[Razpis] Festival Pixelache Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland
Datum dogodka: 2011

Pixelache Helsinki
Map me if you will and Computational Photography

Two open calls

map me if you will

Pixelache Festival 2011 looks for works that collect, transform, and make use of the data of everyday life in unseen artistic ways.

By the mere fact of living an ordinary modern urban life, we produce a huge amount of information about ourselves that we are hardly aware of, nor we usually see or make use of. Through this data we become traceable, accessible, predictable – and clearly enough – ideal clients of information-based capitalism. So if we cannot prevent the production and the corporate or governmental use of this data without changing our lifestyle completely, how can we at least benefit from it ourselves? How can we share this information with the society at large or the community we live in to our common advantage? And how could we even build systems ourselves that collect data for our own purposes?

Concurrently, the complexity of human actions and interactions increases with the accumulation and growing capacity of the digital tools we are using. We may therefore better understand what's going on around us if we find ways to visualise and interpret the data which we produce. How can our processes and the correlations of our actions be represented in meaningful and inspiring ways? Are there inventive ways to visualise/represent data that go beyond the pure digital and turn abstract data into concrete entities/objects?

'map me if you will' is a programme devised by guest curator Susanne Jaschko. One or two new artworks will be created by invited artists. This open call is for works which will either be presented individually or as a part of a the 'map me if you will' seminar. You can also propose workshops, performances and other related programmes.

Computational Photography - the return of the unexpected

In computational photography, camera and picture-taking are perceived as concepts that can be modified in do-it-yourself spirit and are therefore open to discussion, redefinition, and hacking. This artistic approach to the field differs from how the term is understood in the photographic industry where the focus is on features that serve typical photographic purposes.

The digital camera has become increasingly a tool for programming instead of merely recording images. Cameras are also equipped with sensors that retrieve location and position data thus giving rise to expanding the visual realm to location-aware, multisensory and embodied expression. It is still possible to just 'take pictures' but the means of visual expression go beyond what is commonly understood as photography.

The work of an artist takes place in close connection to the digital medium and algorithms that are usually not as well-controlled as conventional photographer's tools, leaving plenty of room for playful and unexpected results. The partly artificial or manipulated nature of the resulting images is in many cases visible - a seemingly faithful representation of reality is abandoned and our aesthetic preconceptions are challenged. The Internet can be seen both as a giant repository of source images, and a platform for shared projects and shared code.

This open call is for artworks of computational photography in the broad meaning of the term. They can be still or moving images, installations, online projects; or devices or social processes used to create new visual languages. The programme section is organised by guest curator Markku Nousiainen and in collaboration with Aalto University Media Factory. The advisory board for this programme sections consists of Antti Huittinen, Jussi Ängeslevä and Miska Knapek.

Razpisni obrazec
Rok prijave: 08/11/10

Pixelache Helsinki
Nathalie Aubret (Pixelache Helsinki coordinator)
Tallberginkatu 1 C 23
00180 Helsinki
tel: +358-50-4657929

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