Andrew Gryf Paterson (FI)
Pixelversity 2012: Towards an ecogeographic perspective

Pixelversity is the outreach & education programme of Pixelache Helsinki scene around the year. From 2010 it has been possible to plan strategically and with funding, a curated pedagogy. This year and the following, an increased emphasis has and will be placed on learning and networking with neighbouring and regional partners in Finland, Estonia and NW Russia.

Pedagogy is based on learning from experience and from peers: Learning by doing, and doing it together. Pixelversity aims to be a ‘learning bridge’ between practitioners, cultural and non-profit organisations,
interested individuals and larger institutions, and an outreach programme extending beyond Helsinki. Consideration is given to the relationships between the different activities, and how they may build up accumulative knowledge and skills towards future Pixelache Helsinki events, as well as strengthen the ability to engage in common issues with those nearby.

One of the main aims and objectives from 2012 is to invigorate the concept of a ‘Gulf of Finland Community’ introduced by Gulf of Finland Environment Society SULA in the 1990s and early 2000s, where the community is considered as including humans, animals & plants, and is based on an eco-geographic regional perspective. What would this mean and involve for organised networks of cultural associations engaged in such pedagogy? This author, as organiser of the programme, presents his preliminary thoughts for debate.

Andrew Gryf Paterson is a Scottish artist-organiser, educator, cultural producer, and independent researcher, based in Helsinki, Finland. His work involves variable roles of initiator, participant, author and curator, across the fields of media/ network/ environmental arts and activism. He has been involved with Pixelache Helsinki since 2004.