update from FITC…

I’m in Toronto for the FITC Design and Technology Festival. I gave my “Geek Graffiti” talk yesterday which went relatively well. As soon as I started talking about using cracked software, however, the digital projector decided to totally flip out. After a few minutes things were fixed and people seemed to enjoy things for the most part. All City Council and Postal Labels Against Bush continued to be crowd favorites, but afterwards I got several requests to see the Graffiti Analysis performances. I still haven’t decided if I want to announce these, but if there continues to be interest it couldn’t hurt to announce one or two here and there. I think for the most part people should happen upon these projections by chance; the same way graffiti is typically viewed.
The Copyright Panel I was a part of I would have done differently. It ended up being an informative discussion of the specifics of the law rather than a debate about the rights and wrongs of legislation that limits freedom of speech. I did sneak in playing a track off the Grey Album and showed some Cory Arcangel projects, so I was happy about that.
Highlights so far have been a Processing workshop with Ben Fry and Casey Reas, and hearing David Carson speak. More to come later….