organiser / curator / artist / software designer
Since 2014 I have been the Director of HIAP- Helsinki International Artist Programme
An archive page / work-in-progress…
Open Helsinki @ DMY Berlin · 1-5 June 2011
Berlin Tempelhof Airport
I was invited to curate the Open Helsinki & Pixelache Helsinki programme for this year’s DMY MakerLab in Berlin. This was the second edition of DMY MakerLab, dedicated to open design and maker culture. The DMY MakerLab serves as a public experimentation space for accessing new technologies, communicating and exchanging concepts. The lab unites inventors, designers and visitors in a workshop area fitted with some of the finest technologies and materials available, side by side with low-tech instruments and applications. Visitors may learn how to grow medicinal mushrooms, experience seasonal influences while working with fabrics, access and visualise open data and collectively map ideas. Moreover, they can engage in full day workshops on open hardware, benchmarking of environmental case studies or Cradle to Cradle principles.
Featured projects: YKON Game by YKON collective, Low2No School of Activism by Demos Helsinki, We *Love* Open Data project, OHANDA open hardware initiative, Temporary photoElectric Digestopians Worklab by Bartaku, Openp2pdesign.org (Massimo Menichinelli) and weather data visualizations by Miska Knapek
info – photos – video
Climate Hack Workshop · Collegium Hungaricum / Transmediale, Berlin, February 2009
Climate Hack was a workshop for emerging researchers, designers and artists dedicated to reframing the international political climate using means well-outside the traditional political rhetoric. Using both old and new technologies, live internet data streams and a diverse collection of hacking skills, workshop participants produced a series of projects for public exhibition during the finals days of the Transmediale festival in Berlin, Germany. Driven by the often-absurd nature of politics and the collective creativity often generated from equally absurd artistic mediums, the workshop will rally around the task of hacking Cotton Candy machines. The workshop was a collaboration between Pixelache, Tinker.it and Kitchen Budapest.
Participants: Christopher Baker, Massimo Banzi, Eszter Bircsák, Juha Huuskonen, Miska Knapek, John Nussey, Aleksi Pihkanen, Melinda Sipos, Adam Somlai-Fischer, Tuomo Tammenpää.
workshop results – photos – video
PIXELACHE HELSINKI · 2-5 April 2009, Helsinki
With the 8th edition of Pixelache Helsinki, the festival is returning back to its roots. Instead of focusing on one main theme, we’ve allowed the programme to develop gradually around a selection of diverse topics. This reflects the nature of the festival: it’s built from bottom-up, with the voluntary efforts of the Pixelache community. We are expecting around 100 international guests to join this annual gathering of artists, designers, engineers, researchers, architects, hackers and activists.
In the programme: Alternative Economy Cultures, Artkillart, Art & Energy Consumption, ‘Art, Science & Ecology’, Audiovisual Hacking, Digital Craftsmanship, Live Video Lab, Signals from the South, Expedition to the Total Eclipse
website – photos: Antti Ahonen – Miska Knapek – Ville Hyvönen
NUAGE VERT / VIHREÄ PILVI · 22-29 February 2008, Helsinki
Every night from the 22 to the 29 of February 2008, the vapour emissions of he Salmisaari power plant in Helsinki will be illuminated to show the current levels of electricity consumption by local residents. A laser ray will trace the cloud during the night time and turn it into a city scale neon sign. Nuage Vert is a communal event for the area of Ruoholahti, which anticipates esoteric cults centred on energy and transforms an active power plant into a space for art, a living factory. In tandem, as a reversal of conventional roles whereby the post-industrial factory is turned into space for culture, Kaapeli (the cultural factory) becomes the site of operation and Salmisaari (the industrious factory) becomes the site of spectacle.
