[spectre] Pixelache Festival 2021 Festival #Burn____ 6-13. June // Hybrid site-specific, radio & AV streams

andrew gryf paterson agryfp at gmail.com
Fri Jun 4 17:04:01 CEST 2021


Latest edition of Pixelache Festival in Helsinki starts in a few days, 
welcome to follow week-long online radio stream & selected AV streams 
from afar.

apologies in advance for x-posting.

PIXELACHE HELSINKI 2021: #BURN____ Press release


Soon 20-year-old Pixelache Helsinki, a transdisciplinary platform for 
emerging art, design, research and activism, explores this summer 
collapse from psychological, social and environmental perspective as 
well as developing resilience. Week-long festival consists of localised 
FM radio, online streams, media art, lectures, haircuts, experimental 
home cooking, among many others.

Pixelache Helsinki Festival 2021 #Burn____, co-directed by 
artist-organiser Andrew Gryf Paterson and author Laura Gustafsson, takes 
place this year with limited access in selected spaces inside Oodi 
Central Library in Helsinki and outside the front canopy of Oodi, as 
well as online, from the 6th to the 13th of June 2021. The theme of the 
festival #Burn____, anticipated in late summer 2019, sets the context of 
the festival contributions, reflecting on mental health, social 
solidarity and struggle as well as on ecological crisis.

The programme selected via open calls, direct invitations and partner 
contributions offers a wide range of local and international 
perspectives. Included are site-specific artworks, radio and audiovisual 
performances, online and offline workshops and presentations, with over 
80 contributors participating in the festival. A highlight of the online 
offer - essayist Silvia Hosseini and Laura Gustafsson comment on the 
festival during the Radio Helsinki broadcast.

The festival starts on Sunday the 6th with a workshop teaching 
self-defence against technology, a performance for children, and a 
pop-up spa. From Wednesday to Sunday the programme includes evening live 
AV and choreographed performances, keynote presentations by Finnish 
bio-artist Mia Mäkelä and scientist-activist Alexandra Elbakyan, once 
referred to as ‘Science’s Pirate Queen’, streamed from Oodi’s Maijansali 
or presented online for the audience.

Co-director Laura Gustafsson writes about the festival:

“Themes of interfaces, metamorphoses and decomposition connect the 
projects while they also reach out towards recovering. In order to build 
a brighter future, the programme seeks to rearrange the somewhat 
dystopian elements of the present and to nurture the weeds sprouting 
from the cracks of our time. Dakar artist Babacar Traore’s work speaks 
of the traces we’ve left as a culture. Those traces are what we wish to 
examine during the coming festival – from abandoned fur farms to effects 
of climate crisis and tourism to lichen in the Sápmi region to the scars 
in one’s skin.”

After a year of excessive screen-based meetings, the festival re-adopts 
one of the oldest media forms at physical distance from another - radio 
- seems to be the idea of making a festival event with local and 
international contributors in consideration of mobility and gathering 
restrictions. With the established experience of hybrid radio, Pixelache 
brings a localised listening mix of audio works from two open calls, a 
live radio stream of festival events especially made or adapted for 
radio, emerging sound artists, podcasts, and interviews with festival 
artists and contributors. During the festival, the public can interact 
with a local FM radio broadcasting around Oodi. Bring Your Own Radio 
(BYOR) to listen, and if you like a blanket or picnic!

Live audiovisual / radio stream via http://burn.pixelache.ac


Jairo Acosta Lara; Raine Aiava & Pii Anttila; Anastasia Artemeva & 
Arlene Tucker; Autoturk (Lena Kilina, Adam Sinykin And Sofya 
Chibisguleva); Eva Bakkeslett; Paul Beaudoin; Željko Bláce & working 
group; Benoit Bories; Orkida Braculla; Eirin Breivik; Yuri Bruscky; Alan 
Bulfin; Center For Genomic Gastronomy (Including Cathrine Kramer, Zack 
Denfeld; Emma Conley; Laura Allcorn); Charli Clark; Efrén Cruz Cortés 
& Suzanne Husky; Caitlin Davis Fisher; Krista Dintere, Maija Demitere, 
John Grzinich, Jacob Remin, Mantautas Krukauskas & student working 
group; Markéta Dolejšová & Annukka Svanda; Juan Duarte; Alexandra 
Elbakyan; Katrin Enni; Clio Flego For Iqea Group (Tactical Tech) with 
Oliver Keller & David Benqué; Фрукты Врукты (Frukty Vrukty); Boris 
Getaz; Ileana Gherghina; Karolina Ginman & Working Group; Terike Haapoja 
& Pauliina Feodoroff; Max Haarich; Margaretha Haughwout; Silvia 
Hosseini; Dasha Ilina; Elizabeth Johnston; Merle Karp a.k.a. Folded 
Visuals; Vera Kavaleuskaya; Owen Kelly & Sophie Hope; Sarah Alëna 
Korolëva; Martha Kicsiny; Iivo Korhonen; Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen; 
Labor Neunzehn; Albert Laine; Aistė Laisvė Viršulytė; Maximilian 
Latva; Veera Launonen; Yoojin Lee & Giuseppe Termine; Pihla Lehtinen; 
Jonna Lehto, Bráulio Bandeira, Moa Larsdotter Persson & Sofia Palillo; 
Diana Lelis; Tyler Liu; Eva Macali; Amelia Marzec; Max; Wojtek Mejor; 
Ranjit Menon; Peter Morgan; Anna Mu; Akash Muralidharan; Fahmi Mursyid; 
Kristo Muurimaa; Mia Mäkelä; Ida Nerbø; Dorota Orlof & Krisjanis 
Rijnieks; Leo Pahta; Ben Park & Brodie Campbell-park; Ananthakrishnan 
Pillai; Marcus Petz; Andrejs Poikāns; Aga Pokrywka; Anna Priedola; 
Leena Pukki; Eileen Rainer; Ashwin Rajan; Vishnu Vardhani Rajan; Tivon 
Rice; Mariana Salgado; Inga Salurand; Julian Scordato; Sumugan Sivanesan 
& Sophea Lerner; Mohamed Sleiman Labat & Pekka Niskanen; Juliana Irene 
Smith; Daniela Solis; Sylvain Souklaye; Swan Meat; Tuomo Tammenpää; 
Oili Tarvainen & Anna-liisa Valimaa; Áron Tihanyi; Anne Tolvanen; 
Babacar Traore; Ernest Truely; Justin Tyler Tate; Bengisu Uykusu; Arvid 
Van Der Rijt; Leda Vaneva; Taneli Viljanen; Spāre Vītola; Helen 
Västrik & Jaanika Arum; Christa Wall & Andreea Vladut; Valerie Wolf 
Gang; Eero Yli-vakkuri; Anne Yoncha With Daniel Townsend; Ola 
Zielińska; Milda Ziemane; Elza Zīverte; Reinis Žodžiks; Louise Ölund.


