Pixelache and Helsinki Energy are collaborating to produce artworks related to collective energy consumption in Helsinki area. The artworks will be located in public space in Helsinki and/or presented as online projects. In the first round of the project, following artists were invited to submit proposals for artworks: Miska Knapek, Andy Best, Maria Duncker, Unsworn Industries (Erik Sandelin & Magnus Torstensson) and 4um (Karthik Acharya, Arto Tommiska, Elina Alatalo ja Jukka Hautamäki). The proposals were made public in October 2009 so that citizens of Helsinki, energy consumption experts and the electronic art community could give feedback on them.
The project jury chose two artworks to be realised during 2010/2011: Power Flower by Andy Best and an untitled project by Miska Knapek. Prototypes of both of these works will be presented in Pixelache Helsinki 2010, as well as information about all the submitted proposals.
The idea to commission artworks related energy consumption was inspired by the success of Vihreä Pilvi / Nuage Vert, an artwork by HeHe (Helen Evans & Heiko Hansen). In February 2008, HeHe, Pixelache, Helsinki Energy and several other organisations collaborated to realise Vihreä Pilvi / Nuage Vert, a project that received Golden Nica of Ars Electronica 2008 and was chosen as the Finnish Environmental artwork of the year 2008.