I managed to squeeze in a visit to the HKU KMT faculty’s project market in Hilversum on thursday last week. It’s an annual presentation of work done for external clients by graduate students. I coached one of those projects, which was done for the Nokia Research Center. They did a good job of presenting a complicated concept, which revolves around encouraging office workers to commute in a greener manner by tracking their travels on a mobile and giving them a real live plant to take care of with the water they earn based on this collected data… You should see it. Other favorites of mine were:
- Lumen; a series of urban projections in Utrecht which were executed with high polish
- Homeostasis; a beautiful expressive interactive art piece created for Crossing Border festival
- Paper Cakes; a cool game designed for Wacom’s Bamboo Minis platform, which thematically and mechanically makes excellent use of the target input device1
The project market always coincides with an alumni reception, which means reconnecting with a lot of old friends too.
Project Tako is in full swing now. I talked to two organizations on friday and will be seeing six more this week. It’s a privilege to meet all these people, who produce some of Utrecht’s finest cultural festivals. Lots of ideas for playful additions to their programs have already started to emerge. I’ll need to develop them further in the coming weeks. It’s also striking how each and every one of them keeps office in a beautiful building. Biking through my home town from meeting to meeting reminds me of how pretty it actually is.
One can never be too busy, so this monday we announced the next This happened – Utrecht. The line-up consists of Daan Roosegaarde on Liquid Space 6.0, Stella Boess & Stefan Gross on Love Hate Punch, Bas Teunisse & Lex van den Berg on Paper Cakes and Govert de Vries on Swinxs. The events is scheduled for monday 22 february. As usual I’ve been scrambling to get the website ready, send out the emails and make sure the venue is all set. Good thing I have Alexander and Ianus to take care of a lot of other stuff.
But for the most part this week, I’m continuing design at Layar. The first reviews of some initial bits have been scheduled so we’ll see how that goes.
- The HKU and Wacom first met at This happened – Utrecht #2. It’s also been nominated for an IGF student award, so we could not resist inviting this project to the next edition. [↩]