OFFF Festival started with Oeiras’ mayor Isaltino de Morais congratulating the 3 days of digital culture, as a major event within the city’s 250th anniversary celebrations.
Taking place at FundiÃ§Ã£o de Oeiras until May 9th, this year marks the largest edition with over 3000 attendees, a diverse audience from several countries looking for inspiration on new digital trends.
The opening keynote by Neville Brody, a graphic design reference in the past two decades, approached the theme of “Make Trouble” by looking at several influences on the creative process and provoking critical thinking on the humanist role of design.
From the original OFFF location came Multitouch Barcelona to talk about their interactive design work. The collective was also present on the venue with an Space Invaders installation, played with foam balls as an interface.
The afternoon schedule resumed with a spectacular Karsten Schmidt, before Eva Vermandel and Studio Jason Bruges. One of the most expected talks, U.V.A. (United Visual Artists), represented by animation designer Dave Ferner, took us through the process of how interactive installations combine structure and creative code creating new forms of visual architecture.
Design tools as new forms of expression was also one of the central subjects on the most interesting talk of the day with James Paterson and Amit Pitaru, discussing projects like the online world of Rotten Fruit Tardis or their collaboration with a dance company to create a show were generative artworks were synced with coreography.
You can watch a short clip of the venue and a few shots of the talks below.
Off to day 2.