This year our celebration of interesting people who make interesting interfaces for the world around them is extra noiseful as it’s brought to you in partnership with the Supersonic festival taking place over the same weekend.
We’ve lined up a day crammed full of performances, presentations and workshops on subjects as wide-ranging as: microbiology; guided tours; research through design; impersonation of plain clothes police officers; sculptural musical controllers; …and custard. How can we wrap all that up? How about a keynote from the splendid Owl Project?
Owl Project is a collaborative group of artists consisting of Simon Blackmore, Antony Hall and Steve Symons. They work with wood and electronics to fuse sculpture and sound art, creating music making machines, interfaces and objects which intermix pre-steam and digital technologies. Drawing on influences such as 70’s synthesiser culture, DIY woodworking and current digital crafts, the resulting artwork is a quirky and intriguing critique of the allure and production of technology.
Owl Project will talk about how they use basic materials and electronics to craft instruments and interfaces. They will reflect on how they seek to open creative sonic possibilities through constraints, and also show examples of collaborative design and production.
- The event will be at Millennium Point, Birmingham, 10:30 – 5:00 on Friday the 12th of June.
- The ticket price includes a simple lunch – we’ll add more details once they’re confirmed.
- The venue is wheelchair accessible and we have a bit of budget set aside for sign language interpreters or similar support if you need it – get in touch with us if this is relevant to you.
- We’ll also be running a series of 5 salons on the first Friday of July, September, October, November and December with the aim of bringing together interdisciplinary communities of makers, artists, technologists and curators from across the region.
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