|Photo c/o Katrin|
The roster of projects ended up being pretty diverse. In addition to those documented on this blog...
- Craniophage Compaq Portable III
- Wiretap Picture Frame
- Cassettepunk MP3 Player
- Dymaxion Auto-Matic Buckminster Fuller
- Midi Drum Keyboard
|Vacuum tube candlestick|
|Pocket watch speaker|
|Fractal fork (with Ingo Breig)|
This is the first time I've shown my work in the flesh and the experience was tremendously gratifying. The Culture Crawl is mostly home to "traditional" art forms -- sculpture, painting, photography, etc. -- and people were not expecting to see technology manipulated in this way.
After a brief introduction, though, pretty much everyone "got it" and enjoyed the exhibit. I met some really interesting people and had some great conversations. (For example, I hadn't thought to spoonerize Buckminster Fuller's name.)
With all the creative nerdy energy flowing in Vancouver (think Red Gate [rip?], Vancouver Hackspace, and of course Free Geek Vancouver) I wonder why there isn't more hacker/maker representation at the Culture Crawl. The Mini Maker Faire had plenty. I can only speculate that it might be a voluntary separation of arts by genre, and that strikes me as a tremendous missed opportunity. Until this year there wasn't even a New Media category on the Culture Crawl website. Now there is, so let's get cracking.
I strongly encourage anyone working creatively with technology to consider exhibiting their work next year -- it's a huge amount of exposure (I'd estimate 500 people tromped through for a look), not to mention a firm kick in the ass for anyone who needs an extra push to get motivated.
Deep thanks to Ingo for everything; Graeme and Brad for their help manning the fort; Steph (congratulations!), Heather, Curt, and others for helping keep me fed; Diane and Nick for the plinths; and especially Aida for letting me turn the house upside down for a weekend. Thanks to all the friends who stopped by, whether or not I recognized you in my overcaffeinated and underfed state.
Thanks to all the strangers who stopped in and humoured me. I hope you got humoured too.