Click Festival works with ethics of tomorrow and focuses on new media, workshops and concerts. The contemporary culture event is happening annually at the third weekend of May in the Culture Yard, opposite of the Kronborg castle and seaside in Elsinore, Denmark. The preparations for upcoming Click Festival are now in full motion. The Culture Yard (Kulturværftet) is an old shipyard of 13000 square metre that was revamped to become a library, conference center, museum and largest performance stage in northern Zealand. AART architects from Aarhus reshaped the construction into a modern cultural centre and the venue opened in 2010. On behalf of a nordic culture media channel I participated the festival in 2014.
After a long cold winter Click Festival has been very lucky to occur when the first heat wave of the forthcoming summer glorified all the arrangements of this weekend. From Copenhagen I got a lift from a friend who was as curious as I about the place and program. Straight from the beginning we noticed the great atmosphere and were stunned about the architecture of the whole venue. The program for the 3 day event were divided in talks and workshops of new media activists and artists, installations and concerts, and this essay presents only a few highlights of many. On the first days of Click Festival the Danish interaction designers Carl Emil Carlsen and Andreas Busk presented in a room an inspiring interactive holographic installation titled "Seasonal Skin". People could move within the installation by moving their arms and hands and a projector augmented onto their movements bird bone skeletons.
The Copenhagen Game Collective did a Hack-a-drone workshop and orchestrated a performance of quadcopter's accompanied with a classical score by Anders Monrad. Quadcopter’s are toy helicopters propelled by four rotors also known as drones that can hover in mid-air, fly in formations and much more. Many university researchers use drones for test new ideas. In the workshop the collective introduced to open-source software and programming made to control drones with Playstation Move controllers. The audience has been stunned, speechless and surprised about drones entangled dancing in the air.
Another very interesting workshop has been to get to know and learn more about project mapping techniques. At Click Festival the workshop organiser's were teaching how projection mapping can be applied to uneven structures using a rock-a-like object for demonstration purposes. The most chilled and at times challenging experience people could get at the crochet workshop that made available a wide range of wool and yarn free of charge for people to let them make fabrics or to learn the skill how to create hats or some socks.
Noteworthy international artists of the Click Festival in 2014 were Ryoji Ikeda, Chris & Cosey, Laurel Halo, Dopplereffekt, Robert Henke and Ben Frost. The venue is more than impressive with the various sized performance stages.
I can say only after taking part at the Click Festival that this festival has much to offer for anybody who is interested in the phenomena of new media, multimedia design and electronic music. In 2014 the selection of artists and lectures was exceptional. In addition Elsinore hottest cultural spot gives you more than to discover events at the Culture Yard only considering the opportunity to visit moreover the historic castle Kronberg or the National Museum of Maritime.