Infl3ctor in “Creativity in Urban Context”

Infl3ctor in “Creativity in Urban Context”

The Infl3ctor is featured in the new booklet “Creativity in Urban Context” by Future DiverCities. The full booklet (pdf) is available online. Here is the excerpt about the Infl3ctor:

“The Infl3ctor was built to bridge the gap between the analogue and the digital, the messenger and the audience, the art of writing and the digital visualization. It was designed especially for Digital Calligraffiti by Michael Ang in collaboration with Hamza Abu Ayyash. This interactive tool allows the artwork, the messages to have a unique outcome even in their digital form by preserving the hand of the artist. The calligraffiti tags are composed and projected in real-time enabling live performances on a variety of facades & screens. The first Networked Scenario took place between Future DiverCities partner cities of Berlin, Public Art Lab and Marseille, Seconde Nature. With the aid of the Infl3ctor, the two cities meet in a digital space. Artists and audiences exchanged and witnessed messages bridging the 1,554km distance between the two in real-time.

The process focuses on establishing a conversation between participants and artists in order to co-create the narrative of their digital calligraffiti messages – powerful storytelling based on their background, memories, experiences and wishes for the future displayed on urban screens. The hand of the artist becomes the expressive force which visualises the messages. The words obtain a new dynamic, not only because of their meaning but also because of the powerful calligraffiti technique which is able to compose a strong and awakening aesthetic for those who encounter it. The bond that is built up by the exchange of skills and techniques is opening up new avenues of communication, promoting intercultural and crossdisciplinary activities.

Under the theme ‘Urban Screens are our Walls’ outdoor digital advertising spaces became community platforms and hosted the memorable aesthetics of Digital Calligraffiti artwork. Work created during the workshops and live performances was placed on display in places of strong visibility such as junctions, subway stations and public squares. The campaign ran for two months in U-Friedrichstrasse, Berlin by the WallDecaux and on the media window of Collegium Hungaricum in Berlin. The campaign raised awareness around the migrating cultures of Berlin, making the urban infrastructure and everyday advertising spaces accessible to new arrivals to the city and country and allowing residents of Berlin to see their work make a mark on the city.”


Infl3ctor @ White Wall Beirut

Infl3ctor @ White Wall Beirut

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!


Talk at re:publica 2017

Talk at re:publica 2017

I’m giving a Lightning Talk along with Lieke Ploeger (Co-Founder of SPEKTRUM) at re:publica 2017.

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.