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Info screens for SPOT Festival

For the SPOT Festivals in 2010 and 2011 I was responsible for programming the functionality for a number of info screens.
The screens were placed around the festival area showing information about the current ‘state’ of the festival. In the 2010 version you could see some info on the band who where currently playing (or were about to play) on the venue related to the particular screen and you could get quick overview of the other venues too. A time indicator gave an idea of how far advanced the individual concert were (if started). In addition, you could watch the news and info on the festival’s seminars. The 2011 version was in some ways simpler than the 2010 version, since the screens were not linked to particular venues, and therefore all showed the same content.
The screens were programmed in Flash / ActionScript 3 and constantly drew information from the SPOT database via an XML feed. In that way the screens would adapt to, and provide information about, program changes etc.

My contact at the festival, and responsible for the info screen project was Martin Ross-Hansen.

The image below shows the version from 2011, and is also a link to the actual working file. However, it is necessary to set the computer clock back to the time when the Spot Festival 2011 took place to see it in action – i.e. 27th or 28th of May 2011. Press ‘f’ to view it in full screen (click on the info screen before).

SPOT info screen

UrinalBand/FountainOrchestra

– a sound installation for the (hu)man peeing

In the spring of 2008, I and three of my fellow students developed the concept UrinalBand/FountainOrchestra which is a sound installation located at a urinal .
With the band as a metaphor, each urinal guest becomes a band member and each urinal an instrument (eg. Drums, bass, vocals etc.) . Our intent with the installation was, in a humorous way, to challenge the many unwritten conventions that exist in public places – in this particular case, the urinal. We did this by sonifying human relations in this place where every relationship is most often avoided.
Unfortunately the installation was mainly accessible to the male sex but some women did manage to find their way in to the men’s room, thus challenging yet another rule of this public space.

My three accomplices were:
Esben Andersen
Mads Stenøj Andresen
Brian Hauge Hansen

This is a walkthough of the setup at Musikhuset in Aarhus. Esben explains (in Danish):

This is a primitive mock-up video we made while developing the concept:

Below, you find the report we wrote on the installation:

pissoir band thumb