Pixel Palace is Tyneside Cinema’s digital art program, working with artists, audiences and technology specialists to explore and play with the future of moving image. It is based at Tyneside Cinema, one of the UK’s leading independent specialized film and media venues, housed in its spectacular Grade II listed building in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Pixel Palace works with a range of artist to host a program of exciting new work and continue to interrogate ideas surrounding moving image in relation to technological development. Past collaborators and commissions have included Vicki Bennett, Peter Greenaway, Chris O’Shea, Kelly Richardson, Will Scrimshaw and Karolina Sobecka.
Also integral to Pixel Palace is the annual Artist in Residence programme, in which three artists take up residency in the cinema to research and develop projects. As well as events where the artists showcase their ideas and engage with the cinema’s audiences, they work alongside Pixel Palace’s young people’s programme, The Factory.
The Factory is a digital arts participation programme for 14-19-year-olds. By working alongside a range of artists and collaborating with others in the group, it helps young people develop the skills and tools to experiment with and produce their own creative work.
Pixel Palace is also host to online art radio station basic.fm, where BASIC stands for Broadcast Art, Sound & Independent Culture. They broadcast 24 hours a day with curators selecting all kinds of sounds, sonic art, and audio experiments.