VR Worlds for Pixel Practice, Trondheim Open Digital Exhibition 

Art Bacchanale & Diamond Galaxy

Art Bacchanale is a universe of inter-species harmony. The lone human figure is an astronaut who offers a celebratory drink to the animals. Their speech is transfigured by the dynamics of social relations composed for a cargo ship to an imagined island tropical Utopia.

In the second VR world, Diamond Galaxy, the audience are invited to collect symbols of magical powers and through their touch, uplift both the animals and the angel to a new state.

Living in a universe of signs. Trying to decipher the sibylline codes for their meaning. Dreaming of the North and finding ways to open the door into parallel dimensions.  Searching for a viable creative Utopia. And remembering how to play!

Expanding the format of creative practice. We all contain universes, multiplicity of identities. Learning to accept messiness and creative play as part of artistic practice. 

Letting space for the unknown to take form within the work. Or shape it. Or inform. This is my first experiment in building virtual worlds. How to navigate the terrain, create emotional connection and adventure?

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

Jodi Rose & Liz Dom

Process based remote collaborative networking digital exhibition team

2020, when the world went www… The plan was to start the fall semester together, the plan was to meet and create, to grow and connect… the plan… did not go according to plan.

Pixel Practice: Follow the Link explores the relativity of space, seemingly unconnected works and remote, collaboration; the link between all three areas. What links us together is this virtual exhibition space. Many of us have never met in person, except in this virtual world we have created. Join our adventure in creative, online, remote and networked collaboration. Join the collaborative conversation, and play with us!

By developing multiple pulls of gravitation such as a collaborative virtual reality platform, a curatorial thread and weekly online communication, the artists were able to increase their general relativity, the culmination of a meeting of minds, instead of bodies.

Mapping out a plan with multiple entry points allows us to guide the viewer through their experience of our combined worlds. The doors of perception open, and the portals between our separate realities converge. We invite you to explore this stream of consciousness as it continues to evolve.

You care for each other, exchange gifts, find the secret cave and unlock the mysterious codes of the universe to open the portal into the next dimension.

Jodi Rose

Not knowing. Letting go of the outcome. Making a plan then ignoring it. Riding a new kind of creative surge that moves through her, surfing the waves of elemental energy. Inspired by conversation with friends, colleagues and classmates. Each reveals a new fragment of knowledge, a shift in perspective, a deeper layer of understanding. Her desire is to embed these experiences of connection and bring them into her world.

CAMOUFLAGE CULTURES: SURVEILLANCE, COMMUNITIES, AESTHETICS, ANIMALS

Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), The University of Sydney, in partnership with The University of Northern Iowa and University of Auckland and in association with the Australia Council, the Ian Potter Foundation, the Goethe-Institut, Sydney University Press presents:

Camouflage Cultures: Surveillance, Communities, Aesthetics, Animals, an international conference and exhibition co-convened an co-curated by Ann Elias and Nicholas Tsoutas.

The conference and exhibition address two key principles of camouflage – concealment and deception – in relation to four themes: surveillance, communities, aesthetics, and animals. The theme of ‘surveillance’ includes war, defence, militaries, and conflict; ‘communities’ embraces society, the everyday, government, and identity; ‘aesthetics’ incorporates art, architecture, film, and popular culture; ‘animals’ includes human and non-human beings, nature, evolution, pattern, and optics.

CAMOUFLAGE CULTURES conference runs from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th August. The conference and exhibition offer an exciting range of interpretations and understandings, research and investigation into the subject of camouflage and in relation to visual representation and the contemporary world. The event showcases the work of staff from the SCA and other leading national and international artists, academics and writers.

