Inspiration – the Great Digital Exhibit.

This week I took a trip to Shoreditch with a friend in order to visit the Great Digital Exhibit. The leaflet describes it as ‘one of the largest community-sourced interactive exhibitions that London has ever seen’. And it was pretty big.

The exhibit was a sort of technology meets art meets humanity showcase located in the basement of Shoreditch town hall. Lots of cool lighting, brickwork and pipes etc.

One of the exhibitions I liked the most was a camera coupled to a screen that turned all of your movements into sound and spikes that you could see on the screen. So, when you were standing still a fuzzy picture of you appeared on the screen and as you moved your image turned into an angry spikey blob. I’ll show you it’s easier…

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This was us standing still.

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This was what happened when we moved around.

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A close-up of the spikes.

There was another room, called the ‘electric jungle’, which was lit by optical wires. Three xbox controllers hung from the ceiling and controlled electrical appliances; a disco ball, hoover, mixer, fan etc.

ImageImageThis room also had a screen with some interactive graphics which were pretty cool, I’ll put some examples below because they were really psychedelic/ pop arty/ just pretty hard to describe…I’m loving the orange blob-man (and the cake obviously).

ImageImageImageImageSlightly scary right?

There was also a room filled with vintage computers (mainly macs) displaying influential early websites.

ImageImageI got excited because there was a floppy disk on display….oh how technology has moved on!

There was so much more to see at this exhibit and I took over 200 photos. But don’t worry I’ll spare you the holiday snaps routine and instead leave you with a photo of a room filled with musical lasers (just imagine the offspring of a sic-fi movie and a classical orchestra).

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