Bring Your Own Beamer

Lights off for Bring Your Own Beamer

May 31 2014  as part of the CODAME Playground @ the Doll House, 80 Turk, SF.


BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) is a series of one-night-exhibitions hosting artists and their projectors. BYOB is a series of one-night-exhibitions curated by different people around the world. The idea is simple: Find a place, invite many artists, ask them to bring their projectors.

BYOB is a way of making a huge show with zero budget. It is also an exploration of the medium of projection.

Who created BYOB?
BYOB is an idea by Rafaël Rozendaal. The first edition of BYOB was initiated by Anne de Vries & Rafael Rozendaal in Berlin.

What does BYOB mean?
BYOB is an acronym for “Bring Your Own Beamer”. In Europe projectors are often referred to as “beamers”.

How many artists should I invite to my BYOB?
The more the better.

Can anyone with a projector just walk in and join the exhibition?

BYOB is a celebration of the new world we live in and a glimpse of what computing could look like in the future. Today the internet is confined to screens. Tomorrow information will surround us, composing our surfaces, defining our spaces, enmeshing itself with the ether. A moving image is never an object, and when it is coupled with the increased flexibility of portable projection, the realm of experience quickly expands.

Is BYOB only for internet artists?
No! BYOB is for anyone who is interested in moving light, sound and performance. Projection can mean many things. Projections are very flexible and create a freedom to react to each others works, move things around, and create a dynamic collaborative experience. Hopefully there will be many different kinds of BYOB’s.

Are there any rules?
BYOB should be easy, fun & no stress.

Rafaël Rozendaal, 2010 – 2012

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