The Infl3ctor made a strong showing in Beirut for the White Wall festival 2017. As part of Digital Calligraffiti performances and workshops I had the chance to work with world-class Calligraffiti artists like Shoe (the father of Calligraffiti!), Schriftzug, and Moe.
The theme for the festival was “East Meets West” and the calligraffiti works were meant to symbolically re-unite the previously divided city. One of the standout works on the Infl3ctor was a “meeting of the alphabets” with a large X (meeting) surrounded by Schriftzug’s Schwabacher inspired script and Moe’s Arabic. We went big with a projection that was 5 floors tall!
Projecting Digital Calligraffiti for White Wall Beirut 2017
Moe x Schriftzug on the Infl3ctor for White Wall Beirut 2017. Arabic and Latin calligraffiti meet at the X. Count those balconies… it’s 5 storeys tall! Hitting the side of the Fransabank headquarters in Hamra, Beirut
Much respect to REK crew (Moe, Exist, Spaz, Meuh, Chad the Mad, Anoy One, Ahmed) for showing us the city… and its walls!
The short film for Dune Field Modulator will premiere at the Shared Sight International Short Film Festival at MATCA art space in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Throwback to Digital Calligraffiti with Mang, Hamza and Drury
Three-way interview by Future DiverCities with my Digital Calligraffiti collaborators Drury Brennan and Hamza Abu Ayyash where we discuss how this hybrid art project brings together calligraphy, graffiti, and new media to promote diversity in public space.
The Chrysalis appeared on the streets of Neukölln for the exhibition Movements on the Periphery at the festival 48 Stunden Neukölln. The Chrysalis is happiest outside, blowing in the wind.
The Infl3ctor was used as part of the Digital Calligraffiti workshop at TINCON (the Teenageinternetwork Convention) in Berlin. The workshop provided the young participants (13-21 years old) the opportunity to learn calligraphy from master calligrapher Drury Brennan and project their messages on the walls of Kraftwerk using the Infl3ctor table.
Dune Field Modulator was presented in the Dark Habitats Dark Ecology exhibition at SPEKTRUM Berlin. The exhibition featured one of the original light objects used in the Gobi desert in Mongolia as well as video documentation of the work.
The exhibition was curated by Alfredo Cinnameo and I gave a talk during the conference moderated by Matthias Frisch.
Installation photos by Wolf Bittner
I’m giving a Lightning Talk along with Lieke Ploeger (Co-Founder of SPEKTRUM) at re:publica 2017.
SPEKTRUM: COMMUNITY BUILDING IN ART, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
In a time where contact between people happens increasingly online, the SPEKTRUM art space in Berlin set up a community program to connect people in a physical space to stimulate joint experimentation, knowledge sharing and the creation of new ideas and collaborations. Since 2015, communities around topics such as olfactory art, live cinema, sonic coding, gaming, motion technology and digital fabrication have been started up. This talk will give an overview of the creative synergies formed so far, and the process of community building itself.
SPEKTRUM is an art & community space in Berlin focused on creating new links between art, science and technology. Apart from organising performance nights, events and exhibitions, we have from the beginning concentrated on building up a community program that seeks to involve people from different backgrounds (such as artists, scientists, hackers, designers and activists) in an environment that stimulates experimentation, interdisciplinary thinking and horizontal learning. Communities around topics such as olfactory art, live cinema, sonic coding, gaming, motion technology and digital fabrication have been set up at SPEKTRUM and are meeting up regularly to share ideas, exchange knowledge and create new projects together. In a time where contact between people happens increasingly online through social media and various digital devices, we strongly believe in the power of connecting different groups of people in a physical space, and after nearly two years of community building we are seeing the exciting results.
This talk will give an overview of the creative synergies formed so far, and the process of community building itself.
We will explore the MadeByUs community in particular, which is a making community focused on artistic, DIY, and experimental uses of digital fabrication techniques like 3D printing and laser cutting. In 2016, MadeByUs has set up a makerlab at Spektrum: building the machines from open source kits and engaging the community directly to build the lab together. The SPEKTRUM lab is an access point to a growing online movement of developing and remixing open source physical objects. It allows the SPEKTRUM communities and all interested parties to use digital manufacturing tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters and electronic tools for the purpose of local, community-based production, interdisciplinary collaboration and critical, artistic exploration of new technologies.
I’m taking over the @FutureDivercities account on Instagram for the next week, in the first of a series of Instagram Residencies featuring artists from around Europe and Canada. Please follow along as I share views from the life of an artist in Berlin!
Digital Calligraffiti and the Infl3ctor are featured in a new article by Creators:
Activists Are Projecting Digital “Calligraffiti” Onto Walls in Berlin
Infl3ctor makes several new appearances, including a networked live performance between digital calligraffiti artists in Berlin / Marseille and a two-month campaign in the Berlin U-Bahn kicked off by a one-hour launch performance. Infl3ctor worldwide!
From Public Art Lab: