Wonderwater Frozen Lights


Wonderwater Frozen Lights will be a dramatic installation of ice lanterns in Helsinki’s Senate Square to celebrate the Open Doors Weekend of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.

The display will help raise awareness of the water footprint. Two massive ice blocks from Lapland each represent the water footprint of 3 873 litres used daily per person in Finland, while 150 litre ice lanterns represent the domestic use per person in Finland.

Illuminating the darkest season of the year, Wonderwater has invited designers and architects to sculpt lanterns on site. The designer teams include: Artek Studio, Ilkka Suppanen, Team Brita Flander, Sebastian Jansson & MottoWasabi, Architect Group A6 and Team Aalto University. In the sprit of WDC Helsinki 2012 theme of openness and collaboration, the people of Helsinki are invited to participate by designing their own ice lantern and bringing it to the event or share their designs on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wonderwaterevents. A jury will award prizes to the best Frozen Light design in each class.

Wonderwater and WWF Finland
Wonderwater is joining forces with WWF Finland to raise awareness of the water footprint.
”Finland is one of the richest countries when it comes to water resources. A significant part of the products that Finns use, like groceries and cotton, however, originate in areas with limited water resources. Our consumption habits affect the state of water environment. WWF wishes to devote more attention to tackling the issue of the water footprint in Finland. Together with Wonderwater, we can illustrate this issue in an interesting way”, says Jussi Nikula, WWF Finland Program Manager.

Schedule 4 Feb.
9 am – 4 pm Watch Frozen Light design workshops (by invitation) in Senate Square
12 – 4.30 pm Bring your own ice lantern to Senate Square
4.30 pm Lighting of Frozen Lights
5 – 6 pm Jury evaluation + prize ceremony


Suomenlinna Money Lab

Christian Nold (UK) has been invited to realise a new art project in Helsinki during 2011-2012. This new project called ‘Suomenlinna Money Lab‘ will take place on Suomenlinna island. Christian is visiting Helsinki 7-12 September and will lead two workshops on the island on September 8 & 10.


More info about Suomenlinna Money Lab: https://www.pixelache.ac/helsinki/suomenlinna-money-lab/


Suomenlinna Money Lab workshops / September 8 & 10

What if Suomenlinna would have its own currency? Money carries social and cultural value that is more than monetary. What does ‘local’ value mean in the context of the island? Join us for an informal discussion, to share your personal stories, utopian ideas of the island and brainstorm some projects.
The two independent workshop will last 2 1/2 hours and will guide the planning process of the Suomenlinna Money Lab. Anybody who is interested is warmly welcome to participate! There are no specific skills required and it’s free!

Christian Nold (www.softhook.com ) is an artist from London who has been setting up Emotion Mapping projects such as www.emotionmap.net and local currency projects such as www.bijlmereuro.net all around the world. Workshop is organized by Pixelache Helsinki.

Workshop 1

Time: Thursday 8.9 at 6 PM
Place: Suomenlinna Library

Workshop 2

Time: Saturday 10.9 at 1 PM
Place: Jääkellari, Suomenlinna

You can sign up here:



Suomenlinna Money Lab -työpajat / 8. ja 10. syyskuuta

Entäpä jos Suomenlinnassa olisi käytössä oma valuutta? Seteleillä ja kolikoilla on rahallisen arvon lisäksi myös sosiaalista ja kulttuurista arvoa. Mitä ”arvo” merkitsee sinulle ja mikä on arvokasta juuri Suomenlinnassa? Tule mukaan vapaamuotoiseen työpajaan keskustelemaan arvosta, kertomaan oma tarinasi tai jakamaan villit ideasi siitä, minkälainen voisi olla Suomenlinnan oma raha ja miten sitä voisi käyttää.

