Artist talk and Arduino CapSense workshop on April 1st

The following is a guest post by Sarah Quinn about the upcoming Sound of Things workshop on April 1st.


This April 1st, the Sensory Archive Project is delighted to present a hands-on workshop in 091 Labs connecting narrative concepts with practical skills in interactive technologies. Collaborating artists, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori and Alicja Pytlewska, will present the narrative inspiration and explain the inner workings of the ‘Over Hear’ installation which opens at Áras Éanna on Inis Oírr.

This workshop will include a short artist’s talk by Fabio and Alicja, who both currently have work on display internationally. Check out the links of current work to get a little idea of the kinds of diverse projects Fabio and Alicja work on:

  • Fabio’s Kinetic Sculpture, has been on view since Saturday 16th of March, the Open Day of the ‘Data as Culture’ collection at the Open Data Institute (ODI).
  • Alicja’s ‘PlayFood’ project is currently on show at MART (Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto) as a part of The Food Project. The Taste of Shape 09.02 — 02.06.2013

Over Hear – Opening on Inis Oirr 31st March 2013

Over Hear is an interactive audio installation taking place on the island of Inis Oirr, with the intent of creating a multilayered auditive experience built by merging elements of the folklore with soundscapes of the immediate environment. The audio recordings are composed into a new kind of melody, triggered by the movements of the audience interacting with the artwork.

Over Hear is the first undertaking by the Sensory Archive Project, which has been founded by interdisciplinary collaborators:

  • Researcher and Educator – Sarah Quinn,
  • Multidisciplinary Designer – Alicja Pytlewska,
  • Artist – Fabio Lattanzi Antinori,
  • and Textile Designer – Marie Molterer.

This project acts as a blueprint for the experimental creative platform we have begun to establish. SAP will support projects which result in works which features a sensory experience, contributing to the future online sensory library of data gathered for each project.

We believe in the promotion of artistic expression through creating works which in turn create opportunities for us to share our inspirations and skills through educational workshops. We promote interdisciplinary collaborations with an aim of breaking down boundaries and aiding unconventional expressions.

Over Hear – The Sound of Things series of workshops have been set up with the kind collaboration of the Galway Autism Partnership Project and 091 Labs in Galway, on 31 March and 1 April respectively.

To book or for more information please contact or you can contact us via the Facebook page –

The participants will be required to bring their laptop and download the Arduino Software –

At the end of the workshop all participants will be given weblinks to on-line resources in order to keep analyzing issues related to interactivity, electronics, Arduino and MaxMSP.

The Sound of Things workshop is running from 6pm to 8pm in 091 Labs on Monday, April 1st and tickets are €20.

Note from Padraic: Only ten places are available for this event and half were already sold the last time I was talking to Sarah. Book soon!

Another note from Padraic: CapSense looks really cool! “Capacitive sensing may be used in any place where low to no force human touch sensing is desirable. An Arduino and the library may be used to sense human touch through more than a quarter of an inch of plastic, wood, ceramic or other insulating material (not any kind of metal though), enabling the sensor to be completely visually concealed.” via Arduino

Python Galway meetup on Wednesday

pythonAnyone who is interested in Python should come down to the Townhouse Bar (near the Spanish Arch) this Wednesday at 8pm for the March meetup of Python Galway.

General thought is to have a pint or two, chat about current projects or ideas, and have a bit of a laugh.

Hope to see ye there!

Public Symposium on Privacy: Friday 8th March, NUIG, at 9.30am

There is a Public Symposium on Privacy happening in NUIG on *Friday, 8th of March* at 9.30am that should be of interest to people. A few Labs members will be attending. Damien McCallig is one of the speakers and he gave a great talk in 091 Labs on the same topic last year!


“Privacy from Birth to Death and Beyond: European and American Perspectives”

LL.M. in Public Law & LL.M. in Law, Technology and Governance
School of Law, National University of Ireland Galway

Friday 8 March 2013, 9.30 a.m.


