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Onedotzero: Adventures in Motion

Robot music and a volcano visualization in London's digital and interactive arts festival

by Leonora Oppenheim in Culture on 15 November 2010

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Walking into the recent Onedotzero Festival, you might be forgiven for thinking you're walking into a romanticized version of the future. Celebrating the best in digital creativity, this year the London event presented a diverse program within its Adventures in Motion subset—such as the stimulating talk from Information is Beautiful's David McCandless, as well as radical moving images and beautiful audiovisual installations.

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The festival's Robotica category featured a selection of short films "exploring the ethics and social effects of a world shared with robots and androids." While mostly dominated by boys with toys and exploding phallic robot animations, Robotica's exception was the fantastically-conceived video of simple machines making music entitled "Instrumental Video Nine."

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Ultimately capturing everyone's attention at Onedotzero was an incredible audiovisual installation of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano created by Joanie Lemercier of AntiVJ. Giving the impression of a 3D volcanic wire-frame landscape by light mapping the wall's 2D surface, Eyjafjallajökull's power pulled from the fact it never exploded—instead just pulsating with light, energy and sound.

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