 20€

The Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters] workshop allows the uninitiated to easily enter into a physical and intuitive relation to nuclear and atomic processes, following simple hands-on experimentation, construction and research. This relation promotes an understanding of the complex issues surrounding contemporary uses of nuclear and atomic technologies, which could inform and help to formulate an artistic “response”.

As part of the Case Pyhäjoki project in 2013, Berger and Howse designed a minimal, low budget geiger radiation detector which is fast and simple to build. The detector serves as an introduction for the workshop participants to start a relationship with the complex political, economic and artistic positions orbiting the phenomena of nuclear decay.

During the Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters] workshop participants will be guided through their own construction of the radiation detector device, and will extend this with further investigations, experiments, lectures, discussion, screenings, presentations and field trips.

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Open calls / Pixelversity

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Meet & Interact, Workshop/Consultancy: Ronald Fraser-Munroe, iKAST, 16.-21.5.

iKAST is a creative intervention and provocation that merges live action, performance, and music across digital platforms. iKAST is also about equality of access and aims to pursue a more pluralistic engagement between independent creative producers and the public to produce revolutionary digitalism that explores a diversity of voices. K3 Media’s iKAST 2012 production was commissioned by and took place in Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, in partnership with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, UK.

Ronald Fraser-Munroe from K3 Media is invited by Pixelache to Finland, to meet and interact with the Finnish performance art scene at this year’s Perf Festival 16.5. organised by T.E.H.D.A.S. in Pori. He then will share his iKast & long professional experience in a workshop/consultancy in Helsinki, hosted at M-Cult office 19-21.5..

This activity and call for participation follows an interest in Pixelache this spring related to low-cost, independent mobile A/V streaming devices which can fit into one’s pocket, or connect together in networks. Want to develop content ideas or solutions for independent or performance-based media streaming? Have a mobile device/raspberry pi/other connected device that does AV-streaming and you want to put it to creative use?

Details about both occasions below, and sign up for workshop/consultancy before 6.5.
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Open calls / Pixelache Festival

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Camp Pixelache 2014: Open Call!

Pixelache Helsinki 2014 will be an international 2-day trans-disciplinary ‘Camp’-style event focusing on the theme of “The Commons”, held on Vartiosaari, a nature island surrounded by eastern suburbs of Helsinki, during 6-8th June 2014.

The photograph above was taken by Ville Hyvönen a few weeks ago, at the crossing point to Vartiosaari from the mainland. But in June at the time when we convene our Camp, the ice will have melted, so one should imagine instead water taxi, rowing boats or trash-rafts transporting people over the open water..

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Pixelache Network / Pixelache Projects

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Open-Sourcing Festivals at Access Space Network in Sheffield (UK)

At the beginning of April from 2-6.4., as part of our ‘Open-Sourcing Festivals‘ project, our UK partner Access Space Network will be hosting a visit of representatives & guests from Piksel (Gisle Frøysland, Rasmus Hungnes, NO); Pikslaverk (Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir, IS); Mal au Pixel (Mathieu Marguerin, Benjamin Cadon, FR); and Pixelache (John Fail, Tuomo Tammenpää, Nathalie Aubret, FI).

Access Space Network is the only one among the partners who has not organised a major festival event. Access Space Network is a registered educational charity and free access medialab with a very special methodology and philosophy, located in a post-industrial context with very high unemployment. Its practice centres on hosting hands-on workshops and peer-learning sessions for diverse members of the public.

In Sheffield the group will have Grundtvig ’2nd step’ update meeting, do some Festival 2015 planning & brainstorming, discover Access Space, and visit other organisations. They will also create a ‘mini-festival’ one day, with only tweet-length descriptions of the programme! Look out for more details soon! Read More »

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Pixelache Festival

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Camp Pixelache 2014 Keynotes

As the result of a collective nomination process that took place this winter–involving Pixelache’s members, expert board, and a committee of people interested in Commons issues–two speakers have been confirmed to give an introduction to the theme of Camp Pixelache focused on the Commons in early June. We have the pleasure to announce that Alain Ambrosi (Montreal, CA) and Markus Schmidt (Vienna, AT) will join our event and give keynote presentations in Helsinki on Friday afternoon 6.6, respectively on the Cultural/Knowledge Commons and on the Bio-Commons.

