13-14 October, Cinemateket USF,Bergen, Norway

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.

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).

Confirmed participants:
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 as part of the Piksel06

Admission is free but with a limited number of seats. For reservation send a

About the participants:

**Wilfried Hou Je Bek (NL)

Applying scientific rigour and an eminently wide-ranging frame of
crytsalpunk reference, protaganist Wilfried Hou Je
Bek plays out the expressively elegant and digressional expansion of
software across all (literalised) domains, for example algorithmic

**Martin Howse (UK)

Speculative and necessarily open hardware explorer Martin Howse
proposes a denuded artistic CPU (an elaborated, auto-destructive
bachelor-culture machine) running heavily promiscuous code and
operating on a noise terrain. Latest plans include the staging of the
xxxxx research institute in Berlin.

**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

  **Aymeric Mansoux (FR)
Since the mid-nineties, Aymeric Mansoux has taken part in many artistic
experiments based on the internet and the emergence of networks. Traceroutes,
network packets, digital feedbacks and piped logs become a new clay that can
be used to develop autonomous artistic processes. Currently an mphil/PhD?
student at the creative technologies department of the University of
Huddersfield, his most recent artistic projects include a residency at the
Mediacentre of Huddersfield, a collaboration with Chun Lee within the live
electronic music group 0xA, and Metabiosis, a project on non-carbon based
pseudo live forms in distributed computing and peer-to-peer networked
ecosystems with the Dutch artist Marloes de Valk.

**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. Starting out as a
visual artist who played violin, she ended up bringing the worlds of sound
and image together by building her own digital instruments in which sound and
image are of equal importance, created real-time, 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.




Piksel06 - 12.-15. oct 2006

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