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Piksel Seminar: XXXXX_AT_PIKSEL

13 & 14 October
Piksel Seminar @ Usf Cinemateket
Two days of seminar, discussion and highly practical interrogation of expanded software and the impact of the executable on necessarily open hardware as a political act.
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xxxxx crashes into the intent of open hardware, eviscerating software; the blunt realm of the user as cynical economic motif. After Artaud, the CPU (central processing unit) and its double mimes The Theatre and its Double. On the one hand, there is the System or entropic operation of a necessarily cynical machine for living, an atrocity exhibition, on the other hand the specification of an artistic CPU for life coding. The data sheet will be examined as to its operational codes (day one), new (simulation) models will be constructed (day two).


Wilfried Hou Je Bek, Martin Howse, Jonathan Kemp, Aymeric Mansoux, Bruno Marchal, Otto Roessler, Tom Schouten, Marloes de Valk, Eva Verhoeven, Valentina Vuksic

Produced by BEK and ap/xxxxx:

ap/xxxxx[1] was founded in 1998 to necessitate the code-terms expansion implied by a growing and politically active free software movement. With wilfully avant-garde intent, and through intervention, performance, staged events, seminars, hardware constructions and readily accessible software, ap/xxxxx examines through live descriptive process software (culture and history), embedding auto-destruction. Software is viewed as substance.

Piksel[2] is an annual event for artists and developers working with open source audiovisual software. Part workshop, part festival, it is organised in Bergen, Norway, by the Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts (BEK)[3] and involves participants from more than a dozen countries exchanging ideas, coding, presenting art and software projects, doing workshops, performances and discussions on the aesthetics and politics of open source and free culture. This years event - Piksel06[4] – continues the exploration of audiovisual code and it's myriad of expressions, but also brings in open hardware as a new focus area.


xxxxx_at_piksel[5] will take place 11am to 3pm 13 October, 11am to 5pm 14 October at Cinemateket USF[6], Bergen, Norway

Admission is free but with a limited number of seats. For reservation send a mail to: piksel06@bek.no

About the participants:

**Jonathan Kemp (UK)

Performer, theorist, ap/xxxxx collaborator and visual artist, Jonathan Kemp applies the refined instruments of his adoptive stoneworking to excavate the esoteric thought matter of characters such as Emmanuel Swedenborg and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.


**Bruno Marchal (BE)

Bruno Marchal is currently occupied with refining his supremely elegant, code-based theories of COMP at the IRIDIA AI labs in Brussels. COMP has precise consequences, for example that physics is necessarily a branch of computer science; the implication being that "if you were in a perfect simulation you wouldn't know it."


**Otto Roessler (DE)

German biochemist Otto E. Roessler occupies the rare contemporary position of a scientific and artistic polymath with noted significant contributions to chaos theory, under his original attractor, and the fresh science of endophysics. His current major project, Lampsacus, proposes a truly free networked informational society.


**Eva Verhoeven (NL)

The original work of artist and theorist Eva Verhoeven proposes a concise and well defined series of laboratory-style experiments and interventions which elaborate a trajectory from noise/interference within existent (computer) systems towards totally speculative hardware.


**Valentina Vuksic (DE)

Former student of both essential economics and computer science, Valentina Vuksic explores a highly individual articulation of hard and software mediation; the processes in such intermediate space as action thus implying actors rendered audible through novel intrusion.


**Tom Schouten (BE)

Artist and independent software developer. He is the author of PDP, an extension for Pure Data, which adds building blocks for image and video processing, and other media oriented applications, tightly integrated to the computer music system which hosts it. Currently he is developing Packet Forth, a stand-alone application / scripting language for media processing and BADNOP, an interactive FORTH compiler for Microchip Picmicro microcontrollers.


**Aymeric Mansoux (FR)

Co-founder of goto10, Aymeric Mansoux has taken part in many artistic experiments based on the internet and the emergence of networks. Any form of data is a new clay that can be used to develop autonomous artistic processes. Currently part of the Digital Research Unit of the University of Huddersfield, his most recent projects include the mysterious packets toolkit (with Tom Schouten), the 0xA band (with Chun Lee), the digital artlife Metabiosis project (with Marloes de Valk), the pure:dyne GNU/Linux LiveCD (with Chun Lee and Antonios Galanopoulos) and an ongoing theoretical research on the authorship role in digital autonomous processes.


**Marloes de Valk (NL)

Dutch audiovisual artist, currently based in the UK. She studied Sound and Image at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, specializing in abstract compositional computer games, HCI and crashing computers. She builds her own digital instruments in which sound and image are of equal importance, created simultaneously, influencing and distorting each other. Currently she is collaborating with French artist Aymeric Mansoux on Metabiosis, a project investigating the ups and downs of datapackets living in a world of connected ecosystems. Marloes is part of the Digital Research Unit at the University of Huddersfield.



[1] http://www.1010.co.uk
[2] http://www.piksel.no
[3] http://www.bek.no
[4] http://www.piksel.no/piksel06
[5] http://www.1010.co.uk/xxxxx_at_piksel.html
[6] http://www.usf.no