Archaic game and home computer hardware is recast into the unlikely role of musical instrument and motion graphics workstation in the BLIP FESTIVAL 2008, a four-day event showcasing nearly 40 musicians and visual artists occupying the international low-res cutting edge. The Blip Festival takes place DECEMBER 4 – 7 2008 at The Bell House, and is presented by Manhattan art organization THE TANK and NYC artist collective 8BITPEOPLES.
By the way, the big news this weekend was that HSC electronics is NOT moving as was rumored earlier in the year. Speaking of HSC, this coming weekend is the annual HSC sidewalk sale. (This year they’re calling it a warehouse clearance sale due to downsizing at their present location.)
This past weekend, I attended The Last HOPE at the Hotel Pennsylvania in NYC. The con was awesome and I had a great time. This was my first HOPE, and I noticed a few strong themes this year, including:
Hardware hacking is getting a lot of attention and there is a lot of interest in microcontrollers including new design and reverse engineering off the shelf hardware like RFID.
Local community based physical spaces for hacking are booming. Hackerspaces like NYC Resistor and the Hacktory are becoming a very big part of the scene, and new hackerspaces are popping up all over the world. Each space has their own unique interests, but common themes seem to be microcontroller hacking (especially Arduino), fabrication (like Reprap and Fab@Home) and other more physical projects instead of just writing code. There was even a new wiki announced at the show that is devoted to tracking hackerspaces and helping start new ones at hackerspaces.org.
There was an awesome talk about Biohacking by Chris Seidel (I wish I could find a link) that makes me wonder if we will see more of this in the future as Bioengineering becomes more accessible to the masses. The parallels Chris identified between biological processes and electrical circuits were spooky.