16 Nov 2009
Piksel is an annual event for artists and developers working with free and open source software, hardware and art. Part workshop, part festival, it is organised in Bergen, Norway, 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 free and open source software.
The development, and therefore use, of digital technology today is mainly controlled by multinational corporations. Despite the prospects of technology expanding the means of artistic expression, the commercial demands of the software industries severely limit them instead. Piksel is focusing on the open source movement as a strategy for regaining artistic control of the technology, but also a means to bring attention to the close connections between art, politics, technology and economy.
Alexandre Quessy, free software developer at the SAT, will be presenting ToonLloop on november 19th at 2pm
showing the Paper Cut Tales performance on november 20th at 9pm and doing a workshop with Toonloop on november the 21st at 12m.
Toonloop is a set of software tools for live stop-motion animation. It is intended to help teaching new media to children and to give a professional tool for movie creators. The performer can use a MIDI pedal to add frames to a constantly looping animation. Toonloop is the idea and work of Alexandre Quessy with the help of Tristan Matthews. It is similar to the work of Pierre Hébert and Norman McLaren from the NFB of Canada who draw on film in live performances.