Kruks has selected artists for the 2015 Pixelache festival, titled ‘Living Spaces’. The participating artists are creating media and technology-based works for a HKL tram, which will travel a yet-undetermined route throughout Helsinki during the festival weekend (25th to 27th September). The tram will serve as the “festival centre”, as this year’s Pixelache is celebrating a decentralised methodology and thus a moving, indeterminate centre point is appropriate. Visitors can hop on or off the tram freely and the tram will also serve as a meeting point for festival-goers. More information can be found at http://livingspaces.pixelache.ac

kruks_best_puustinen_khashchanskiy_refrace_pieniRE/F/r.ACE is a participatory video system installed on the tram. Colourful real-time computer processed video images are created from selfies sent in by passengers to create unique animations representing the diversity of human life in the city. By presenting traces of individual’s faces in the urban environment, we challenge the hierarchical power structures inherent in contemporary society. Who does the city belong to? Who has the right to appear in public space and be visible? RE/F/r.ACE is created by Merja Puustinen, Victor Khashchanskiy & Andy Best. Take part at http://refrace.info
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INNER VOICES is a sound installation and structure for performance created by inserting small kinetic elements inside the tram. These motors are used to create percussive and textural sounds from surfaces like glass and tapestry and supporting structures like the poles and seating.

The result is a diffused and articulated choreography of small mechanical movements creating a rich soundscape.  Roberto Pugliese (IT/FI, b. 1980) is a sound and media artist and researcher based in Helsinki.

 

Kruks is an association for Finnish and Finland-based artists, researchers and makers working across the intersection of art and technology. We are collaborating with the 2015 Pixelache festival. Curatorial team: Jari Suominen, Tomi Dufva, Markku Nousiainen, Jukka Hautamäki and Otso Lähdeoja. More information kruks.fi / pixelache.ac