Nuage Vert + Pixelache Helsinki preliminary programme & monthly events

News from Pixelache Helsinki:

* Nuage Vert website is open
* Pixelache Helsinki 2008 preliminary schedule is online
* Pixelache Helsinki monthly events programme for the
spring has been announced


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Pixelache Helsinki 2008: 'Pixelache University'
12-16 March 2008

We decided to make public the current plans for Pixelache 2008
Helsinki programme! Some of the new additions are:
- 7 members of the N.I.P. / New Inferfaces for Performance will show up in
- Kitchen Budapest will be presenting several project prototypes
- Baltic version of Boxwars (gladiator-style fight-performances by
cardboard-clad warriors) will be organised for the first time
- 'Traveling without moving' seminar organised in collaboration with John
Thackara / Doors of Perception

…and much more!

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HeHe : Nuage Vert
22-29 February 2008, Salmisaari, Helsinki, 5pm to 10pm

At the end of February, Nuage Vert (Green Cloud), a large-scale
environmental installation by artist duo HeHe, will be visible in the skies
above Ruoholahti in central Helsinki.

Nuage Vert uses the chimney emissions of the Salmisaari power plant as a
canvas for illumination. The installation consists of tracking, drawing and
projecting a laser image onto the contour of vapour, adjusting its shape and
size to the current levels of electricity consumption by the residents in
Ruoholahti and neighbouring Lauttasaari. During the event, residents will be
asked to consume less, to un-plug their electrical appliances to make the
green cloud grow. The chimney and emission are an environmental sculpture
and a community measuring tape, but there is an irony here: Nuage Vert
aestheticises an icon of industrial pollution while seeking to draw the
viewer's critical attention to it. By becoming a sign of wonder, a
spectacle, a terrible beauty, a space is opened up for the viewer.

HeHe, the duo Helen Evans (British) and Heiko Hansen (German), live and work
in Paris and initially conceived the project in 2003. HeHe was recently
commissioned to make Champs d'Ozone at the Centre Georges Pompidou's
anniversary exhibition Airs de Paris. Their interest in air is also apparent
in their 'Smoking Lamp' installation, which coincided with the Europe wide
ban on smoking in public space. Working in a variety of media and
contemporary technologies, their work has been described as poetic and
poignant, dealing with serious issues in a playful way. Their work engages
with the design and interpretation of urban space and the relationship
between individuals and their architectural and urban environment.

This first edition of Nuage Vert is presented by Pixelache festival of
electronic subcultures and has been made possible with the generous support
of the Cultural Office of Helsinki, the Ministry of Culture and
Communication in France, Helsingin Energia, Foundation for Environmental
Art, Sydv