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Jul 20, 2012
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This is a repost of a cyworld entry I wrote on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 2:12:00AM



"The game has changed, and FITC is on it! Featuring over 70 renowned digital creators from around the globe, FITC 2012 attendees will be privy to the knowledge of the best and brightest in the digital space. Covering everything from HTML5 to making digital art, this three day festival will leave attendees inspired to create in new and innovative ways."
- taken from FITC.ca


Summing it up much better than I could have done, this is exactly why it's my second year volunteering. Last year, the theme was a retro take on the vintage cinema. You can mosey onto vimeo right here — http://vimeo.com/24052763 — and take a peek at what it's like. Note: I'm not a huge fan of partying so my experiences are probably only up to the 1:05-ish mark. 

Last year, I was working as the presenters' room "Guard", just to make sure that only the presenters and related staff were 
allowed in and that the other attendees don't go in and eat the self-served refreshments. This year, I worked as "Slides" so basically my job was to approach the presenters at the end of their presentation and ask if we could have a copy of the slides they used. In comparison, it feels like "Slides" was slightly more flexible since all that was required was to arrive about 15-ish minutes before the presentation ended to collect the slides. That gave me the freedom to attend other presentations, but it also meant being slightly awkward/rude since I had to leave 15min before they finished. Ah well, you gotta do what you gotta do.

I took notes for all the presentations I went to, so here's the breakdown of each topic via my notes, and my memory.


The Thing is Your Friend: Making the World 
Alive One Bit at a TimeSpeaker: Ivan Poupyrev || 10:00 – 11:30 AM

• The Enchanted Drawing - Thomas A. Edison
⎯ http://youtu.be/rYDmH2B9XJw• utushi-e (japan)
• motion projections in a public space
➔ bringing virtual objects back into the physical world (think responsive, think texture)
• "Gummi" 2002: flexible computer screen
• interactivity
-- • bring off the screen, into the real world
-- • create physical feeling, responsive
-- • want people to care, establish relationships with technology

...and then I drew and illustrated a couple sketches regarding his 
projects that really stuck with me and my face was like: ( O AO)!!

Honourable mention goes to an example he used where there was an owl that was actually a recording device. You clip it to a child's storybook, start recording and then proceed to read the book with your child. 10 years later, take it out again and hear both you and your parent reading the book while you were young.

For me, it brought up ideas of kids who lost their parents when they were very young. Devices like these are perfect because if they want to hear their mom, or dad, tell them the story again, they can just get the owl to play it back to you. That was touching, to me.


Back to the Good, Old, Tangible World
Speaker: Riccardo Giraldi || 11:45 – 12:25 PM

• interactivity (wii, kinect into the real world)
• projection on top of real world 3D objects, control with your mobile
• enhances the experience of what would normally be a very boring and simple interaction
• combine all the virtual and physical experiences together

+ Michio Kaku (author)
+ Alex's Adventures in Numberland (recommended book)

...and again, little illustrations on the side.

It seems like using projection is the way to go when you want to bring virtual objects back into the real world. I really want to buy a mini-projector now.



BLA BLA: Making a Film For Computers 
Speaker: Vincent Morisset || 12:35 – 1:15 PM

• experimentation is key
• give yourself ample time & space to flesh ideas out
• stop-motion photography

...there's not much for this one because his focus was more about the process and it was a lot of trial and error. Emphasis on the error part.



The New Playground: Adobe & HTML5 
Speaker: Christian Cantrell || 2:15 – 3:15 PM

• [he is] known for Adobe AIR
• Adobe Shadow
• PhoneGap, Cordova
• Adobe Edge
• Flash CS6 > Generate Spritesheet > Canvas

...this was really technical, and my stubborness kept me there. This may sound like gibberish to me right now, but I feel like it'll be a lot more helpful to me when I read it in, say, 5-10 years.



How To Give Everything Away 
Speaker: Kyle Mcdonald || 3:30 – 4:30 PM

• 3D scanning (pre-kinect)
• challenging the boundaries of privacy
• face morphing, face detection grid
-- • using that grid and connecting various elements to it
-- • e.g. blinking = solitary drum sound, opening mouth = ribbons coming out of it
-- • all of this is via webcam, and interactions between virtual (the face detection grid) and physical (the moving of the face)

+ Book of Tea - Kakuzo Okakura (book recommendation)

Honourable mention: He's the man behind the Face Substitution video — http://vimeo.com/29348533 — which I thought was really interesting since I saw that on tumblr somewhere, and also, he told us a very entertaining story about how this social experiment — http://vimeo.com/groups/openframeworks/videos/25958231 — got him in trouble. Like the Secret Service agents knocking on his door demanding a search warrant kind of trouble. I thought it was funny, and he told it really well. Though at times, he'd go off topic and I got so worried that he would forget to finish it, haha!



Object Oriented Electricity in a Social Setting 
Speaker: Jared Ficklin || 4:45 – 5:45 PM

• first impressions: looks & sounds like a surfer dude (actually, if you ask me, that's what I thought of Gmunk last year too xD)
• interactive choreography
• simple, cheap and minimal can achieve a lot
-- • e.g. his later, screen and speakers experiment
• digital is to analog as gravity is to magnetism
• interactivity is addictive energy
* "The Influence of DIY in Design"
• designs with technology
• no instructions = natural user interface

http://vimeo.com/38664454 (he hooked it up in the presentation area, so we were able to watch a volunteer actually test this out. SO. FREAKIN. COOL!!

+ Makers - Cory Doctorow (I'm pretty sure I got like, 30-ish pages into this book this year.



Well, that's it!! Time has come and gone, and I'm so happy that I was able to be part of FITC again this year. Of course I'm gonna volunteer next year. Nothing beats their presentations, each one is top notch and you learn SO much in each one. It's really an unforgettable experience each time, so make sure you attend next year!!

I guess that concludes it then. Hope you enjoyed reading!!

Until next time ♡

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