There are still a few places left for the yeastograms workshop (9-11.12). We extended the deadline for signing-up till this friday 6.12. More info
There are still a few places left for the yeastograms workshop (9-11.12). We extended the deadline for signing-up till this friday 6.12. More info
A bioart workshop with Lucas Czjzek from the Bioart Club pavillon_35 (Vienna, Austria).
Yeastograms are alive images out of yeast cells and produced in a photography like process. The yeastogram method has been developed by artists and scientists of pavillon_35. Lucas Czjzek, one of the developers, used this method for his work ANIMA. During the 3 days workshop Lucas Czjzek from the bioart club pavillon_35 is showing a method to cultivate baker’s yeast and how to shape the cultivation according to aesthetic and artistic decisions.
The workshop explores the utilization of living organisms in artistic formation and expression using amateur-biological techniques. Read More »
Migrating Art Academies presents Fictiocratic Operation no. 27c, an experiment in bending social reality and challenging rituals and rhythms. From 27 December until 2 January, participants will collaborate in a yet-undetermined axis of behaviours and dismantlings, all located at the Ptarmigan project space in Tallinn, Estonia and situated around the ritual of the New Years holiday.
With disruptions programmed by Reality Research’s Centre‘s Pekko Koskinen and Agnieszka Pokrywka and John W. Fail of Ptarmigan, the Fictiocratic Operation will explore social conventions, common utopias, and participatory experiments. This is likely the last large workshop at the Ptarmigan space, and space is limited and the deadline for applications is 24 November.
To apply, please fill out the online registration form. A limited amount of mobility support is available to participants.
The 11th edition of the Piksel Festival takes place this week in Bergen (NO) during November 21st-24th 2013. This years theme – RIOT – connects to the diversity in the tradition of hacktivist art and specifically the use of tactical media, digital resistance and electronic disturbance as more relevant now than ever before. check Festival Programme!
The registered organisation behind Pixelache, Piknik Frequency ry, took part in the RuutiExpo 2013 event, at Kaupungintalo (Helsinki City Hall), now the 3rd time organised by the Youth Department of the City of Helsinki in cooperation with the Educational Department. The event promotes youth empowerment, hosts youth elections, and offers also a space to take part in practical workshops, share opinions, presentations.
One of the main purposes of the event is to create discussion forums and candidate positions to bring voice of youth to city decision-makers. Indeed the event organisers say “Come to the venue and find your own way to influence!” – RuutiExpo is free and open to youth of all ages. Ruuti translates into English as gunpowder (or saltpetre, which is also the explosive mixture used in fireworks), and ‘naturally’ is associated with power or a discharge of energy. This year the event was attended by approximately 4500 people (youth & adults).
A large number of city youth services as well as NGOs and associations took part, mostly hosting workshops or presenting messu (fair) -type displays. Piknik Frequency was encouraged to take part for the first time, and had a table in the Toimintatori (Activity-market) among others. As one of the few cultural associations present, the aim of being there was to try raise awareness of Pixelache Helsinki’s Festival, and our outreach & education programme around the year called Pixelversity, as an opportunity for city youth to get involved with experimental art, design, research and activism processes.
Ptarmigan Tallinn artist-in-residence Karl Larsson (Sweden) will lead a two-day workshop looking to create visual art from waste materials. A Tallinn-based waste management company has supplied plenty of refuse, and this two day workshop will contain both practical and theoretical elements. There’s only space for a few participants, so register now via the Ptarmigan website.
The co-p2p Special-interest-group at Aalto ARTS, led by Andrea Botero, Johanna Saad-Sulonen and Sanna Marttila, are organising 2 upcoming events on the Commons in Helsinki at Aalto Media Factory, which we recommend for your participation & attendence.
The first occasion this week on Thursday 24.10 from 09:30 -12:30 as a mapping workshop aims to ask – What forms of commons and commoning are present today in a city like Helsinki? – inviting other commons oriented practitioners and researchers here to join us in mapping existing and emerging commons in Helsinki: spaces, data, actions and tools. more info and show your interest via Facebook event.
