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

Floral Craft Workshops – Flower Arranging @ 091 Labs

Pentas Flowers by aussigall on Flickr

We will be holding our rescheduled practical class and demonstration of Flower Arranging/Floral Craft this Saturday the 25th of February from 2pm to 4pm @ 091 Labs.

This is the first of a series of Floral Craft workshops, to be held every second Saturday.

The first class will cover how to make a Corsage, suitable for a Debs, Wedding or Fancy Dress.

The fee for each class is €5 for general public and €2 for 091 Labs members.

All materials will be provided.

Places are limited so please book your place by emailing info@091labs.com

*POSTPONED* The Linux Workshop of Stupendous Splendour

Unfortunately, this workshop has had to be postponed as Mark isn’t feeling well and isn’t up to the trip down to Galway for the class. We’ll announce here when we know more about when it’s being rescheduled, sorry.

Why yes, a Linux workshop!

Friday January 20, from about 7pm onward. You want to learn Linux? Great! What you need is:

  1. A laptop computer with enough hard disk space to install Linux.
  2. A sense of self-worth and a desire to learn.
  3. The fortitude to repartition your machine in order to install Linux.

We will be working with Ubuntu Linux 11.101.

Order of operations:

  1. Get everyone settled and liability releases signed2.
  2. Introduce myself and introduce Linux. I have a swish presentation.
  3. Hand out installation media to anyone who hasn’t been frightened away3.
  4. Branch out into Q&A and get everyone working on a goal. I don’t have an overall plan in mind, save that I do better in this kind of format.

Scary footnotes aside, it should be a great evening for anyone who wants to come in and try Linux out and enjoy our friendly user-friendly hackerspace.

Admission is €10 per person, with proceeds going to the hackerspace.


1The hackerspace has Ubuntu 11.10 installation media, I have Ubuntu 11.10 installation media and it is honestly the only distro I have used for any great length of time in the past decade.
2I want you to understand that complete data loss on your hard disk is a tangible risk if you mess up with partitioning. You will be supervised and the risk of data loss will be explicitly spelled out on the night.
3Depending on both the size of the crowd and my own infamously mercurial temperament, I may not be able to micromanage partitioning and installation. I will certainly supervise, but the burden of responsibility is on you, O Participant!

Game Development Workshop

Game Development Workshop

 

Starting Wednesday 21st and taking place over four weeks, the Game Development Workshop will guide participants through the development of a game.

 

Rather than concentrating on the basics, like input and movement, we’ll be going over how to put a game together using object orientated programming techniques such as Managers, Game States and Finite State Machines.

 

We’ll be using Unity with C# to develop, though the methods used can be applied to almost any language or framework (including XNA).

 

Details

  • Runs on the 21st Sept, 28th Sept, 5th Oct & 12th Oct.
  • From 6pm to 10pm.
  • The workshop costs €20, this covers the four sessions and is payable at the first.
    No need to book or pre-pay.

 

What You’ll Need

  • A laptop with Unity installed.
  • Experience of a programming language.

Introduction to Arduino: Class 2

This Wednesday is the second class of our 3-week introductory course for Arduino. Attendees should bring with them a laptop, Arduino, electronic components* and a USB cable for their Arduino. Some spare Arduinos and electronics will be available on the day, but they will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis.

The class is free, but spaces are limited so attendees are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. As 091 Labs is a non-profit teaching-and-learning group, any donations on the day would be greatly appreciated.

*Components should be similar to those found in ARDX Starter Kit for Arduino, available here:
http://www.oomlout.co.uk/arduino-experimentation-kit-ardx-p-183.html