Conference Keynote Speakers:
Roy R. Behrens, Professor of Art and Distinguished Scholar at University of Northern Iowa
Hsuan Hsu, Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Davis

Speakers:
Paul Brock & Jack Hasenpusch, Donna West Brett, Edward Colless, Ann Elias, Ross Gibson, Pam Hansford, Ian Howard, Bernd Hüppauf, Ian McLean, Jacqueline Millner, Jonnie Morris, Nikos Papastergiadis, Tanya Peterson, Linda Tyler, Ben Wadham

Exhibition Artists:
Robyn Backen, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Debra Dawes, Alex Gawronski, Sarah Goffman, Shaun Gladwell, Emma Hack, Ian Howard, Jan Howlin, Jonnie Morris, Justene Williams

Camouflage Cultures Conference

When: 8 August – 11 August 2013
Where: Sydney College of the Arts
Rozelle Campus
Balmain Road, Rozelle

Camouflage Cultures Exhibition

When: 8 August – 31 August 2013
Where: SCA Galleries, Sydney College of the Arts
Rozelle Campus
Balmain Road, Rozelle

Location & Getting to SCA. Wheelchair access: The SCA Galleries are fully accessible venues. Public transport and limited accessible visitor parking is available. Bookings are essential.

Movements of disturbance: Excess ecology, post-digital networks, and queer illegibility.

This screening and panel includes three research-based artist presentations that use political disturbance to speculate, envision, and perform posthuman, metahuman, and unhuman futures.

16:00-18:00

Wed 7th August 2013

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Pinar Yoldas, Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University

“An Ecosystem of Excess” An Ecosystem of Excess is an attempt to create a post-human eco-system, a living community of speculative organisms and their environment. The project takes the idea that we are surrounded by “man-made extreme environments” as its starting point. According to the primordial soup theory, about four billion years ago life starts in the oceans when inorganic matter turns into organic molecules. Today, the oceans have turned into a plastic soup . This project asks a very simple question:”If life started today in the oceans of plastic, what kind of life forms would emerge out of this contemporary primordial ooze? To answer this question the project suggests a series of interconnected species burgeoning in pelagic plastic, chemical sludge and other debris.

Micha Cárdenas, Media Arts + Practice, University of Southern California

“Building the Movements to Keep Us Safe” Local Autonomy Networks (Autonets) is an artivist project focused on creating digital and non-digital networks of communication to increase community autonomy and reduce violence against women, LGBTQI people, people of color and other groups who continue to survive violence on a daily basis. Autonets considers how movement is a technology that can be used for decolonization and how dance and performance can be used to develop networks for community based responses to violence.

Zach Blas, Literature, Information Science + Information Studies, Visual Studies, Duke University

“Queer Illegibility and the Facial Weaponization Suite” Facial Weaponization Suite develops forms of collective, artistic protest against biometric facial recognition, global surveillance, and informatic capture–as well as the inequalities these technologies propagate–by making masks in community-based workshops that are used for public intervention and performance. These masks are forms of queer escape and opacity that refuse the parsing, categorizing, and calculations of standardized, normalized recognition and perception registers; the masks attempt to generate a presence that is illegible to such forms of control. One mask in the suite, the Fag Face Mask, is a response to scientific studies that link determining sexual orientation through rapid facial recognition. This mask is generated from the biometric facial data of many queer men’s faces, resulting in a mutated, alien facial mask that cannot be read or parsed by biometric facial recognition technologies.

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Micha Cardenas, Zach Bas and Pinar Yoldas Think Tank Program

PLATOON . cultural development schönhauser allee 9 10119 berlin . germany
tel: +49-(0)30-2888-2160
berlin@kunsthalle.com

http://www.kunsthalle.com/berlin
http://www.platoon.org

parking lot available!

HOW TO GET HERE

by public transportation
U2 to Senefelder Platz, walk south (2min)
U2, M8, Bus 142 to Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, walk north (2min)
U8 to Rosenthaler Platz, walk east (6min)

These are amazing! Home made robots, flying machines, submarines and more… from The Atlantic, In Focus with Alan Taylor.

Zhang Wuyi Image: Reuters Stringer
Zhang Wuyi Image: Reuters Stringer

“Zhang Wuyi with his submarine that captures sea cucumbers at his workshop in Wuhan, Hubei province, on March 25, 2013.”