Suomenlinna Money Lab käynnistyy kahdella erillisellä 2 ½ tunnin työpajalla, joiden pohjalta projekti etenee osallistujien kiinnostuksen ja ideoiden mukaisesti. Kaikki aiheesta kiinnostuneet ovat tervetulleita osallistumaan, erityisiä tietoja tai taitoja ei tarvita.
Christian Nold (www.softhook.com) on Lontoolainen taiteilija, joka on toteuttanut tunnekarttoja (www.emotionmap.net) ja paikalliseen valuuttaan liittyviä projekteja (www.bijlmereuro.net )eri puolilla maailmaa. Työpajan järjestää Pikseliähky -festivaali.

Työpaja 1

Aika: Torstai 8.9 klo 18.00
Paikka: Suomenlinnan kirjasto

Workshop 2

Aika: Lauantai 10.9 klo 13.00
Paikka Jääkellari, Suomenlinna

You can sign up here:


The 2nd international Copenhagen Design Week is to be held in Copenhagen from 1st to 6th September 2011.


Copenhagen Design Week brings together activities from the world’s largest design award: INDEX:Award to exhibitions and conferences showing Copenhagen as a living lab of sustainable urban development. The week offers an exciting programme with exhibitions, conferences, talks, guided architecture tours etc. – all in a “Think Human” context.



M.A.R.I.N. Call for Proposals Nordic – Baltic Sea Residencies for Art and Science

Media Art Research Interdisciplinary Network – M.A.R.I.N. – will organize two one month long residencies during June and August 2011 around the Baltic Sea. We invite proposals by artists, scientists or collaborative initiatives to attend either for June or August 2011.
While we are open to many ideas, we hope to get research-oriented proposals that relate with the marine environment. Also projects that look at alternative energy in a nomadic camp, environmental sensors, low power computing are on our wish-list. (In other words, no poetic videos contemplating the sea!)

The June residency themed Sensing the Baltic Sea (June 1st-30th) will be situated on three Baltic Sea islands in Finland and end in Tallinn, Estonia. On each island there are basic facilities, and we will set up our own camp using wind and solar power.

The August residency, themed Cartography and Everyday at Sea (August 1st-31st) will start in Stavanger in Norway, shift to an island in Sweden and finish on a beautiful peninsula in Lithuania.

CALL OPEN FEB 26th – MAR 21st 2011

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Pixelache Helsinki 2011

Pixelache Helsinki 2011
10-13 March 2011


We are happy to announce 3 additional pre-festival workshops:

:: Temporary photoElectric Digestopians worklab

A co-creation worklab with research based experimentations on the
transformation of light energy into electric energy with food. Fusing
cooking and solar tech and designs, the participants will work with edible
materials to create ‘e-tapas’ of different aesthetics and tastes. A
principal role is for the Aronia Melanocarpa (Choke/Apple berry), one of
the most powerful, anti-oxidant rich berries both in terms of kJoules and
microWatts, entangled in a rich global historical narrative. To be tested,
tasted and appreciated on heliotropic tickling tongues.

The worklab will be lead by Bartaku / FoAM.

:: Timelab: the Mini-CNC kit
Over the past 9 months we have been developing a lasercut kit for a small,
sturdy, desktop-sized, 
computer-controlled milling machine. So far
we have used it to mill wood, plexi, PCB’s and one table surface. We bring
parts for 8 machines with us to Pixelache and would love to build them
together with you.

The workshop is hosted by Lieven Standaert & Kurt Van Houtte / Timelab.

:: Deptford TV: C/Overt operations with CCTV sniffing and collaborative
open source video editing
This workshop will attempt to identify and document secret (covert)
places, strategies and messages in our everyday surroundings. We will use
overt, co-operative tactics and practice openness and transparency to push
the covert into clearer view.

Our main tool for this workshop will be easily to obtained, simple to use
and perfectly legal video receivers that can intercept the data collected
by small CCTV video cameras often placed covertly in shops, offices and
other public/private spaces. But we will also use ordinary media-gathering
devices, our own eyes and ears and our social skills to identify and
record evidence of covert operations in our midst, whether this is
capturing gossip and rumour about the Suomenlinna’s Island fortress or
observing city planners’ attempts to ‘design out’ specific social

The workshop is hosted by Adnan Hadzi, Lisa Haskel and Larisa Blazic.

