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My Summer @ NYC Resistor

nycResistor

This summer I was a resident at NYC Resistor (NYCR), a hacker collective based in Brooklyn, NY. I’m now back home in Lisbon and would like to share a brief round-up of this wonderful experience.

First of all I must mention how incredibly welcoming and fun all the members of the collective are. Not only did they let me share their space for two whole months, providing me with a great learning opportunity, but also made me feel at home among them and showed me a great time.

I was lucky to get there just as their Awesome August challenge was starting. The idea here being that NYCR members challenged each other to finish one great project until the end of that month. The projects were indeed awesome, from an Eight Foot Lite Brite, an FPGA-based DNA sequence alignment accelerator, a Monome, a Player Toy Piano, and some very civilized smashing… to name only a few.

Another of my favorite staples, and the one I think I’ll miss the most, was Craft Night. Every Thursday evening NYCR opens its doors to those of us “who like to make stuff… so you don’t have to make stuff by yourself.” On these nights, NYCR members help visitors with their projects by sharing tips and knowledge, and everyone just has a great time working together around one big table.

And then of course, there was the unforgettable Interactive Party, during which some of Awesome August’s projects were shown, and that even included a giant robot cake, chalk drawing on the floor, a Wimshurst machine, and crayola model magic.

NYCR is currently offering a series of really interesting classes, which I’m very sad to miss.

During my residency I worked on a few (really fun) experiments with paper/cardboard pulp and soft circuits, as well as other (frustrating) ones with carbon nanotubes. More on that later – I’m still unpacking :)

Thank you NYC Resistor!

Workshop de Impressão 3D com Zach Hoeken (Lisboa)

3D Printing Workshop

Datas: 19 de Out a 1 de Nov de 2009

Local: Lisboa (espaço a anunciar)

Horários:

19:30 às 22:30 (dias de semana)

11:00 às 19:00 (fins de semana)

total de 58h

Informação e inscrições: http://www.audienciazero.org/cct/3dprinting

 

Organização: Audiência Zero (altLab + LCD)

Contacto: catarinamota (at) audienciazero (dot) org

(inscrições abertas :: número limitado de vagas)

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A impressão 3D é uma forma original de impressão, no âmbito da tecnologia de prototipagem, em que um objecto tridimensional é criado por uma máquina a partir da acumulação de camadas sucessivas de um dado material (Wikipedia).

O Workshop

O objectivo do workshop é a construção e utilização de uma impressora 3D open source (modelo MakerBot). Os participantes irão construir a máquina de raiz: desde a montagem das componentes electrónicas e extrusor, passando pela mecânica, até à junção de todas as peças. Irão ainda adquirir e aperfeiçoar aptidões e técnicas nas área de fabrico de electrónica, mecânica, modelação 3D, fabricação digital e resolução de problemas com impressoras 3D. O workshop será ainda um lugar privilegiado para adquirir conhecimentos sobre os mais diversos tópicos, como teoria da electrónica, design de firmware, engenharia mecânica, protocolos de série, fabricação digital e desenho 3D.

A impressora 3D construída durante o workshop ficará posteriormente disponível para os membros do altLab (qualquer interessado se pode inscrever no altLab se assim o desejar). Os participantes que desejem construir a sua própria máquina, e levá-la para casa, terão que adquirir o respectivo kit open source no site da MakerBot.

Zach Hoeken

Zach Hoeken likes to dream big, fail big, and win big. His true passion in life is acting as a catalyst and helping others do amazing things. Whether it is creating open source micro controllers (sanguino.cc), robot controller software (replicat.org), object sharing websites (thingiverse.com), self replicating 3D printers (reprap.org), or hacker collectives (nycresistor.com) there is one central purpose: to help other people help themselves create an awesome world to live in. He hopes that someday we can create a world that surpasses even the wildest futures portrayed in science fiction. He thinks the universe is and will continue to be completely rad. Do you want to help?

Datas e Valores para inscrição no workshop:

Inscrições até 31 de Julho: 200€*

(50% no acto de inscrição + 50% até 19 de Setembro)

Inscrições após 31 de Julho: 250€*

(pagos no acto de inscrição)

* não reembolsável

3D printing workshop

digital art girls @ futurartes

digital art girls @ futurartes
Ladies, from left to right: Raquel Pardal, Ana Carvalho, Diana Combo, Elga Ferreira, Petra Farinha, Catarina Mota, and Mónica Mendes. And then, of course, there’s Rudolfo Quintas in between Elga and Petra :) Note that we tried to hide our laptops under the table to avoid looking like total workaholics, but Mónica’s still shows…

We loved the first edition of futurartes. There were talks by LCD (Pedro Ângelo), In Motion (Filipe Valpereiro), and altLab + openMaterials (me), Processing and PD workshops (Pedro Ângelo), performances by Rudolfo Quintas, Diat0m (Rui Monteiro), and Magenta Interior (Ana Carvalho). Thank you Pedro and Raquel for a wonderful festival!

But mostly it was great to, for the first time in quite a while, gather together so many Portuguese girls working in digital arts – there were 8 of us, instead of the usual 2 or 3. Raquel, Ana, Diana, Elga, Petra, Catarina, Mónica, and Letícia (who wasn’t there for the group pic) are developing experimental work on tangible interfaces, bio art, computer vision, physical computing, live video processing, hybrid materials engineering, and performance. Yay ladies!

LCD spring show

LCD spring show
Our friends at LCD are having their semiannual show this thursday. If your in Porto do stop by. There will be many awesome pieces to see/play with, and lots of wonderful and creative people to meet.

Futurartes 2009

Futurartes 2009
Dias 3 e 4 de Junho na Escola Superior de Artes e Design das Caldas da Rainha realiza-se a primeira edição do Futurartes – encontro de artes e multimédia, realizado na ESAD. As actividades dividem-se em conferências, espectáculos, workshops e instalações que promovem o uso de novas tecnologias de carácter inovador sob as formas já existentes de expressão e divulgação artística. Convidam-se assim todos os alunos da ESAD assim como todos os interessados a comparecer no evento e através da sua participação contribuir para o sucesso do próprio.

Mais informação em www.futurartes.com

Repurpose

A documentary film by Jack Oatmon. A look into the hardware hacking community in Montreal, including the Foulab collective. Why are more and more hobbyists experimenting with hacks and circuit bends? What relationship does this imply about consumer society and technological advancement? Is this a real-world analog of ‘user generated content’? (via jackoatmontreal @ YouTube)

Thanks Nuno João for bringing this to our attention ;)

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