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AZLabs @ O Espaço Do Tempo (0day –2)

2 days to go until the exhi­bit ope­ning of the Audi­en­cia Zero Labs resi­dency at O Espaço Do Tempo!

A few folks seem to be mis­sing in action. Mau­ri­cio is back with some news from Inte­rac­ti­vos to lend us a hand on pen­ding pro­jects. Mónica and Pedro are still wor­king on B-wind!. Mar­ga­rida wor­king on his robot Freddy. Vic­tor Silva rehe­ar­sing his The Last Words of Domi­nico. Vic­tor and Marco wor­king on Dis­car­da­ble Beauty. Gui­lherme finishing his Róbo­tica Cri­a­tiva works. And me finishing up Meta Gen Haiku. Cata­rina and Joel should also show up tomo­row with their Micro Dérive.

Web­site with more info on the pre­sen­ted pro­jects should go online soon. In the mean­time if you should show up on Mon­day the 12th July in Montemor-O-Novo for the exhi­bit. We will have 7 pro­jects ins­tal­led under exhi­bi­tion until the 31st July, and 2 live­acts pre­sen­ted on the exhi­bi­tion day 12th July.

In the mean­time we’ll leave you with some impor­tant t-shirt quote mate­rial we have recen­tly acqui­red:
“48 horas são 6 dias de tra­ba­lho, em tur­nos de 8 horas“
“Eu só faço pro­jec­tion map­ping quando estou bêbado“
“Não tens pin­cel para isso. Vai antes de rolo.“
“Que­res falar ao tele­fone? Fala aí! *slap*”

AZ Residency Day 13 – We were never gone

You thought we were dead. But the nerds in black were never gone.

AZ Resi­dency at Espaço Tempo has resu­med its course on the 14th July 2010, and we’ve been kic­king it real with some hard­core pro­ject dev for a whole week now! Our main aim is to get all of these pro­jects kic­king and scre­a­ming on the 12th July for the big ope­ning of the exhi­bi­tion. (more…)

AZ Residency Follow up — Filipe Pais

I arri­ved to Resi­dên­cia AZ with a very sim­ple pro­ject in mind cal­led Bloop. This pro­ject explo­res the idea of “enfo” — unnecessary/useless infor­ma­tion and infor­ma­tion over­load on the web, loo­king par­ti­cu­larly to social networks.

Fishes don’t speak, but they com­mu­ni­cate between them­sel­ves. For humans, this is an invi­si­ble pro­cess which is at the moment com­ple­tely insig­ni­fi­cant for us. Who cares about what is a fish saying to the other or even if he’s com­plai­ning or phi­lo­sophi­zing alone? The pro­ject doesn’t intend to put fishes tal­king but ins­tead to use their acti­ons to dump ran­dom mes­sa­ges to twit­ter. This work plays with the metaphor of the glass house and obser­ves this very own moment of social networks incrus­ta­tion. (more…)

AZ Residency Day 7 — We’ll Be Back

Yesterday’s late night hac­king ses­sion mana­ged to deli­ver some results. Baco’s Mecha­nism was com­plete and so, to cele­brate, refresh­ments were in order, plus waking up to join the party anyone who was alre­ady asleep. The trou­ble­ma­kers deli­ve­red a per­so­na­li­zed ren­di­tion of the clas­sic, also pre­vi­ously abu­sed for remi­xes, Vitor Espa­di­nha “Recor­dar é Viver”.

Today was a sad day, everyone who was taking their time get­ting up was also woken up with a new per­so­na­li­zed ren­di­tion of Vitor Espadinha’s “Recor­dar é Viver”, pay­back is a bitch. We pac­ked up and hea­ded down to a local res­tau­rant for the last meal of this week’s resi­dency. With pro­mi­ses of retur­ning in June for 10 more days of col­la­bo­ra­tive hacking.

AZ Residency Day 6 – Vitor Espadinha Si Teh Luv

Day 6 star­ted pretty late. At 10 o clock we had a mini maker­bot workshop to replace a bro­ken extru­der piece, but most folks were still asleep from staying up till late wor­king on the Piano Cock­tail, so only Cata­rina and Gui­lherme mana­ged to attend and fix the bro­ken piece.

