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Open call: Empathy as Resistance facilitators

In 2017, Pixelache will present Empathy as Resistance, an open working group that will meet throughout the year, every other month.Empathy as Resistance explores how empathy can be employed for constructive and direct political and social action. Picking up from the theme of the 2016 festival (Interfaces for Empathy), as well as the recent emphasis on this topic in the local and international culture community, EaR seeks to wield empathy like a weapon (as paradoxical as this may seem) for concrete effects on policy, institutional structures, and daily life.This project was conceived in early 2016, intending to question if empathy (generally seen as an internal, personal trait) could be converted into something external, without its very nature changing into something polemic or divisive. As the year progressed and the liberal concepts of progress and democracy began to melt down (vis-à-vis Aleppo, Brexit, Trump, etc.), the EaR concept is now bathed in a sense of urgency that is only likely to increase.

 Project details

Each session of Empathy as Resistance will be led by a different facilitator (or group of facilitators) and tackle a specific topic, with a goal to create a decisive output. This open call seeks facilitators (from any background) and ideas. All EaR meetings will be open to everyone, but with the hope that participants will return each time to build deeper, lasting collaborations with each other. The sessions can take any form: workshop, direct action, game or contest, collaborative creation, etc. and their length can range from a few hours to a few days – it’s up to you.Note: The September session will meet as part of the 2017 Pixelache festival, and thus will have a potentially different audience and visibility.Our budget is still unknown due to funding decision timelines and the usual precariousness, but we will be open and direct with all facilitators as soon as the situation becomes clear.

Deadline for proposals1 February 2017

About Pixelache

Pixelache Helsinki is a transdisciplinary platform for emerging art, design, research and activism. We have been producing an annual festival since 2002 as well as numerous year-round activities, projects, residencies and other events. For more information, please see our detailed ‘about’ page. To get a better sense of the types of content Pixelache works with, please check out our projects, have a look through our past festivals, get to know our members, and check out our Facebook page.


Final reminder to submit your ideas for the All-Energy conference

There are just a few days left to submit your abstract for the chance to be part of the All-Energy conference. This is your opportunity to showcase your achievements and experience to the industry.

We welcome your ideas for session topics; speakers you would like to see invited; or thoughts for lively panel discussions; as well as abstract(s) highlighting the contents of the presentation you would like to make.

Submit your abstract today! Deadline – 15 December 2016. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of February.

Submit an abstract


Regen SW’s Art and Green Energy Award – £1000 prize

Sponsored by Institution of Civil Engineers


Regen SW’s Green Energy Awards are now in the 13th year and have been recognising and celebrating the achievements of pioneers and projects in the sustainable energy industry.

Over the past 3 years, Regen SW has been developing an arts and energy programme and now, for the first time, they are awarding an Arts and Green Energy Award with a prize of £1000.

The Green Energy Awards are one of Regen SW’s most popular events and we hope that this award will raise awareness of arts and energy practice and the opportunities that these projects present across the sustainable energy sector. Around 300 guests attend the dinner and tickets always sell out really fast.

Arts and Green Energy Award – Prize of £1000

This award is designed to recognise the crucial role that creative practitioners play in challenging, deepening and broadening the energy debate. We welcome nominations from a range of art-forms

  1. Tell us about this arts and energy project
  2. How has the project engaged audiences / participants?
  3. What is the project’s legacy
  4. What is the significance of the project on a county, regional or national level?

How to enter

1)  The first stage is a short 250 word nomination by 8 September 2016

Fill in the form on Regen SW’s website, including your 250 words on why your project should receive the Arts and Green Energy Award 2016.  TIP – take a look at the criteria above!

2) You will be notified by email on the 12 September 2016 if you are through to the next round where you are required to provide a full nomination with supporting evidence by 26 September 2016.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to the prestigious awards ceremony at The Assembly Rooms in Bath on 29 November 2016. 

