Winter is coming (and that’s a good thing)

Haha, meme joke. The blog and the hackerspace have had both enjoyed less life than Io, the first moon of Jupiter, in the past few months. Oh sure, we’ve had a clade of successful workshops, a packed Ignite event, major redecoration, a freaking awesome new logo, and some great new members, but if you walk into the hackerspace at an arbitrary point in time you’d have found hardly anything but a handful of happy hackers happily hacking away at their Facebook pages, or a video game.

But rule of thumb, it’s been quiet, and the blog has sadly reflected this. The Twitter account is shared between several people, and is trivial to update, as is our Facebook page. But you know what, winter is coming and with it a spike in activity at the hackerspace, and it behoves me to talk about the hackerspace and winter activities long-form. “So what,” you might ask, “is coming up this winter?”

Foremost, a change to our Tuesday open nights: Learning nights (and also a chance for some Photoshop fun). The idea is for a few people to get together on Tuesday’s, pick a topic, and learn about it. Or learn about learning-study methods, research sources and filtering, phrasing search terms. The atmosphere is intended to be informal. Come along, dust off your brain, and use it in good company for a few hours.

Also, alcohol.

Learning Nights

Learning Nights start next week, Tuesday October 1.

Also coming to the hackerspace are more workshops: A rehash of the above Bash workshop with a greater focus on Linux, Adobe Photoshop and digital image editing, and LaTeX, a programming language for document preparation. My personal goal is one workshop per month, and if anyone else wants to run a workshop is absolutely welcome to contact us.

Our next Ignite event will be on Wednesday October 30, and the annual 091 Labs Hallowe’en party on the next day Wednesday October 31

Looking further afield, the 091 Labs website will be getting a complete overhaul to match the new logo and its attendant colour scheme. I have no timeframe for this beyond a vague “next few months”.

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

IRC Workshop

Internet Relay Chat is a protocol for real-time communication on the internet and is frequently used in Open Source development among other things. On Friday the 16th of November at 20:00, we’ll be running an IRC workshop to explain how to use IRC and why it’s useful.

This workshop will open for the to the public and will cost €5 for non-Labs members.

Python Workshop

Python is a one of the worlds most popular programming language.

We’ll be running Python workshops every Monday 20:00 until 22:00, which will involve teaching beginners and getting people who already know Python working on cool projects together.

This workshop will open for the to the public and will cost €5 for non-Labs members.

Cardboard Engineering Workshop, Monday March 5th @ 7pm

Tomorrow we’ll be running a cardboard engineering workshop in 091 Labs from 7pm! We will be showing how to make different kinds of contraptions and armor in cardboard form in conjunction with the NUIG Nothing Specific Society for their Cardboard Wars 2012 event on the 8th of March. We will have some stocks of cardboard but you should bring some of your own in case we run low.