Catarina M.

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AltLab and LCD @ Offf’09


Offf’09 roc­ked!

openMaterials :: research project

My dear fri­end Kisty Boyle and I recen­tly laun­ched open­Ma­te­ri­als — a col­la­bo­ra­tive rese­arch pro­ject dedi­ca­ted to open inves­ti­ga­tion and expe­ri­men­ta­tion with DIY pro­duc­tion methods and uses of mate­ri­als. In the spi­rit of the open source soft­ware and hard­ware move­ments, we hope to pro­mote mate­ri­als to be rese­ar­ched and deve­lo­ped in a public, col­la­bo­ra­tive man­ner. We see mate­ri­als as an open resource, and wish to esta­blish an open pro­cess for explo­ring and sha­ring kno­wledge, tech­ni­ques and appli­ca­ti­ons rela­ted to mate­ri­als science.

I’ll be con­duc­ting most of my hands-on rese­arch right here at AltLab. We’d love for you to be invol­ved if you are wor­king in these areas or inte­res­ted in lear­ning more about smart materials.

First meeting

AltLab's first meeting
AltLab’s foun­ding mem­bers had their first offi­cial mee­ting yes­ter­day (see pho­tos). We appro­ved the collective’s gui­de­li­nes, com­pi­led a list of tools to pur­chase, set up a hard­ware recy­cling bin, and then had a lot of fun dis­cus­sing ideas and sha­ring kno­wledge. Two ini­tial work groups were for­med to build an out­do­ors video pro­jec­tor and a remote-controlled-mini-helicopter car­rying a video camera  - we’ll post more info on each of these on the community’s plat­form. We’ll also be wor­king on our indi­vi­dual pro­jects which include robo­tics, music, com­pu­ter vision, smart mate­ri­als, and lots of other fun things. More mem­bers and col­la­bo­ra­tors will be joi­ning us from May 5th on and new work groups will be for­med. We’ll keep you posted.

Work sessions

We are cur­ren­tly loo­king for a per­ma­nent and full-time works­pace (any and all suggestions/offers are wel­come). Until we get our own lab, our fri­ends @ Geral­dine have kin­dly agreed to host AltLab’s wee­kly work ses­si­ons. Star­ting on May 5th we’ll meet on Tues­days from 19:00 to 24:00 (direc­ti­ons here).

Everyone is wel­come to join us for some hac­king, brains­tor­ming, coding, wha­te­ver it is you’re into that day. Ple­ase fill out this form if you want addi­ti­o­nal info or just to let us know that you’re coming to one of our ses­si­ons. You can also find our con­tact and mai­ling list info on the con­tact page.

Hello world!


AltLab is a col­lec­tive dedi­ca­ted to inde­pen­dent rese­arch and expe­ri­men­ta­tion in alter­na­tive media. Community-based and community-building by nature, it seeks to pro­mote active par­ti­ci­pa­tion, kno­wledge sha­ring, and col­la­bo­ra­tion among indi­vi­du­als such as artists, pro­gram­mers, engi­ne­ers,  hobbyists, sci­en­tists, and all those who wish to fre­ely explore cre­a­tive and eman­ci­pa­tory uses of tech­no­logy. Just like many other hac­kers­pa­ces which have emer­ged all over the world in recent years, AltLab has also been foun­ded on the noti­ons of software/hardware libre and the belief in col­lec­tive inde­pen­dent plat­forms for open and active knowledge-sharing and experimentation.

In Febru­ary 2009, a group of inte­res­ted indi­vi­du­als, under the umbrella of Audi­ên­cia Zero, joi­ned efforts to cre­ate AltLab with the fol­lowing objec­ti­ves: Build stron­ger com­mu­nity ties by gathe­ring dis­perse cells of rese­ar­chers, artists, and DIYers around a com­mon and open plat­form; Pro­vide a sha­red phy­si­cal space for expe­ri­men­ta­tion, tes­ting, and deve­lop­ment of new objects and con­cepts (ran­ging from robo­tics to soft­ware to art to con­cep­tual rese­arch); Share kno­wledge, sup­port col­la­bo­ra­tive work, and col­lec­ti­vely push the boun­da­ries of DIY cre­a­ti­vity; Esta­blish part­nerships and syner­gies within and across the bor­ders with other col­lec­ti­ves that share simi­lar goals and ide­als. To achi­eve these goals AltLab:

Pro­vi­des a col­lec­tive workspace;

Orga­ni­zes, on a regu­lar basis, public workshops, con­fe­ren­ces, paper pre­sen­ta­ti­ons, exhi­bi­ti­ons, talks, deba­tes, etc.;

Offers open lab days where all inte­res­ted indi­vi­du­als are wel­come to join us with the pur­po­ses of: just lear­ning about the pro­ject, pre­sen­ting pro­po­sals and ideas, wor­king with us;

Con­sis­ten­tly expands the col­lec­tive by accep­ting new mem­bers and col­la­bo­ra­tors as well as esta­blishing part­nerships with other organizations;

Main­tains a high level of open­ness and fle­xi­bi­lity to insure that AltLab’s pro­jects and acti­vi­ties will be limi­ted only by the com­mit­ment and enthu­si­asm of those invol­ved and may be easily exten­ded beyond these ini­tial activities.

Hello World ;)

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