[NetBehaviour] PIKSEL18 - Buzzocrazy! Workshops announcement

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PIKSEL18 Buzzocrazy!
The 16th annual Piksel Festival for Electronic Art and Free Technologies

– Wokshops.
– November 22nd-24th, Bergen (NO)
– http://18.piksel.no

Buzzocrazy! The Piksel18 festival slogan points to the new era of
“post-truth” based on appeals to emotion rather than policies and
facts. Stretching the truth can be seen as just part of a game. The
post-truth affects how we make sense of the world around us. That
phenomenon has a name — agnotology, the study of culturally induced
ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or
misleading scientific data.

Piksel 18 Buzzocrazy! Claims to repair the hive mind. The global
consciousness has been manipulated and we have to bring it back again
from echo-manipulation to eco-pollinization, we seek the bee drones as
the new metaphor to restore the logic ecosystem.

PIKSEL18 – BuzzOcrazy!

Workshops Programme:

All workshops are free to attend.
To sign up send an email to:prod(at)piksel(dot)no

OMSynth: DIY electronics and building audio circuits from scratch
Workshop by Peter Edwards 23rd Nov
Building: SKUR14
Date: 15:00-18:00

In 2013 Peter presented the early stages of a DIY circuit building
interface called the Open Modular Syntehsizer (OMSynth).

In this lecture he will share how the OMSynth has evolved from an idea
to a product and how it challenges many of the established norms of DIY
electronics practice. Along the way he will also discuss a call for a
new standard of DIY circuit design in the post SMT (surface mount
electronics) age.

Participants will build an experimental sound circuit from scratch
using the OMSynth.

Peter Edwards is an American artist, musician, and teacher. He has been
exploring the field of circuit bending and experimental musical
electronics since 2000 through his business Casperelectronics. He
performs regularly under the same name.

Edwards has performed, taught workshops and spoken on the topic of
circuit bending and creative electronics at MIT’s Media Lab, Hasbro
Toys, Hampshire College, Skidmore College, New York University,
Bloomfield University, Long Beach University, Georgie Southern
University and at new media festivals around the world including The
Piksel Festival (Bergen, Norway).


Weird Signal Processing – a VGA Hacking Workshop by Wolfgang Spahn 
24th Nov
Building: SKUR14
Date: 15:00-18:00

Name Yune Paik is known for manipulating a TV set with a magnet. One
might think that after we abandoned monitor tubes the combination of TV
and magnetism is gone as well. But similar techniques are still
possible today by manipulating the monitor signal.

The fact that most signals used to connect devices via wires are based
on electric current allows for easy hacking. For example one can
manipulate the VGA video signal flow with coils and magnetic fields.
The signal being similar to sound signals makes for an easy transfer to
sound and vice versa. One can make a video signal hearable and display
an audio signal on a monitor.

In the workshop we will process VGA signals. We learn the basic about
the VGA standard and how to manipulate, mix and sonificate the signal,
how to amplifier, invert and add fast video signals. Every participant
will build a VGA breakout board that allows easy access to the signal.

Please bring your own laptop (with a VGA connection or converter), an
Arduino and or your Raspberry Pi if you have some.

Wolfgang Spahn (*1970, Austria) is a visual artist based in Berlin. His
work includes interactive installations, videos, projections, and
miniature-slide-paintings. After having studied mathematics and
sociology in Regensburg and Berlin he founded the
screen-printing-studio at Tacheles. He also managed various art
projects e.g. Schokoladen Mitte and was one of the artists at Meinblau,
Berlin. He currently teaches at the BBK-Berlin, Medienwerkstatt and is
associated lecturer at the University of Paderborn, department of art.

International exhibitions (selection): 2000 Biennial of young Art in
Genua, Italy, 2003 The Kosovo Art Gallery in Pristina, Kosovo, 2005
Biennial in Prague, Czech Republic, 2008 and 2009 Internationales
Klangkunstfest in Berlin, 2009 The Art of the Overhead in Malmö,
Sweden, PIXEL09 and 10 in Bergen, Norway, 2010 Biennial Of Miniature
Art in Serbia, 2010 Media-Scape in Zagreb, Croatia, Transmediale 2012,




The Umwelt of the Forager: on Bees, pheromones and bacteria by Anne
Marie Maes 23rd and 24th Nov
Building: Piksel Studio 207
Date: 15:00-19:00

The workshop -the Umwelt of the Forager- will be studying the bio
semiotics of the beehive & its ecosystem. The workshop will be
organized as a DYI BioLab: the starting point is the role of pheromones
and the important task these signifiers play for the communication in
the beehive and for the relation of the bees to their ecosystem.

Participants will be sensing the ecology of the beehive and interpret
the emergence of symbols. They will be detecting the granularity of
waves formed between bacterial signals and the signs emitted through
invisible (bio)technologies. In several hands-on sessions the microbial
sphere in and around the beehive will be studied under the microscope.
Participants will prepare agar plates to culture bacteria and spores
that they collect at the intersection of places, called the Umwelt of
the Forager (bee). They will ‘design’ with bacteria and reflect upon
shared habitats for bees and other micro-organisms.

