what happens when about 20 students of different studies such as engineering, music theater, interaction design and media music, come together and get thrown in a giant sandbox which is filled with toys and tools by a dutch composer and two guys from the u.s. that work at MIT medialab, organize hackathons and the like?
as you might have guessed, a giant room of creative chaos starts existing. thats what i did last week in eindhoven: tinkering (or as i learnt what it should really be called, froebeling) around with tools such as the makey makey (a programmable interface, i’d call it), processing (a development environment just made for doing something with audio) and a lot of different materials that we liberated from our environment.
look at this kick-ass organ we made!
this week was incredibly fun, inspiring but also informative. i got back to programming in java (which i haven’t done for a couple of years), recorded the sound of a banana and in the end formed a grooup that created an interactive real-life point and click adventure. it was a story about building a time machine in order to find out if people in the future still talk to their phones instead of talking to each other. in the end, it was a very weird mix of portal-style voiceovers, people tripping over ten thousands of cables and my group being amazed that things actually worked.
this has certainly been one of the more amazing weeks in my life and i would not want to miss this experience that shifted my perspective completely and opened my eyes to new creative ways.
oh and we saw two very weird guys live, visited dutch design week eindhoven a couple of times and shared a thirty-bed dormitory. if anyone of you guys is reading this – thank you for this awesome time!