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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).

Read below more about applying & thematics.

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Misc / Open calls

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Open call for participatory activities in Tallinn, Estonia

Our associates at Ptarmigan in Tallinn are seeking proposals for summer activities between the months of April and September 2014. In October, the space will be closing its doors after 3 1/2 years in Tallinn (and 5 since the collective started in Helsinki) and looks to fill the final months with activities by like-minded people who can contribute workshops, games, treasure hunts, seminars, trade shows, confusing messes and other participatory activities (organised around several content themes).

Ptarmigan’s funding is non-existent but they’ve pledged to be as flexible and accommodating as possible with the goal of making the summer engaging, lively and fun. If you think you can contribute something to this bizarre “summer camp”, then head over to the Ptarmigan website to read the open call.

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Pixelversity

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Join The Next Photo Tagging Amok!

As the continuation of an archiving process that started a couple of years ago, and as an exploration of peer-production tools, Pixelache is organizing a series of open sessions focusing on how to archive Pixelache’s ~30,000 photos from the past 12 years. These sessions are called Photo Tagging Amoks and are led by Pixelache’s all time photographer Antti Ahonen. Have a look at our progress so far.

Next month’s Photo Tagging Amok event, featuring a pot of Antti’s soup, will take place on Wednesday 12.2 at Pixelache office. The two first Amoks have focused on 2013 pictures, and the series on each occasion endeavours to go further back in time. For example, the November event will focus on the tagging of 2012 photo material. Read More »

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Pixelversity / Recommended events

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Polymer Scrap and the Limits of the Virtual Body 72 hour live online 24-26.1.

Friday to Sunday 24-26 January 2014, Culture Factory Polymer, Tallinn.

You have heard the rumors about the mysterious disused Estonian toy factory; now hear the true story from the real people who occupy the longest running autonomous culture initiative in the former East Bloc.

“For six winters Culture Factory Polymer has been studio, home, job and community.. I could tell the story of Polymer for three days straight,” says Eero Dinero who will maintain a continuous 72 hour narrative about what happened in Culture Factory Polymer in Tallinn Estonia.

72 things in Polymer embedded with meaning in 72 hours, live online. Vote for the future of this oblique Estonian collective, possess a relic of this bizarre history, tell your story, play and be a part of this epic event on Bambuser, Skype (eerodinero), Facebook, Twitter, Ebay, SMS, phone call or come visit us inside the guerilla studio behind the walls of the culture factory (Ülase 16/Madara 22, Tallinn).

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Open calls / Recommended events

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Yeastograms workshop 9-11.12.2013

A bioart workshop with Lucas Czjzek from the Bioart Club pavillon_35 (Vienna, Austria).

Yeastograms are alive images out of yeast cells and produced in a photography like process. The yeastogram method has been developed by artists and scientists of pavillon_35. Lucas Czjzek, one of the developers, used this method for his work ANIMA. During the 3 days workshop Lucas Czjzek from the bioart club pavillon_35 is showing a method to cultivate baker’s yeast and how to shape the cultivation according to aesthetic and artistic decisions.

The workshop explores the utilization of living organisms in artistic formation and expression using amateur-biological techniques.  Read More »

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Fictiocratic Operation no. 27C in Tallinn

Migrating Art Academies presents Fictiocratic Operation no. 27c, an experiment in bending social reality and challenging rituals and rhythms. From 27 December until 2 January, participants will collaborate in a yet-undetermined axis of behaviours and dismantlings, all located at the Ptarmigan project space in Tallinn, Estonia and situated around the ritual of the New Years holiday.

With disruptions programmed by Reality Research’s Centre‘s Pekko Koskinen and Agnieszka Pokrywka and John W. Fail of Ptarmigan, the Fictiocratic Operation will explore social conventions, common utopias, and participatory experiments. This is likely the last large workshop at the Ptarmigan space, and space is limited and the deadline for applications is 24 November.

To apply, please fill out the online registration form. A limited amount of mobility support is available to participants.

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Pixelache Network / Recommended events

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Piksel 2013 this week!

The 11th edition of the Piksel Festival takes place this week in Bergen (NO) during November 21st-24th 2013. This years theme – RIOT – connects to the diversity in the tradition of hacktivist art and specifically the use of tactical media, digital resistance and electronic disturbance as more relevant now than ever before. check Festival Programme!

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Ambassador Report / Recommended events

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Pixelache goes RuutiExpo 2013 (8.11.)

