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OK Go Bringing Mildly Annoying Act to Design Miami/

We're just going to come out and say it: The only reason OK Go has enjoyed any kind of popularity is because of that darn "quirky" music video. Their songs are okay at best, so we're a little shocked that they've been tapped by forward-thinking fair Design Miami/ for a special Design Performance.

The indie-pop band will be come together with tech designer Moritz Waldemeyer for a FENDI-sponsored event at the fair. Waldemeyer has retrofitted Gibson guitars with laser lights and FENDI materials that will interact with a video wall that will leave luminous traces behind when played -- sort of like a musical paintbrush.

This isn't the first time Waldemeyer has worked with the band, he's designed LED jackets for OK Go's stage show. "It's such a pleasure to be working with Moritz again. He's one of those rare and wonderful artists who's equally inventive in the domain of minute technological details and broad, open-ended creative ideas," says OK Go's Damian Kulash. "Our brand of performance -- super-saturated, super visual, super fun -- is precisely the right arena for his design. We knew right away that we needed to make instruments with him, and ever since we've been looking for the opportunity to realize our dream of playing guitars that are their own light show."

OK Go will be on site to perform, for the first time, with the customized guitars for the duration of the fair from December 1 through 4 from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Admission to the fair is $20. For more information, visit

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