[NetBehaviour] Curators’ statement - Piksel (no) Festival Cancellation

Ruth Catlow ruthcatlow at gmail.com
Fri Nov 24 17:40:04 CET 2023

Hi Joana,
Thanks for sharing. This seems inexplicable.
What happened?


On Wed, Nov 22, 2023 at 9:20 PM Joana Moll via NetBehaviour <
netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:

> Curators’ statement - Piksel (no) Festival Cancellation
> Today we were informed by the directors of the Piksel festival that they
> have unilaterally decided to cancel our artistic collaboration with the
> festival. We were informed about this decision through a very brief email
> sent at 3:34 am, without any kind of assistance to navigate the avalanche
> of consequences that come from such a decision. The cancellation came
> abruptly and without previous notice one day before the opening, shortly
> after we had arrived on site in Bergen, which is - to say the least -
> unacceptable and has created a profound breach of trust.
> As a curatorial team, we have spent the last months putting a huge effort
> into programming and producing the best (no) festival, regardless of the
> lack of support provided by Piksel, especially when it came to critical
> production and communication issues that are essential to curate a
> festival. The program was finished and ready to take place in the form of
> artistic tours including some in-person presentations and performances.
> We regret the decision on the part of Piksel to cancel the program that we
> had curated for the festival on such short notice, which has created a
> stressful and difficult situation. We’d like to extend our most sincere
> apology to all the artists that have generously prepared, updated or even
> produced new works for us/the occasion. Thank you to all the artists
> involved for trusting us with your works and for the inspiring, open and
> fruitful working relationship we have had over the past months. We will
> make sure to choose our collaborators more wisely in the future, and,
> again, we sincerely apologize for all the inconvenience that this situation
> might have created. Piksel has promised to keep the commitment to pay the
> agreed fees.
> Bergen, 22nd of November 2023.
> Joana Moll, Marta Millet, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Noemi Garay.
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