The Pixelache Software of the Year 2010 title is given to two different projects this time – pure:dyne by GOTO10 and APODIO by APO33. Both of these are ‘live CD’ projects – distribution versions of Gnu/Linux operating system, which boot on any PC laptop or desktop, including the intel-based Mac and x86 netbooks. These distributions are dedicated to creative multimedia tools for audio/video processing and real-time performance and aims to provide a full set of tools for the average media artists needs.
In addition to these two initiatives, we would like to draw attention to the practice of developing custom GNU/Linux distributions tailored for specific uses such as media production, audio/video streaming, hacktivism, art installations and more. Other such initiatives include dyne:bolic, Sahabuntu and PikseLiveCD.
GOTO10 is a collective of international artists and programmers, dedicated to Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) and digital arts. GOTO10 aims to support and grow digital art projects and tools for artistic creation, located on the blurry line between software programming and art.
GOTO10 lives on servers, IRC channels, lists and streams. We don’t have any static physical meeting place. We organize events throughout Europe, independently and in collaboration with like-minded organizations. Our aim is to live within this network of machines, people and places, to develop and teach new and existing tools, to produce, experiment and play.
APO33 , is an interdisciplinary laboratory drawing on the artistic and technological fields, fostering various collective projects associating research, experimentation and social intervention.
In the continuity of the dynamics that has been opened by the free software movement, apo33 is structured as a modular space, initiating collaborative projects and creative processes, as well as exploring new artistic and creative modes of production and diffusion.
APODIO will be presented in Piksel (19-22 Nov 2009) and pure:dyne in Pixelache Helsinki (25-28 March 2010).
Pixelache Software of the Year is an initiative by Pixelache Network, started in 2008. The chosen software for the first year was Animata, a live animation software by Kitchen Budapest.