An artwork by HeHe (Helen Evans & Heiko Hansen) realised in Helsinki in collaboration with Pixelache (during the years 2005-2008).
website – photos – opening event photos – videos: Nuage Vert – First 30 seconds of Green Cloud goes online – Making of Nuage Vert – Presentation at Pixelache08
PIXELACHE UNIVERSITY · 12-16 March 2008, Helsinki
Can educational institutions learn something from grassroot communities on how to share knowledge and support innovation? We decided to use the word ‘University’ to make a reference to the Innovation University that is currently being set up in Finland. The Innovation University will start its activities in year 2009 and will then have three existing universities (University of Art and Design, University of Technology and Helsinki School of Economics) under its bureaucratic wings. Over the past two years there has been a heated public debate about whether combining these three schools together is a good idea or not. Pixelache Festival will contribute to this discussion by presenting concrete examples of non-conventional ways to educate and innovate. Our focus is in grassroot networks that can operate across institutional boundaries and do not have to serve immediate commercial interests or please mass audiences.
Also in the programme: N.I.P. – New Interfaces in Performance, Baltic Boxwars, Media literacy of young people, Traveling without moving, Re-mixed reality, Open hardware, Self-organising strategies, Signals from the South and Antidatamining.
Seminar participants: Kitchen Budapest (HU), Eléonore Hellio (FR), Alejandro Tamayo (CO), Juha Huuskonen (FI), Petri Kola (FI), Juhana Kokkonen (FI), Helen Evans (FR), Evelina Domnitch (RU/NL) and Tapio Mäkelä (FI).
website – photos – videos & more photos – self-organising survey
Mediawala Festival · 1-2 March, New Delhi, India
I was a ‘Co-cartographer’ of the first Mediawala Festival, planning the structure and the programme of the event with Zeenath Hasan & Aditya Dev Sood. The first evening of Mediawala resembled an Indian wedding procession: the artworks were placed on top of hand-pushed carts and moved around as a night time parade around the Global Arts Village, with audience following and participating the show. The second day was a seminar held at the British Council auditorium in New Delhi. Mediawala was a part of Doors of Perception 9 event (theme ‘Juice: Food, Fuel, Meaning’).
Featured works/artists: Streetfood Radiothela by foodradio_network (India), Quicksand presents in technicolor… by Quicksand (India), Apsara VJ Thela by Mo Ling Chui (Canada/ China), Ride-on-Dinner by Mick Douglas and team (Australia/ India), Dancing Around Trees by Keity Anjoure (France) and Ville Hyvönen (Finland), Zara Zor Lagake, Haiya! by Karthikeya Acharya and Vinay Silva (India), Toploaded Whirlpool of Lassi by Hari Nair and Team (India), Chandni Bar by Seagrams (India), McVideogame by La Molleindustria (Italy), Emotions in Man by Kati Aberg (Finland), Algorithmic Poetry by Le Ciel Est Bleu (France), Squishing it into the Slimy Depths of the Tethys Sea by Abhishek Hazra (India), Hawker Caterers Inc by Ghitorni street food hawkers (India)
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PIXELACHE HELSINKI: Architectures for Participation · Helsinki, 29 March-1 April 2007
‘Architectures for Participation’ is a term that has been used to refer to Flickr and other similar ‘Web 2.0’ environments which enable the creativity of the Masses to reach the Masses. YouTube, MySpace and other similar environments have rapidly emerged as powerful tools for building communities and creating entirely new contexts for creativity.
Long before the ‘Web 2.0’ days, various non-profit grassroot networks and media art protagonists were setting up communities providing similar services. The Indymedia network was a precursor to the Blogosphere, internet radio was an early free voice in many countries, mailinglists and wikis have been helping various grassroot initiatives to get themselves organised. What is the role of these tools and communities in the future? Should we all start uploading our files to YouTube and MySpace? Or can there be a happy co-existence where non-profit, custom crafted community platforms still have an important role?
Also in the programme: Nordic VJ Meeting, Pixelache Lounge exhibition, Remote Presence: Streaming Life workshop, Prix Möbius Nordica competition, audiovisual performances by Hexstatic and Lia + @c.