Image: Reuters/Stringer

Wu Yulu Walking Robot Image by Reuters/Petar Kujundzic
Wu Yulu Walking Robot Image by Reuters/Petar Kujundzic

Wu Yulu: WalkingRobot

Image: Reuters/PetarKujundzic

“A walking robot invented by farmer Wu Yulu, at Wu’s home near Beijing, on April 14, 2010. Hobby inventor Wu, who started to build robots in 1986, has invented 47 robots that can perform different functions like jumping, painting, drinking, pulling carts, massaging and helping with cooking.”

Wu Yulu Rickshaw Robot Image: Reuters/Reinhard Krause
Wu Yulu Rickshaw Robot Image: Reuters/Reinhard Krause

“Farmer Wu Yulu drives his rickshaw pulled by a his self-made walking robot near his home near Beijing, on January 8, 2009.”

Image: Reuters/Reinhard Krause

Lei Zhiquian Floating Bicycle Image: Reuters/China Daily
Lei Zhiquian Floating Bicycle Image: Reuters/China Daily

Lei Zhiquian: FloatingBicycle

Reuters/China Daily

“Lei Zhiqian rides a modified bicycle across the Hanjiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, on June 16, 2010. The bicycle, equipped with eight empty water containers at the bottom, was modified by Lei’s instructor Li Weiguo, who hopes to put his invention into the market.”

 Zhou Miaorong evacuation slide Image: PeterParks/AFP/GettyImages

Zhou Miaorong evacuation slide
Image: PeterParks/AFP/GettyImages

Zhou Miaorong fantastic building evacuation slide!

Image: PeterParks/AFP/GettyImages

“70-year-old inventor Zhou Miaorong tries out an evacuation slide he built himself in a building in Shanghai, on March 21, 2013. Zhou took over two years to design and build the mechanical slide which uses no electricity to implement in a domino effect, while also triggering a sprinkler system to fight a fire. Zhou built it after a serious fire in Shanghai in 2010 led to loss of life because of the lack of escape routes, as well as another 2010 incident when the 37th floor of his building caught fire — two incidents which made him think about the need for a high-rise fire escape device.”

See more of these extraordinary Chinese DIY creations in the full Atlantic article.

Like my mother always told me: “necessity is the mother of invention!”

Tinkling the ivories while riding a bicycle?

Yes, this charming story from The Atlantic via Ivan Kander is truly an inspiration for anyone contemplating unleashing their own strange and wonderful inventions on the world.

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

Gary Frank Skaggs and his St. Frankenstein bike piano in Unwieldy Beast, documentary by Brandon Loper.

Piano Bike & Bridge - screenshot from Vimeo
Piano Bike & Bay Bridge – screenshot from Vimeo

Image from Inhabitat article “Pedaling pianist strikes a chord with his homemade piano bike”

Makes me want to find my old sheet music, a piano and brush up on my honkytonk playing!

 

 

Last video_dumbo screenings,New York

Curated by Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy
Co-presented by Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
in collaboration with Dumbo Arts Center

Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 23rd – 25th
@ Eyebeam Art+Technology Center, 540 W21st St, NYC

video_dumbo cinema after cinema
video_dumbo cinema after cinema

THURSDAY MAY 23th, 7:00pm
PROGRAM 13: TABULAE ANATOMICAE 
Guest curated by Jim Supanick

FRIDAY MAY 24th, 6:00pm
ARTIST TALK: LAURI ASTALA IN CONVERSATION WITH ANIKO ERDOSI

FRIDAY MAY 24th, 7:00pm
PROGRAM 14: VIDEOROVER (SELECTIONS FROM SEASONS 1 – 5)
Guest curated by Rachel Steinberg

SATURDAY MAY 25th, PROGRAM REPETITIONS 12:30pm – 8:30pm
12:30pm
SCREENING PROGRAM 2: ANIMALICIOUS

2:30pm
SCREENING PROGRAM 3: RISK

video_dumbo risk
video_dumbo risk

4:30pm
SCREENING PROGRAM 7: TIPPING POINT

6:30pm
SCREENING PROGRAM 8: SPACE SHIFTERS

7:30pm
SCREENING PROGRAM 4: CINEMA AFTER CINEMA

video_dumbo space-shifters
video_dumbo space-shifters

video_dumbo
Curated by Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy

Co-presented by Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
in collaboration with Dumbo Arts Center

Loop 2013 Barcelona

Video Art is hot right now, and Loop 2013 Festival and Fair offers a glimpse into the latest most sizzling works.

