Pixxelpoint 2019 preliminary progamme:
The high-voltage installation STAR VALLEY (SIRIUS) by Marko Peljhan and Matthew Biederman will, through the logic of artificial intelligence chased ad absurdum, question the boundaries of the militant.
Špela Petrič will once again, after her recent Ars Electronica distinction, decode the paralanguage of plants in the bio-art process of Nociceptor, intelligible also if not only to the deaf and present the work Institute for Inconspicuous Languages: Reading Lips.
The Swedish interface magician Hakan Lidbo will not only present his strange Alterplex gaming instrument, but also take a few draws on his cacophonic homegrown synthesizer for an appetizer.
Janus A. Luznar will let us sink into a live, realtime intimate feedback loop with his heart in the performance of ICTUSCORDIS, in four groups of seventeen people each.
In the spirit of endless automation, the DJ I, Robot Soundsystem of Chris Csíkszentmihályi will ensure the beat goes on in a world without humans. As if this was not enough, Chris will also revoke some good old festival FM-radio practice in his setup of Alert Transmissions.
VIBRATION No.03 by the Croatian artist Dominik Grdić will subwoof a dedicated studio space in a sound documentary based on site-specific research across Nova Gorica.
Pixxelpoint 2019 will host the HEK(media)LAB collective of the Maribor transnational guerrilla art school GT 22, along with the Huxtrl creative studio and the Instrument GT22, stay tuned for cross-media art interventions of several kinds.
The Berlin based performance space Grüntaler9 will, in form of its mobile extension of BYS229 driven by the curator Teena Lange along the European motorways, import intrinsic incidents by empowering performance artists and artistic researchers -- a performance too long or too short might pop up almost anywhere, at any time!
The Kromberk industrial zone will be connected with the cultural center of Nova Gorica through the augmented reality visions of BulvAR by Arctur, in its Huture Space the company will host the Slovakian artist Maria Judova who will in her mesmerizing VR piece Kykeon immerse you deeply into the reality of shamanic wisdom through contemporary dance.
The city library and the little pine-tree forest in the center of Nova Gorica will welcome children in a 3d workshop to jointly create MonstAR zOO, a urban innovation of augmented reality by AKEO Labs and Valerie Wolf Gang.
Serbian artist Dejan Grba and Swiss artist Philippe Kocher will present their exploration of the imprecision native to GPS and make this a generator of conceptual source material for creative processing and expression.
Miriam Raggam, Hanns Holger Rutz, Nayari Castillo and Reni Hofmüller will take over the Agore gallery (Gorizia) to feature their subtle mixed-media piece Meanderings, an installation recollecting physical data of the city transformed into sound passed through a compositional generator.
The Berlin-based multidisciplinary artist Sandy Schwermer (Get Into Play) focuses on inanimate objects as a source of creation and gets them involved in performative (research) processes, including animism and voodoo. At Pixxelpoint 2019 she will perform Birds hidden. Bars obvious and offer a short workshop on Sensing Space.
Golden/|\Diskó Ship will come flying along the Bys229 indirectly from Berlin to deliver her mesmerizing art.music performance, a set of guitar-unfriendly experi.mental pop with insanely immersive visuals.
Prague-based Bastl Instruments will stay on the sane side of DIY, presenting their unique approach to the development and production of electronic musical instruments -- from portable sound boxes, studio instruments and utilities to fully featured modular synthesizer systems (but they might make some music too).
Through electronic interfaces we can get closer to interaction experience of classical music instruments than we might think -- as advocated by Andrej Kobal who will present his original GranuRise setup, built within the Max MSP programme environment, in which he explores and converges key elements of real-time sound sampling with the interaction and sound transformation via granular and spectral synthesis.
Jaka Železnikar will invite the broader crossborder community to reflecting the Nova Gorica - Gorizia (and wider) cultural landscape on a custom-developed online Open Map. The findings will serve as a departure point of the festival round table on “New Arts for New Cities”.
Sašo Sedlaček's special iteration of P.O.M.P. (Om for Coin) will mislead the lazy audience to participate in cryptocurrency farming.
In a seemingly random shop-window of Nova Gorica, the Austrian artist Helene Thuemmel will video-gesture the landscape as an interface of perception and memory.
The Lebanese artist and researcher Laure Keyrouz will check out CHAL (Contemporary Human Archive in Lebanon) Digital Archive Project, where literature intersects with art practices through human connection transformed into a digital space.
The ADRIART.CE network lead by the University of Nova Gorica School of Arts will flank through and intervene into the tissue of the Nova Gorica - Gorizia twin-town conurbation in a workshop for eight days in a row, involving a motley flaneuring community of students and mentors from Belgrade (workshop is led by their professor Olivera Batajić Sretenović), Budapest, Rijeka, Graz, Skopje, Nova Gorica and Krakow.
With a three-day workshop and a two-day theoretical symposium the MASTmodule.eu consortium (Austria, Portugal, Croatia, Belgium, Slovenia) will be Mapping the Initiatives, Spaces and Works across Art, Science and New Technologies. Organised by School of Arts University of Nova Gorica, the symposium will on Monday and Tuesday present over twenty short lectures by less or more known names from the scene, while the subsequent workshop will join students, mentors and consultants in creating a joint map of the A-S-T crossfield.
The accompanying video-film programme will include works by Peter Mettler, Jasna Hribernik, Kristina Steinbock and Ema Kugler as well as feature a standalone selection of short animated films by the Ars Electronica Animation Festival.
Heallo, the rave event at the Park, Casino & Hotel brings the dancing crowd into the casino -- in a happening with no performers, audience or egos, where everyone joins in to create new forms of ecstasy, value and collectivity. At a different location, the one-to-one performance Mpasturavacche: A Milk-sucking Snake by Jatun Risba will induce adult spectactors into an exploration of the sensory abilities and the ancestral character of snakes through wearable technologies.
HIT will also host a week-long intermedia workshop, featuring the maestro of device magic Slavko Glamočanin and pETER Purg: at the Park, Casino & Hotel's premises slot machines will be hacked into musical instruments -- or merely become artistic totems as eternal interfaces of unverifiable reality.
The TV FREE EUROPE project delivered in partnership with the School of Arts University of Nova Gorica will be presented by Pneuma SZOV (Hungary), kicking off its two year caravan of free-media interventions into the crossborder topics and communities by taking the festival procession into a daydance happening along the streets of Nova Gorica.
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