Seminar participants: Alexander Ljung & Eric Wahlforss / trustmojo.com, Sampo Karjalainen / Sulake, Aleksi Neuvonen + Roope Mokka / Sitra Society 2.0 report, Terike Haapoja / Oranssi ry, Armin Medosch / The Next Layer or: The Emergence of Open Source Culture, Lisa Haskel / Ravensbourne College, Cristina Ricupero / Self-organisation: Counter-economic Strategies, Timo Jones / NODE.London, Andrew Paterson / Tähtikuvitelma, Marko Ahtisaari / BLYK, Jyri Engeström / Jaiku, Elukka Eskelinen / Forum Virium, Teppo Turkki / IADE, Ilkka Tuomi, Gunnar Green, Jean-Baptiste Bayle / myownspace.fr, Niko Nyman
website – photos
Picture House: Film, Art and Design at Belsay Hall · Belsay Hall, UK, 5 May – 20 Sept 2007
I was invited by Dott07 programme director John Thackara to curate three commissions for the Picture House exhibition at Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens during the summer 2007. The three commissioned works were Aleph by Adam Somlai-Fischer & Bengt Sjölén, Ghost Pole Propagator by Golan Levin and Hereafter by UVA.
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Pixelazo & Selvatorium · Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia, 13-20 June 2007 & Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia, 21-30 June 2007
CULTURAL EXCHANGE>>>SOUTH / NORTH
COLOMBIA / FINLAND / EUROPE / THE WORLD
Creating encounters to share ideas and knowledge between…
South * North
‘Developing countries’ * ‘Developed countries’
Traditional culture * Western culture
Marginalized communities * International creative networks
Natural/Organic * Digital/Synthetic
Lo-tech * High-tech
Slow * Quick
Presentations/workshops: Régine Debatty / WMMNA, Juha Huuskonen, Petri Ruikka & Henrik Axlund, Alejandro Tamayo, Constanza Cuetia & Gustavo Adolfo Ulcué Campo / El Tejido de Comunicación de la ACIN, Felipe Guerra / eRECICLAJE, Series Media / Medellin, Medellin Wireless, Tatiana Avendaño & Ricardo Cubides / Microchipcha, Alfredo Vargas Arana, Walter Hernández Romero
website – photos/Pixelazo – photos/Selvatorium
PIXELACHE 2006 · Helsinki, 14-17 April 2006
* Mobile arts and experiments & Locative media workshop
* Three new audiovisual performances: Orbital Glider/Raumgleiter by Scanner (UK), a Finnish version of Grenze (FR) and an environmental project Peurakaira vs Päätehakkuu (FI). Pixelache Club and Pixelache VJ Battle + Video in Theatre seminar.
website – call for proposals – photos – publication (pdf) – video (helsinki)
MAL AU PIXEL 2006 · Paris, 19-29 April 2006
This spring the Pixelache festival is organised for the first time in Paris, under the name Mal au Pixel. The festival presents a diverse program of exhibitions, performances, club events, workshops and seminars, spreading over a duration of 10 days. Mal au Pixel is organised by three Parisian organisations – Ars Longa, Confluences and Mains d’Oeuvres with additional events by Institut Finlandais, Project 101 and Galerie Vanessa Quang.
Festival theme: Dot Org Boom ( le « boom dot org » ).
website – photos
INTERFERENCE 2006 · San Martino Valle Caudina, Italy, 3-5 August 2006
The theme of Interferenze 2006 was ‘Naturalis Electronica’, the encounter of nature and electronic art. I was invited to curate the interactive/software art section which eventually featured following artists/projects: Casey Reas (Process 6, 7, 8), LeCielEstBleu, Ralf Schreiber, Marianne Decoster-Taivalkoski (Aquatic), An Earful of Italy (Dinah Bird & Jean-Philippe Renoult with Kate Sieper) and IMPROVe (Zeenath Hasan & Richard Widerberg). The music programme featured many Pixelache alumni artists and other familiar faces: Keiko Uenishi, Emi Maeda, LIA, Sine Wave Orchestra, Sasu Ripatti, AGF, etc.