The festival is focused with a different work on view in each of the rooms at the Hotel Catalonia Ramblas, also the location of THE POOL, an exhibition space and meeting with distributors, producers and press and showings in various galleries.

For the 2013 edition, the committee has selected a programme of 44 films, artists & galleries, including recent works by Harun Farocki, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, Ryan Gander, Hans Op de Beeck, Ínci Eviner, Claire Hooper, Koki Tanaka, Emily Wardill or Adam Chodzko, amongst others. LOOP reaffirms its nature as a platform for premièring and discovering the latest works of artists and filmmakers, presenting over 18 unseen works by among others Gary Hill, Carlos Motta, Javier Pérez, Ivan Argote, Ferhat Özgur, Adela Babanova, Diego Bruno, Adrian Melis, Gaëlle Boucand, La Ribot, Elena Asins, Rob Carter, Jhafis Quintero, Clare Noonan, Enrique Ramirez.

LOOP was born in 2003 in Barcelona as the first fair exclusively devoted to video art, in order to provide the space, attitude and attention required by these practices, which have become a rarity amongst general fairs. LOOP has forged a strong community coming equally from the concomitant fields of contemporary art and cinema throughout its 11 editions, and is considered a highly efficient occasion to promote artists’ video and film amidst a specialized audience.

Adrian Melis, Momentos que marcaron el mundo II, 2012. Courtesy of  Adrian Melis and ADN Galería
Adrian Melis, Momentos que marcaron el mundo II, 2012. Courtesy of
Adrian Melis and ADN Galería

Adrian Melis, Momentos que marcaron el mundo II, 2012. Courtesy of Adrian Melis and ADN Galería

This year, for the first time ever, DoingDoing, an innovative online communication and debate platform, will give the world real-time access to LOOP. By connecting to DoingDoing from anywhere in the world will be able to experience and see what is being presented in the rooms of LOOP Fair and remotely participate in discussions and interviews which will take place on the set, in the heart of Barcelona.

The project, curated by El Arte en la Edad de Silicio for LOOP 2013, will be active during the afternoons of Thursday the 23rd of May and Friday the 24th at LOOP, between 16.00 and 20.00 hours  and will be transmitted real-time on the internet via DoingDoing, a connecting point between different realities, created by Comandante Tom. All Internet users are invited to participate in interviews and discussions to be held with artists, gallery owners, curators, international experts and visitors, who together will create a global event dedicated to video art.

LOOP is a showcase of selected artists’ video and films presented by their galleries. The LOOP 2013 Jury, led by Bartomeu Marí (Dir. MACBA) and composed by Valentijn Byvank (Dir. Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht), Mark Nash (independent curator) and Dirk Snauwaert (Dir. WIELS, Brussels), will distinguish the most outstanding work exhibited, as well as the most remarkable  gallery proposal from this edition.

POOL is the special projects and meeting ground of the event: a large, open multi‐functional space for meeting between the international community and the city organisations, the exhibition of projects that exceed the gallery’s structure but also the place to relax and discuss. It is located in the ‐1 level of the hotel, and will host a whole agenda of activities and exhibitions.

· PERFORMING THE IMAGE: a selection of artists from the media art class at HfG curated by Isaac Julien

·  The installation Spotting by artist Freya Hattenberger,  presented by imai – inter media art institute from Dusseldorf

· Hangar, Barcelona’s centre for art research and, will program a set of CapsuLabs beyond being responsible of designing the space of the POOL.

· DoingDoing, an innovative platform for communication and debate through internet, will be located in LOOP to open the event to the world by connecting the event and its protagonists with all the people willing to discuss on contemporary art and moving image.

· A stand-installation set by Story: We Produce, a producer in between video art and adversiting projects

In parallel and developed in collaboration with the University of Barcelona, LOOP Studies creates a space for professional discussion that aims to provide a collective examination on the concerns and challenges emerging in the fields of production, diffusion and management of artists’ films and videos specifically and culture production more generally.

