Galway Culture Night 2015 @ 091 Labs

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Note: There is an unfortunate error in our advertised activities for tonight. The fantastically talented folks from Galway Pub Scrawl won’t actually be joining us for an exhibition this year. If you’re interested in seeing what they get up to, you should absolutely drop by their next meetup on Monday the 28th of September in McSwiggans from 8.30pm to say hello. Bring some pencils and paper, or your sewing/craft project or just sit in for a chat, everyone is welcome. Apologies for any confusion caused.

Culture Night is taking place around the country tonight and 091 Labs are getting involved alongside some amazing events here in Galway City! There’ll be Arduino and electronics workshops, member projects, board games and more so drop by. Don’t forget to visit the Culture Night site for what’s on in Galway as there’s a huge range of events, from vintage gaming at The Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland to music – and all free.

Culture Night 2014 @ 091 Labs: Sugru, Art, Board Gaming & More!

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091 Labs will be taking part in Galway Culture Night  this Friday, September 19th from 5pm until late (or more realistically, 8pm or 9pm)!

 

Culture Night  is a country-wide event where businesses and organisations open their doors to the public for a night of free events and entertainment. This will be our third year participating and if the last two Culture Nights are anything to go by it’s going to be a heck of a lot of fun!

 

This year, we’ll be holding a Sugru Build Night in association with tutorials mega-website Instructables. Sugru is a mold-able material that sets to a non-toxic, water-proof, cold and heat resistant silicone rubber overnight, allowing you to make custom grips, shock-absorbing bumpers for fragile items, seal leaky shoes, mend frayed charging cables, make any toy Lego-compatible (and at lest ten times more awesome) and improve almost anything. If you have something that you think you can improve, repair or just mess with, bring it by on thenight and we’ll provide the Sugru! Many, many thanks are owed to Sugru and Instructables for donating the Sugru to us. If you need inspiration, check out Sugru’s own suggestions or the Instructables Sugru tutorials.

 

As well as Sugru, we will be hosting an exhibition of artwork from Galway Pub Scrawl, Galway’s local social art group. They will also be running a mini-meetup in the Labs for anyone interested in doing some chatting and sketching. Or if you’re more gaming-minded we will have Board Games Club Galway playing some board games, suitable for all skill levels. Expect back-stabbing and cunning strategies!

 

And on top of all this we will have our members showing off their projects, arcade games, electronics, 3d printing and more.
The city will be absolutely jam-packed with events so get out there and experience what Galway has to offer!

 

Dublin Maker

I featured 091Labs at Dublin Maker 2014, on July the 26th, while presenting my “Mobile Pillow Alarm Clock” (aka “smart pillow”) project.

Dublin Maker is a festival where inventors/makers sourced through an open call, have an opportunity to showcase their creations ranging from tech to art, craft and electronics.

The project I presented is a LilyPad-Arduino-based belt that can be wrapped around a pillow (or anything else) to serve four purposes:
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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.

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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). www.fabiolattanziantinori.com/news/FLA_News_160313.html
  • 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 http://studioala.me/PlayFood-table

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 sarah.e.quinn@gmail.com or you can contact us via the Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/SensoryArchiveProject

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The participants will be required to bring their laptop and download the Arduino Software – http://arduino.cc/en/Main/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.
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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

Ignite Galway #4 – Wednesday February 27th from 8pm

Want to be inspired?

mg_8564-1_-2_-tiffadjust091 Labs will be presenting our fourth Ignite Galway event this Wednesday the 27th from 8pm at Kelly’s Bar, Bridge Street, GalwayIgnite is a global lightning presentation format where speakers have five minutes and twenty timed slides to enlighten and inspire the audience about their chosen topic. Our previous Ignite Galway events were great fun and this time around we’ll have live music from local band Cotton Ball Three to spice things up.

Our last Ignite Galway featured speakers talking about a wide range of topics, from life foods to political satire to social media-driven performance art, all of which can be watched online in this handy Youtube playlist. This time we have a great mix of talks, including travel, photography and zombies. Entry is €5 and the enlightenment is free!

If all this has gotten you thinking about giving a talk of your own we are still accepting submissions – all you need is to be passionate about your topic and have twenty slides to run in the background. In fact, here is an Ignite talk about giving Ignite talks! It’s a lot of fun and very rewarding, so if you’re interested get in touch by sending an email to padraic@091labs.com.

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