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Pixelversity / Recommended events

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Waterwheel World Water Day Symposium 2014 & ‘Canary Coffee’ online contribution by Mari Keski-Korsu 19.3.

This year’s Waterwheel World Water Day Sympoisum (3WDS14) has the theme ‘WATER VIEWS: CARING AND DARING’, and promotes exchange between people who are concerned with water issues – for a better sharing of knowledge, perspectives and governance – through Waterwheel, an online platform dedicated to water. The symposium includes 200+ scientists, artists, activists and youth from 5 continents will present and interact with audience online and in 18 nodes (physical venues) in Argentina, Australia, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Morocco, New Zealand, Poland, USA, Taiwan and Tunisia among others. Do check the full programme between 17-23. March.

Mari Keski-Korsu is the only contributor from Finland, and will be broadcasting from Pixelache office on Wednesday 19.3. at 11am (EEST, Helsinki time). Over a cup of coffee she wishes to discuss about energy production and consumption, nuclear power in particular, what does water mean in the context of nuclear power, and also different ways of understanding what energy means.

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Pixelache Residencies

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Come & meet Salah Malouli from Open Taqafa (Casablanca, Morocco) 10.3.

Salah Malouli is our first Moroccan micro-resident and he is staying with us during 4-11.3.

On Monday 10.3 from 18.00- at Pixelache office, he will present the Open Taqafa events he is organising in Casablanca around open source culture, as well as his practice a cultural producer, with a special interest in self-organisation and independant media initiatives.

Salah is a cultural producer based in Casablanca & Barcelona, he has collaborated in creating and organizing various cultural and artistic projects and has worked in many festivals in Spain and Morocco. Currently, he is the head of Opentaqafa platform which he also founded, and which aims to give support to initiatives and micro -projects around open source (http://www.opentaqafa.cc/)

See you at Pixelache office! (Kaasutehtaankatu 1/21, Suvilahti)

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Open calls / Pixelversity

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Workshop: A/V Live streaming with Raspberry Pi

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Live streaming is a great and simple, yet undermined way to document events and give remote access to participate and follow events through online mediums. Due to growing access to the suitable computing devices and increasing technological possibilities, we want to invite people to discuss, learn and develop methods and implementations for live streaming.

Workshop: A/V Live streaming with Raspberry Pi by Mikko Laajola

Time and place: 4-5. April, 16:00-20:00 (Pixelache Office, Kaasutehtaankatu 1/21 Suvilahti)
Participation fee: 50 EUR (Includes the cost of equipment materials)
Max participants: 10

Registrations with email to mikko@pixelache.ac, deadline 5.3.2014

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Trashlab programme in 2014

After a nomadic year 2013 of Trashlab repair workshops touring different studios and maker­ spaces in Helsinki, the activity in 2014 has now settled into Kaupunkiverstas, the city library´s maker­ space in Lasipalatsi. The maker­ space is a recent initative by the library, which responds to the library´s users feedback and ideas of an open workshop space. Trashlab­ activists also had a role in the development of the space and it´s facilities: Albert Laine, Eero Yli-Vakkuri, Andrew Paterson and myself (Päivi Raivio) participated in the co­-planning process during a workshop organised by the city library in Aalto University´s maker­space Aalto FabLab. It is rewarding to see the space now in action, and open for cooperation with independent initiatives like Trashlab. We are there on the first Tuesday of each month between 16-19.

While Trashlab´s focus has recently been in organising repair­ workshops and raising awareness of DIY repair-­skills, it will, purposelly remain undefined about what we all mean by fixing, what is trash/waste or even what are appropriate skills. The spectrum of Trashlab will remain as wide as possible, allowing people, with different scopes of interest to develop and define the meanings with us.

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Open calls / Pixelversity

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Call for Raspberry Pi + openFrameworks + Pure Data workshop participants

We are inviting audiovisual media artists, designers and coders to participate in 3-day long Raspberry Pi + openFrameworks and Raspberry Pi + Pure Data workshops which will result in a collaborative audiovisual jam session. These Pixelversity supported events will happen in Helsinki, Finland, as part of the AAVE festival from 7-13. April, 2014. Apply before deadline 23rd February, and results will be announced on February 28. Find out more about the workshops here. If you have any questions contact event curator Irina Spicaka to irina [-at-] cc4av.info.

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