Openlab Summer Workshops 2009 – 30 June 2009

This summer, Openlab, the London-based open source art and technology collective, presents a series of in-depth summer workshops exploring creating and hacking media using free software and tools.  Workshops will include both beginner and advanced instruction in such software as PureData, Processing, and SuperCollider, as well as using the microcontroller Arduino, general sound hardware hacking, and more.  For less than the cost of the cinema, you can gain some valuable skills using free software!

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When: Tuesday 30 June, from 6pm-11:30pm

Where: The Roebuck pub (upstairs room), 50 Great Dover Street, SE1 4YG
Nearest transport: 35, 133, 343, 21 buses, Borough Tube (Northern line)
About 8 minute walk from London Bridge Station (Northern and Jubilee tube, rail, and bus station: 48, 47, 149 buses)
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Cost: £15 for the entire night, or per workshop (see below).
How to pay: At the door, or via Paypal to be guaranteed a space (limited to 30 people per workshop).  Please email workshop@pixelism.info to reserve a space in any workshop.

1) Introduction to SuperCollider with Dan Stowell – £10
SuperCollider is an incredible environment and programming language for music and audio. In this 2-hour introductory session we will get started with SuperCollider, using it for synthesis and digital signal processing, as well as creating musical patterns and generative audio.
All welcome, although some prior programming experience would definitely be helpful. Bring a laptop, and please install SuperCollider (latest version 3.3, ideally) on it beforehand.

2) Hardware Noise Hacking with Ryan Jordan – £5
Ryan Jordan, veteran noise artist and organizer of the successful NOISE==NOISE performance series presents an introduction to making sounds with basic circuitry.  All participants will be making sounds by the end of the 1-hr workshop. No previous experience required.

3) Processing for Visual Artists with Evan Raskob – £10
Processing is fast becoming the tool of choice for interactive artists and designers looking to add some visual complexity and user interaction to their work, from music videos to interactive kiosks and print graphics.  This 2-hour workshop is the first in a series of summer workshops, gently introducing Processing from the beginning and focusing on basic techniques for drawing on the screen.  No experience required. Please bring a laptop and download Processing prior to the workshop. Taught by lecturer and visual performance artist Evan Raskob.

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Openlab @ Winchester May 8 2009

Openlab are providing a day of workshops & presentations about opensource software, and performances in the evening in front of Winchester Cathedral in Winchester. There is a venerable lineup of OpenLab members providing some in depth knowledge during the day and some great performances at night.

CoMA, Contemporary Music for Amateurs, is joining us for exploration of music inspired by sculptures by Bridget Dumper, and may participate in Openlab member’s works where improvisation is intended.

The line up goes like this:

DAY: Workshops & Presentations

Presentations

Understanding sound and music by programming computers, by S. Jagannathan
Rosegarden / Pd: Using musical sequencing software for audiovisual performance, by Rob Munro
CoMA: Contemporary music for amateurs
Human/Digital Interface and Noise, by Ryan

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Android: Create powerful software for mobile phones, by Rob Munro
Processing: Simplified programming for audio and visual art, by Evan Raskob
PureData: Visual programming for sonic art, visuals, and more.
Building your own electronic sound machines using CMOS technology, by Ryan Jordan

Please email music@atwood.org.uk regarding workshops.

NIGHT: Performances : 7:00pm-10:30am (£2 entry) – doors 6:30pm

Rob Munro produces audiovisual work exploring the world between the obtrusive, commercialised space and the the sublime, quieter and introverted space of more pure art forms. http://robmunro.net/video
PixelPusher Evan Raskob is an Audio-Visual Architect working out of London (UK) and New York City (USA). Evan creates video and sound pieces; interactive art including new musical instruments; interactive physical spaces; visual performances (as PixelPusher).
Ryan Jordan Body-sensor-noise-strobe-hypnosis. http://ryanjordan.org/
Rob Canning is a composer and media artist. His work focuses on finding a dialogue between algorithmic system based composition strategies and intuitive/improvised approaches. http://rob.goto10.org
ClaudiusMaximus explores the possibilities presented by higher-dimensional geometrical objects generating sound and images simultaneously. http://claudiusmaximus.goto10.org/cm/
The Canetoad Orchestra Free improvisation with Indian classical software, live recycled sound and violin. S. Jagannathan, R. Atwood, G. McEwan, and PixelPusher.  www.doowta.net/canetoad/canetoad.html
CoMA Contemporary Music ensemble with sculptures by Bridget Dumper. http://www.coma.org
… and more

You are all very welcome – see you there ….

