[ISEA2023] Institutional Presentation: Andrew Gryf Paterson — Auto-archiving 20 years of Pixelache Helsinki

Archive Presentation Statement

Third Summit on New Media Art Archiving

Keywords: Auto-archiving, Festival associational history, Association archival strategies, Workshop design, Event design

Pixelache Helsinki is a Finland-based creative association on emerging creative practices with almost 20 years of activity in 2022. As part of their 20th anniversary, various strategies were taken to engage with the associational history: 7 processes or events were planned, produced, and reflected upon which engaged with membership involvements, what was left behind in the production office, guided walking tours through the festival’s past venues 20 years before, podcasts, as well as inviting an internationally respected external perspective for ‘another story’. Each offers a reflection on what it might mean to try to archive and narrate an association’s own history from multiple and diverse angles. This presentation is the start of a new story.

  • Andrew Gryf Paterson (SCO/FI) – ‘Artist-organiser’, cultural producer, educator, curator and independent researcher. They specialize in exploring connections between art, digital culture, science, cultural activism related to the commons, DIY-Do-It-With-Others.Do-It-For-Research, ecological and sustainability movements, along with cultural heritage and collaborative networks. Originally from Scotland, Paterson has an international practice, including activity over the past ~20 years in the Baltic Sea region, based for most of the time in Helsinki, Finland. He works across the fields of media/ network/ environmental arts and activism, pursuing a participatory practice through workshops, performative events, and storytelling. Strengths lie in hybridity, communications, organization and network arts: the ability to bring together and involve people in creative, collaborative exploration, developing temporary communities, gathering unexpected elements and components as new spaces of/for cultural activity. What is left behind as social, digital, material and ephemeral residue of ‘being t/here’ has been a consistent concern. Archived more or less here; http://agryfp.info Archive.org member since 11.2015