Curators’ statement - Piksel (no) Festival Cancellation

Today we were informed by the directors of the Piksel festival that they have unilaterally decided to cancel our artistic collaboration with the festival. We were informed about this decision through a very brief email sent at 3:34 am, without any kind of assistance to navigate the avalanche of consequences that come from such a decision. The cancellation came abruptly and without previous notice one day before the opening, shortly after we had arrived on site in Bergen, which is - to say the least - unacceptable and has created a profound breach of trust.

As a curatorial team, we have spent the last months putting a huge effort into programming and producing the best (no) festival, regardless of the lack of support provided by Piksel, especially when it came to critical production and communication issues that are essential to curate a festival. The program was finished and ready to take place in the form of artistic tours including some in-person presentations and performances.

We regret the decision on the part of Piksel to cancel the program that we had curated for the festival on such short notice, which has created a stressful and difficult situation. We’d like to extend our most sincere apology to all the artists that have generously prepared, updated or even produced new works for us/the occasion. Thank you to all the artists involved for trusting us with your works and for the inspiring, open and fruitful working relationship we have had over the past months. We will make sure to choose our collaborators more wisely in the future, and, again, we sincerely apologize for all the inconvenience that this situation might have created. Piksel has promised to keep the commitment to pay the agreed fees.

Bergen, 22nd of November 2023.

Joana Moll, Marta Millet, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Noemi Garay.

Joana Moll

Research Fellow BBVA Foundation
Research Fellow Weizenbaum Institute
Artistic Researcher in residence HGK FHNW Basel

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