It's a gray and rainy afternoon in Munich and I finally have a few minutes to recap the last week at OFFF in Barcelona. In spite of some minor personal catastrophes I can say that I had a blast of a time. The overall atmosphere at OFFF is wonderfully laid-back and loaded with creative energy.
My personal highlights this year were Universal Everything's session, Craig Swann's Installation and Takagi Masakatsu's performance. I totally hate myself for missing Robert Hodgin's session which must have been amazing.
Since I had never attended OFFF before I didn't know what kind of session people usually expect to see there, so I decided to rather to a "best of my stuff" type of talk than my current one "The Blind Sketchmaker". Since many of my recent works are mashups that use content from flickr or Amazon I must admit that I got just slightly nervous when I realized 5 minutes before my talk that the wireless LAN at the venue would let my laptop connect but then refuse to give me an IP address. Which meant: no internet for me. Well, in the end with the support of the OFFF team I was able to show most of the stuff on a second computer and it looks like my improv comedy club style of talk was no too badly received after all. Unfortunately due to all those little technical difficulties I wasted several minutes so I couldn't really show my current favorite project "Sketchmaker" at the end.
I also had to learn that I'm now part of a fine tradition which seems to hit at least on speaker at OFFF almost each year. After Niko Stumpo and Rob Chiu this year it was my turn to have my bag stolen. Fortunately my computer was back in the hotel so I only lost my camera, my mobile and my wallet. But you can guess that my evening was not too much fun afterwards - spending 2 hours on the phone talking with credit card companies trying to cancel my cards which numbers I of course did not know by heart. And how hard is it to spell K-L-I-N-G-E-M-A-N-N? Looks like it was too hard for them to understand - back in Munich I had to find out that one of my cards hadn't been cancelled at all- luckily it hadn't been used either. I want to thank Carolina, Elmer, John, Julian, Neville and Rachel for their wonderful support during that evening and of course for bearing my restaurant bill.
I'm definitely looking forward to next year's OFFF!