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There are also a few more places open in the Mapping in Progress workshop.

More information at www.pixelache.ac



Pixelversity is the outreach & education programme of Pixelache Helsinki
scene around the year.

Pedagogy is based on learning from experience and from peers: Learning by
doing, and doing it together. The programme variably consists of
presentations, workshops, and other events: Some which share and sustain
ongoing local practice, while others benefit from serendipity and
specialists visiting Helsinki, or supporting activity that happens outside
the usual locations.

Pixelversity aims to be a ‘learning bridge’ between practitioners,
cultural and non-profit organisations, interested individuals and larger
institutions, and an outreach programme extending beyond Helsinki.

The Pixelversity Programme 2011 is composed of proposals from artists,
makers, organisers and researchers who are Pixelache association members,
and invited guest contributors.



Welcome to Pixelversity warm up practitioner’s presentations, 2 in one
last week of February!


Dave Griffiths, a free software developer based in Helsinki, and guest
curator/coordinator in Pixelache 2011 presents FoAM network‘s background
and activity, as an enticing prelude to the upcoming Groworld Bazaar
programme in March.


Henry Collins (aka Shitmat), a sound artist and musician from England/UK
presents his various practices focused on video and data-bending,
exploiting errors for the creative misuse of digital media.

Both events take place in Pixelache Office, Kaapelitehdas from 18-19.30.




Welcome to Pixelversity discussion event during Pixelache Festival 2011!

What role do festivals and cultural organisations have in education? How
can organised networks provide curricula? Do you know techniques for
transdisciplinary or undisciplinary studies? What and where do you wish to
study and how do they connect?.. What can be Pixelversity?

We invite you to bring your thoughts, opinions and experiences of
networked culture and education in this open circle discussion in the
company of festival guests and local educators.

Facilitated by Pixelversity coordinator Andrew Gryf Paterson, and
featuring several special guests.

This event takes place in Kultur Kontakt Nord Office on Suomenlinna, as
the last Festival event on the island from 16-17.30.



INDIA Future of Change Innovation and Design Events at Davos

In Davos on Friday January 28th from 1200 to 1400CET, INDIA Future of Change will assemble a panel on design, innovation at entrepreneurship. The panel, moderated by Tim Brown of IDEO, will discuss how the synergy between design and innovation can be a catalyst for India’s inclusive growth. The panel is slated to be broadcast on Bloomberg TV. INDIA Future of Change is accepting questions for the panelists via twitter @futureofchange.

INDIA Future of Change is an organization that conducts Indian public diplomacy and nation branding.

More info at: [https://indiafutureofchange.com/davos.htm](https://indiafutureofchange.com/davos.htm)



Camp Pixelache is an experimental, informal programme format which was tried out in Pixelache Festival context for the first time in spring 2010. For more information, see the wiki pages at https://wiki.pixelache.ac/10kerava/home.

This Open Call is for artworks and other projects to be presented in Camp Pixelache 2011 lab/exhibition in several venues on Suomenlinna island during two days (Saturday 13 March – Sunday 14 March).

The deadline for proposals is Friday 14 January 2011 (at MIDNIGHT CET / Central European Time).

More information at www.pixelache.ac.


Ville Kokkonen to Participate in Nordic Design Symposium

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Artek’s Creative Director, Ville Kokkonen, will participate in Nordic Design Now, a Nordic design symposium taking place at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum on November 10-11 at 7:00 pm.

Nordic Design Now consists of two panel discussions, Social Awareness & Sustainability and Design Policy: Lessons Learned, co-presented by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Scandinavia House, and are held in conjunction with two exhibits: National Triennial 2010: Why Design Now? at Cooper-Hewitt, and Nordic Models + Common Ground at Scandinavia House.

Read more at [https://www.dexigner.com/news/21824](https://www.dexigner.com/news/21824)