Flash on the Beach jumps shores and will land in Miami on April 6-8th, 2009! If you have attended FOTB in the past, you’ll know this is more than a Flash conference – it’s a celebration where art + technology + beyond collide. John Davey, one of the most sincere and sweet guys you’ll ever meet, orchestrates this conference – bringing together a group of inspiring and informative artists, designers and developers.
For my part, my theme for 2009 will focus on Art + Code + Apparel and what happens when these worlds collide. Here’s an early description of my show-n-tell session:
Art + Code + Apparel
This session, as told through Dr. Woohoo’s recent artwork and experiments, is as much about the latest color and painting applications Woohoo builds (using Flex Builder, Adobe AIR, SwitchBoard, PatchPanel & CSXS, in conjunction with Illustrator, Photoshop & Maya) in order to create the next version of generative art and design for textiles, as it is about his collaboration with the incredible Andy McDonald from the Centre for Advanced Textiles (CAT) at the Glasgow School of Art. In a dramatic shift away from the current mass-merchandise, one-design fits all world; they are plotting a (re)evolution of the textiles & apparel industry – a return to the Service Oriented Architecture of traditional craft production. Using the tools / skills that designers & developers already possess, the platform they are creating will give you the opportunity to construct highly interactive and collaborative experiences that enable users to design, customize and remix their own unique textile products. In challenging the status quo, their vision of a radically de-centralized model flips the economics of mass-production on its head (whilst significantly reducing the environmental impact). It’s an ambitious concept… will it succeed or will it fail? Either way, it’s going to be a fun ride!!! Come along and find out what they are planning.