The registered organisation behind Pixelache, Piknik Frequency ry, took part in the RuutiExpo 2013 event, at Kaupungintalo (Helsinki City Hall), now the 3rd time organised by the Youth Department of the City of Helsinki in cooperation with the Educational Department. The event promotes youth empowerment, hosts youth elections, and offers also a space to take part in practical workshops, share opinions, presentations.

One of the main purposes of the event is to create discussion forums and candidate positions to bring voice of youth to city decision-makers. Indeed the event organisers say “Come to the venue and find your own way to influence!” – RuutiExpo is free and open to youth of all ages. Ruuti translates into English as gunpowder (or saltpetre, which is also the explosive mixture used in fireworks), and ‘naturally’ is associated with power or a discharge of energy. This year the event was attended by approximately 4500 people (youth & adults).

A large number of city youth services as well as NGOs and associations took part, mostly hosting workshops or presenting messu (fair) -type displays. Piknik Frequency was encouraged to take part for the first time, and had a table in the Toimintatori (Activity-market) among others. As one of the few cultural associations present, the aim of being there was to try raise awareness of Pixelache Helsinki’s Festival, and our outreach & education programme around the year called Pixelversity, as an opportunity for city youth to get involved with experimental art, design, research and activism processes.

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Misc / Recommended events

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Waste/art workshop in Tallinn, 16-17.11

Ptarmigan Tallinn artist-in-residence Karl Larsson (Sweden) will lead a two-day workshop looking to create visual

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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.

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Pixelversity / Recommended events

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Upcoming Commons events in Helsinki: Mapping workshop 24.10. & Seminar with Charlotte Hess 7.11.

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 group have invited renowned Commons scholar and archivist Charlotte Hess from Indiana University to give the opening keynote ‘Crafting New Commons: Designing for Collaboration, Participation, and Sustainability’. More about seminar and opportunity to take part, by making a presentation in the parallel sessions (NB: Sign up by 25.10.!). Related Facebook event.

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Open calls / Pixelversity

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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-] cc4av.info.

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Pixelache Festival

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Camp Pixelache 2014: Vartiosaari, 6-8th June

Pixelache Helsinki 2014 will be an international 2-day trans-disciplinary event focusing
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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.

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Pixelache Network

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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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Pixelversity

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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

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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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News

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It’s time for piparit!

Come and celebrate the pikkujoulu time of the year at Pixelache Office on Saturday 14.12 from 16.30 onwards!

A ballet of piparit, rivers of warm glögi (also non alcoholic streams) and nice chats spreading from the corridor into our new Infinite Cabinet.

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Open calls / Pixelversity

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Cryptography for Postcards workshop 5.12

There is still room in the workshop Cryptography for Postcards to be held at Made in Kallio on 5.12. If you’d like to create encrypted messages to Santa/Joulupukki, relatives and enemies, read more and sign up here!

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Case Pyhäjoki: Energy in the era of climate change -discussion event 5.12.

Time: 5. December 2013 from 18.00-20.00 (GMT +2)
Place: Arkadia International Bookshop, Nervanderinkatu 11, Helsinki

‘Case Pyhäjoki – Artistic reflections on nuclear influence’ was a trans-disciplinary expedition and production workshop in Pyhäjoki, Northern Finland in August 2013 The sixth nuclear power plant (NPP) of the country is planned to be built in Pyhäjoki Hanhikivi cape. Case Pyhäjoki explores issues of nuclear power through creative and artistic methods.

Case Pyhäjoki program continues in Helsinki as a presentation and discussion event in Arkadia international bookshop. To start the event, Case Pyhäjoki project & documentations will be shortly presented by artists Mari Keski-Korsu and Andrew Gryf Paterson. This will be then be followed by a panel discussion by experts in the field of energy, as detailed below.

Four experts are invited into discussion with each other and the audience: Karoliina Auvinen (Naps Systems), Riku Eskelinen, (EKOenergy), Lauri Muranen (Finnish Energy Industries) and Rauli Partanen (writer of the book Finland after oil). Conversation will evolve around questions such as: Is it possible to reduce carbon emissions without nuclear power? What are the alternatives of nuclear power? What kind of energy production and consumption policies should be implemented in order to mitigate climate change? What makes us happy?

The discussion forum is open for the audience to contribute at the time of the event, and questions can be sent online beforehand via social media. Facebook event & Live stream archive

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Open calls / Pixelversity

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Cryptography for Postcards Workshop 5.12.

A workshop by Markus Decker and Peter Wagenhuber
Date: Thursday 5th of December 10-16h
Place: Made In Kallio, Vasankatu 14 Helsinki.

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 »

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Trashlab repair café at Aalto Fablab 16.11. / Pikkujoulu 14.12.

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!

See related Facebook event.

++ 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!

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