I’m off to Liverpool today, to participate in a very cool event called Interface Amnesty, a fringe event to the amazing Abandon Normal Devices Festival, organized by the ever-awesome SoundNetwork. Phew, that’s a lot of superlatives.
There are a lot of things I like about how Interface Amnesty has been organized…perhaps most importantly I love how they are not concerned with showing off super-cutting-edge technology, but rather are interested in interaction, both in terms of the projects on show and interacting with the artists who create them. From their blog:
We arent showing the cutting edge; its not about who is best its that you want to do it in the first place. There are no new things here you cant see on a google search without much effort; the amnesty is a way to see it first hand, face to face and hands on.
This event is not just about the audience; make no mistake the guests showing off their gadgets will get the most of this; but through their mutual excitement we want to get you infected with the DIY bug and join in.
Not a hackspace, not an exhibition, not ‘the latest thing’, not a gig: the ‘amnesty’ is that the pressure is off, for one day we can just look at and have a go on and reflect on ways to interface with strange electric music.
Pretty brilliant. I’ve made a brand-new batch of Jam Jar Gelkies that I’ll be showing off, and of course I’ll have a bunch of Wii remotes and an iPhone or two as well. I’ll be there all day, and I’m going to give a talk/demonstration of my work at 4pm. There’s a pretty awesome concert happening right afterwards too.