Experimental Production


Pixelache Helsinki is a Finland-based creative association on emerging creative practices with almost 20 years of activity engaging issues in eco-social transformation. Throughout the last two decades, the association has been running a trans-disciplinary platform for emerging art, design, research, technology, and activism that involves a dynamic local community and an annual festival experimenting with a rotating directorial model. The rich association’s history and activities in the field of transformational creative practice are the core focus of the Pixelache experimental production (ExP).

Maker Contribution to Dodo ry’s ‘Megapolis 2026: Energetic Cities’, as part of Pixelache’s outreach & education programme ‘Pixelversity’, Helsinki, 15.10.2011 (image credit: Antti Ahonen).

Within the context of CreaTures research, the Pixelache ExP asks: What internal transformations have happened within the association over time that helped to maintain its structure and social dynamic? How is cultural programming sustained, and how are cultural and organisational practices passed on? What happens when key association members leave or new organisational formats emerge? What makes socialised creative practice sustainable? How might we engage and make accessible the past history of the association, to assist social sustainability and awareness of transformations over different generations of active contributors, wider cultural community, and research communities?

Members of the Pixelache group will conduct extensive participatory documentation and mapping of the social history and internal transformation of the Pixelache festival and platform over the period of its 20 years of existence, with a focus on those stages and processes that are relevant to eco-social transformation as it is broadly understood. This work will involve a compiling of metadata and data from past Pixelache events and processes with a focus on Pixelache’s transformational objectives, ambitions, and impact in the field of eco-social sustainability. The work will result in a co-created map interface documenting the Pixelache processes, and related social ‘devices’.

The Pixelache working group is coordinated by Andrew Gryf Paterson (project lead & research writer), in collaboration with Antti Ahonen, Irina Mutt, Sumugan Sivanesan, and others.