Pixelache is an association of artists, cultural producers, thinkers and activists involved in the creation of cutting-edge cultural activities. Amongst our fields of interest are: experimental interaction and electronics, code-based art and culture, grassroot organising & networks, renewable energy production/use, participatory art, open-source cultures, bioarts and art-science culture, alternative economy cultures, politics and economics of media/technology, audiovisual culture, media literacy & ecology and engaging environmental issues.
The name of Pixelache was originally found in a Finnish article that predicted new words which we would need in the future. The word ‘pikseliähky' (translated into English as "pixelache") was supposed to describe the feeling that results from an overdose of digital media content. This overdose can happen easily if the content is too monotonous – which is the case if standards, formats, tools and design principles converge to a narrow set of options. Later interpretations focused more on the 'ache' of digital influence in everyday life, and an 'ache' to re-engage with non-digital interfaces and systems. Pixelache seeks to challenge mainstream standards and conventions, not only related to media and technology, but of contemporary society in general.
Pixelache Helsinki is coordinated by the Finnish non-profit cultural association Piknik Frequency ry (see below).
Pixelache is actively engaged in cultural projects and collaborations on a year-round basis. Though we originally focused on our annual festival, since 2006 we have gradually introduced around-the-year programme of activities, organised mainly under the Pixelversity moniker between 2010 and 2014. For more info, pleast look at our portfolio and annual reports.
Pixelache Helsinki Festival
Pixelache Helsinki ('Pikseliähky') began as a festival of electronic art and subcultures, organised in Helsinki since year 2002. The festival programme consists of seminars, workshops, exhibitions, performances, concerts and club events. Since early 2012 the festival (and organisational) subtitle has been named variously; sometimes taking the form of a full cultural festival across Helsinki (and even beyond), and sometimes taking the form of a smaller, more focused "camp"-style event.
Pixelache Helsinki Festival is one of oldest European emerging, electronic and experimental art and culture festivals.
Ongoing projects and events
Since year 2006, Pixelache has organised numerous events around the year in Helsinki. These events offer a meeting point for the local Pixelache scene outside the festival period, and are supporting practice and its development in the region; they consist primarily of artist presentations, workshops, seminars, camps, expeditions and other events. These events are usually pieces in larger ongoing projects, all of which were organised under the master project Pixelversity from 2010-2014.
Some of our current projects include Trashlab (a regular series of activities exploring on the create use and re-use of waste materials), Ferment Lab (the design and construction of a community based centre for fermantation processes) and Narratives (which investigates the qualitative experiences in culture participation).
Past projects include Suomenlinna Money Lab, Open-Sourcing Festivals, Case Pyhäjoki, Foodycle, Herbologies/Foraging Networks, and Creative Coding for Live Visuals among many others. Our archive contains information on all of our past activities.
Pixelache has organised a number of production-based residencies since 2004. Many of the outcomes of these residencies has been exhibited at our festivals and elsewhere. Some examples of our production residencies include the Nuage Vert project by HeHe (2008), Ambient TV (2004), and Christian Nold's Suomenlinna Money Lab project/book (2011-2012).
From 2012-2014 we launched a small micro-residencies programme, which brought creative practitioners to Helsinki for a week, or invited local practitioners to join for some days in the office in order to exchange perspectives and methodologies with Pixelache office, members and the public. Micro-residencies have included Catherine Lenoble, Evelyn Müürsepp, and Melinda Sipos among others.
Piknik Frequency ry
Pixelache is the working name of the registered association Piknik Frequency ry.
Current Piknik Frequency members as of 28 February 2017:
Antti Ahonen, Nathalie Aubret, Anastasia Artemova, Samir Bhowmik, John W. Fail, Ilpo Heikkinen, Ville Hyvönen, Jon Irigoyen, Owen Kelly, Mari Keski-Korsu, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Mikko Laajola, Albert Laine, Mikko Lipiäinen, Wojtek Mejor, Steve Maher, Sara Milazzo, Mia Mäkelä, Egle Oddo, Andrew Gryf Paterson, Jana Pejoska, Agnieszka Pokrywka, Petri Ruikka, Päivi Raivio, Juan Duarte Regino, Mariana Salgado, Aura Seikkula, Irina Špičaka, Ulla Taipale, Tuomo Tammenpää, Justin Tyler Tate, Ernest Truely, Jenni Valorinta.
Members can be contacted via members <at> pixelache.ac
Piknik Frequency board members (2016-2017):
Antti Ahonen, Albert Laine, Owen Kelly, Mikko Laajola (chair), Egle Oddo, Andrew Paterson (substitute member), Agnieszka Pokrywka (vice-chair), Ulla Taipale (substitute member).
The board can be reached via hallitus <at> pixelache.ac
Coordinator / 2016 Festival Co-Director: Petri Ruikka
email: petri [-at-] pixelache.ac
2016 Festival Co-Director: Mari Keski-Korsu
email: mkk [-at-] pixelache.ac
Web developer: John W. Fail
Festival Technical Directors: Ilpo Heikkinen & Egle Oddo
Festival Graphic Design: Karolina Konieczna
Pixelache Helsinki info
e-mail: office [-at-] pixelache dot ac
Suvilahti (Rakennus/Building 7)
View Pixelache office location in Google maps
Though Pixelache originated as a local event in Helsinki, it has developed into an important hub within an international network of electronic arts festivals. Members of the Pixelache Network are Access Space (Sheffield), Mal au Pixel (Paris), Pixelvärk (Stockholm), Piksel (Bergen), Pikslaverk (Reykjavik), Pixelazo (Colombia), Afropixel (Dakar) and PixelIST (Istanbul). The Pixelache Network website: http://network.pixelache.ac
Piknik Frequency ry portfolios & annual reports
Earlier documentations on request.
Pixelache -related articles, interviews, and papers
Huuskonen, Juha (2013). The Unlikely Success of Pixelache Helsinki. juhahuuskonen.fi blog. 10.12.2013.
Paterson, Andrew G. (2013). Camp Pixelache 2013: Mobility, Diversity and Resonance. Wandermedia.com blog (republished from urban.ee). 22.08.2013.
Paterson, Andrew G. (2011). Learning together in Networked Cultural Associations. Musiques & Cultures Digitales 62. March 2011.
Debatty, Regine (2008). Interview with Juha Huuskonen. We-make-money-not-art blog. 31/01/2008.
NB: For other journalism, press and other blog posts, please consult last pages in the annual reports.
We are an organisation built around participation and inclusion and thus we welcome everyone to any of our activities or events! Please don't hesistate to reach out and say hello, or to email us if you are seeking any questions or information.