This post is written by Visualaddicted AKA Mattia Bernini, a designer/photographer based in London studying at London College of Communication, with a few freelancing experience for international clients. His works have been chosen to be published in this year Official Offf festival book. Because of that he’s currently in Barcelona attending the festival. At the end of every day he’ll write a post for us about his experiences.
Trilling day at offf for the continuation of this amazing festival of digital culture in Barcelona. After the rather pleasing first day the audience have been greatly rewarded with super high quality talks by among others Joshua Davis, Hellicar&Lewis, Memo Akten, I Love Dust, Sehsucht, Nico Casavecchia, The Guardian Interactive with the grand finale James Victore.
The day started with a jaw dropping talk by the astonishingly innovative and mind-blowing Memo Akten. This London based artist stepped on the stage with the confidence and personality of an established artist- the presentation covered an incredibly broad spectrum of medias and techniques from interaction design, to video, stills, music, installations showing his personal as well as commissioned work. This artist so far has been the highlight of the festival providing us with a personal insight to the way he works.
Nico Casavecchia is an argentinian self taught director specialized in combining filmmaking philosophy with motion graphic techniques exploring this realm of contemporary visual art. A very confident and down to earth talk that inspired the crowd as few other did.
The stage has then been assaulted by the outrageously american Joshua Davis and his super detailed illustrations and tatoos. A proper performer that has kept the whole 3000 strong audience crying with laughter. The strong influence of skate subculture can be detected in his constructions and combinations of graphic elements drawn from stain glass window, hotel carpet patterns and Marc Thiele’s basement. His portfolio is the result of traditional graphic design and cutting edge research into the world of Processing.
Final talk of the day have been held by the unmissable New York based James Victore– a legend in the american design community. James isn’t afraid to turn his back to computer based design trying to go back to origins with lots of hand-crafted typography. A design approach that focuses on providing meanings and a moral approach for the New York community- to be noted the redesign of the probation departments of New Yorks. Fun and humour have been a constant throughout.