Digital Sizzle Art Hackathon @ The South Place Hotel

9374082754_1630b25007_b Introductions (Photo: Paul Clarke)

What happens when a group of developers, programmers, artists, musicians, and polymaths meet for an intensive 48 hour art hackathon in luxury 5 star hotel? Fantastic question, lets find out.

9374941052_2367b09d5e_bTeam Formation (Photo: Paul Clarke)

With ideas pitched, team formation began. I’d been having some thoughts about a printer which destroys what it prints by perhaps adding a corrosive substance to the ink tanks so the paper destructs itself over time. I threw the idea out hoping to get together a group of people together to transform it, improve it, and make something happen within 48 hours. The brief was to “Take data and turn it into something artistic/creative”, so we decided that our project would focus on putting a bit of humanity back in to tech. The refreshing thing about this hackathon is the ethos behind it. It is a place for ideas to enter into a melting pot and come out twisted, kooky and even more insane than before.

Digital Sizzle 9 - 32The thermal printer is working! (Photo: Seb Potter)

Our team ‘WeAreNotListening’ came up with a project where the audience can partake in a sort of modern-day cathartic experience. The idea is that if you want to get something off your chest, perhaps an old lie, a guilt you’ve been hanging onto, a dark thought, or something you wish to release from yourself you can text it in anonymously to 02380000476 and watch your deepest darkest secrets materialize physically through our thermal printer and then subsequently be blackened to obscurity in real-time. The process is also streamed live to our website so even if you are not at the event you can contribute from afar. The remaining blackened scroll of secrets is them rendered to ash and given away at the end of the event in viles for you to do as you will.

9382613595_eaaa4eee93_bBurning Secrets to Ash (Photo: Paul Clarke)

1  9385941692_42ba687114_b  photo copy 2Setting Up (Photos: Seb Potter, Paul Clarke)

9386542357_04e018542c_bTim, Betsy & Sam (who saved us with his power supply!) (Photo: Paul Clarke)

By the end of the weekend we had a working prototype thanks to the incredible effort from everyone in the team. A big shout out must be given to the 3beards for organising such a unique event, I had the most fun I’ve had in years and met some truly incredible people. Everyone’s projects will be exhibited at the South Place Hotel on the 16th, 17th and 18th of August so come along to shoot fireballs out your hands, ride a bike with your friends to make music together, engage in some public safety with the Citizens Office of Communications Safety, play God and control rising sea levels, enter a state of sensory deprivation and have your brain create music and graphics, and see some amazing leaps of imagination and ingenuity.

Digital Sizzle 9 - 64Team photo! Seb, Betsy, Tim and Alice 🙂

(Thanks to Paul for photographing the weekend!


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