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Weeknote 281

April 9th to April 15th, 2011

Author: Johannes Schardt
Date: 17. April 2011

If you followed the recent weeknotes, you probably know: this week was all about re:publica. The conference started on Wednesday, but Michael, Christophe and I went to Berlin a day earlier to do the set-up for the projection on the main stage.

We knew the place was big, but when we where standing on the empty stage on Tuesday night, we were flabbergasted. I didn’t doubt it a bit, when somebody said that the FriedrichstadtPalast is the biggest theatre stage in the world. This fact added some more excitement – if this was still possible.

Some hours passed until the screen, projectors and computers were set up and Michael could test his software on the actual system. It then took him the rest of the night to do necessary adjustments and some little bug fixes. But when the doors opened, the visualization was running smoothly. We had an idea of how the whole thing could look like, but since it is completely based on live data, it was almost impossible to simulate the outcome. The result however was even better than expected. It was beautiful!

Since we barely slept, it would have been nice to relax a bit on this first conference day, but no chance. Christophe and I (together with Martin and Hannes) conducted a 2-hour workshop and Michael presented an Open Mouse event on “generative design”. Somehow we all managed to get through the day.

With all the pressure gone and a good night’s sleep, Thursday and Friday were relaxed. We could enjoy the conference, watch some talks and meet people. We’re probably posting some more info about our work for re:publica and the re:design sub-conference soon.

One other project needed some attention this week: Wenatchee which will launch on Monday, so Michael had to deploy the app from the re:publica control room. More on this in the next few days.

Oh, I almost forgot. I was also at another conference this week – but only as a guest. This year’s edition of the see conference got me traveling to Wiesbaden for the third year in a row. Again, I didn’t regret it. My favorite talks were by sociologist Harald Welzer and architect Joshua-Prince Ramus.

This week was awesome. But I also look forward to spend the next week in our studio, on my desk, working normal hours on a new project.

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