Most hacker camps feature seminars, experimentation, and collaborative hands-on making—but very few integrate their natural environment as well as PIFcamp did. Located in the lush mountainous beauty of Slovenia's national park, intense making was interspersed with walks, hikes and swims. A prototype time-lapse camera documented the edible-food tour. Once back at camp, plants that had been collected were chemically deconstructed in a makeshift bathroom biotech lab. Experimental sounds were recorded as electric wires strung through wood heated it to a crackle. Lynne Bruning has been working on speakers made from living plants. So many other projects that I missed, but it's definitely on my calendar for next year!
Makery has a great report, and the official website has lots of pictures, too, and eventually should have more information on the projects.
Photos copyright 2015 by Katja Goljat, CC BY-ND
Volante Design (previously) has two new pieces: the Augment blazer and jacket, shipping on March 15 and available for pre-order today (Vest, $195: Men/Women; Blazer, $270: Men/Women), in men's sizes 37-51 (vest also in 55) and women's sizes 33-45.
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