LOOP 2013 celebrates its 11th edition with an outstanding selection of new films by leading artists. Produced by Screen Projects and in parallel to SCREEN Festival, LOOP is a dynamic hub created from the collaboration with more than 200 active professionals, institutions and organisations.

The selection, in which premières are taken into special consideration, is undertaken by the LOOP Committee, chaired by collector Jean‐Conrad Lemaître and composed by collectors Isabelle Lemaître, which are well known for their active collection and support of moving image art through initiatives such as the “StudioCollector Prize”; Josée and Marc Gensollen, renowned for their impressive collection of conceptual art displayed displayed in their converted‐workshop private home La Fabrique; and gallerist Christopher Grimes (Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica), whose endorsement of leading visual artists and filmmakers has lead him to organise exhibitions internationally.

Haro Cumbusyan, recently incorporated into the Loop committee, is a London‐based collector of contemporary art with a focus on moving image. He is the Founding Director of collectorspace, a nonprofit initiative that aims to open up critical discussions on collecting art, and to create a variety of reference points for new generations of collectors. collectorspace launched its first location in Istanbul in September 2011. Haro also serves on the Board of Directors of Studio Voltaire, an independent arts organization in London with an exhibition, commissioning, and performance programme, education initiatives, and artist studios. His addition to LOOP Committee’s reinforces the event’s quality criteria and expertise.

LOOP 2013 takes place on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of May in Barcelona.

Clare Noonan, Restoration Work, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Motive  Gallery, Brussels
Clare Noonan, Restoration Work, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Motive
Gallery, Brussels

Clare Noonan, Restoration Work, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Motive Gallery, Brussels
Première at LOOP 2013

DIY MASTERCLASS: WRITING &

PUBLISHING OPEN SOURCE BOOK

SUPERMARKT BERLIN

22. May 2013 – 15:00 – 18:00

Welcome to the future of publishing!

In this free workshop, Lisa Lang and Kristin Trethewey from Sourcefabric will introduce you to the Booktype software and showcase some of the exciting projects that can be published using this open source tool. Adam Hyde from Book Sprints will co-host the workshop. Adam is the founder of the Book Sprint methodology and will discuss the concept and projects produced using a Book Sprint.

booktype_pen

Booktype is a free publishing tool that produces books formatted for either print, Amazon, iBooks or almost any e-reader. Learn to create books on your own or with others in a collaborative online environment via an easy-to-use web interface. Build a community around your content, sharing your work with co-authors, editors, designers or even a community of book lovers with social tools and the reach of mobile, tablet and e-book technology. Learn about different production models and workflows in the new era of distributed book production, delving into free culture economic models and sustainable practices.

The Masterclass will include a presentation and demonstration, followed by a workshop session where different publishing and book sprint ideas will be brainstormed, and can be brought to the table by participants, for discussion and feedback from the presenters and the group.

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About the presenters: Lisa Lang has an extensive history in media organisations and publishing, and is the Head of Products at Sourcefabric. Kristin Trethewey works with Sourcefabric’s international community and events, and has been active in the media arts and as a journalist. Adam Hyde is the project lead of Booktype, and Open Source book production and publishing platform. He is also the founder of FLOSS Manuals (http://www.flossmanuals.net) and the Book Sprint methodology (http://www.booksprints.net).

About SourcefabricSourcefabric is a non-profit organisation with offices in Prague, Berlin and Toronto. Since 1999 Sourcefabric has been building digital open source newsrooms for some of the world’s most innovative news organisations, in some of the worlds most challenging media environments. Booktype is one of four open source projects built by Sourcefabric to write and publish print and digital books.

Cost: This event is free but please email rsvp[a]supermarkt-berlin.net to reserve your place
Language: The instructive language of the workshop will depend on the participants in attendance
Location: SUPERMARKT – Brunnenstr 64., 13355 Berlin (U8 Voltastr. or U8 Bernauerstr.)

Case Pyhäjoki – Artistic reflections on nuclear influence
Transdisciplinary expedition, production workshop and events

Location: Pyhäjoki, Finland
Time: 31.7. – 12.8.2013
For: artists, activists, scientists, thinkers and doers + everything and opinion in-between.

