Local & Decentralised – Pixelache Festival 2017

Location: Suvilahti
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After the 2015 festival that travelled through Living Spaces, and the 2016 festival delving deep into Interfaces for Empathy, Pixelache festival 2017 now gathers stories of Local & Decentralised governance. Tapping into the shift from centralised capital-based economies to decentralised peer-based resource distribution, we offer the festival as a meeting point for local initiatives to share their experiences.

Local and decentralised governance seems to happen when collective design and a tangible group effort come together. In order to materialize the Local & Decentralised theme itself, Suvilahti hosts a model construction site built by teams who realise the main venue of the festival from 15.9 to 21.9, during the Recycling Olympic Games 2017. These new spatial configurations will emerge among with pre-existing DIY areas, such as the skate-park area, to create fluid activity and discussion places for the festival.

Oranssi ry, the empowering youth organisation takes an important role as festival partner, hosting pre-festival events and festival activities in their premises starting from 18.9. Furthermore, permanent Suvilahti tenants’ and Pixelache members’ contributions form a significant part of the main program.

Major developments of decentralization can and do occur: currency, energy, resources, and feelings are being decentralised and distributed. These developments bring about problems that cannot be solved on a purely conceptual level; they need to be embodied and lived through for a shift to yet different models. Thus fear of the unforeseen and unpredictable must also be addressed.

How is it possible to express a multiplicity of will, is the present practice of a State effective enough to convey it? Often the movements towards local and decentralised structures are related to privatisation in economical models; how can diverse collective interest meet on economical terms? Can we be local and decentralised and yet be connected globally, micro-organisms breathing within a vast complex macro system?

From the festival activities stories emerge that depict how governance functions between civil society, individual initiatives and government, and also how citizens themselves coagulate into structures where governance happens locally, and where we can come to terms with inefficiencies, passivity, interests, time, jargon.
Local & Decentralised festival does not let you down, it will be your local event to differentiate consensus from silence: talking of ecological issues, promoting visual culture as a shield against pessimism, presenting how democracy benefits from digital media -or not, playing games to prove that we are as connected as we are, offering workshops to learn again the pleasure of learning things together, finding music and contemporary art that make sense more than science, and divulging science as creative as drama.


— Pre-festival activities in Suvilahti and Central Helsinki
At skate-park, construction of Decentralised venue: from 15 to 21.9.2017
At Oranssi building 11, workshops: from 18 to 21.9.2017
At Muu ry, exhibition Pixelache and Koelse 15 years: opening day 21.9.2017

— Local & Decentralised festival program in Suvilahti
At skate park, Decentralised festival venue: from 22.9 to 24.9.2017
At Oranssi building from 22.9 to 24.9.2017

The festival is free entrance and suitable for families.
Soon more information at festival.pixelache.ac

Egle Oddo,   — tel: +358 451110119
Mikko Laajola,

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