I’m setting up a London-based digital surgery called V4Wednesday that’ll be occurring every other Wednesday from the 26th of June at the Electric Matchbox in Hackney Wick, around the corner from the Overground station.
Its not only for vvvv users as the part of the intention of the project is to encourage collaboration between people with different creative disciplines and skill sets such as authors, theatre directors, sculptors, illustrators, architects etc.
The blog, new born, is here with schedules and rantings.
At the moment nothing is fixed, despite what the schedule would have you believe, but this is what I think should be going on:
Basically workshops by making simple projects. I will be teaching some basic vvvv stuff but I’d call this a V4W workshop rather than vvvv, because it doesn’t have to be a vvvv workshop.
It could be a Flash or a Processing or a OpenFrameworks workshop, or even origami (I’d love that, actually). So long as there’s someone to teach it, and a bit of a demand (like I said, origami please, and maybe Flash)
which is an informal pure vvvv workshop, but its held after 9:30pm, when people may have to go home. Of course it could be used for just having a beer and trying out whatever you like.
Discussions about specific disciplines or interests that may widen our understanding about the impact of our work, and which hopefully stir up debates on issues more important than H.264 vs VP8.
If you have ideas about who would be a good speaker or you would like to lead a debate, please let me know.
Why else do we sit for days ogling a computer screen? The Projects will have a specific theme and to encourage collaborations between participants with an open mind to experimentation. They will have a total of a month to do the project, but the sessions should provide an atmosphere that is stimulating and productive. Desire outcome? Line-blurring, mind-blowing, thought provoking art.
Following up the Projects, the showcase gives a chance to, erm, show us what you’ve come up with.
The space isn’t St Pauls Cathedral, but it isn’t too small either, so performances of different kinds can be setup. While the emphasis is obviously on the project work, but if people want to share what else they’ve been doing, and they think its relevant, do it.
Its a social thing. This is an opportunity for creatives who don’t do code to share their ideas with tech-wizards like us, and for tech-wizards like us to advise them about realising their plans, or going one better and starting a project/relationship/business with them.
For me, this is probably the most important part of the whole exercise.
What do you think? Ambitious?
If you have any ideas for what we should be doing at V4W, state them here, state them now, and come on down.