Playing with Fire: Collaborating through Digital Sketching in a Creative Community

Mads Hobye

MIT Press, Making Futures: Marginal Notes on Innovation, Design, and Democracy, Edited by: Pelle Ehn, Elisabet M. Nilsson and Richard Topgaard (November 2014)

A photograph taken at the 2008 Roskilde Festival in Denmark, shows a huge flame exploding from the top of what looks like a cross between the Eiffel Tower and an old oil rig. Two hundred people—some playing big drums made out of water tanks, some cheering, some dancing around the tower—participated in the event. There was a loud uproar right until the explosion. Afterwards, there was silence until the noise returned and another explosion occurred. Each cycle lasted about 15 minutes, and the cycles repeated for five consecutive days. How this project and many others came to be requires us to look at a community experimenting with interactive installations as a way of sketching digitally on a rusty old barge in the South Harbor of Copenhagen. The community is called Illutron, a collaborative studio for interactive art installations

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