Four Piccadilly Place was a hub of activity this weekend with a Future Everything takeover for The Data Dimension. From brain sensors which translate your thoughts into a visual spectacle courtesy of Absolut's Flavourcollider, though to displays of art including their nutritionalinformation.
Who knew Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can had 4,832 calories in it? These 12 posters not only gave an insight into the means available to each artist, but acted as a cultural time line of the type of art which was popular in each era. You can check out more of Nadeem Haidary's food art here http://nadeemhaidary.com/artisfood.html#. We spent all lunchtime musing over the exhibition and listening to what some of the showcased artists had up their sleeves for the future during the scheduled talks with Me and the Machine creators, Clara Garcia Fraile and Sam Pearson. Check out more on their website: http://www.meandthemachine.co.uk/
We watched a great interactive remake of Arcade Fire's We Used To Wait. Part website, part music video, we were able to have a personalised Arcade Fire video with childhood memories embedded. through merging google maps, google chrome and an edited version of
the latest 'We Used To Wait' video. Try it for yourself - just input your postcode and enjoy!
Try it for yourself: http://thewildernessdowntown.com/
We then scooted over to Victoria Baths, which was taken over for Handmade, a free event showcasing handmade crafts, digital DIY and interactive fun. After creating some tunes at MadLab, using their water plume, and watching the digital orchestra in action, we then eyed up the variety of handmade comics, letter pressed notebooks and posters created locally - a great community event.
After a little respite, we glammed up and headed to Jabez Clegg for Martyn, Daedelus and Kyle Hall; a FutureEverything collaboration with Drumclinic. The highlight for us was Daedelus, with his experimental bass heavy electronic overload, frisky dance moves and awesome visuals, by the time 4am came around we were ready for more! Alas the bouncers didn't think so and we were ushered out and got a taxi home.
A great festival, and we eagerly await the next one!