SOMETH;NG afterwards... A media-networking "After Eight"8th July, 2004
After the hustle and business-like bustle of the New Designers 2004 exhibition at the Business Design Centre in Islington, what could be more appealing than the offer of 'something afterwards...?'.
Attendees were invited to an informal soiree at Someth;ng's gallery space, featuring new works by students and alumni of Ravensbourne College, and a special preview of Someth;ng's Ars Electronica exhibits.
A group of intrigued and - frankly, thirsty - people gathered at the Someth;ng canalside premises. Some loitered by the bar, interacting with whoever was there in a traditional form of engagement
(and doubtless looking after the booze). Those who ventured further, however, got to interact with less traditional devices. Quarta's ISS cube, a multiuser tactile sound environment also doubled
up as a convenient glass rest, much to his consternation. Salaberria's G-pod provided remote massage, and Tansukhanunt's Memory Tree visualised mobile photography in an organic way. Massage, Message;
mercifully, we were short of Moose.
At 8pm, Professor Karel Dudesek drew the audience's attention to the stage to witness the first public performance of Jon Cambeul's 'Wacom Rock'. Ambling around the stage to
his low-intensity electro-rock, Jon's unique instrument used a Wacom drawing tablet as a pick and fret board to torture the Mac speech synthesiser into creating melodic, otherworldly sounds. Jon's
performance elicited a great deal of interest, and created several new users of Max/MSP into the bargain.
Around 2am, we officially ended the party; the guests left with, as promised on the invite, at least something of an understanding of what went on in Unit 2, Waterside. A good evening was had by
hosts and guests alike, and was a good introduction to London's creative community of 'Someth;ng', the newest alternative media group in the city.
Participating and exhibiting were:
Daniel YK Chan; Dave Mee; Markus M Quarta; Nagore Salaberria;
Jon Cambeul; Steven Cullen; Christian Benesch; Joel Cahen; Jon Acker;
Jim Wood; Mintra Tansukhanunt; Yasser Rashid; Noe Kozuma; Peter Baird;
Kijin Shin; Seongmin Hwang; and Marianna Moerkoere