I attended Resonate Festival in 2013, and I felt like I found my tribe. Held in Belgrade, Serbia, Resonate had talks, panel discussions, screenings and workshops, all circling around technology as enabler of creative ideas: a place where art, design and technology come together.
I was lucky enough to be in the computer vision workshop held by Kyle McDonald, whose work I admire (he always releases early, often, and good), and eminence Golan Levin. After the 8 hour hackathon/workshop day, the talks took place for the following two days.
My highlights were Klaus Obermeier, creating amazing performances blending projection mapping and body movement for a span of over two decades, Zach Gage’s Lets Talk About Play talk, Golan Levin’s inspiring, beautiful talk about making poems, not demos, and Kyle McDonald’s talk on radical openness: Life Away from Keyboard. Special mention to Memo Akten’s talk that literally gave me shivers down my spine, reminding me of why we create things that move people.
It was an amazing experience, I met wonderful people and came back inspired and feeling part of a community. As Kyle said:
“Open source creates active communities. This spirit permeates into the rest of your life and you start asking questions about things like physical possessions and privacy, changing yourself and others.” –Kyle McDonald