Piksel1 is an annual event for artists and developers working with open source audiovisual software tools. Part workshop, part festival, it is organised in Bergen, Norway, by the Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts (BEK) [2] 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. Piksel05 will take place in Bergen 16. – 23 October 2005.

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 open source movement as a strategy for regaining artistic control of the technology, but also a means to bring attention the close connections between art, politics, technology and economy.

One of the results of the past Piksel events is the initiation of the Piksel Video Framework for ‘interoperability between various free software applications dealing with video manipulation techniques’3.

Piksel05 will also feature the release of the Piksel LiveCD4, a Linux distribution containing the software used and developed at Piksel. The package contains a suite of innovative audiovisual and artistic software, free video plugins, and documentation from the past Piksel events.

Open call for participation

The last two Piksel events has focused on live art/audiovisual performance, but for Piksel05 the main focus will be an exhibition in collaboration with Hordaland Kunstsenter5.
For the exhibition and other parts of the program we are interested in submissions in the following categories:

Installations and interactive work

Audiovisual installations created and run solely using open source software. The theme for the exhibition will be loosely related to ‘games’ and the gaming experience.

Audiovisual performance

Live art realised by the use of open source software.

Software

Innovative artistic tools or software art released under an open licence.

Please send documentation material – preferably as a URL to online documentation with images/video to piksel05@bek.no

piksel05 is produced in cooperation with Kunsthoegskolen in Bergen dep The Academy of Fine Arts, Hordaland Kunstsenter. Supported by PNEK, Bergen Kommune, Norsk Kulturfond, BergArt.