Burn_Slow: Nordic-Baltic Sound and Radio Art for Mental Wellbeing

Contest results

International jury has selected 10 best artist works of “Burn_Slow: Nordic-Baltic Sound and Radio Art for Mental Well-being” contest. Winners who will be receiving 200 EUR artist fee and presented on PIXELACHE festival radio in alphabetical order: Sarah Elizabeth Johnston, Diana Lelis, Andrejs Poikāns, Agita Reķe, Inga Salurand, Ivo Tauriņš, Evija Vēbere, Spāre Vītola, Milda Ziemane, Elza Zīverte.  

Honorable mentions to be presented on PIXELACHE festival radio: Glociks, Toms Krauklis, Ella-Mai Matsina, MakeMake, Nejauši, Waterflower.

Jury members are sound art and electronic music natives and educators John Grzinich (Estonian Academy of Arts, EKA), Krista Dintere (Liepaja University) and Mantautas Krukauskas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, LMTA).

Burn_Slow on PIXELACHE 2021

Tune in for Nordic-Baltic Sound and Radio art online program on PIXELACHE 2021 festival radio on June 12, 18:00 – 20:00 EEST. 

https://burn.pixelache.ac/

https://openradio.in/event/burn-slow-audio-works/

#Burn_Slow Online Program will include 16 young Nordic-Baltic sound artist audio works – contest winners and honorable mentions as well as #Burn_Slow mentor – experienced sound artists and composers works – Mantautas Krukauskas (LT), John Grzinich (US/EE), Jacob Remin (DK), Ieva Vīksne (LV) and Krista Dintere (LV). 

Inspired by #Burn_Slow artist talks and workshops and personal experiences young artist audio works touch such subjects as listening experience, extended time, being present, revisiting memories with the help of field recordings, acoustic ecology, analog vs. digital radio and other themes.

“Burn_Slow: Nordic-Baltic Sound and Radio Art for Mental Well-being” is an international audio art project which unites sound artists and art students from Nordic-Baltic region exploring mental ecology in times of crisis and social seclusion, via online lectures, skill-sharing, discussion and innovative networked audio performances.

After the workshops participants had one week to finalise their sound and radio art projects and submit them for a concert on PIXELACHE festival audio programme. Skilled jury made the selection of best works and award 200 EURO GRANT FOR 10 BEST AUDIO PIECES.

We’ll be connecting with each other and creating imaginary sonic landscapes for Mental Well-being through the lense of ZOOM hidden automixing and time correcting algorithms. All sounds are welcomed. This collaborative experience is about releasing one’s creative control of sound making over to the collaborators along the stream.

Each of collaborators will have a unique experience, as ZOOM doesn’t let you listen back what you are feeding to the audio stream you be playing with the audio streams floating your way.

Inspired by Pauline Oliveros “Give Sound / Receive Sound”(1981) let these instructions be your starting point for the Collaborative Improvisation:

Listen
Give a sound floating through the stream
Listen
Receive a sound floating your way

Invited artists during the course of 2 days will share their artistic practice, methodologies, skills in the context of challenges of today:

Krista Dintere (LV) – on time and listening methods in sound art for slowing down

Maija Demitere (LV) – on Slow media art and issues of sustainability

Ieva Vīksne (LV) – of dealing with depression by realtime mental activity driven audio meditation

Jacob Remin (DK) – a sound meditation on loss of control and algorithmic agency

John Grzinich (EE) – on remoteness and telematic sharing possibilities to raise awareness of ecology

Mantautas Krukauskas (LT) – on innovations of spatialized sound

Derek Holzer (SE) – on speculative design of historically informed electronic instruments

PIXELACHE (FI) marks its 20th anniversary – is a unique cultural festival in Nordics, that promotes emergent inter- and trans-disciplinary practices and thinking between art, design, technology, research and activism.

#Burn___ is the thematic premise for 2020-2021 of Pixelache’s cultural output as an association, it connects psychological, social and environmental collapse, and how we can survive it, developing resilience.

Pixelache is an association of artists, cultural producers, thinkers and activists involved in the creation of emerging cultural activities, mostly based in Helsinki, Finland, and are actively engaged in cultural projects and collaborations on a year-round basis. The Festival organised on an annual basis from 2002-2017, is now organised on a biennial basis (2019, 2021). Pixelache will soon reach its 20th year anniversary of activity, and is currently one of the longest running cultural festivals in Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea region, that continues to promote emergent inter- and trans-disciplinary practices and thinking between art, design, technology, research and activism. 

#Burn___ is the thematic premise for 2020-2021 of Pixelache’s cultural output as an association, it connects psychological, social and environmental collapse, and how we can survive it, developing resilience. We foresee the focus covering a wide spectrum of possibilities, from the personal to the social and extended systemic perspectives, including for example mental health and ecological states and conditions as related subjects. 

The festival production team consists of Laura Gustafsson, Andrew Gryf Paterson, Steve Maher, Mathlide Palenius, Saša Nemec, Antonella Zecca, Evdokia Aseeva. More information:

https://burn.pixelache.ac/