#btconf Düsseldorf, Germany 09 - 11 Dec 2013

Mario Klingemann

Mario Klingemann, alias Quasimondo, is what you get when you cross the analytic mind of a coder with the creative fervor of an artist and add a little bit of mad scientist mentality to the mix. In his aim to surprise himself and his audience he constantly tries to explore uncharted territories in order to discover unseen beauty and unthought ideas. A key factor in his work is the drive to overcome limitations by creatively repurposing and recombining objects and systems to reveal their hidden qualities. His creations have been exhibited in international art shows and won acclaim among critics as exemplary pieces of net art. Pieces like Mona Tweeta, ScribblerToo, Flickeur, Dada Visualization, Like This or his Pie Packing series have made their way into uncounted best-of lists and got featured in many articles. He enjoys sharing his explorations and discoveries on design and technology conferences worldwide, has co-founded the Munich FabLab and is currently working as code artist at Psykosoft Inc.

Finding Dragons

Dragons have become a rare commodity these days. Unlike in the early days where maps where mostly about drawing elaborate coastlines between large white spots and occasionally inviting eager explorers with friendly warnings like "Hic sunt dracones", this has become the age of the settlers: claims have been staked out, crops are being grown and most people make a comfortable living in their nice and safe communities.

Not the best of times to be a dragon hunter who is naturally drawn to the unknown. But those mysterious creatures are still out there, they just managed to hide better. If you only look in the right places you might be able to catch a glimpse of their shiny scales or have your hairs scorched by their fiery breath.

This talk is obviously not about dragons, map making or painfully drawn out metaphors. Instead what expects you is a variety of Code Art, ramblings about the pursue of strange ideas and the joy of making things for the sake of making. And a few dragons.