Right, the programme for Interesting is starting to come together. Not everything I hoped for is going to be possible, but some things I couldn't have imagined are, so that feels like a good balance.
I thought I'd let you know where we are, roughly, so if you want to demand a refund you can.
We're going to be ask you to be there for around 10.00 when there'll be some initial chat about the location of the exits and then the good people of the Stanley James Press are going to get us all doing some bookbinding and making notebooks - which we can then write notes in for the rest of the day. (YOU SEE - WE DON"T JUST THROW THIS STUFF TOGETHER.)
You can read more about that here, but this is an important sentence:
"The books are going to be A6 in size, so, if you have any cool, interesting, strange A5 paper (you can bring bigger, it will just take time to chop it down), make sure you bring it along."
And then Chris will be doing about an hour of this:
"I'm interested in food and cooking. We'll be looking at how we taste food, finding out who are supertasters and what that means, and how taste and texture can be changed in modern cooking. There'll be a little playing with food but no culinary experience is necessary. It'll even be vegetarian friendly."
Then we'll have a break for lunch.
Then we'll come back in for Alby who will "be explaining how a nuclear bomb works and trying to set a world record in the process." This, surprisingly, will take about an hour and involve 1,000 moustraps. These are said mousetraps:
Then Stuart and his gang are going to lead us in this:
"Together we will be designing a Master-Plan for a new settlement with the brief: A living place conducive to searching and developing new ways of living. Using cardboard, tape & our custom stickers (and a few other bits) our proposal will contain the S-mall (tools and devices) to the XL-arge (buildings and systems). Everything will be completed in 2 hours and submitted that day to one or more live architecture/design competitions."
What this means is - we're going to come up with entries for Design/Architecture competitions like this, and we're going to enter them. Stuart and crew organised the carboard prototyping which was so excellent at last year's PaperCamp so I'm really looking forward to this.
And, it doesn't end there.
We've also got stuff going on through the day, around the edges. I'm not quite sure whether to schedule these as discrete activities or to let them all just happen through the day. We'll work that out.
But - they are:
The Words And Pictures organisation are going to get us making a giant comic:
"We’ll be creating a giant-sized comic through the day, an adaptation of one of Marc Ellerby‘s Chloe Noonan stories, which we’ll be creating panel-by-panel with the help of everyone coming along to the event. This day long Drop In + Draw will be for all Interesting-attendees regardless of age and ability, and it’s going to be great."
So - everyone - BRING A PEN.
Oli Shaw is going to be getting everyone making creatures. I think he was high from the plasticine fumes when he wrote this description:
"We have a plump plasticine Queen who awaits your presence for the birthing of her 200 offspring. The place: Interesting 2011! But she needs your help. There are several birthing stations at the ready for the delivery of each and every one. There is just one favour she needs you to perform; her baby monsters and robots need cutifying. You can sculpt & mould your creature anyway you want to make them as cute as can be."
And, actually, maybe Matthew was also at the plasticine when he wrote this:
"You + sound-making objects + MIxD-up = some noisy shit. Join Jason Mesut, Ed Chocolate and Matthew Solle with their collection of sound and noise making objects. Part interaction design, part music technology, part toy-hacking and circuit bending. MIxD-up will be attempting to create various compositions throughout the day using the sounds that you bring, and make at their little table. You can bring your own little instrument, show off your voice, or play with some of the gadgets on display. Ed Chocolate, may even do some live circuit-bending to twist up your ears. Just remember to bring something that makes a sound, and MIxD-up will try to weave it into the chaos. Who knows how it will turn out, but it’s guaranteed to be noisy, and certainly interesting."
And we'll aim to be finished by about 4pm. Everyone's always said the best bit about Interesting is talking in the pub afterwards so we're going to leave more time for that.
And, that's about it. Hope it sounds good to you. I don't think I've forgotten anyone from this list, but I might have.
Key things to remember:
1. Bring A Pen (preferably a big fat one)
2. Bring Something That Makes A Noise (could be your mouth)
3. Bring A Mug For Your Tea And Coffee.
4. We're going to be starting around 10. Aim to get there before that.
5. We're going to be finishing around 4.
6. You already have your ticket - it has been emailed to you by eventbrite - just print it off and bring it along.
Hope that all makes sense. Shout if not.
And massive, massive thanks to everyone mentioned above. Without whom etc.