Since the spread of the Arduino wildfire, the gap between art and technology has been slimming. The Creators Project is a testament to this fact. Since it's inception in 2010, this festival has travelled to cities all over the globe showcasing innovative artwork, installations and musical performances. This weekend was the first time the event travelled to San Francisco, and myself and thousands of others braved the rain (and hail) to partake in this epic showcase of awesome.
The majority of the day was spent watching the musical performances in one of the coolest venues I've ever been to. While I don't consider myself an musical connoisseur, I do rather enjoy some good tunage. From the shows I was able to attend, the artists put on a really great show, my favorite being New Pants & Feng Mengbo's Bruce Lee VJ Project. I can honestly say I've never seen an act quite like them and I loved every second of it!
The other half of the festival touted interactive art installations. Now personally, I am a big fan of adding technology to art (surprise, surprise). It makes the installations more relatable when I can appreciate the level of effort and work put into them. Not that I can't do that for normal art as well, it's just that I've never painted a piece of abstract art or sculpted something from nothing so I don't have that level of understanding. Also, the ability to interact with the installation instead of just stare at it provides a deeper look into the artist's intent. You're experiencing exactly what they experienced, and in my 'uncultured' opinion - that's pretty cool.
The installation that demonstrated this the best was Chris Milk's The Treachery of Sanctuary. In this piece, three different viewers stepped into the range of a Microsoft Kinect, which portrayed their silhouette on a large white screen. They then used their bodies to control the installation. The most mesmerizing was the part that projected wings onto the viewer, which then responded to movement as if they were actually a part of the person's body. The level of intricacy was just incredible.
To see if The Creator's Project is coming to a city near you, visit www.thecreatorsproject.com/events. If you can make it, I highly recommend taking the time. It's an experience you won't soon forget.