The larger occasion is a full day seminar on Thursday 7.11. from 09.00-16.00 entitled ‘Infrastructuring the Commons?’, and aims at inquiring on the relationship of the current discourse on the commons, to emerging art, design and planning practices; specifically those engaged actively with collaborative digital media.
The group have invited renowned Commons scholar and archivist Charlotte Hess from Indiana University to give the opening keynote ‘Crafting New Commons: Designing for Collaboration, Participation, and Sustainability’. More about seminar and opportunity to take part, by making a presentation in the parallel sessions (NB: Sign up by 25.10.!). Related Facebook event.
The International Theatre Festival Baltic Circle invites you to “Take your POSITIONS” at Lasipalatsi square on Monday 11.11.2013 at 17.00, to participate in a performance by Public Movement.
The performance will be in Finnish and in English and lasts 15 Minutes. POSITIONS is a choreographed demonstration that invites people to take a stand on any number of urgent issues, to choose a side: Riding a bike or using a car? Drinking coffee or tea? Theatre or Cinema? Right-wing or left-wing? The participants respond actively to different questions by moving from side to side. In this way a visual image of public opinions is formed.
Presented in New York, Italy, Israel, Germany, Holland, Sweden and now Finland, Public Movement inspires the public to embody their preferences, aspirations, and beliefs – manifesting political and philosophical ideas as physical positions.
This weekend friends & colleagues gather together at WÄRK:fest celebrates do-it-yourself culture at Ääniwalli, Helsinki on 5th to 6th October, 2013. The aim of the event is to gather together creative individuals and communities and offer them a place to share their interests and skills. Check the programme in Finnish and English version. More information (mostly in Finnish) at http://warkfest.org | their FB page or Twitter.
Below we syndicate the Finnish press-release (Tiedote) from 24th September:
MAAILMA MUUTTUU TEKEMÄLLÄ – OPPIMISEN, OIVALTAMISEN JA KOKEILUJEN WÄRK:fest TUO TEE-SE-ITSE -KULTTUURIN VIIKONLOPUKSI HELSINKIIN
Tee-se-itse-kulttuurin urbaani tapahtuma WÄRK:fest 2013 kutsuu kaikki uteliaat Helsingin Vallilaan, Ääniwalliin 5.-6. lokakuuta. WÄRK:fest kokoaa yhteen innostuneet harrastajat ja harrastusyhteisöt monilta tee-se-itse -tekemisen osa-alueilta esittelemään ja jakamaan taitojaan kaikille kiinnostuneille.
WÄRK:festissä on kymmeniä värkkäyspisteitä, työpajoja, työnäytöksiä ja puheenvuoroja. Kävijät pääsevät muun muassa rakentamaan härveleitä, kolvaamaan, kokkaamaan avointa dataa, häksäämään muotia, neulomaan kajahtaneita kudelmia sekä inspiroitumaan katutaiteesta, musiikkiesityksistä, aurinkoenergiasta ja taskuneulooseista. Kaikkea 3D -pikavalmistuksesta perinnetekniikoihin.
OPENING FRIDAY 4.10 18.00- 20.00
EXHIBITION OPEN 5.10 – 18.10 WED-SAT 12-18
Gallery Oksasenkatu 11, Helsinki
Jon Irigoyen: There is always room for one more.
“The first idea that comes to our mind when we speak of tableware is an artifact to serve the food and drink we consume every day. We should, however also be aware of its other, more powerful and symbolic meaning where different social, political, and class values inextricably merge.
How about creating our own tableware with our symbolic and personal imagery, leaving to our descendants values and images completely different from the ones associated with traditional tableware, with its class, political, and traditional weight?
At these times of the postmodern society, few things play as influential role in our lives as consumerism does. Consumption is intimately tied to the creation and production of a sense of self. All objects we consume have a sign class, the creation of our own objects, in this case in a dishware, confronts these dynamics by making a “Do It Yourself” production process.
