Viewing posts for the category Digital Media

"South by…"

This is the nickname for the South by Southwest festival, one of the new acquaintances from this awesome experience. Sleepless nights/days overtaken by compelling references, some already covered at the conferences, workshops and networking during the interactive week, others from the music field – something like 1900 bands, an insane challenge worth the try!

From the dinosaurs Motorhead at Austin Music Hall,

to the irreverent rock proposals at the British Music Embassy "Latitude 30" with the General Fiasco among others,

the AMODA Digital Showcase experimental approach by the Portuguese Heitor Alvelos, Anselmo Canha and João Cruz at Club de Ville with "Futureplaces @ SXSW", the Portuguese David Fonseca at the panoramic top floor of the Hilton Graden Inn releasing his new album "Between Waves", a collection of songs inspired by life on the road and its highs and lows,

and Belmont's non-stop 12 am-2 pm free access parallel music festival

to all kinds of downtown Austin bars – Maggie Mae's,

Darwin's country style,


Buffallo Billiards, and the fancy Dixties, just walk by and feel the beat! The photos can give you a quite vivid idea, but you have to experience it by yourself!

I'm looking forward to work towards coming back next year, hopefully with a presentation regarding RTiVISS ongoing research issues on real-time video experiments in digital interactive environments – I'll let you know when the time comes, stay tuned ;)


"Diasporadic" encounters

Not only Zach was at SXSW after Ars Electronica, Teddy Ruge was also around, from Dallas. What a nice coincidence, an opportunity to deepen previous conversations on mobile applications in Africa, the Project Diaspora, and to get to know the co-founder, Tracy Pell – who's also in my heart now :). It was interesting to realize that the three of us have the same communication design backgound... :)))
I was sorry that I couldn't attend to his panel on Africa 3.0 (Sunday 9:30 am?!), so for now I stick to this comprehensive Diaspora blog post "Africa 3.0: Mobile connectivity in the (global) village" and, luckily, I'll be able to access it online at the SXSW YouTube channel later on :)

I just met Stacey Monk too, she's the founder of Epic Change, and I really appreciate that positive change through social media approach in Tanzania that I could get a glimpse on The Twitter Kids of Tanzania workshop.

Sporadically or not, we will all meet again, for sure!


An Evening at Tom and Karen's

"SXSW is here, and many of our Portuguese colleagues are in town! Please come by Karen and Tom's Sunday to enjoy a beautiful spring evening and welcome our guests.
Spouses and partners are welcome, and food and drinks will be provided."

Dear Karen and Tom,
thank you so much for your party last night, everything was fantastic – the friendliness, the dynamics, food and drinks, the place – and the hosts, including Noah :-)))
I'll be posting some photos on the blog as soon as I can :)

Looking back in time through the photos, I now realize that one of the nicest things was to meet so many known faces, and the new ones too, in the same place and time! Not easy for the organizers, but truly worthwhile for everyone : }


"Viral" refs meeting Nancy Schiesari @SXSW

Nice encounter with Nancy Schiesari, as we managed to meet at the SXSW How to Create a Viral Video panel, that ended up with a surprising "surprise"…

Me, Paulo, Luís and Ana attended the Intro to Digital Documentary Production Workshop at FCSH in the scope of the Summer Institute 2009 – it was an extremely constructive experience, and it would be great to have the opportunity to continue into a post-introduction workshop some day :) Editing and directing are also areas to explore, and warmup exercises like cutting a trailer would be very interesting, too.
We also had the privilege to see her most recent documentary, Tatooed under Fire – beautiful and impressive, it's awesome!

For the RTiVISS interactive installations proposals, Nancy suggested the project "Burning Man" – the movie, by Gone Off Deep, a documentary production company in Austin, is a striking reference to retain! The filmaker Robert Rodriguez, a UT Austin recent graduate ;), is also a reference to get back to – here's his Spring Commencement speech.
Now fingers crossed for the UTA/FCT call proposal for Playing with Fire approval – I'll be looking forward to get in touch with her friend and son, who are fire dancers, in case the project is up and running!


SXSW kickoff

I started the SXSW Interactive 2010 week meeting with the Portuguese crew; from then on, it was a non-stop festival!
If you consider to spend a full semester in Austin, I strongly recommend you plan to include the SXSW event in your schedule! Now in its 22nd edition for Music and Film, 3rd edition for Interactive, the festival is expanding more and more each year, attracting participants and attendants from ll over the world. And take this forwarded advice: sleep in advance, because you'll want to attend to a lot of presentations & interactive parties – just take a look at the SXSW 2010 schedule and check-in at the SXSW YouTube channel>>


Page 2 of 6