info – photos – neural.it review
PLAN*B FOR ARKADIANMÄKI · Helsinki, 24 Jan-6 Feb 2005
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art
PLAN*B FOR ARKADIANMÄKI was an alternative Parliament house which offered opportunities for the citizens to voice their opinion and govern. The project organised a series of seven online referendums. The local audience in Helsinki was able to follow the progress of the referendums in real-time from a large-scale outdoor video screen located opposite to the Parliament House. The referendum topics were chosen by grassroot initiatives which challenge the conventional patterns of representative democracy. During the voting period, several discussions and other public events took place at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. The final results of the PLAN*B referendums were submitted to the Finnish Parliament.
Featured projects: 2000.katastro.fi, Amorph!03 festival – Micronations, Homokaasu.org, The Yes Men, The Long Now Foundation, Utopian World Championship, Kaulbach Society
Participants of the discussion events: Alexander Rose (Long Now Foundation), Per Norbäck (Demoex), Paavo Arhinmäki (Vasemmistonuoret), Jiri Räsänen (Leader of The Free World project), Jon Brunberg (Utopian World Championship), Oliver Kochta & Tellervo Kalleinen (Amorph!03 / Micronations), Irina Krohn (member of the Finnish Parliament) and Kaisa Eskola (Attac).
Website: www.julkinenmielipide.fi (in Finnish) – www.publicopinion.fi (in English)
PIXELACHE 2005: DOT ORG BOOM · Helsinki, 14-17 April 2005
The main theme for PixelACHE 2005 is The Dot Org Boom. Dot Org Boom is the non-profit version of the Dot Com Boom (RIP). The essential ingredients of this rapidly growing phenomenon are open source community, open content initiatives, media activist networks and myriads of NGOs around the world. PixelACHE Festival brings together a diverse group of artists, engineers, activists, architects and designers to discuss and develop the future of Dot Org Boom. PixelACHE 2005 also features the following program sections: VJ Culture and Audiovisual Performances, Experimental Interaction and Electronics, Interactive & Participatory Cinema, particle/wave hybrid radio workshop.
website – call for proposals – photos – publication (pdf)
video (clips from 2003 & 2005 & 2006) – video (glimpses of 2005)
VJing in Delhi workshop · New Delhi, 18-20 March 2005
VJing in Delhi workshop is an introduction to live video performance aka VJing. The VJ scene has developed rapidly during the past few years – there are currently thousands of active VJs around the world and for some it has even become a serious profession. One reason for this development is that the necessary equipment for VJing has become more accessible – video projectors are getting cheaper and computer has replaced the video mixer as the main tool of a VJ. The VJ scene brings together a very diverse crowd of creative people – visual artists, film-makers, media activists and people involved in the club/music scene. The workshop was organised in connection with Doors of Perception 8.
Salón Internacional del Autor Audiovisual & Workshop with Arhuaco and Kogi indians · Barranquilla & Santa Marta / Colombia, August 2005
Report in English – Reporte en español
ULTRASOUND · Huddersfield, 21-26 November 2005
Ultrasound 2005 presents a diverse programme of live performances, installations, workshop and talks by UK and international artists often working in new interdisciplinary ways across the interrelated fields of new media, contemporary electronic music, software production, new technologies and audiovisual performance. The ‘Finnish Partition’ represents a cross-section of the new and emerging creative talent practising media arts in Finland today.