Come and celebrate the pikkujoulu time of the year at Pixelache Office on Saturday 14.12 from 16.30 onwards!
A ballet of piparit, rivers of warm glögi (also non alcoholic streams) and nice chats spreading from the corridor into our new Infinite Cabinet.
There is still room in the workshop Cryptography for Postcards to be held at Made in Kallio on 5.12. If you’d like to create encrypted messages to Santa/Joulupukki, relatives and enemies, read more and sign up here!
Time: 5. December 2013 from 18.00-20.00 (GMT +2)
Place: Arkadia International Bookshop, Nervanderinkatu 11, Helsinki
‘Case Pyhäjoki – Artistic reflections on nuclear influence’ was a trans-disciplinary expedition and production workshop in Pyhäjoki, Northern Finland in August 2013 The sixth nuclear power plant (NPP) of the country is planned to be built in Pyhäjoki Hanhikivi cape. Case Pyhäjoki explores issues of nuclear power through creative and artistic methods.
Case Pyhäjoki program continues in Helsinki as a presentation and discussion event in Arkadia international bookshop. To start the event, Case Pyhäjoki project & documentations will be shortly presented by artists Mari Keski-Korsu and Andrew Gryf Paterson. This will be then be followed by a panel discussion by experts in the field of energy, as detailed below.
Four experts are invited into discussion with each other and the audience: Karoliina Auvinen (Naps Systems), Riku Eskelinen, (EKOenergy), Lauri Muranen (Finnish Energy Industries) and Rauli Partanen (writer of the book Finland after oil). Conversation will evolve around questions such as: Is it possible to reduce carbon emissions without nuclear power? What are the alternatives of nuclear power? What kind of energy production and consumption policies should be implemented in order to mitigate climate change? What makes us happy?
The workshop Cryptography for Postcards introduces the basic principles of cryptography and cryptoanalysis with collaboratively created handmade ciphers and postcards.
Cryptography as a means of secure transmission of information is a technology applied since the earliest days of human information exchange and did not loose significance. On the contrary, the current revelations concerning comprehensive surveillance and the resulting discussions about privacy are increasing. Cryptography is one aspect of digital self-defense, of how one can protect oneself and counteract. Sign-up & Read More »
Each month during 2013 we organise and promote a Trashlab repair café event at a different location. In November, our last workshop of the year, we´ll meet in Aalto Fablab in Arabianranta, on Saturday 16.11. from 12 to 16.00.
Aalto Fablab is an open and free-for-all workshop, which is equipped with 3D-printer, vinyl cutter and so on. It is a service provided to Aalto staff, researchers & students from Monday-Friday, with Tuesday afternoon being their regular open period for anyone else to come along.
In this specially arranged Saturday-afternoon session, our old friend and a DIY-wizard Albert Laine will lead the repairing. Albert will help with wood, electronics and other items. Also, Anu Määttä & Palash Mukhopadhyay will be on hand to help with their specialist knowledge of tools & machines there, some spare parts and learning support to fix your stuff, Aalto Fablab -style!
See related Facebook event.
++ Huom! Mark your calendar: Trashlab pikkujoulu 14.12. from 13-17 at Pixelache office is our last gathering of the year, to reflection on past experiences & plan for the future year ahead of monthly Trashlab cafés at Kaupunkiverstas in 2014. Tervetuloa!
Foodycle, Transdisciplinary Food Festival was organised for the first time in Helsinki during 12-13.9, by Ruoan Tulevaisuus and Pixelache. Ruoan Tulevaisuus is a network of people trying to encourage transdisciplinary discussion on the food system by combining science with grassroots action. It was founded in 2012 by a group of agricology students and graduates from Helsinki University Viikki campus. The process of this collaboration, intense and very enriching for our two very different organizations, demonstrated the strength of transdiciplinary projects. Read More »
Education Engineering Days is an invite-based 3-day unconference event at Otaniemi (Espoo) and Suvilahti (Helsinki) sites, from 27th to 29th October which gathers an international community of professionals changing the global education landscape.
