The FuturePlaces multimedia festival took place in Porto, Portugal last week. Supported by the UT Austin | Portugal Digital Media Program, the festival consisted of a series of workshops, concerts, and panels, as well as a juried art exhibition. The theme of the festival is how digital media intersects with local cultures, but of course the intersection of transnational and global cultures with the local came into play as well.
The festival offered four workshops for advanced students and professionals in the digital media field. Topics included computer vision using the Processing scripting environment, mobile interface design, mobile documentary narratives, and audio documentation of Porto. Each of these workshops engaged participants by having the contribute to a larger group project or apply skills taught in the short courses.
The exhibition brought sixteen pieces from around the world including places as far as Australia and as nearby as Porto. Pieces ranged in a variety of formats from musical performance to interactive software art, but the show was dominated by installations of various types. The jury chose four pieces for particular merit and prizes. They were:
- Honorable Mention: Master and Margarita by Video Jack (André Carrilho and Nuno Correia)
- Honorable Mention: Wonderland by Hye Yeon Nam
- Second Prize: Oporto-Brooklyn Bridge by Naomi Kaly and Alyssa Casey
- First Prize: Outhouse by Brian Cohen and TRAX
The FuturePlaces site has more extensive detail and images of each of the prize winners. The festival was by all accounts a rousing success and thanks to Heitor Avelos, Karen Gustafson, U.Porto, and everyone else who made FuturePlaces such as success!