Piksel is an annual event for artists and developers working with free software and open source, hardware and art. Part of the workshop, the festival section, it is set 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 and open source software.
Development, and therefore use, of digital technology today is mainly controlled by multinational corporations. Although the prospects of technology expanding the means of artistic expression, commercial demands of the software industries severely limit them instead. Pixel focusing on open source movement as a strategy for regaining artistic control technology, but also a means of bringing attention to the close relationship between art, politics, technology and economics.
The first event of pixels arranged in November 2003, and gathered around 30 artists / developers from around the world. It consists of artistic / technical presentations, coding workshops and live performances. All activities are documented in a daily blog: http://www.piksel.no/log.html
One result of this event is the initiation of pixels Technology to ‘interoperability between various software applications are free to deal with video manipulation techniques that’ – piksel.org
Pixel organized by a community of core participants including members of the collective dyne.org, goto10.org, ap / xxxxx, apo33.org, hackitectura.net, riereta.net, drone.ws, gephex.org, openlab and others.
Pixel is a member of the network Pixelache electronic arts festival – pixelache.ac – and one of the nodes in the network Production of Electronic Arts in Norway – PNEK
more info : Piksel14 on lifepatch wiki