I have the pleasure to work at Piksel since 2014. Together with Gisle Frøysland we co-curate exhibitions, the festival, and some other programs, we also work collaboratively with international organizations with similar interest on electronic art and free/libre technologies.
Piksel is an international network and annual event for electronic art and technological freedom. Part workshop, part festival, it is organized in Bergen, Norway, 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 free technologies.
The development, and therefore use, of digital technology today is mainly controlled by multinational corporations. Despite the prospects of technology expanding the means of artistic expression, the commercial demands of the software industries severely limit them instead. Piksel is focusing on the Free/Libre and Open Source movement as a strategy for regaining artistic control of the technology, but also a means to bring attention to the close connections between art, politics, technology and economy.
Piksel produces different programs and events along the year: Piksel Festival in November, Piksel Fest Spill in May-June, Piksel KidZ in Autumn, Piksel Pavilion (June and November) and Piksel Pulse. In doing so, Piksel is able to address different target audiences with specific generated content to each one: artists, young people, kids and general public.