Pixelache Helsinki is a trans-disciplinary platform for experimental art, design, research and activism since 2002. Pixelversity is the name of Pixelache’s around-the-year education & outreach program since 2010. The program variably consists of presentations, workshops and other events. In 2012 the main themes are Renewable Festivals, Creative Neighborhood Skills, Virtuality & Social identity, Ecosystem and Environmental Monitoring, as well as Open Design, Crafts & Manufacturing.
Monthly Trashlab events & Talking Trash(lab) lectures will, during 2012, explore experimental art-design-technology practice between hacker and maker cultures, in the context of re/up-cycling and the increased availability of new fabrication tools. For example, the Light is History project will create, from recycled materials, a social winter light installation related to sustainable electricity usage by the surrounding neighbours who live nearby.
Virtuality Grand Tour is a monthly series of virtual gatherings exploring different online platforms and tools. The aim is to find new and creative ways to use these platforms. For example, using Google Maps to organising a virtual tour of notorious immigrant suburbs, featuring an online drama session in which people face up to the problematics of online hate speech, through role playing.
The E-embroidery workshop in March will introduce the marriage of traditional embroidery and electronics, guiding participants in stitching yarns and LEDs into fascinating patterns. While an experimental gardening workshop later in the spring introduces growing or farming systems built out of recycled materials, using renewable energy sources and also organic fertilisers.
In summary, Pixelversity is based on social and community learning: learning from peers and experience, as well as learning by doing, and doing it together. It further aims to be a ‘learning bridge’ between practitioners, cultural and non-profit organisations, interested individuals and larger institutions, as well as an outreach program extending beyond Helsinki. Pixelversity events are organised 2-4 times a month, and principally held in English. Some of the presentation events are also accessible via an online video-stream. Most events are free of charge, but occasionally the workshops have small fee for material costs and/or require sign-up in advance. Beyond Helsinki, there are occasional events elsewhere in Finland, as well as within the Gulf of Finland region. Participants may receive some travel support through contact with the coordinator.
Pixelversity program is coordinated and facilitated by Andrew Gryf Paterson. He will lecture with the title “Pixelversity 2011-2012: Towards an eco-geographic cultural space,” on Wednesday 25th January at 18:45 – 19:30. The lecture is part of Space is the Place -exhibition, workshop and lecture series in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.
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