What is BYOB?
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.

Can I organize a BYOB?
Yes! BYOB is an open idea, and the more it happens the better. Please send an email to so you can post your BYOB to this website. It would be great if you credit me (Rafaël Rozendaal) in your press releases/ blog posts/ etc. as the inventor of BYOB.

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.
This website is designed by Katja Novitskova.

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?
This is up to you. You can invite a certain number of artists, or leave it completely open. This could be great, but you might overload your electric system.

Any practical tips?
Electricity is very important. It is good to divide the equipment over as many different outlets as possible. It is also a good idea to think of where to go afterwards, when everyone packs up their gear, it’s nice to think of a destination to celebrate together.

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.

Can I post flyer/pictures/video of my BYOB on this website?
Yes, read the instructions here:

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

Rafaël Rozendaal, 2010 - 2012