Smoke Signals is based on one of the oldest forms of communication in recorded history dating back over 5,000 years. The project works as a hybrid system that explores the dynamic and spatial capacities of smoke and light in relation to contemporary mobile SMS technologies of messaging today. The project examines a dynamic real-time interaction that writes space. Smoke and light setup the condition for developing a typographic ambient / responsive environment.
Participants are invited to communicate with the project by sending SMS messages to one of two smoke signals located at the event. Remote participants can send messages through our Real-Time Virtual Interface.
Signal One, Bristol Harbor: Our first smoke signal will be at the heart of Bristol's cultural quarter and waterside, where the Watershed Media Centre, Architecture Centre and Arnolfini Contemporary Art Gallery and Theatre is based. The signal will be performed outside the Watershed Media Centre floating across the harbor.
Signal Two, Park Place Cathedral: Our second signal simultaneously takes place in a disused cathedral at the peak of the city overlooking the harbor on Park Place. The space will serve as the main concert performance space that is brought to life with the likes of Cutting Edge's dynamic percussionist, Joby Burgess, Hilary Jeffery's LYSN ensemble and Andre Goncalves.
"The event closes with avant garde architects - Minimaforms' breathtaking Smoke Signals - a huge projection of real-time audience generated text messages onto plumes of smoke, whilst a simultaneous smoke signals floats over Bristol Waterfront. In addition to this you will experience a rare performance of Steve Reich's Pendulum Music."
Offload is the UK's first network media and systems arts event on nature sustainability and ecology. The event brings together international, national and local artists and practitioners interested in creating work that use new and existing media. Offload is interested in interactive, playful, participatory and socially aware practice.
Minimaforms was founded in 2002 by brothers Stephen and Theodore Spyropoulos as an experimental architecture and design practice that provokes and facilitates news means of communication. Minimaforms has exhibited and published their work internationally. Recent Exhibitions include the Futura Gallery (Bratislava), Architecture Foundation (UK), Arco (Spain), Architectural Association (UK), and UTS Gallery (Sydney). Recent publication features include Creative Review, Blueprint, B612, Architecture Record, and Plan.