[NetBehaviour] xxxxx_at_piksel

m m at 1010.co.uk
Mon Sep 25 20:18:24 CEST 2006


13-14 October, Cinemateket USF,Bergen, Norway
Two days of seminar, discussion and highly practical interrogation of expanded 
software and the impact of the executable on necessarily open hardware as a 
political act. 

xxxxx crashes into the intent of open hardware, eviscerating software; the 
blunt realm of the user as cynical economic motif. After Artaud, the CPU 
(central processing unit) and its double mimes The Theatre and its Double. On 
the one hand, there is the System or entropic operation of a necessarily 
cynical machine for living, an atrocity exhibition, on the other hand the 
specification of an artistic CPU for life coding. The data sheet will be 
examined as to its operational codes (day one), new (simulation) models will 
be constructed (day two).

Confirmed participants:
Wilfried Hou Je Bek, Martin Howse, Jonathan Kemp, Aymeric Mansoux, Bruno 
Marchal, Otto Roessler, Tom Schouten, Marloes de Valk, Eva Verhoeven, 
Valentina Vuksic

Produced by BEK and ap/xxxxx:

ap/xxxxx[1] was founded in 1998 to necessitate the code-terms expansion 
implied by a growing and politically active free software movement. With 
wilfully avant-garde intent, and through intervention, performance, staged 
events, seminars, hardware constructions and readily accessible software, 
ap/xxxxx examines through live descriptive process software (culture and 
history), embedding auto-destruction. Software is viewed as substance. 

Piksel[2] is an annual event for artists and developers working with open 
source audiovisual software. Part workshop, part festival, it is organised in 
Bergen, Norway, by the Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts (BEK)[3] 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 open source and free 
culture. This years event - Piksel06[4] – continues the exploration of 
audiovisual code and it's myriad of expressions, but also brings in open 
hardware as a new focus area.


xxxxx_at_piksel[5] will take place 11am to 3pm 13 October, 11am to 5pm 14 
October at Cinemateket USF[6], Bergen, Norway as part of the Piksel06 

Admission is free but with a limited number of seats. For reservation send a 
mail to: piksel06 at bek.no

About the participants:

**Wilfried Hou Je Bek (NL)

Applying scientific rigour and an eminently wide-ranging frame of
crytsalpunk reference, socialfiction.org protaganist Wilfried Hou Je
Bek plays out the expressively elegant and digressional expansion of
software across all (literalised) domains, for example algorithmic

**Martin Howse (UK)

Speculative and necessarily open hardware explorer Martin Howse
proposes a denuded artistic CPU (an elaborated, auto-destructive
bachelor-culture machine) running heavily promiscuous code and
operating on a noise terrain. Latest plans include the staging of the
xxxxx research institute in Berlin.

**Jonathan Kemp (UK)
Performer, theorist, ap/xxxxx collaborator and visual artist, Jonathan Kemp 
applies the refined instruments of his adoptive stoneworking to excavate the 
esoteric thought matter of characters such as Emmanuel Swedenborg and 
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.

**Bruno Marchal (BE)
Bruno Marchal is currently occupied with refining his supremely elegant, 
code-based theories of COMP at the IRIDIA AI labs in Brussels. COMP has 
precise consequences, for example that physics is necessarily a branch of 
computer science; the implication being that "if you were in a perfect 
simulation you wouldn't know it."

**Otto Roessler (DE)
German biochemist Otto E. Roessler occupies the rare contemporary position of 
a scientific and artistic polymath with noted significant contributions to 
chaos theory, under his original attractor, and the fresh science of 
endophysics. His current major project, Lampsacus, proposes a truly free 
networked informational society.

**Eva Verhoeven (NL)
The original work of artist and theorist Eva Verhoeven proposes a concise and 
well defined series of laboratory-style experiments and interventions which 
elaborate a trajectory from noise/interference within existent (computer) 
systems towards totally speculative hardware.

**Valentina Vuksic (DE)
Former student of both essential economics and computer science, Valentina 
Vuksic explores a highly individual articulation of hard and software 
mediation; the processes in such intermediate space as action thus implying 
actors rendered audible through novel intrusion.

 **Tom Schouten (BE)
Artist and independent software developer. He is the author of PDP, an 
extension for Pure Data, which adds building blocks for image and video 
processing, and other media oriented applications, tightly integrated to the 
computer music system which hosts it. Currently he is developing Packet 
Forth, a stand-alone application / scripting language for media processing 
and BADNOP, an interactive FORTH compiler for Microchip Picmicro 

 **Aymeric Mansoux (FR)
Since the mid-nineties, Aymeric Mansoux has taken part in many artistic 
experiments based on the internet and the emergence of networks. Traceroutes, 
network packets, digital feedbacks and piped logs become a new clay that can 
be used to develop autonomous artistic processes. Currently an mphil/PhD? 
student at the creative technologies department of the University of 
Huddersfield, his most recent artistic projects include a residency at the 
Mediacentre of Huddersfield, a collaboration with Chun Lee within the live 
electronic music group 0xA, and Metabiosis, a project on non-carbon based 
pseudo live forms in distributed computing and peer-to-peer networked 
ecosystems with the Dutch artist Marloes de Valk.

**Marloes de Valk (NL)
Dutch audiovisual artist, currently based in the UK. She studied Sound and 
Image at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, specializing in abstract 
compositional computer games, HCI and crashing computers. Starting out as a 
visual artist who played violin, she ended up bringing the worlds of sound 
and image together by building her own digital instruments in which sound and 
image are of equal importance, created real-time, simultaneously, influencing 
and distorting each other. Currently she is collaborating with French artist 
Aymeric Mansoux on Metabiosis, a project investigating the ups and downs of 
datapackets living in a world of connected ecosystems. Marloes is part of the 
Digital Research Unit at the University of Huddersfield.



 [1] http://www.1010.co.uk
 [2] http://www.piksel.no
 [3] http://www.bek.no
 [4] http://www.piksel.no/piksel06
 [5] http://www.1010.co.uk/xxxxx_at_piksel.html
 [6] http://www.usf.no

Piksel06 - 12.-15. oct 2006

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