Anne Marie Maes is an artist who has been studying the tight
interactions and co- evolutions within urban ecosystems. Her research
practice combines art and science with a strong interest for DIY
technologies and biotechnology. She works with a range of biological,
digital and traditional media, including live organisms. Her artistic
research is materialized in techno-organic objects that are inspired by
factual/fictional stories; in artefacts that are a combination of
digital fabrication and craftsmanship; in installations that reflect
both the problem and the (possible) solution, in multispecies
collaborations, in polymorphic forms and models created by eco-data.


Radio Mycelium & How I Hack Plant Conversations by Martin Howse and
Mindaugas Gapševičius 
23rd Nov
Building: Piksel Studio 207
Date: 10:00-14:00

The project invites us to experience interspecies communication and
feedback loops between mycelium networks and their habitats, including
other organisms and beings. It also proposes the examination of a new
networked imaginary between electrochemical signals, digital data, and
electromagnetic waves. The project invites the user to experience plant
to plant or plant to fungi interaction by connecting an electronic
interface and converting data from electrochemical to digital and back
to electrochemical signal. Using allelopathy as a metaphor for plant
interaction, the project questions the mechanism of translation of
signals, which, through the number of generations are influenced by the
information from outside, including its own transmitted information.

The experiments introduced in the tutorial will give an idea of how to
grow mycelium, how to make electronic tools and attach them to living
organisms, and how to use the tools for audiovisual expression. During
the hands on session, we will do four experiments:- Start growing
mycelium on coffee grounds;- Sense electric potentials in living
organisms;- Assemble and test the mycelial radio transmitter;- Use
built tools and a Pd patch provided for audiovisual expression.

The experiments are facilitated by Mindaugas Gapševičius.

Mindaugas Gapševičius, http://triple-double-u.com/
Martin Howse, http://www.1010.co.uk/org/



City GO! DIY Traffic lights of air pollution by Hamilton Mestizo
5th – 7th November – 10:00- 14:00
8th – 9th November – 14:00 -18:00
Building: Piksel Studio 207
To participate send and email to piksel18(at)piksel(dot)no

Do It Yourself Traffic lights of air pollution is an eco-design
workshop for kids. Kids will be assembling “air traffic lights” that
visualise the pollution in our cities. The goal is to experiment with a
sensor which detects levels of Carbon Monoxide (CO) concentrations, the
main gas produced by gasoline and diesel cars and go to the city and
test them in the urban environment.

The project mixes artistic, environmental and social concerns and
adheres to the design principles of open hardware and software:
Everyone is invited to learn how the electronics and the code functions
in order to be able to modify it.

Hamilton Mestizo (CDMX, Mexico)
Hamilton Mestizo explores the interfaces of arts, science and
technology and their critical, ecological, and social-culturall
implications. In the last decade, Mestizo has combined his artistic
practice with education and research focused on open source hardware
development, DIY-DIWO culture, new media and biotechnology.


City TECH! SONORATEC! en kunstlab med nye medier for barn! by Oda
Bremnes (Norway), Margarita Ardila (Colombia) 12th – 14th – 10:00- 14:00
15th – 16th November – 14:00 -18:00
Building: Piksel Studio 207
To participate send and email to piksel18(at)piksel(dot)no

Sonorartec is a lab where the kids learn the basics of electronic to
produce sound with drawn images, toys with lights, plastic pianos, …
recycling everyday materials. What we will do? Build different devices
which permit kids to experiment with leds, circuits, sound, graphics,
creative writing, and much more.

Oda Bremnes (Norway) is a third year of bachelor’s degree at the
Department of Art at the Faculty of Arts, Music and Design, UiB
(further Art and Design College in Bergen). She is working on new
media. mainly video, installation and electronics.

Margarita Ardila (Colombia)
Margarita Ardila is a Colombian maker, composer and sound researcher.
Multidisciplinary artist coordinator and workshop of SONORARTEC LAB,
laboratory oriented to the application of new media in the art, design,


City TECH! Electrotextile! Customize your clothes or accessories with
LEDs! by Pauline Vierne (France) 12th – 14th – 10:00- 14:00
15th – 16th November – 14:00 -18:00
Building: Piksel Studio 207
To participate send and email to piksel18(at)piksel(dot)no

Electrotextile workshop is a practical and theoretical workshop to
make, remixi and intervene your accessories and garments through the
manufacture of soft and flexible electronic circuits.

The participants will approach to the concept of “wearable
technologies” and to the basic notions of electronics. To this end,
circuits will be prototyped and creative projects will be developed by
mixing textiles and materials capable of conducting electricity.

Kids will learn to make resistances and soft switches with cloth, felt,
thread for lighting or sound applications and they can customize your
clothes or accessories with LEDs!

Pauline Vierne, France
Pauline Vierne completed an MA in Innovative Textiles at ENSAAMA,
Paris, and works as an e-textile researcher at the Design Research Lab,
Berlin University of the Arts since 2014. Using experimental design and
practice-led processes, her work bridges conductive and unconventional
materials using traditional craft techniques to explore new materiality.


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