The purpose of the PNEK FILEs is to give quick and visual overviews of the main projects we are involved in. The files are representations as well as documentations of movements in the field of electronic, experimental art. Often these files will be more visual than textual, but we also do aim at publishing important lectures and other Zeitgeist documents. These files are published to keep track of and document a field in constant and rapid change. We endorse these changes and see them as a necessary component of the experimental and expanded field. It is exactly these changes that make up the reasons as to why PNEK exists: one of our main purposes is to help a field in flux and aesthetical change to find the most relevant outputs and voices. In this sense PNEK is a facilitator. Our role is to assist our network of production nodes into getting most out of the limited financial resources.
Piksel is more than a festival. It is a contemporary academy in the experimental arts. Organized by Gisle Frøysland, Piksel turns Bergen into a creative explosion of new, emerging forms of creative expressions and strangely attractive experiments. The 2015 version saw anything from deep noise concerts to workshops in Do-It-Yourself, open source biokitchen art to electro-mechanical sculptures and surveillance bots. It was an event not just for visitors, but also an exquisite arena for the exchange of ideas and inspirations between artists. The feeling of the festival was intimate and local, yet a temporary home to a wide number of international guests from all over the world. Piksel is what PNEK is about: getting stronger through networking and building bonds across boundaries of thinking and acting.
This first PNEK file is a go to give a visceral documentation of this great gathering. And an inviting hint of what Piksel can bring to you in its next version.
Head of PNEK