FILE 10 NURBS PROTO 4KT festival

FILE 2009 thumb

The tenth edition of FILE (Electronic Languages International Festival) happened at Sesi-SP (São Paulo, Brasil), from July 28th to September 20th, with a great number of works in several categories. I participated in the Games category, with Nibballs (read about it here).

The discipline of Software Studies was represented by Lev Manovich and Cícero Silva.

Some brief comments on my favorite works:

  • I was most interested in the simpler, more visceral projects, like Skinstrument (Daan Brinkmann, HOL) and Thermotaxis (yonakani, JAP).  What makes these works especially interesting to me are the behaviours and relations that emerge from the interaction of the public with the installation and between themselves.
  • The partnership between Fabiano Onça and colmeia also leads to great works that explore the relationship between visitors, like Tantalus Quest (that was on the previous edition of the festival) and the “lander”-like game in FILE 2009.
  • Some installations explored the parallels between the “real” and virtual worlds, like Samplingplong (Jörg Niehage, ALE) and Moving Mario (Keith Lam , CHI).

Other works I also found interesting:

  • the “alien” instruments of Vocal Trio (Eunjoo Shin, KOR)
  • the interactive narrative Don’t Give Up (Graziele Lautenschlaeger, BRA);
  • the hipnotic, disturbing and aesthetically interesting Once Upon a Time (Hakeem B., FRA);
  • the beauty of Sensible (Emiliano Causa and others, ARG), which uses a similar capturing system as Silent Construction (Jaime Oliver), about which I wrote on this post);
  • the interactive colored circles in Complexidade Organizada (Luis Felipe Carli, BRA), or “Organized Complexity”;

One of the main objectives of FILE, besides promoting discussions around electronic languages, is to showcase innovative works in the field. For the last couple of years this task has been increasingly harder, since information has never been so available, and in such a dynamic way, as it is today. In one hand, this means the festival looses the impact of the “new”, on the other, I believe this indicates that there is a more mature and rich conversation going on.

See more researchblog.