The term ‘education engineers’, suggested by the organizers for joint discussion, implies an emerging profile of professionals who successfully develop, implement, and adjust educational practices; and by doing so, aiming to supplement – or to be an alternative to – traditional tertiary education, and to satisfy perceived real world needs.
We welcome you to join the public ‘Lightning Talks’ session on Monday 28th October from 18.00 to 21.00/6-9pm (Helsinki time), to be held at Startup Sauna (Betonimiehenkuja 3 D, Otaniemi, Espoo). NB: This event will also be streamed live via this channel;
If you plan to attend physically, please register via Eventbrite so we can prepare appropriately.
‘Case Pyhäjoki – Artistic reflections on nuclear influence‘ was a trans-disciplinary expedition and production workshop in Pyhäjoki, Northern Finland from 1.-11.8.2013. The sixth nuclear power plant (NPP) of the country is planned to be built in Pyhäjoki Hanhikivi cape.
Participants of Case Pyhäjoki were for example artists, researchers and activists. The programme consisted of lectures, meeting local people and expeditions of different kinds to get to know the area; nuclear power as a phenomenon, and what the power plant means to people. It reaches from the local to national and global. What are artists’ role related to the changes in the area and wider? How can we develop methods of creative work in a complex and contested place of social tragedy and distress? How can we communicate this through to wider networks?
The following text below is a report by Case Pyhäjoki initiator, artistic director and executive producer Mari Keski-Korsu. Case Pyhäjoki was organised as a collaborative work group in between herself, artist-organiser and researcher Andrew Gryf Paterson (Pixelache) and musician and artist Antye Greie-Ripatti (Hai Art). Other supporting partners included Finnish Bioart Society and Pro Hanhikivi. Case Pyhäjoki was funded by Kone Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre of Finland (Taike).
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Trashlab korjauskahvila / repair cafe
Keskiviikona / Wednesday 2.10. klo 16-19.
Kaupunkiverstas – Kohtaamispaikka@Lasipalatsi
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Each month during 2013 we organise and promote a Trashlab Repair Cafe event at a different location.. In October, Kaupunkiverstas — Helsinki City Library’s new maker space on the site of Kohtaamispaikka in Lasipalatsi — hosts the next repair café event on Wednesday 2nd October from 14:00-18:00. However, this is just a pilot event, and monthly events have been negotiated to take place in same location monthly during 2014.
Prototype Helsinki and Kohtaamispaikka@lasipalatsi have organised the Kaupunkiverstas (Urban Workshop) series of events which are planned for urban citizens, urban activists, city councilors and officials. In the workshop-type events, urban culture and city streets is presented from the perspective of active authorship. Authorship and participation is intended to support two different approaches: enabling and gathering specific activities, and opening up new perspectives on urban culture. More information (in Finnish).
Several members of Trashlab activity were kindly invited to part in an expert brainstorming session in March 2013, which also discussed this new Library-managed maker-space, and so we are very happy to one of the pilot grassroot users of the space.
On this repair café occasion in October, we have identified two fixers on hand for the occasion, again by popular demand Charlotte Remming, who offers support in sewing and fabric repairs; as well as Eero Yli-Vakkuri, who can help with many matters related to wood, electronics and various household objects, as well as doing good turn sharpening knives and scissors… He is a general wizard!
This Trashlab repair café is made at the invitation of and supported by Prototype Helsinki network coordinators.
Pixelache welcomes Norwegian sound artist Tore Honoré Bøe to Helsinki where he will lead a workshop on the construction of “acoustic laptops”. The workshop will utilise found materials and urban waste in the Pasila area, and participants will create their own micro-sound worlds inside a wooden box/container of their own choosing. In building an acoustic laptop, one can rediscover sonic properties of small, everyday objects, question our digital culture and reclaim the waste objects of urban settings.