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Alternative Party 2009 reportage by "zuulkuul" at YouTube. Thanks for sharing this! You can still add your pictures to our web 2.0 page.


Compo results at Pouet

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Pixelache 2009 - electronic art and science!

2009-04-17 01:26 by Kim Viljanen (0 comments)

Pixelache is an electronic art festival held once a year in Helsinki and with sister events around the world. Pixelache09 was held in Helsinki a few weeks ago and the event was an eye-, ear- and mindblowing experience with lots of program during the whole week including performances, exhibitions, workshops, seminars, clubs and parties!

The artists and other participants were all around the world, e.g. from USA, UK, Indonesia, France, Turkey, Hungary and Sweden which gave the event a feeling of being part of the global community of creative people. Also the atmosphere was very open, friendly and passionate.

If you like Alternative Party, you most probably love Pixelache, too!

Performances

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One of my top favorites of the whole event was the excellent performance by Culture Lab Newcastle which was a one hour long journey to the art of electronic sound. The show was based on noise (it is interesting how much variety there can be in "white" noice when listening to e.g. different frequences), strange instruments such as resonating sound balls, body motion controlled (software based) instruments, boxes of sound and bright lights in a dark hall. Yes, the lights hurted in the beginning, but then the blinking and strange soundscape created a hypnotic feeling and evolving great experience!

2009/tl_files/pixelache2009/tripping-through-runtime.jpgAnother great performance was part of the Artkillart lineup: Valentina Vuksic created an audio performance by starting and stopping old computers. The show consisted of listening to different sounds the computers made both via audio outputs and by listening to the other sounds the computers made (harddisk noice, fans, etc). This show defined in a way the whole idea behind Pixelache which is to give new views on computers, digital technology and the 21st century's information society where people are surrounded by all kinds of devices and sounds (noices).


Exhibitions

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The digital craftsmanship exhibition at Kiasma.

2009/tl_files/pixelache2009/twitter-printers.jpgThe Spaceship Earth exhibition at Lasipalatsi had many interesting items, such as a WLAN camera and a farm of printers (photo) that printed out twitter feeds from the Internet. I think the idea of printing out the online data concretized in a way how much we do live and express things in our lives in the virtual world.


2009/tl_files/pixelache2009/harddisko.jpgAnother exhibition was held in Myymälä2 where my favorite exhibition item was Valentina Vuksic's installation "Harddisko" made of harddisks running wildly and making noices of different sorts.

Btw. the concept of Myymälä2 (Uudenmaankatu 23) as a little art shop run by artists is lovely and refreshing. A much recommend place to visit during your next shopping day in Helsinki!

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The Association of experimental electronics had filled up an container with strange technology in the front of Kiasma.

Seminars and workshops

Unfornately I didn't have the time to visit that many seminars and workshops. I however liked a presentation given by Scott Goodstein, who was the External Online Director for Obama for America campaign. Scott described how the Obama campaign used social media and mobile services for activating the voters and campaign people. It is quite amazing how ordinary people can participate via the Internet more closely than ever in politics. A most interesting presentation!

Finally, there was also a presentation about the revolutionary new social banking application called Scred developed in Finland presented by a human identified with the cyberpunk codename "setok". To end with a punchline: Where ever you go, Scred is there, too! :)

Pixelache09 was a great experience. I'm waiting already for next year's Pixelache event! :)

Next Pixelache network events are held in Istanbul ("PixelIST, 29th April – 1st May), Paris ("Mal au Pixel", 29th May – 7th June) and Helsinki ("Pixelache") again next year. More information at: www.pixelache.ac

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