We will profile as many of the projects that are nominated as possible on www.power-culture.com and Regen SW’s community energy accelerator network


Other award categories include:

  • Most Proactive Public Sector Organisation
  • Sustainable Energy Installer of the Year
  • Best Business Innovation
  • Best Renewable Energy Scheme
  • South West Sustainable Energy Champion, sponsored by The Crown Estate
  • Best Energy Efficiency Building Scheme
  • Best Community Initiative, sponsored by SSEPD

The Institution of Civil Engineers are proud sponsors of this award that comes at the launch of the ICE Arts and Energy 200 – Bicentenary celebration project. This competition to create art the generates electricity is being developed in collaboration with Land Art Generator Initiative.

ICE art and energy 200

You can find out more about this competition at ‘Feeding the Insatiable’ – a creative summit November 9-11 2016 in Dartington, Devon

Call to artists – On Energy – Banff Research in Culture 2016 / The Banff Centre

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On Energy

Banff Research in Culture 2016 / The Banff Centre

May 30 to June 24, 2016

Application Deadline: December 16, 2016

Applications information can be found at:


Faculty: Keller Easterling, Matthew Huber, Imre Szeman; others TBA

Program Director: Jeff Diamanti

Our lives revolve around energy. From driving our cars—or bikes—to work, to eating food and heating our homes, energy in some form or another conditions the quotidian at every scale. Energy grounds the daily, the quarterly, the annual, and the epochal. Futures trading in New York and Chicago makes the extremes of weather a fiscal crisis for working families hard pressed to pay their utilities, while the growth rate of nations bends to the capacities and supply of domestic and international energy markets. Since the industrial revolution, our lives have been fueled by the social and physical energy available from coal, oil, and natural gas. No longer dependent on the rhythms and limits of organic energy, such as wood, water, and animal power, fossil fuels have simultaneously made the modern, globalized economy possible, and redefined the social history of energy in the meantime. What Leibniz called the living force has become, since the systematic mechanization of fossil fuels in the 19th century, the fundamental force of modern history.

“On Energy” invites participants in the fields of visual art, architecture, design, literature, humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences to consider energy; its conceptual, corporal, and cultural development since its thermodynamic invention, and the sort of materialism that can emerge when energy is redefined in a postindustrial capitalist society. This residency asks artists and researchers to collectively address energy’s historical figures and futures, its visual and social economy, and its capacity to disfigure, since energy is not a thing, but rather a representation of the force embedded in matter and the relations between materials. Over four weeks of intense workshops, discussion groups, studio time, and individual research, we will consider the cultural, political, and historical components of energy, explore new ways to artistically and conceptually figure energy in history, as well, examine the social and physical forms energy might ground in the future. While participants are expected to arrive with interests and ideas particular to their own research and artistic practice, the collective aim of “On Energy” is to reimagine energy in the long view, and to establish the possibilities and limitations of a theory of energy.

Banff Research in Culture 

Banff Research in Culture (BRiC) is a research residency program designed for scholars engaged in advanced theoretical research on themes and topics in culture. BRiC is designed to offer researchers with similar interests from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds an opportunity to exchange opinions and ideas. Participants are encouraged to develop new research, artistic, editorial, and authorial projects, both individually and in connection with others.

During the residency, participants will attend lectures, seminars, and workshops offered by visiting faculty from around the world. The residency will help to develop new approaches toward the study and analysis of culture, as well as creating lasting networks of scholars who might use this opportunity as the basis for future collaborative work.

The Banff Centre is a world-renowned facility supporting the creation and performance of new works of visual art, music, dance, theatre, and writing.

Who Should Apply

We look forward to receiving compelling and original proposals from thinkers, researchers, architects, writers, curators, humanists, social scientists, and artists. This program is open to current PhD researchers and post-doctoral researchers (faculty up to tenure) beginning their careers. Artist applicants must have completed formal training in visual arts and demonstrate a commitment to professional practice.

(Note: Our aim is to offset applicants’ cost of participation in BRiC through grants and awards.)

Application Deadline: December 16, 2016

Applications information can be found at:


Please direct questions to: diamanti.jeff@gmail.com

Imre Szeman

Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies

University of Alberta