ECJ “The Right to be Forgotten” reference
Mr. José Maria Baño (José María Baño León Abogados, Madrid)

“Do-Not-Track as Default: Transaction Costs in U.S. Consumer Privacy”
Professor Joshua Fairfield (Washington and Lee University School of Law)

“Privacy After Death”
Mr. Damien McCallig (IRCHSS Scholar, NUI Galway School of Law)

“Children & Privacy: Protection v. Participation – A Tangled Web”
Dr. Sharon McLaughlin (Letterkenny Institute of Technology)

“Privacy Issues in Practice: A Litigation Light on Norwich, Abuse,
Cyberbullying, Defamation, Privacy and Data Protection Concerns”
Mr. Paul Lambert (Merrion Legal Solicitors)

Rapporteur’s Report on the Proceedings of the Symposium
Dr. Ciara Hackett (School of Law Queens University Belfast)

For more details, and to register, please visit

EDIT: Updating the blog post due to my making an error in the date. The public symposium is actually on Friday the 8th of March! – padraic

Python and Linux class reschedule

pythonTux-G2A suitably admonished Padraic is talking to you today.

I had several people contact me since posting late last week about our upcoming Python and Linux classes, members of 091 Labs and non-members alike.

The members pointed out to me that I had not left much time between making the classes public and the actual beginning of the classes. When talking to others over the weekend, they were surprised to learn that they too had to sign up on the Eventbrites even if they were planning to pay on the day. This rapidly explained the perceived lack of interest by the members!

Members of the public also contacted me saying that their funds in January were still in rather short supply and they would have attended if it had started a few weeks later. Some asked if they could sign up as members of the Labs on the day and get the member discount for the two classes (which is a yes).

So to clarify:

  • Python classes that were to start on the 22nd of January have been postponed two weeks until the 5th of February. Classes run 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th.
  • Linux classes that were to start on the 23rd of January have been postponed two weeks until the 6th of February. Classes run 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th.
  • Saturday classes starting on the 9th of February are unaffected and continue at 2pm-4pm for Python and 5pm-7pm for Linux.
  • To let us have an idea of numbers in advance and avoid confusion on the door, people who wish to attend should please sign up on the appropriate Eventbrite. I have made a ticket option for those who wish to pay on the door.
  • And yes, you can join the Labs on the day to get the member discount.

I’d also like to say thanks and sorry to all those that have so far promoted the classes for us. I hope that these changes won’t stop you from promoting future Labs events! =)

Link to the blog post with class details:

Python Eventbrite:

Linux Eventbrite:

Disorganisedly yours,


Upcoming Linux and Python intro courses

Tux-G2pythonWe in 091 Labs are kicking off our 2013 classes with a bang!

Starting next week are a series of 4 introductory classes in both Linux and Python. Due to the many requests we’ve received over the last year, we’re going to try an experiment with these. Attendees are given the option of choosing one of three time tracks to attend for either and that is the time they attend every week. More info on the classes below

The price for attending is €5 per class for 091 Labs members (€20) and €10 per class for the Public (€40) paid in advance online or at the first class. Links to the various Eventbrites below.

Intro to Python

What you will learn

Start with the basics of programming and how they are dealt with in Python3, moving through functions, data structures, and classes before explaining correct code style. Then stepping into more advanced topics of data handling and files, using the underlying operating system. Following that we’re delve into some functional programming, packaging and installing programs, and some basic server and web templating.


  • Tuesdays from 1pm – 3pm weekly from February 5th (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th) – dates changed to February as per update below
  • Tuesdays from 7pm – 9pm weekly from February 5th (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th) – dates changed to February as per update below
  • Saturdays from 2pm – 4pm weekly from February 9th (9th, 16th, 23rd, 2nd)


Intro to Linux

What you will learn

What Linux is and how to interact with it in a more in depth nature. We’ll bring you from installation through the structure of Linux, to command line and manipulating data, then user and group management to remote access.


  • Wednesdays from 1pm – 3pm weekly from February 6th (6th, 13th, 20th, 27th) – dates changed to February as per update below
  • Wednesdays from 7pm – 9pm weekly from February 6th (6th, 13th, 20th, 27th) – dates changed to February as per update below
  • Saturdays from 5pm – 7pm weekly from February 9th (9th, 16th, 23rd, 2nd)



1: Just made a correction to the blog post. The Saturday classes of Python are from 2pm to 4pm and the Linux from 5pm to 7pm. Many thanks to Alan for noticing the error!

2: We’ve just reschedule the weekday classes by two weeks. Details on this blog post