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By Ruben Swieringa

This year me and Jonathan went to check out Flash In The Can in Amsterdam, here's a recap on a few of the sessions:

First up after Mark Anders and Richard Galvan opened with the Adobe Keynote, was Wesley Grubbs his session "Making Meaningful Data Meaningful" about visualizing data in a more inventive way. Wesley did a great job at walking through datasets and explaining the process of getting to its actual graphical representation.
Wesley's session had a nice way of pointing out important conceptual points and technical limitations/opportunities as sidenotes -- needless to say this session was seriously worth the while.

At 4 in the afternoon Jared Tarbell (levitated.com, etsy.com, etc etc) inspired (I daresay) everyone in the room for a full hour talking about "The Strangest Things I've Ever Seen". The session was filled with works of play and video/audio narrated by Jared. Like two years ago at FITC 2008 (at his session "The Circle") he had a ton of goodies to give away including engraved New Mexico desert-stones, laser-cut wooden cubes and 200 small self-printed boxes.
Tarbell knows how to capture an audience with both his work and his words, this presentation was definitely one of the highlights of the day.

One of the last sessions of the day was Erik Natzke's "Art of Play", showing Natzke's latest works and explaining his creative process. Natzke's animated and printed works are always a joy to watch.

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