Pixelache 2005 Helsinki warm-up event · Nifca, Suomenlinna, 12 March 2005
PD workshop by Koray Tahiroglu, artist presentations by Helen Evans & Heiko Hansen + Thor Magnusson & Enrike Hurtado, Singing Bridges cd release, improvised electronic music by Thor & Enrike & SolarDuo Project & Richard Widerberg
Dot Org Boom seminar · Embassy of Finland, Stockholm, 12 April 2005
Seminar on independent and networked media
PixelVÄRK audiovisual club · Fylkingen, Stockholm, 23 April 2005
Differnet (SE) with VJ Måns Nyman, Shogun Kunitoki (FI), Johan Skugge (SE) with VJ Guffe Funck, DJ Mali-k from Sister STHLM, Game-installations by Robert Brecevic (SE)
MiniPixel · Mains d’Œuvres, Paris, 18 May 2005
Cause and Effect : interactive cinema by Chris Hales, Teijo Pellinen and Oskari Martimo
FINN~ISH · Ambientv.net, London, 21 November 2005
Ultrasound 2005 Warm-up & PixelACHE festival get-together & Finnish finish for Ambientv.net featuring a performance by Memnon (Eva Alkula & Ville Hyvönen)
Stockholm, 26-28 March 2004
Fylkingen, CRAC, Sauna office for contemporary art, Metro Club
Helsinki, 1-4 April 2004
Kiasma Theatre, MUU Gallery, Restaurant VIA, Gloria, Club Bundolo, Lasipalatsi
PixelACHE is an annual festival of electronic art, design and technology. The theme for this year is Audiovisual architecture, experimenting with the border between the digital domain and the physical world. Interactive furniture, installations in public spaces, sculptures and graffiti, ambient sound projects, audiovisual experiments and creative misuse of technology.
website (helsinki+stockholm) – call for proposals (helsinki) – photos (helsinki) – photos (stockholm)
Article: The Art of Defining Software Culture: the Benevolent Dictators of the Read_me Festival (for Framework magazine)
RAM – Re-Approaching New Media 4 workshop: SURVIVAL KIT
Suomenlinna, 3-9 November 2003
Is survival in our media environment a question of fostering diversity of voices and opinions that are heard and distributed? Or perhaps a matter of lowering the barriers of entry by developing know-how, free software and low cost hardware? Do we need to become more skilled and self-sufficient in building our infrastructure, or perhaps the key to survival is to find alternatives to technology altogether?
Participants: Ville Aho, Darius Bagdziunas, Zeljko Blace, Davis Bojars, Pacoom Beru, Kim Cascone, Thomas Broome, Marc Dorinel, Michelle Eistup, Matti Engelstad, Aleksandar Erkalovic, Alison Gerber, Enrico Glerean, Pascal Glissmann, David Goldenberg, Usman Haque, Margot Jacobs, Daniel Jangmar, Dagmar Kase, Jonathan Kemp, Jamie King, Ivika Kivi, Jelena Klasnja, Marc Lavallee, Sophea Lerner, Andreas Nordwall, Matteo Pasquinelli, Andrew Paterson, Irena Piekute, Teja Rek, Joanne Richardson, Ralf Schreiber, Ernas Simkunas, Adam Somlai-Fischer, Victor Vina, Ophra Wolf
programme – publication – photos – video
PIXELACHE HELSINKI · 10-13 April 2003
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Mother, Jumo Jazz Club
The second pikseliÄHKY temporary audiovisual lab will be set up in Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. The event will feature 4 days of shows, screenings, workshops and panel discussions. The theme for this edition is ‘VIDEOJUKKA’ – we explore the art of VJ’ing, the act of mixing and creating video material in a live situation in connection with the music. International and local VJ stars will perform and give workshops on VJ tools and technologies. Panel discussions and talks will analyse the background and future of VJ’ing, as seen from the perspective of visual arts, film making and other relevant contexts.
website – call for proposals – photos – poster & leaflet – video (hki 2003+2005+2006)
PIXELACHE NYC & MONTREAL · 31 May-7 June 2003
NYC: Gershwin Hotel, SHARE @ Openair, New Music on North Sixth @ Galapagos
Montreal: SAT, Society for Arts and Technology
PikseliÄHKY // pixelACHE is an international laboratory for creative experimenting with audiovisual technologies. After our successful event in Helsinki, the festival is arriving to New York and Montreal. The events consist of audiovisual performances, interactive cinema screenings and an exhibition of media art projects. Most of the featured artists are coming from Helsinki, the hometown of pixelACHE. They are emerging artists representing yet-to-be-discovered art forms from the fringe of the Finnish media art scene. The theme for this year’s edition is the art of VJ’ing, mixing and manipulating video material in a live performance situation.
