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.
This live cooking show forces two teams of artists and scientists to face-off in a kitchen, where they will confront lab grown meat, future food cults, a secret ingredient and the very strong stomachs of the audience. Join us to taste, debate or reject a future where meat from animals has disappeared entirely. The audience will be the judge of these recipes and rituals from the future, helping to decide if mankind should move towards automated protein factories or strange new festivals of excess and penance.
Oron Catts (SymbioticA),
Cathrine Kramer & Zack Denfeld (The Center for Genomic Gastronomy),
Laura Gustafsson (Toisten Historia),
Sirpa Kurppa (MTT), Chefs Jouni Ukkonen and Sami Tallberg
ArtMeatFlesh is a concept by Oron Catts ( SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia) and is organised as a part of Dinner´s ready, a program and course curated by Ulla Taipale.
The event is supported by Aalto University, Flavour Studio and Kellohalli.
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 originally scheduled for launch on March 30th, to orbit the Earth for 3 weeks before burning-up on re-entry. It was finally launched on April 18th.
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 5th May at 17.00.
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!
In this workshop organised in connection with Camp Pixelache 2014 and in collaboration with the Reality Research Centre, you will learn the basics of Cultural Coding. It is a new form for expressing actions and interactions. Rather than using the traditional sentences and paragraphs, it creates small “programs” or “applications” for human interpretation. Being meant for humans, it is rather different from computer code, combining the best features of both expressions: The deep interpretation of human language, and the variety of structures offered by programming.
The aim of the workshop is not merely to develop the code, but also to utilize the possibilities it opens. With such code, we have the possibility to create detailed actions like fiction, share and combine them with others. Think of an open source cultural library that functions like a programming library, directly supporting the creation of new forms – that’s the ultimate target.
But before we get there, we concentrate on the beginnings. During the two days of the workshop, you’ll will gain a basic understanding of the coding styles currently under development, and test out different interactions created by the code. You’ll also get to create a code of your very own, and see what others can do with your code.
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.
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 15.5.
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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..
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 »