By Ellie Osborne
My role as a Junior Researcher for the The Future Laboratory’s Consultancy team recently took me to Belgrade for Resonate New Media Festival to get the lowdown on what is happening at the boundaries of art, media and technology:
The whirlwind two day trip was fast paced and packed with inspiring projects and lectures. The focus of the festival is cutting edge technology in art, music and culture. Some of the headlining guest speakers included new media artists Golan Levin, Joachim Sauter and Senior Research Scientist at Disney Research, Ivan Poupyrev.
Three great things I learnt:
: The importance of not just showing the data, but showing it in the right context
: That Twitter data is representational of people who are WEIRD – Western Educated Industrialised Rich Democratised
: By 2020 computers and graphics cards will be able to fool our eyes. Virtual reality will be part of physicality and will exist in everyday life
Three of the most insightful people and projects I saw:
: Studio NAND presented a brilliant project called Emoto, a great example of data analysis and data representation. Emoto captured and visualised the global response around the London 2012 Olympic Games from approximately 12.5 million Twitter messages in an interactive online visualisation and interactive physical data sculpture.
The theme of data was explored as part of LS:N Global’s Megasystems trend at last month’s Trend Briefing event.
: A trailer for CLOUDS, an interactive documentary based in a videogame format, letting the viewer choose the course of the narrative. It features prominent media artists, hackers, and critics in conversation about the creative use of code, the future of data, interfaces, and visual technology. Keep your eyes peeled, it’s due to be released this year.
Watch a small trailer for Clouds. And read a Seed about it on LS:N Global.
: A talk, entitled ‘#printisdead – or is it?’ discussed the pros of starting a print magazine in a digital world. Print is the best interface ever designed: you don’t need a manual, it doesn’t need updating and it is immediately accessible and preserved in the way it is to be perceived. The talk also explained how independent publications are thriving through the web: it’s the best news stand as the audience can be easily identified and communicated with through social media, and it provides alternative ways of handling production.
The insight came from the founders of art, science and technology magazine HOLO, Greg J Smith, Alexander Scholz and Sherry Kennedy, who also gave the scoop on some of the leading thinkers and designers that we can expect to see featured. The list included generative artist Eno Henze, data artist Jer Thorpe and kinetic Sound artist Zimoun. I can’t wait for the first edition of Holo magazine out in June.
Watch out for the lowdown on the rest of the best of Resonate on LS:N Global later this month.