Deadline to apply: 5.5.2013 (e-mail letter of motivation to mkk[-at-]katastro.fi)

Initiated by artist Mari Keski-Korsu, now a collaboration between artist-organiser and researcher Andrew Paterson/Pixelache, musician and artist Antye Greie-Ripatti/Hai Art, Finnish Bioart Society and Pro Hanhikivi.

‘Case Pyhäjoki – Artistic reflections on nuclear influence’ is a transdisciplinary artistic expedition, production workshop and presentation events in Pyhäjoki, North Ostrobothnia, Finland 31st of July to 12th of August 2013. The sixth nuclear power plant of Finland is planned to be built at Hanhikivi Cape in Pyhäjoki.

The aim of the project is to explore artistic perspectives on the vast changes planned in Pyhäjoki, through the planning of a nuclear power plant at the site, and this way of considering energy production and consuming in the world. Artists can not only reflect upon and depict social phenomena and socio-economical relations, but can also situate themselves in between politics, activism and science. Can art make changes? If so, what would be the creative tools of activism? Life itself has become increasingly politicised in the new millennium and obviously this reflects on us all. There are plenty of art works that comment on issues seen unethical or wrong, revealing different kinds of world views. Also, there are community art projects that comment for example social condition that involve participants from different fields. But can the border in between art and activism be blurred more? Could it be involving yet aesthetical? Aren’t we all activists? What are other ways of activism in addition what we are used to think? And what is the change we are after? The nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki is a concrete project that connects many aspects from NGO-activity, politics, local and global economical situation to energy production and consumption expectations as well as decreasing natural resources.

No to 6. nuclear power plant, sign at Parhalahti village in Pyhäjoki, 2012.

The local situation in Pyhäjoki, and the planned nuclear power plant, is a case example for the workshop. People have formed strong opinions about the plant. The small community in the area has divided into those who are for and those who are against the power plant project. The aim of the expedition is to familiarise well with the current conditions in Pyhäjoki and try to collaborate with the local community, although many questions may be raised with are not easy. Could art work in between the two polarised opinions about the power plant? What kind of political process leads to the power plant plan? What does it mean to a small, agricultural community like Pyhäjoki or Ostrobothnia area? What does it mean at the national and global level? Can nuclear power mitigate climate change? Does nuclear power make Finland energy independent? What are the alternatives to nuclear power i.e. zero growth or new means of renewable energy production etc? Pyhäjoki is an excellent case study during the times of continuing ecological, social and economical crisis of the different path choices which humankind can take in order to flourish.

The first days of the expedition are for discussions, presentations (both local, national and international researchers, activists and artists), getting to know the area and its’ people with trips and excursions. The rest of the days are dedicated for independent or group work that can lead to e.g. a project demo, plan, performance, artistic action tools, discussion event, intervention etc. locally or creating overall action structures that can be implemented elsewhere. There will be a final public presentation and if needed a small exhibition for demos, ideas and documentations in the end of this production workshop. The aim is to have something concrete in our hands in the end to continue the work in the future.

The presentations by different experts during the workshop are open to public.

PRACTICAL DETAILS

Please send your letter of motivation to Mari Keski-Korsu mkk[-at-]katastro.fi by 5th of May 2013.

Case Pyhäjoki -project covers the participants travel, accommodation and per diems. There is also a possibility for documentation fee in the end. We will accommodate in a cozy Holiday Village Kielosaari / www.kielosaari.fi and utilise some other spaces in Pyhäjoki.

The travel dates are 31st of July and 12th of August.

The selected participants will be contacted in the beginning of May 2013.

ORGANISERS AND SUPPORT

Case Pyhäjoki was initiated by artist Mari Keski-Korsu and is now a collaboration in between artist-organiser and researcher Andrew Paterson/Pixelache, musician and artist Antye Greie-Ripatti/Hai Art, Finnish Bioart Society and Pro Hanhikivi. Please read more about the organisers in the end of this e-mail.

