monome – an open practice project – launch event

Following on from the Monome Open Source Creative Practice Project Outline below, I’m pleased to see the project in development and moving forward… and now with support from Gini Simpson, Head of Media Arts at SPACEStudios and Brian Crabree & Kelli Cain of monome. I’m currently working up an Arts Council England grants application.

With NODE.London planning a Spring NODE.L ’08 season of media arts and print deadlines for promotion imminent I’ve entered details for the project launch onto the wiki for inclusion in the Spring NODE.L ’08 programme.

monome – open practice project – launch event
Thursday, 24th April, 7-10.30pm
SPACEStudios, 129-131 Mare St, Hackney, London E8 3RH <http://www.spacestudios.org.uk>

monomes <http://monome.org> are beautifully designed, hand-crafted, adaptable minimalist interfaces for controlling and monitoring pretty much anything audio, visual and beyond.

monome
are Brian Crabtree and Kelli Cain, Philadelphia based artists who open source all aspects of the units’ hardware and sofware to their growing and enthusiastic community of users.

“we’re making available devices with which you can have an entirely different relationship… we seek less complex, more versatile tools: accessible, yet fundamentally adaptable… achieved through minimalistic design, enabling users to more quickly discover new ways to work, play, and connect. we see flexibility not as a feature, but as a foundation.”

The open practice project focuses on these devices as the vehicle to support and encourage creative collaboration and meaningful exchange between a diverse group of all ages. It aims to create a playful, experimental space and a supportive framework in which users can share work, realise new technological ideas, be inspired, challenged and stretched.

Join us at the launch event to experience monome in action – via its inventors and a selection of existing users and creative agencies, meet other interested and like-minded people and find out more about the project and how to get involved.

(A funding application is in progress at time of going to print – details and update at <http://monomeproject.cybersonica.org>)

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