Open calls / Pixelversity


‘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, who talks about the electronic trash in faraway waste lands at 14:30.

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Ambassador Report


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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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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Pixelache Residencies


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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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


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-]

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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:

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Misc / Recommended events


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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Call for contributions to Inter-Format Symposium on Flux of Sand & Aquatic Ecosystems 22-25.5.2014

May 22–25, 2014, Nida, Lithuania

Deadline for proposals February 15th, 2014

The Inter-format symposium is a main yearly Nida Art Colony event which is a merge between academic conference, art festival and cosy performative meeting of interdisciplinary professionals. This year it is a part of the techno-ecologies project in cooperation with RIXC (Latvia).

At Nida in 2014, the Flux of Ecosystems of Sand, Water and Man will be discussed in depth and performed from sunrise to moonset during lectures, performances, site-specific artworks, workshops and collective dinners. The participative nature of the symposium brings together 30-40 professionals for 3 days and nights to spend time in the intensive and productive sharing and working environment. Artists, curators, scientists, researchers and people from interdisciplinary background are welcome to apply. Selected participants are provided with travel grants (up to 350 EUR), accommodation and catering (However the capacity is limited and if you could also attend on your own expenses, please indicate this in the proposal).

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Pixelache Festival


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


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


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 (

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

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Open calls / Pixelversity

Raspberry mobile streaming kit

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, 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


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-]

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Pixelache Festival


Camp Pixelache 2014: Vartiosaari, 6-8th June

Pixelache Helsinki 2014 will be an international 2-day trans-disciplinary event focusing on the theme of “The Commons”, including bio-, urban culture and knowledge commons topics. Adding a new island to its logbook after Suomenlinna (2011) and Naissaar (2013), Camp Pixelache will take up residence in Vartiosaari, a nature island surrounded by eastern suburbs of Helsinki, during 6-8th June 2014. Read More >>

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Pixelache Network


Open-Sourcing Festivals

How does an organisation open-source their cultural festival? Can we share the process for organising a festival, so that other groups can use it themselves? How do organisations support activities and events throughout the year? Can we share the process for sustaining ongoing programs, so that other groups can do this too?

These are the questions that five experimental art, design and technology organisations from the Pixelache Network are asking themselves and others, and exploring, through a mobile circuit of workshops and seminars organized across Europe during 2013-2015.

In the process, Piksel (NO), Pikslaverk (IS), Mal au Pixel (FR) and Pixelache (FI) will gradually be working towards ‘open-sourcing’ their festival skills and tools to provide them to their UK partner Access Space Network, who will test and utilise them in organising their first major digital culture festival, the closing event of this process. Read More »

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Announcement of Pixelversity Programme 2014

In 2014, Pixelversity outreach & education programme continues consolidating previous themes, and introducing a few new ones: InfoWork, Trashlab, AV-Culture, Ruins, and other things not yet become.

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Pixelache Projects


Foodycle ’14 Open Planning Meeting 28.1, klo 18-20.00

Foodycle Festival #2 will take place in September again this year. You are mostly welcome to join our open Foodycle 14′ open planning meeting next Tuesday 28.1 from 6 to 8 pm at Pixelache office in Suvilahti (Building 7, A-entrance, on the kalasatama side). We have a special guest from Moks in Estonia attending the meeting, who is currently a micro-resident at Pixelache. Her name is Evelyn Müürsepp and she is the founder the Mooste Food Club. MORE

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