This year‘s Kidsbit - The Kids&Family Festival for Digital Creativity, has immersed itself into the beautiful city of Perugia, with not a single hub (as in previous times) but many different satellites at museums, galleries, co-working spaces and other public spaces, and so becoming an integral and present part of the city culture over the course of three days.
This time I was invited to create an immersive space for the kids to play in and with. The idea was to use cardboard to create a landscape that you could walk into and play with. The first scribble shows the basic idea.
Those scribbles turned into three simple shapes that would be used to create the final cardboard elements, all 300cm wide, with different heights, so they could be arranged as a landscape.
The place for all of that to happen would be the Sala Binni, built 1372-75, a former church, now part of the local library, where the families could rest, dance or even paint with light themselves.
For ambient sound I brought my JBL Flip with a big battery and used whitenoise+ to create some different soundscapes.
It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to create this experience for the kids of all ages, who would run around and chase the bees, laugh about the hills that have eyes. Over the course of the days more and more people would come and it would turn into the Amazzonia Rave 4 Kids Party, a lovely project by Lucia Di Pietro. At nighttime we would then move on to the Palazzo Priori to have a large scale live tagtool session for all to be part of. Big fun. Big times. Photos by Giorgia Fanelli
Initially I was due to work with a local group of projection artists, but for reasons that didn't came to be. So once I was there I tried to connect with other übermut-people which resulted in a short but very inspiring collab with Sophie Camille Brunner and Ulrich Gottlieb, who were leading the dance workshops during the projects.
There was also great urban screenings by A Wall Is A Screen, fantastic short films via interfilm, rioty live music by Bonsai Kitten, and much much more greatness. Big love and thanks going out to the übermut crew, espesh Maike Wacker, for making this all happen.
Yaysome: The New Tagtool is finally live. I've already been beta'ing it for a while (it was great using it at this year's Kidsbit). A fantastic - though different to its predecessor - new instrument for creating visual projections and animations.
To name a few of the many changes: it's now vector-based, you can create libraries (stacks) and - my fave - offset loop cycles of a given set of objects.
Here are some clips I made recently.
Dabei wollten wir die kreativen Möglichkeiten im Umgang mit Tablets zeigen und zum Weitermachen anregen; wir haben also zum einen mit Stop-Motion-Apps kleine Animationen und Pixilation-Filme gemacht. Zum anderen von der wunderbaren Bilderbuch-App 1-2-3-Tier ausgehend mit PuppetPals die Idee des Buches aufgenoomen und die Kinder selbst erweitern lassen.
I am just back from Perugia where I was able to take part in the 2nd Kidsbit-Festival – an event spinning around all things digital creativity, for children and their parents. Like last year, I was running a workshop about animation and tagtool. This time the kids created a range of wonderful creatures using just simple shapes. It was great to see them coming alive on the old Pallazzo dei Priori at night.
Auch dieses Jahr war ich wieder eingeladen, am Kidsbit Festival 2017 teilzunehmen. Die Kidsbit setzt sich zum Ziel, Kindern (und Eltern) den kreativen und explorativen Umgang mit Digitalem zu vermitteln. Auch diesmal haben wir wieder zusammen in Tagtool animiert und die Ergebnisse abends auf den alten Palazzo dei Priori projiziert.
Im April durfte ich im Tandem mit Heike Roegler an der HAW und im Rahmen des Themas Digitale Lesewelten etwas über mobile Kreativität und Apps erzählen.
Heike hat das drüben auf It's All About The Stories schon wunderbar zusammengefasst; für mich war es eine tolle Gelegenheit, mit den Studenten Apps wie zB. Puppet Pals zu spielen, dabei gemeinsam zu verstehen, wie der explorative Umgang mit Digitalität im Umfeld Bibliothek aussehen kann.
In April Heike Roegler and me ran a 4-day workshop about reading and creativity on tablets at the HAW; a great opportunity to explore and discuss all things digital in the realm of libraries with the students.
The KIDSBIT is a week-long summer school with two festival days on the weekend for kids aged 4-14. The aim if for the kids to explore new technology and discover its creative potential. The organizers managed to create a wonderful atmosphere within the walls of a former monastery, where the kids would code robots, create animations, explore fab-labs and raspbery-pi's, and – which was my part – animate monsters and robots in two tagtool-workshops.
It am extremely happy and honoured having been part of the first instance of the festival; it felt very much like going to the my first reboot in 2007: Great vibes, interesting topics, and all the people I met were there becasue it was a matter of the heart.
Last week we spent 8 days on the roads of England, delivering The Adventures Of Walter Lemonface to kids and their parents in towns like Barnsley, Huddersfield, Doncaster or Southport, to name a few. Now we are all on a break.
For me the first week was an experience I never had before and it will take time to sink in and be computed. It is fantastic to play for the audience, and maybe that is one of the key learnings: it is always the audience, not an audience. Every Audience, though seemingly similar from its mixture, is unique. You simply can't say beforehand how and in which way it will connect to what you do. And that makes me think how in software devlopment we define our 'audience' as the 'users' and make ourselves belief that we can actually understand them before they use our products. But hey-ho, that's a subject for another post, another time.
For now I am getting ready for the last two shows this weekend in Derby and Manchester before I head back home to Hamburg to get ready for the next adventure: the Kidsbit in Perugia.
Last week I was spending my time in Halifax to join the team of Walter Lemonface for rehearsals. If you never heard of the show, it's best described as
"a live cartoon that the audience controls (with a magical mix of music and storytelling)"
And as you can see below, we had a lot of new gear sitting around, just waiting for us to get our hands dirty with, with a special focus on the new video mixer. We are now able to work tagtool on four iPads during the 60mins show, super smooth. The live show on Friday amused kids and their grown-ups same time. I am very much looking forward to join the band again for our Big Carrot Tour (10 cities in UK) in June.
Last night, Jan and I performed as wallpo.st at the eBookCamp 2015 here in the Hamburg betahaus. It was the 5th eBookCamp (always a great experince, hat tip to the organizers!) and our 3rd time we participated as the night gig performers.
It was also the first time for me to try using modul8 in conjunction with tagtool. I basically used overlays and blend modes, and the edge filter. Also I used the Black Magic ultra Studio to feed the iPad signal to my MacBook Pro. I was a little nervous about it because I still wanted the live painting to be at the center of everything and not for it to become a visual effect fiasco. So here's a litlle video of what we did (thx to Heike for the footage).