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OpenLab 5 : Cafe OTO, 25th April 2009

Openlab are providing a day of workshops & presentations about opensource software, and performances in the evening at Cafe OTO, Dalston. There is a venerable lineup of OpenLab members providing some in depth knowledge during the day and some great performances at night. The preliminary line up goes like this:

DAY: Workshops & Presentations : 12-5pm (free entry).

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  • Fluxus (Dave Griffiths) : (free, 1-2hrs, max 10) The venerable OpenGL/scheme environment. (http://www.pawfal.org/dave/index.cgi?Projects/Fluxus)
  • APODIO (Julien Ottavi) :  (1hrs, max 20) Gnu/Linux multimedia distribution  LiveDVD
  • Introducing Processing for Visual Artists (Evan Raskob) : (£10, 2hrs, max 20)

NIGHT: Performances : 7:30pm-12:30am (£5 entry) – doors 7pm

You are all very welcome – see you there ….

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Make Art 2008

Andy Farnell, Alex McLean, Dave Griffiths and Robert Atwood will be joining Goto10 and many other fine free software artists at this years Make Art festival in Poitiers, for a few days of workshops, presentations, installations and performances:

Make art is an international festival dedicated to the integration of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS), open practices and free culture in digital arts.

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OpenLab @ Dorkbotswiss

OpenLab member Chun Lee will be attending Dorkbotswiss on the 10th of Sep in Zurich to give a short presentation on OpenLab London. The lineup of the session is below:

chun lee (london): open lab london & live performance

http://www.pawfal.org/openlab/

flo kaufmann.bricolage universal (solothurn): direct to beer

http://www.floka.com/direct2beer.html

mauro lombardi (santiago di chile): boomchuka
nominee of the sheffield doc film festival

roman haefeli (zh): spatialétude sound installation

http://romanhaefeli.net/

olivia suter & ramon cahenzli (zh): über gnus und pinguine stammtisch

http://gnupingu.ch/category/ubuntu-stammtisch/

martin kunz & tina brägger & david forster (zh): the hikikomori suites

http://hikikomori.snm.zhdk.ch/

stahl (zh): intermezzo sounds

http://people.zhdk.ch/christoph.staehli/

design2context (zh) imagine peace

http://www.design2contect.ch

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hac

hac is part of the PULSE Fringe Festival in Ipswich:

hac brings together local, national and international artists working in the intersection of technology, science and the arts. The concert features performances which utilise wearable computing, live coding, hacking, DIY electronics, and digital performance. The performances are multidisciplinary and innovative, searching for new ways of engaging the audience and artist through computer code, wearable technologies and homemade devices.

Featuring:
Phil Archer
Robert Atwood
John Bowers
Cracktux
Experiments with Light and Air
From Honey to Ashes (Mick Grierson, Matt Lewis, Jeremy Keenan and Edgar Curtis)
Jamka
Ryan Jordan
Ed Kelly
Daniel Merrill
PixelH8
PixelPusher
Martin Russ

Venue: The Chambers, Ipswich Town Hall, Suffolk.
Date: Thursday 12th June 2008
Cost: £5
Time: 7pm – 12 midnight

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OpenLab @ Immersion

immersion flier

Immersion is a great event at Columbia Road’s FleaPit featuring cutting edge noisemakers paired with creators of live manipulated and processed visuals. Openlabbers Evan, Alias and Oli will be amongst those in control of the projector!

More info here.

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Reboot Video

A video of some OpenLab performances at Reboot, Area10, Peckham, April 2008. Thanks to Oli for the movie making – and area 10 medialab for putting on this huge event.

Featuring:
Damien Stuart
The Beardos – Rob Atwood, Jagan Sampath & Evan Raskob
Slick Lister – Rob Munro
ZEROPOINTENERGY – Ryan Jordan
CrackTux featuring Alias Cummins
Lone Shark – Ed Kelly
slub – Alex Mclean, Dave Griffiths

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[1/5/08] Open Z arduino @ A10:Medialab

[OPEN|SHARE] sessions are being introduced at A10:medialab to provide an informal open space to exchange information on the creative implementation and experimentation of technological hardware and software.

The first session explores the Arduino, an open source hardware hacking platform.

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Woohoo! A new OpenLab website!

This is the all new website for OpenLab London. Make yourself at home…

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