Born in Montevideo, Once11 aka Ignacio Platas has never stood still for a second. He was an active member of the infamous Brooklyn Williamsburg scene ('90-'93). In 91, after building environments at Keep refrigerated, (the legendary and brilliantly original illegal underground Williamsburg club), he co-founded Lalalandia Entertainment Research Corporation, whose large scale fountains, omnisensorial environments and pneumatic installations have been written about in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, as well as Domus Magazine. Lalalandia made many of the most memorable Brooklyn warehouse after- hours environments of that period. His flying camera solution won the top industrial design award on the east coast of the U.S. Graduating him top of his class at Parsons University of Design in '94. He studied fine arts, industrial and product design in Rome and New York City.
(Once11 on bench, NYC)
In 1994, he started up Multipolyomni and We™. We™'s '97 release "as is" can be considered a classic. We™ opened for the Orb that spring. Their 3rd release, "decentertainment" landed them at Barcelona's Sonar '99. We™'s innovative music continue to enjoy a growing international following.
Multipolyomni's '97 New York production of the Solar Drama from their opera Quark Soup, projected a massive live view of the sun perpetually rising for 24 hours, broadcast LIVE from 127 consecutive locations as the world turned around once.
(Once11's bamboo structure, #4)
It hosted 77 live performers and artists on two floors... ffffew(i think that's the Guinness book record ..no?). And The Early Aquatic Episode, '96 at the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, also from Quark Soup, was hailed by the New York Times art critic Roberta Smith as "the only work in scale with the Anchorage".
(Ancient bamboo speed boat, Fiji)
In 99 he moved to Barcelona and formed a team to find solutions for marrying video game navigation, 3D music interface, audio visualization, hybrid environments, digital architecture, 3D sound, audio localization, and analogue input controllers. He developed the demo sutoolz 1.0 alpha. A 3D software interface for music performance. By navigating through a 3D virtual architecture the musician uses a set of 3D tools to interact with the virtual environment: gameplay zones, speaker volumes, speaker volume membranes, speaker navigation volumes and 3D multi-band FFT visualization systems.
(Once11's bamboo structure, #1)
Never staying still he released his much acclaimed first solo cd called Once11 Versus the Pyramid on the Agriculture In 2000 Leaping beyond the confines of tradition Once11 melds with his laid back Latin roots without loosing the groove.
(Once11's bamboo structure, #2)
Always moving forward Once11 started Meta Flora in 2002 and led a team to Costa Rica for 3 years building synergetic renewable bamboo structures. In 2004 he founded the bamboo Institute
the Bamboo Institute seeks to develop innovative ways to utilize bamboo's incredible potential to help solve a wide range of the problems facing the planet. Why not work on improving and promoting bamboo architecture and design, primarily focused on furthering the development and utilization of bamboo as a building material the strongest and fastest growing plant on the planet.
(Once11 w/ Steph in pool)
The Bamboo Institute
Bamboo Construction PDF
Construction w/ Bamboo