Festival co-directors: Andrew Gryf Paterson, andrew at pixelache.ac; 
Laura Gustafsson, laura at pixelache.ac
Festival producer: Steve Maher, steve at pixelache.ac
Production assistant: Mathilde Palenius, mathilde at pixelache.ac
Communications supervisor: Saša Nemec, sasa at pixelache.ac
Radio producer: Miia Laine and Sophea Lerner, pixelache2021 at openradio.in
Graphics team: Wojtek Mejor, wojtek at pixelache.ac; Evdokia Asseeva, 
evdokia at pixelache.ac


Pixelache Helsinki Festival 2021 is funded by:
Arts Promotion Centre Finland (TAIKE), Helsinki City - Culture and 
Leisure Department, Finnish-Estonian Culture Foundation, Asia-Europe 

Our contributors are funded by:
Arts Promotion Centre Finland (TAIKE), Kone Foundation, The Promotion 
Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK), Goethe-Institute Finland, Italian 
Cultural Institute, Saastamoinen Foundation, Oskar Öflund Foundation, 
Nordic Culture Point Art & Culture programme, Colgate University (NY 
State), National Culture and Arts Foundation Taiwan, European Union’s 
Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and European Union’s 
Creative Europe programme.

Commercial sponsorships by:
Radio Helsinki
Kinos Rentals
Niinivirta Transport

Local partners and associations:
Helsinki City’s Oodi Central Library
Bioart Society
Valmed ry
Aalto FabLab
DADA ry Student Organisation of Aalto Media Lab

International partners and associations:
EKA - Estonian Art Academy (Estonia)
Dimora OZ (Italy)
Karachi Biennale Trust (Pakistan)
GEM (Australia)
Asia-Europe Foundation
ASTE Art Science Technology Education (Latvia)
Xarxa de Ràdios Comunitàries de Barcelona (Catalonia)

Audio, media and radio partnerships:
Radio Helsinki
Aavistus Festival
Enostone Kustannus Elektron platform (Estonia)
P-Node (France)
Ūmėdė X-disciplinary Festival (Lithuania)

Accommodation by:
Architectural Democracy

Other partners:

Volunteer forces through the Job’d platform (Helsinki),funded by 
Helsinki City.


Pixelache is a Transdisciplinary Platform for Emerging Art, Design, 
Research and Activism, organised by the non-profit association Piknik 
Frequency ry. They produce a formerly-annual, now bi-annual festival in 
Helsinki, as well as participatory art-science and technology 
productions, public events, educational programmes, residencies and 
other activities. Our non-profit association has operated since 2002, 
also named Pikseliähky. Between 2021-2022, Pixelache will reach its 20th 
year anniversary, and Pixelache Helsinki  Festival is currently one of 
the longest-running cultural festivals in Northern Europe and the Baltic 
Sea region, that continues to promote emergent inter- and 
trans-disciplinary practices and thinking between art, design, 
technology, research and activism.


Helsinki Central Library Oodi is a living meeting place at Kansalaistori 
square, right at the heart of Helsinki. It is one of 37 branches of 
Helsinki City Library and part of the Helmet library network. Oodi 
complements the cultural and media hub formed by Helsinki Music Centre, 
Finlandia Hall, Sanoma House and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. 
Oodi is a non-commercial, urban public space that is open to all, right 
opposite the Parliament Building.


Andrew Gryf Paterson
artist-organiser, independent researcher

Pixelache Helsinki 2021 Festival co-director

Doctor of Arts candidate
Aalto University ARTS


+358 50402 3828 | social: @agryfp
agryfp at gmail.com | andrew.paterson at aalto.fi

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