Late arri­vers João, Vitor and Mécia arri­ved shor­tly after while i tried to finish up some work on the haiku gene­ra­tor and Mau­ri­cio was wor­king on the key­bo­ard mis­chi­efs with Cata­rina. Gui­lherme was alre­ady gone, he had to pre­pare his work for the Talk Show piece down­town. A lit­tle while later Mónica and Fran­cesco deci­ded to join us in dis­co­ve­ring where Black­box was actu­ally, we got abit lost but mana­ged to all arrive on time.

The piece was pretty great! Well pro­du­ced and per­for­med! So props to the ones invol­ved was in order and back we went to our resi­dency for some food and pro­ject pushing. Gui­lherme and Cata­rina still mes­sing with the Maker­bot; Mónica blowing plants; Filipe, Ricardo and Mau­ri­cio finishing up the Piano Cock­tail; Luis and João wor­king on the meal trac­king bal­let sys­tem; Pedro hel­ping out Jorge with his Arduino issues; and me trying out a cou­ple new remi­xes of the remix.

Before din­ner we also had a short visit from a few per­for­mance rela­ted folks, see­min­gly guests from our host and fri­end here at Espaço do Tempo, Rui Horta. They see­med pretty inte­res­ted in our adven­tu­res with the new tech­no­lo­gies, espe­ci­ally in terms of networ­king and open source mentality.

There was no cate­ring on Satur­day apa­ren­tly, so things were abit more erra­tic but it all wor­ked out in the end. We mana­ged to orga­nize a nice din­ner event with nearly everyone pre­sent, and pro­ce­e­ded direc­tly to jud­ging the world famous Vitor Espa­di­nha “Recor­dar é Viver” remix compo, par­ti­ci­pa­ting was me, Sér­gio and the pro­clai­med win­ner mis­ter Pedro Ângelo.

90’s elec­tro night pro­ce­eds as i type, everyone seems to be hap­pily wor­king on their pro­jects and/or enjoying their refresh­ments. It sucks hard that tomor­row is the last day alre­ady. As a curi­o­sity note, it seems 95% of the folks here at the resi­dency use Mac’s, even if one of them does have Linux installed.

AZ Residency Day 5 — Mistos de Porco Preto Reprise

Yesterday’s din­ner didn’t go so well. We went to pick up a few doses of “Mis­tos de Porco Preto” (means something like Mix of Dark Pig in English) at this local res­tau­rant which we had scou­ted on Tues­day as ser­ving pretty well. But we had an unfor­tu­nate sur­prise, they under-served us half our dosage. So a new quest had been unloc­ked: to retri­eve our fair share today or raise havoc!

At the lab i had no idea what hap­pe­ned during the mor­ning since i slept until very late, but right after lunch everyone scat­te­red off to han­dle dif­fe­rent things:
– Sér­gio and Fran­cesco still busy docu­men­ting their ants pro­ject.
– Tara with the plas­tic PCB expe­ri­ments.
– Jorge put­ting the finishing tou­ches on his VJ mixer frame.
– Mónica pushing her wind/fan pro­ject into a first pro­toype.
– I pushed the genhaiku abit clo­ser to ver­sion 2.0
– Luis arri­ved to the resi­dency to work on his meal trac­king idea.
– Ricardo and Filipe went on a magic jour­ney to the local “saw­mill” store to get the last parts for their piano cock­tail.
– Mau­ri­cio gave us a workshop about tiny solar robots with BEAM cir­cuits.
– And Cata­rina hac­king some key­bo­ard interfaces

So for din­ner we went to reclaim our lost dosage of Mis­tos de Porco Preto and mana­ged to suc­ceed in our ordeal! Quest com­plete! We also took the won­der­ful oppor­tu­nity to shop some essen­tial refresh­ments for tomor­rows farewell party.

Back at the resi­dency we had visi­tors from a local juve­nile the­a­ter group, we gave them a quick tour round up of all the stuff we have lying around and the pro­jects peo­ple have been wor­king in. Which went pretty well, they were all pretty mar­ve­led and exci­ted with all we had going on, asking how they could do their own and spend the rest of their lives doing what we do. Which made us happy.

The rest of the night was spent atten­ding Mauricio’s workshop and wor­king on some entry for our fast music remix compo of Vitor Espadinha’s “Relem­brar é Viver”. Results should be avai­la­ble tomorrow.

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