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July 26, 2006




Piksel[1] is an annual event for artists and developers working with free and open source audiovisual software. Part workshop, part festival, it is organised in Bergen, Norway, by the Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts (BEK) [2] and involves participants from more than a dozen countries exchanging ideas, coding, presenting art and software projects, doing workshops, performances and discussions on the aesthetics and politics of free and open source software.

This years event - Piksel06 – continues the exploration of audiovisual code and it's myriad of expressions, but also brings in open hardware as a new focus area. At Piksel06 we will expand the exhibition part and build upon the open hardware theme, which represents a potential for a new paradigm shift of vital importance for independent artistic expression in the digital domain.

Piksel06 is done in collaboration with HKS art centre[3] which will be the main location for this years events. Piksel is organised by BEK and a community of core participants including members of collectives dyne.org, goto10.org, sustainablesource.net, hackitectura.net, riereta.net, drone.ws, gephex.org and others.

Piksel06 - festival -- october 12-15 2006
Piksel06 - exhibition -- october 13-27 2006
Piksel06 - call for participation -- deadline august 1. 2006


The previous Piksel events has primarily focused on live art / audiovisual performance and interactive installations, but for Piksel06 we also introduce open hardware and hardware hacking as new themes. For the exhibition and other parts of the program we are interested in submissions in the following categories:

1. Installations

Projects related to the open hardware theme including but not restricted to: circuit bending, reverse engineering, repurposing, modding and DIY electronics preferably programmed by and running on free and open source software.

2. Audiovisual performance

Live art realised by the use of free and open source software. We specially encourage live coding and DIY hardware projects to apply.

3. Software/Hardware

Innovative DIY hardware and audiovisual software tools or software art released under an open licence.

Please send documentation material - preferably as a URL to online documentation with images/video to piksel06[at]bek.no. Deadline - august 1. 2006

Please use the online submit form at: http://www.piksel.no/piksel06/subform.html

Alternatively use this form for submitting

1. Project name.
2. Email adr.
3. Project URL
4. Name of artist(s).
5. Short bio/CV
6. Category
7. Short statement about the work(s)
8. List of software used in the creation/presentation of the work(s)

Or send by snailmail to:

att: Gisle Froysland
C. Sundtsgt. 55
5004 Bergen

More info: http://www.piksel.no/piksel06

piksel06 is produced in cooperation with Kunsthoegskolen in Bergen dep The Academy of Fine Arts, Hordaland Kunstsenter. Supported by Bergen Kommune,
Norsk Kulturfond, BergArt and Vestnorsk Filmfond.


[1] http://www.piksel.no
[2] http://www.bek.no
[3] http://www.kunstsenter.no

Posted by jo at July 26, 2006 08:35 AM