Case Pyhäjoki is funded by Kone Foundation / www.koneensaatio.fi and Arts Promotion Centre of Finland / www.taike.fi.

BACKGROUND INFO

The actual building location of the nuclear power plant is Hanhikivi Cape. 65% of the area is nature preservation with rich marine flora and fauna. It is also a rare land lifting shore where the land is still rising up from the sea due to processes of the last Ice age. There is no industry or energy production at the cape. The infrastructure for the nuclear power plant will be build as new in a so called greenfield location. Even thought the building of the plant will last for years, we are living the last moments to experience Hanhikivi as it is now. More information at http://www.hanhikivi.net

The nuclear power plant is hoped to bring prosperity to the local community but there are still many people against the building plan. People are scared to loose their land, homes and all the risks the nuclear power production brings. Recently, the company responsible of the project Fennovoima Oy announced the plan to store the nuclear waste materials also at the Pyhäjoki plant, as the Finnish long-term nuclear waste material storage ‘Olkiluoto/Onkalo’ may not be able to store all the country’s nuclear waste. In autumn 2012, the German energy company E-on resigned from the Pyhäjoki Nuclear Power Plant project. It was the biggest investor in the project and was considered to have the best know-how of the building process. Other international nuclear energy partners have been approached to replace E-on.

The biggest town close to Pyhäjoki is Raahe and the neighbouring municipalities including Pyhäjoki have been very much dependent on one big employer, steel factory Rautaruukki Oy, established in Raahe in 1960. It was seen as an answer to economical despair after the local shipping companies declined, and now that Rautaruukki has been laying off people. Hence, the nuclear power plant is seen to bring new jobs and basically repeat the economic promise that Rautaruukki brought to the area previously. Another point of view is also that the plant can produce energy for the needs of the steel factory.
www.raahe.fi
www.pyhajoki.fi

MORE INFO ABOUT THE ORGANISERS AND PARTNERS

Mari Keski-Korsu (Artist, initiator of the project, organiser, born in Raahe)
Mari Keski-Korsu (mkk) is an transdisciplinary artist. She explores how ecological and socio-economical changes manifest in people’s everyday life. Her works have a political nature with a humorous twist. The basis of the work is in location, a place and people’s relations to it. Keski-Korsu started her artistic career with photography and then started to work with internet live streaming in the mid 1990′. This lead her to work with live video visualisations as well as net and video art, interventions, documentary, installations and location based art. She is interested in relations in between art, politics and science. The works has been exhibited in Europe and in several other countries around the world. She collaborates with artist groups, scientists as well as organises and curates different types of projects.
www.artsufartsu.net

Pixelache (Contact person and participating artist Andrew Paterson)
Pixelache, based in Helsinki, is a transdisciplinary platform for experimental art, design, research and activism. Amongst our fields of interest are: experimental interaction and electronics; renewable energy production/use; bioarts and art-science culture; grassroot organising and networks; politics and economics of media/technology; alternative economy cultures; VJ culture and audiovisual performances; media literacy and engaging environmental issues. Pixelversity, its outreach and education programme since 2010, aims to be a ‘learning bridge’ between practitioners, cultural and non-profit organisations, interested individuals and larger institutions, and an outreach programme extending beyond Helsinki. Consideration is given to the relationships between the different activities, and how they may build up accumulative knowledge and skills towards future Pixelache events. The Case Pyhäjoki project is part of the Pixelversity 2013 programme’s ‘Techno-ecologies’ theme.
pixelache.ac/pixelversity

Hai Art (Contact person and participating artist Antye Greie-Ripatti, director of Hai Art)
Hai Art is an artist ran international art platform with focus on contemporary art forms such as new media, sound art, environmental, ecological and participatory arts with crossover to science and education to intertwine international and local programs in Hailuoto/ Finland. The main activities of Hai Art include public sound choir KAIKU, international The Wilderness Art Conference, national and international artist residencies as well as courses and workshops for children and youth. Hai Art occupies unused spaces, beaches, a ferry, forests, fields and public spaces etc. in Hailuoto.
www.haiart.net

