Pixelache Helsinki is a transdisciplinary platform for experimental art, design, research and activism.
Amongst our fields of interest are: experimental interaction and electronics; renewable energy production/use; bioarts and art-science culture; grassroot organising and networks; politics and economics of media/technology; alternative economic cultures; VJ culture and audiovisual performances; media literacy and engaging environmental issues.
The name of Pixelache was found in an article that predicted new words which we would need in future. The word ‘pixelache’ (similar to ‘headache’) was supposed to describe the feeling that results from an overdose of digital media content. This overdose can happen easily if the content is too monotonic – which is the case if standards, formats, tools and design principles converge to a narrow set of options. Later interpretations could be an ‘ache’ of digital influence in everyday life, and an ‘ache’ to re-engage with non-digital interfaces and systems.
Pixelache wants to challenge mainstream standards and conventions, not only related to media and technology, but in the contemporary society in general.
Pixelache Helsinki is coordinated by Finnish non-profit cultural association Piknik Frequency ry (see below).
Pixelache Helsinki Festival
Pixelache Helsinki (‘Pikseliähky’) began as a festival of electronic art and subcultures, organised in Helsinki since year 2002. The festival programme consists of seminars, workshops, exhibitions, performances, concerts and club events. However since early 2012 the Festival (and organisational) subtitle has been named variously.
Festival archive: http://wiki.pixelache.ac/archive
Since year 2006, Pixelache has also been organising educational events around the year in Helsinki. These events offer a meeting point for the local Pixelache scene outside the festival period, and are supporting practice and its development in the region; they consist of artist presentations, workshops, seminars, camps, expeditions and other events.
More information: http://www.pixelache.ac/helsinki/pixelversity
From a local event in Helsinki, Pixelache has developed into an important hub within an international network of electronic arts festivals. Members of the Pixelache Network are Mal au Pixel (Paris), Pixelvärk (Stockholm), Piksel (Bergen), Pikslaverk (Reykjavik), Pixelazo (Colombia), Afropixel (Dakar) and PixelIST (Istanbul).
Pixelache Network site: http://network.pixelache.ac
Pixelache Helsinki Contacts
e-mail: office [-at-] pixelache dot ac
tel: +358-50-4657929 / Nathalie Aubret (Pixelache Helsinki coordinator)
Suvilahti (Rakennus/Building 7)
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(email: firstname [-at-] pixelache.ac)
Piknik Frequency ry
e-mail: members [-at-] pixelache dot ac
Piknik Frequency association members (circa 2013.6):
Antti Ahonen, Nathalie Aubret, Samir Bhowmik, John Fail, Ville Hyvönen, Jon Irigoyen, Owen Kelly, Mari Keski-Korsu, Mikko Laajola, Albert Laine, Mikko Lipiäinen, Wojtek Mejor, Sara Milazzo, Andrew Gryf Paterson, Petri Ruikka, Päivi Raivio, Mariana Salgado, Aura Seikkula, Irina Špičaka, Ulla Taipale, Tuomo Tammenpää, Jenni Valorinta.
Piknik Frequency board members (2013-2014):
Ville Hyvönen (chairman), Mikko Laajola (full member), Antti Ahonen (full member), Owen Kelly (full member), Sara Milazzo (full member), Jon Irigoyen (substitue member), John Fail (substitute member).
Invited Expert board members (2013):
Pekka Koskinen & Saara Hannula (Todellisuuden Tutkimuskeskus), Antti Ikonen (Aalto Media dept), Jan Pankovets/Justin Tyler Tate (Culture Factory Polymer, Tallinn), Hannu Mäkärainen (Helsinki Hacklab), Kari Yli-Annala (AAVE Festival/Nomadic Academy).
Pixelache ‘Ambassadors’ represent Pixelache Helsinki on travels, residencies & events as a sort of ambassador/special envoy. More information: http://www.pixelache.ac/helsinki/ambassadors/
Pixelache -related annual reports, articles, interviews, and papers
Piknik Frequency ry (2007-2011) Annual reports: http://wiki.pixelache.ac/annual-reports