2005 FESTIVAL REPORT
were invited to perform at the Pixelache 2005 festival (Helsinki) which
took place on 14th-17th April.
The travelling group from Glasgow included David Bernard, Will Adams,
Geraldine Greene, FiST, Jay-Go Bloom and Dan Norton as well as Karen,
Jam, Bebi and Sarah.
Pixelache is a festival of electronic Art and subcultures. Now in its
4th year, the event has grown to become on of the biggest media art
festival of the Nordic region.
The main theme for PixelACHE 2005 is 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
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
events took place At Kiasma’s museum of contemporary art and other
venues around Helsinki (Clubs, music academy, streets..) as well as
on Suomenlinna island where many of the visiting artists were staying.
Suomenlinna is a recently decommissioned 18th century Gibraltar like
sea fortress standing a mile south of Helsinki harbour.
The festival offered an exciting program of performances, installations,
conferences and workshops. All of them were well attended and serious
networking amongst the festival contributors was high on the priority
list on such occasion as the dinner-performance-disco around the Ophones
(networked amplified telephone handsets) on the Island’s hostel.
Some of our other
favourites interventions (there was over 50 presentations and we didn’t
see them all !) included:
Frank +Lisa’s VJ-DJ performance with live ink mixing and typography
day on earth”: a musical cinematic narrative on 2 screens,
performed by 2 video artists and 2 musicians from Montreal.
Kantele (traditional Finnish harp) / audio processing duet featuring
pixelache’s stage manager Ville Hyvonen.
-We also spent
a very active morning trying out “kick-ass
kung-fu” an interactive game-installation.
As part of the festival programme, we presented and screened the Machinista
DVD and discussed its curatorial direction with regard to the unmediated
call for entry and its free distribution using Creative Commons licences
and Bittorrent Peer-to-peer network.
The Pointless Creations collective audiovisual performance took place
in the Kiasma theatre on the Saturday evening. Geraldine's stage installation
used multiple rotating cube screens and smoke to display video and slide
projections. We invited the audience to view the show from various positions
around the performers to break the directional (stage/ seated audience)
layout of the theatre and instigate playful interaction between the
viewers and the imagery.
Our set lasted 1
hour and included the following short audiovisual performances :
36: Video Switchboard live audiovisual set (visuals by Will/ Dav,
audio remix from tracks by Mr electron (Glasgow) and Spoonbender (Newcastle).
Perm 36 is the Gulag museum near the location of the Machinista 2003
festival. The architecture of the prison camp was transformed into a
series of visual loops as a playground for the Machinista robot.
NEEDLE set by FiST (turntable manipulations) and Will (Video Switchboard).
-S1D V1C1ØU5: live av set by Dav. Frantic Video Switchboard triggered
micromusic/ punk bootlegs.
-ABLAB set by Dan
Norton. Audiovisual labyrinth. Glitch videoscape.
-GABBA.TV by Jay-Go
Bloom (short video screenings).
The show got an enthusiastic
response from a full capacity theatre (300+) despite the crazy static
electricity shocks we kept getting every time we touched metallic parts
of our equipment. We were told it was entertaining to watch us as we
jumped in reaction to the sparks flying from our fingers.
We rounded up the weekend by a visual set in the MBAR and our very own
Thanks to the British Council and the Scottish Arts Council for funding
our travel costs.
Many thanks to the organisers (particularly Juha and Ville) for all
their hard work, it was great to meet so many interesting artists in
such a brilliant environment.
Perm 36 performance description
the .pdf of the festival brochure (3Mb)