The Finnish Bioart Society (Contact person Erich Berger)
The Finnish Bioart Society, established May 2008 in Kilpisjärvi, is an organisation supporting, producing and creating activities around art and natural sciences, especially biology. The Finnish Bioart Society is creating public discussions about biosciences, biotechnologies and bioethics. Additionally it is the Finnish contact node in international networks of bioart and art&science. The Finnish Bioart Society has currently 60 members, representing different art and research fields and other expertise – bioart, theatre, film, music, video, performance art, art&science, fine arts, media art, sculpture, environmental art, design, zoology, botany, ecology, environmental sciences, animal physiology, genetics, philosophy, cultural production, art history, engineering, etc.
www.bioartsociety.fi

Pro Hanhikivi Ry (Contact person Hanna Halmeenpää)
Pro Hanhikivi is a non-governmental organisation found in 2007 at Parhalahti village to preserve Hanhikivi Bay as a nuclear power free nature and amenity area. The organisation has 300 members (autumn 2012). Pro Hanhikivi activists collaborate with the officials both in Finland and in EU, organise Hanhikivi Days festival and other smaller event as well as try to affect in many ways to stop the nuclear power plant plan in Pyhäjoki.
www.prohanhikivi.net

via @miga.eu

INFO ACTIVISM CAMP 2013

APPLY BY FRIDAY 19th APRIL

Tactical Technology Collective

Tactical Tech is an organisation dedicated to the use of information in activism. We aim to inspire innovative campaigns and provide practical support for collecting, investigating and curating evidence for advocacy. We do this through project partnerships, trainings and developing and distributing resources.

People around the world are using digital tools and visualisation techniques to expose injustice and abuse, creating subversive narratives to challenge the status quo and mobilising for action. We call the strategic, safe and creative use of digital tools and information in campaigning information activism.

We focus on the use of data, design and technology in campaigning through our Evidence & Action programme and on helping activists understand and manage their digital security and privacy risks through our Privacy & Expression programme.

 

 

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Evidence + Influence

Bringing practitioners together to discuss and debate, share, critique and improve ideas, solve-problems, inspire each other and develop new practices for evidence-based advocacy.

You know about Wikileaks, but do you know how journalists from The Guardian turned thousands of leaked cables into information graphics? Or how Greenpeace used publicly available data to expose the funding connections between climate change skeptics and the oil industry in the US, through Exxon Secrets? And how Kazeboon, a group of young activists in Cairo used crowd-sourced video documentation of police brutality in street screenings to educate the public and contradict the state media monopoly?

There has been a surge of innovation in working with evidence across different sectors because of access to a diverse range of publishing platforms, availability of relatively easy-to-use information gathering, documentation and visualisation tools and the sheer amount of information publicly accessible online. The ability for activists to collect and use evidence in these ways presents an exciting threshold for political influence and campaigning beyond the scope of reports, petitions and demonstrations. How can we learn across disciplines and share some of these techniques and skills?

New techniques and approaches also throw up new challenges. How do you process and analyse thousands of documents in different formats and what are the ethical implications of releasing and using data whose contents you don’t actually know and can’t verify? How can you identify storylines in data and find creative ways of representing it that engages audiences? What about the double bind of working with evidence which can be used to expose abuse and misconduct, but can also be used to entrap you and others?

To explore the answers to questions like these Tactical Tech is hosting the ‘Info-Activism Camp 2013: Evidence & Influence’. The Camp is both a skillshare and peer-learning event and a space in which to foster collaboration. We will explore new ideas and solutions that will contribute to enhancing creative & technical practices and deepening critical debates in this inter-disciplinary field. Everyone who participates in the Camp will have something to teach and to share whether it be practical and thematic advocacy experience, data wrangling skills, information design, data security techniques, collecting and handling data or creative ideas for visualising evidence for advocacy.

Our tentative agenda will focus on three different themes:

  • Collecting, finding and investigating data
  • Curating, manipulating and working through data
  • Working creatively to find and present evidence

Important discussion about data ethics, legal considerations and digital privacy and security will also be weaved in. Read more on the Info-Activism Camp 2013 and more projects from TacticalTech.