What's this all about?

The Demonights are a non-profit demoscene meetup in Bern, taking place about four times a year at the Effinger coworking space (and somtimes elsewhere). Beside watching the latest demos, we try to held themed evenings and even a small competition here and then. Demonights are organized by Echtzeit - Digitale Kultur and Effinger

The Demonights

Born from the urgent need to hold a regular demoscene related meeting or meetup, the Demonights are a successor to the long running demoparty series Demodays (mind the pun) and Buenzli. Starting back in 2017, Demonights are currently the only active and repeating demoscene event in Switzerland. We aim to be the place where long time demosceners meet to watch demos, where new people are introduced to the world of intros & demos and where creativity could culminate in new productions contributed to the demoscene.

With this in mind, we plan the demonights about four times a year. If you miss one, it won't take too long for the next! Some of the Demonights are somewhat themed and we have speakers introducing the audience to their favourite topic. Sometimes we just watch the latest and greatest demos (or oldies but goldies). And then, all of a sudden, we decide to dedicate an evening to Amiga, or to C64. Or to pinball. However the most important thing is that Demonights live off your inputs, contribution and engagement. We organize the space and a little advertisment for the event - but we can not come up with fresh ideas every time. Thus we need your ideas: Let's get it going - there's no thing that'd be too weird.

Demonights are not necessarily taking place in Berne, we might do spin-offs in other places (where the same things applies: we need you to take action, get in touch with ideas and plans and will happily help, supply and organize).

Demos, Demoscene and Demoparties

The following explanation is shamelessly quoted from Wikipedia and will some day perhaps be replaced by something in our own words.

The demoscene is an international computer arts subculturefocused on producing demos & intros: self-contained, sometimes extremely small, computer programs that produce audio-visual presentations. The purpose of a demo is to show off programming, visual art, and musical skills. Demos and other demoscene productions are shared at festivals known as demoparties, voted on by those who attend, and released online.

The demoscene's roots are in the home computer revolution of the late 1970s, and the subsequent advent of software cracking. Crackers altered the code of video games to remove copy protection, claiming credit by adding introduction screens of their own (cracktros). They soon started competing for the best visual presentation of these additions. Through the making of intros and stand-alone demos, a new community eventually evolved, independent of the gaming and software sharing scenes.

Echtzeit - Digitale Kultur

Echtzeit - Digitale Kultur (or just "Echtzeit" for short) is a Swiss non profit organization dedicated to support the demoscene in Switzerland and on an international level. For many years, Echtzeit has organized the Swiss demoparty series Demodays and their predecessor Buenzli (also spelled Bünzli) in various locations all over Switzerland. The managing board of Echtzeit consist of a few more or less active demosceners and scene followers trying their best to keep the demoscene a thing in Switzerland.

Effinger Co-Working Space

Effinger is a co-working space with coffee bar in the heart of Berne providing space for works, contemplation and chanes to meet interesting people. Deep below the surface, in the 2nd underground level, there's the Effinger "Labor" (lab) and that's where the Demonights take place. At day time, the lab is a place where creativity sparks with people and hardware for VR, audio and video production, web design, multimedia. At demo nights time, a large silver screen appears and the sound system is boosted up. When Demonights take place, the lab is accessibly trough the side entrance of Effinger.

Get in Touch

Contact us to get more information about Demonights, to supply your ideas and get involved. We are happily accepting any help we can. Go to our contact page to read more about ways to interact.