The Roots programme closed on the final day with the always excellent Florian Schmitt and Alexandra Jugovic from Hi-Res!.
Being old friends of OFFF and its audience – this was the second time they presented at the festival, and have participated in several other events in Spain in the last years, they appeared on the stage completey relaxed and in a good mood. Florian and Alexandra showed once more why they are still one of the most prestigious and recognized names in experimental web design. Although they discussed some of their early works like Soulbath and Requiem for a Dream that have already achieved classics status, their presentation centered on more recents projects like the intriguing website for Massive Attack and the styleguide commisioned by MTV. The interactive part of this project, a fake operating system with hilarious applications and system messages, was one of the moments more celebrated by the audience during the three days of the event.
There was much more at OFFF04. The classic OFFF Film Festival, showing short pieces of animation and digital film coming from all over the world; The Diesel-sponsored Award for Emerging Talent that went to Daniel Lo Iacono’s ‘Digital Snapshot‘. A complete audiovisual section that included showreels by MK12 and Solu and the hilarous one-second-film festival organized by Respeto Total, and a cycle of panels and round table discussions that I had the honour to host. All in all, OFFF04 was a crucial edition for the festival, as it expanded its program of activities to become a much more ambitious event, and is consolidating as one of the best meeting points for the digital arts scene. Ironically, the title of the festival this year was ‘I’m not a digital artist, I’m a…’
Date: July 1st – 3rd, 2004
Place: Feria de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Text: Jose Luis de Vicente
Photos: Courtesy of OFFF