This year’s Pixelache festival, entitled Living Spaces, concentrates on the urban environment of Helsinki and uses any potential city space, whether public, private or in-between, as a playground for the festival’s many manifestations of creative and participatory culture. Instead of being based in one static location, the festival employs cultural decentralisation as a methodology, spreading its activities across the centre and periphery of this dynamic, constantly evolving city. The increasingly diverse makeup of urban life seeds the festival activities, which build from Pixelache’s past work on the emerging boundary of technology and art while also seeking new trans-disciplinary openings. Living Spaces aims to empower Helsinki’s citizens to be active components of cultural decentralisation.
Living Spaces encourages the investigation of everyday urban life, understood as a dynamic, networked, self-regulating system filled with complex and chaotic interactions. Through emerging artistic, technological and social practices the festival will focus on new concepts, inventive strategies and methods for the flexible interpretation and exploration of public and private urban space. Our goal is to re-imagine the city as a playground, a sandbox for positive change and an opportunity for civic engagement and new awareness of cityscape.
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