November 19, 2009
an evening showcasing new tools for artists, on the programme:
The Tagtool crew (AU) presents “Die haarsträubenden Irrfahrten des Hilti”, which can be roughly translated as “Hilti’s Oddyssey of Oddities”, and features the fearsome space mechanic Hilti who travels the universe together with, and inside, the careless spaceship known as Captain, on his way to the mythical Planet Huntopia, home of Commissioner Hun. The world’s first improvised animated live science fiction series.
Much of the performance revolves around the use of the ‘TagTool’, a performative visual instrument used on stage and on the street. It serves as a VJ tool, a creative video game, or an intuitive way of creating animation. The system is operated collaboratively by an artist drawing the pictures and an animator adding movement to the artwork with a gamepad. On the 21st and 22nd of November the crew will lead a DIY TagTool workshop at moddr_lab.
SYNCHRONATOR is a video and audio research project by Gert-Jan Prins and Bas van Koolwijk in an attempt to use a combination of current digital and analogue means in order to make more use of the characteristic visual qualities of such techniques.
Since the early years of video art, works have been made which do not actually produce a standard TV signal waveform and therefore cannot be directly recorded. Some are based primarily upon magnetic distortion of the normal TV scan pattern, others utilise a Cathode Ray Tube as if it were an oscilloscope screen. Bas and Gert-Jan will expand on this history in an introductory presentation, leading up to an audiovisual performance using their newly released SYNCHRONATOR device.
HOTGLUE is the new project by Danja Vasiliev of our moddr_lab. It is a website to build websites. Super easy. Pure creativity will prevail again. It’s as easy as making a collage, no technical skills are required. This night you’ll get a glimpse of HOTGLUE Content Manipulation System and a chat from developer Danja Vasiliev if the internet at the Piksel Festival (NO) is okay ;)
Also there will be an introduction of the upcoming workshop on the 28th and 29th of November. For more info check the WORMagenda…
Streaming in live from Berlin, Adam Hyde will speak about the methodology FLOSS Manuals is pioneering to write a book in 2-5 days. These events are known as ‘Book Sprints’. Adam will talk about this process, and the forthcoming collaborative authoring and Book Sprint platform ‘Booki’ which is being developed by FLOSS Manuals. Adam is the Founder of FLOSS Manuals, a community whose central purpose is to write free manuals about free software. FLOSS Manuals has been operating on an entirely voluntary basis since 2007, and there are now over 1500 sign up contributors. FLOSS Manuals won the 2008 Open Source awards and was recently awarded a Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica, 2009.
Adam’s talk is also an introduction to the Ardour workshop + FLOSS Manuals booksprint which takes place at moddr_lab from Monday 23rd till Friday 27th of November.
In and around the bar area we will have a live-set by Logosamphia (Iran/NL) and an audio-visual installation by artist Jade Boyd ((AU/NO).