website (nyc) – website (mtl) – photos (nyc) – photos (mtl) – poster & leaflet (nyc) – poster & leaflet (mtl)
THE MOMENT OF LONG NOW · a very slow news tv station
The Moment of Long Now is an alternative news tv channel. The channel shows short snippets of news footage with a pace that is a hundred times slower than what we are used to. A piece of custom made software magnifies and manipulates the images in real-time, creating an illusion of a virtual camera which is able function and move around within a still moment.The name of the project was inspired by the Long Now Foundation, an organisation with a goal “to promote ‘slower/better’ thinking and to foster creativity in the framework of the next 10,000 years.”
info – video
PIKSELIÄHKY / PIXELACHE (first edition) · 23 – 25 May 2002, Helsinki
* audiovisual experiments and creative misuse of technology
* DIY lo-fi/hi-fi performances and installations
* the art of programming
Participants: Jarryd Lowder, Pink Twins, O Samuli A,Tuomas Toivonen, Tomi Knuutila, Markus Renvall, Toiminto,Tommi Keränen, Perttu Hämäläinen, Korento, Folio, Antti Ahonen & Panu Johansson, Juha Huuskonen, Halcyon, Marko Myöhänen & Timo Kurkikangas
website – photos
AvantoAkatemia 01 · Kipsari & LUME & Aula, Helsinki, 7-1 November 2011
farmersmanual will strengthen network forms of organization, while simultaneously making your life difficult in old hierarchical forms. Examples in PD and MAX/MSP/nato within a networked environment will be part of the presentation. [The User] will demonstrate how to apply a similar approach as they used in their Symphony for Dot Matrix Printers to any conventional household equipment – in this case a dish washing machine.
info & photos
AVANTO FESTIVAL · Helsinki, 8-12 November 2000
website – photos – video
eko.katastro.fi · Helsinki, 8 October-14 November 1999
Ideologies of various greenish tints are washing through our collective consciousness and our experiences of the phenomena affecting our environment can not be measured. They can, however, be collected and shared. katastro.fi and Dodo r.y. built and collected the basis for a web, which they hope the visitors will augment with their own experiences and observations. eko.katastro.fi is an ecologically biased work, which documents reality and its alternatives as they are perceived. It consists of the Tangle of causes and effects, open to the public and accessible through your own eco-profile.
website – photos
TEMP – TEMPORARY MEDIA LAB · Helsinki, 8 October-14 November 1999
TEMP stands for temporary media lab, a production facility that enables groups, networks and, individuals working on the crossover between new media arts and social, political and economic topics to discuss, develop, and realize their projects.
The idea of a tmp\ media lab, situated within an existing event, museum, or similar institution originates from dissatisfaction with the current forms that presentations of media projects typically take during conferences and other public events. Exhibiting webpages still does not make much sense: their lively, layered complexity gets lost. Even the interactive installation is not the proper medium to express net.works. In previous years much has been done to introduce new media to an ever-growing audience. But the networks themselves, their mysterious and seductive aspects, remained invisible. It is hard to represent or even visualize what is actually happening on a mailinglist, a newsgroup, a chatroom. Demo-design can give us a clue, but it remains soulless, empty and too easily turns flows and exchanges into dead information. Now that the varieties of virtual communities are growing, it is no longer enough to merely announce their existence. People demand substance–not only outsiders but, most of all, the members of the groups themselves.
IMAchannel · 18 November 1998
RinneRadio with katastro.fi. An experimental performance in which live music was combined with interactive visuals. The IMAchannel transmission was the opening event for the rotation98 music video festival at Kiasma.
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