After the first Pixelache Helsinki Festival in 2002, Juha Huuskonen, was invited to design a residency programme called New Media Air for the Nordic Institute of Contemporary Art, focused on the Nordic & Baltic regions and Russia. Pixelache became one of the Helsinki partner organisations in this residency programme and that is how our residencies begun. The first Pixelache production residency took place in 2004, with artists from Ambient TV (Manu Lucksh & Mukul Patel (UK).
The collaboration with NIFCA lasted until 2006, year when the organisation was shut down. After this we have often organised production residencies in partnership with HIAP (Helsinki International Artist-in-Residence Programme). We have also used different venues such as Kiasma‘s guest appartment and/or Helsinki city guest rooms at Eläintarha Villa for more short-term ad hoc residencies.
Residencies at Pixelache have been mostly based on invitation. The purposes of the residencies have been various and include the realisation of performances, workshops or artworks and VJ softwares.