Something showed at the Kunstraum in Ars Electronica Festival 2004From the 1st to the 7th of September 2004 the members of Someth;ng showed their works at the Kunstraum gallery.
Three projects were part of the selection of works showcasing works from the MA Interactive Digital Media course at Ravensbourne College.
Despite the inconvenient location of the gallery, hundreds of people visited the exhibition throughout the seven days of the Festival, giving very
positive feedback about the works and concepts on show. Many visitors expressed surprise on realising this was technically a degree-level show, with the variety on show in such a small space. There were
a total of 8 projects including the works of Mintra Tansukhanunt, Jim Wood, Martine Hermsen, Yasser Rashid and Noe Kozuma.
From Someth;ng, Markus Quarta (in collaboration with Christian Benesch) presented an updated version of the Interactive Surround Sound Cube. Jon Cambeul showed
his Wacom Rock guitar and Nagore Salaberria (also in collaboration with Steve Cullen and Christian), presented the first working prototype of inTouch, her sensorial
In the broader context of the whole Ars Electronica Festival, this show was part of the 'student works' category. The
only other college present at the show was the Japanese interactive art college IAMAS, which exhibited a broad portfolio of over 50 students', graduates' and teachers' works.
The two colleges were very similar, not so much terms of size or resources but in concepts, quality and even collaboration.
In January 2004, a student exchange program between the MA IDM and the MSP course at the IAMAS institute was instigated. Jon Cambeul was the first exchange
student from Ravensbourne and his Wacom Rock Guitar was the result of his time in Japan.
The last night of Someth;ng's
visit to Ars Electronica, Jon offered a live performance at the "MSP Nights", alongside works from the students of IAMAS.
In the future, Someth;ng plans to make good on their visitors' suggestions to exhibit their work on their own merits, as part of the main festival and competitions. So watch out for Someth;ng at Ars in the future!