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 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.
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.
“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.
Event for contemporary artistic and activistic reactions and ideas to economy, at Ravitolalaiva Wäiski, 3.10.2013 9.30am. – 7pm.
The Skills of Economy Event creates a flow of views from artists, curators, activists and theorists on current artistic production and different ideas on how mainstream and hegemonic economic thinking and reality can be challenged through artistic and activist practices. These ways can be roughly divided into symbolic and direct actions. Symbolic actions can create new representations of the visualization of economy or re-perform economic concepts, situations and habits. On the other hand, direct actions, such as time banking, may be giving form to local ways of organizing change. The effects of these actions are neither purely symbolic nor direct, instead they are in dialogue with economical rhetorics as well as with different realities and politics connected to these. The event highlights art and economy both as strong targets of politics and as media of politics. More
Open call for participation in Creative Coding for Live Audio and Visuals events in Riga, 29th September – 5th October. The first time it took place was in collaboration with AAVE Festival in Helsinki during April 2013. The programme of workshops and events has been initiated and developed by Irina Spicaka, who is an audiovisual media artist, graphic designer and researcher within the field of audiovisual culture.
We are inviting visual and sound artists, designers, creative coders, experienced performers of AV/VJ scene as well as beginners, and interested people to participate in workshops related to the theme ‘Creative Coding for Live Audio and Visuals’. Read more about the programme here.
The first day, Friday 6.9.2013, a seminar dedicated to Creative Commons licences will take place from 14:00-17:00 at Annantalo auditorium (Annankatu 30, Helsinki). Note: Seminar in Finnish. The same day, following the seminar from 18:00 to 22:00, there will be a selection of films from the Festival program will be screened at Gallery MAA-tila (Albertinkatu 19, Helsinki). The next day, Saturday 7.9.2013, the screening will continue from 16:00 to 20:00 at the same location: Gallery MAA-tila (Albertinkatu 19, Helsinki).
Visual and sound artists, designers, creative coders, experienced performers of AV/VJ scene as well as beginners and interested people are invited to participate in workshops and collaborative audiovisual performances. We believe it is a good way to improve one’s skills and understanding about creating works in a form of audiovisual performance.
The workshops will be led by professionals in the field of new media and audiovisual performance. The list of creative workshops: Build your own musical instrument using Raspberry Pi and Pure Data (hold by Sébastien Piquemal), Build a visual synthesizer using Raspberry Pi and open Frameworks (hold by Krišjānis Rijnieks), AVVX – vector visualisation for music (hold by Nunno Correia), Visual programming with Quartz Composer and Syphon (hold by Matti Niinimäki).
The final event will offer an experimental, public jam session by the participants of both Raspberry Pi workshops; a performance by Finnish Skwee music representative DKSTR in collaboration with Matti Niinimäki; AVVX workshop participants will collaborate with the electronic music project Baltic Diving Co.; and the Quartz Composer workshop participants will be able to try their self made applications together with local electronic musicians and DJs.
Apply for workshops by August 30 here. There is no participation fee, but the number of participants in a workshop is limited to 10. Results will be announced by September 15. For more info ask to the event producer Irīna Špičaka: irina [at] cc4av.info
Aeolian artifacts is a three day workshop/working group in Tallinn, Estonia from 22-24 August. Led by Helsinki-based artist Juan Carlos Duarte Regino, the project is an extension of his ‘Pulsar Kite‘ project, which explores kites and other wind-based instruments as controllers for sound. The event is based at Ptarmigan project space in Tallinn and is free for participants.
This working group will incorporate some physical computing/Arduino programming, but also will experiment with the construction of instruments such as kites and harps, so participants of any experience level are welcome. The third day will explore public intervention, most likely at Linnahall or other sites in the Tallinn cityscape.
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!
++ 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 »
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.
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?
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.
The workshop is from 14:00 – 18:00 on Sunday, 15 September and will occur at Dodo’s Kääntöpöyta space. There is space for ten participants; please register here, first come first served.
Each month during 2013 we organise and promote a Trashlab Repair Cafe event at a different location. Arkadia International Bookshop (Nervanderinkatu 11, Helsinki) hosts September’s repair cafe event on Saturday 7.9. from 12.00 – 17.00. It is likely to be the biggest Trashlab repair cafe ‘fix-fest’ so far! Don’t miss it, Tervetuloa, welcome!
Come and join Foodycle workshops! They are free of charge and don’t require any prior knowledge. While some require a several hour involvement and thus registration, others will be ongoing with the possibilty to pop up at any time. From Aquaponics to meat butchering, pick your choice!