For the 2008 ZXZW festival we joined forces with designer Ruben Pater to create a participatory installation based around mobile photography. We asked festival visitors to use their cameraphones to capture and share their festival experience, turning the visitors into our army of reporters.

Pictures could be sent to a large urban screen right across from the largest festival venue (Tilburg’s 013 podium). But not only were the pictures inmediately shown on the screen, they were also printed on an old-fashioned matrix printer. This resulted in long sheets of black-and-white pictures, like a paper-trail of the festival.

We took these sheets and glued them to a wall outside. Participants and passers-by were then encouraged to draw remarks and comments about the festival onto the sheets with big neon-coloured markers.

 

Printing pictures received via bluetooth to an old-fashioned matrix printer