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Some members of the AZ Labs community have been gathering in artistic residency in Guimarães once more, the topic for this residency is Creative Politics, meaning to come up ideas and projects connecting the citizens back with the political system. Complaining is easy, presenting solutions is harder. Citizens feel disconnected with politics and disengage themselves from these issues. We are trying to counter that with artistic or otherwise useful projects and proposals.
During the first weekend we had running at LCD a parallel event named Antropocode, part of the Atlantic Arc Summer of Labs 2012. During the weekend over a dozen artists and hackers from Portugal and Spain were gathered developing concepts and projects in a hackaton about the borderline of body and technology. Some of the projects were also related to the creative politics theme.
The hackaton is now over but the Creative Politics artistic residency continues with a dozen other folks, mostly folks from Portugal but also including some foreigners. The first days have been focused on brainstorming project ideas. You can find more information on our wiki.
Some examples of projects currently being developed:
- Reclaiming Data
Research and documentation of open data initiatives in Portugal, the end goal is to develop a viral video calling for more active participation and involvement from the citizens or a webtool to request missing data.
- Hacking Urban Resources
Research and documentation of ways to hack urban resources to improve the way of life at a local level in Guimarães, bringing back the control of the city to the citizens. A sample book on how to re-appropriate, re-use local resources and also on how to re-learn useful old skills.
- Political Manager
A web based game where you play the role of a rising politician and have to improve your skills to build your career without succumbing to the pressures of the dark side.
- Comparative News
The goal of this project is to help citizens understand the trends and tendencies in the political discourse that the media present to them everyday. The strategy is to compare different sources of information, like newspapers, radio and television using data visualization. The intuition behind this project is that comparing sources enable people to see the big picture, to identify what’s important and what’s not.
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Summer was getting boring so i decided to make a new album and start a new netlabel.
The album is called “LCD Mostra-se” and is a collection of field recordings from the self-titled event that occured in Guimarães on the 21 and 22 of July, organized by our LCDbrothers.
It’s available free for download as the first release of Audiência Zero Sound Archives, the newly formed netlabel dedicated to release audioworks related to our Audiência Zero labs network (LCD, xDA and altLab).
A couple of weeks ago Luis Dinis, took Violeta for a demonstration @ IBM
According to his report the presentation was a success :)
“Entre os dias 10 e 13 de Julho, a “Violeta” esteve em demonstração na IBM.
Esta oportunidade surgiu no âmbito da iniciativa EX.I.T.E. — EXplorar os Interesses pela Tecnologia e Engenharia que é realizada em Portugal desde 2005 e no âmbito das práticas de responsabilidade social da IBM.
Este programa global visa contribuir para a redução da disparidade de género, nomeadamente no que se refere ao acesso às áreas das engenharias e ciências e ao trabalho colaborativo, por parte de jovens raparigas na faixa etária dos 11 aos 13 anos.
A “Violeta” fez um sucesso, especialmente porque o conceito de impressão em 3D é relativamente recente e mais ainda quando se percebe que uma inovação destas pode ser feita através da simples colaboração entre um grupo de pessoas.”
“Between the 10th and the 13th July, “Violet” went on demonstration at IBM.
This opportunity surfaced from the EX.I.T.E (EXplore the Interests for Technology and Engineering), initiative that has been organized in Portugal since 2005 and from IBM’s social responsibility practices.
This global program aims to contribute to the reduction on gender disparity, namely bridge the ease of access to collaborative work on the areas of engineering and sciences, for young girls with ages comprised from 11 to 13 years old.
“Violet” was a success, specially because of the relative recent concept that is 3D Printing, and more so when one realizes that such a innovation can be achieved by simple group collaboration.”
This is not, but could as well be the start of a tour for violet. So to all of you that are reading out there, if you want Violet to visit your school, your company, your collective… form a group, write the group names on a list and drop us a mail, chances are you will be seeing Violet Live soon, here’s the press release approved by IBM…
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Yes, It’s that time of the year again. The days are longer. The school year is ending. The metropolis gets deserted. A never ending stream of music festivals get constantly promoted.
And while drinking a cold cola with a twist of lemon and 3 icecubes at that bar near your local beach; While overpowered by the multitude of colors from all the latest bikini fashion statements; All the nerds of this glorious land, pushed out to the ocean at the western point of europe, all of them nerds, can think only and only think of one thing: shouldn’t the dates of this years Sapo Codebits be announced by now?
Yes, forget about the school year that just ended, forget the latest code revisions from all those Google Summer of Code projects you been following for a couple of weeks, forget about your pseudo-holiday plans for a few minutes. Nerds of Portugal, recall what’s really important if not for just a couple of minutes: The dates of the new Sapo Codebits have been announced, 15–17 November, the organizers are already pushing out teaser pictures of the new space layout for this year. And it’s gonna be awesome again!
No, they’re not paying us to write this. We decided, out of our own volition, after reading one of their latest blog posts, that it was time to remind you all that there is an incoming battle looming above you. Yes, you, dear nerd who are thinking of attending Codebits this year.
“And why is that?” i hear you ask. Couz we pwned you hard last year with our Nuclear Taco Sensor Helmet Gameshow project. That’s why! Our pwnage didn’t happen out of the blue you know? We carefully planned this world domination and had to carry it through nice and steady to make sure we indeed had something grand we could put together in 48 hours and take the competition by storm. And unless you’d rather sit at home and cry yourself to sleep for another year you should be getting off your ass, right about yesterday, and also getting ready for this years event!
We know, we know, our unsurmountable talent is quite hard to beat. But even if you’re too scared of getting your ass served again, you should be using this time to come up with cool projects you could develop.
Common mistakes you should be avoiding:
a) doing yet another clone of something (without a subversive twist). Simpsons did it, if you can’t improve on an old idea you shouldn’t be touching it.
b) doing an hello world of a random new technology. Unless it’s taking full advantage of the tech on a useful way, it’s dead fish in the water.
c) trying to be funny without the tech to back it up. You’ll get entertainment votes but unless it’s something over the top it’ll be just sad.
And in case you haven’t noticed just having a good project idea isn’t enough, you need to finish it and present it in an engaging way. Our public award winner entry is a good example on how a wtf presentation trumps over project specs. People are more engaged when you _show_ them things instead of _describing_ them.
I’m not saying you should turn your presentations into a circus, it worked well for us last year because no one was expecting something so over the top. What you should aim for is to have a good useful idea and prepare an engaging demonstration. Show awesomeness first, explain implementation details later. And don’t forget that during those 48 hours that you are supposed to put your project together you will be getting distracted by 4 tracks of tech talks which you may or may not choose to attend. And i also heard eating and sleeping are important. So don’t aim for something unattainable, or if you must, at least master your weapon of choice before the event, to make sure the actual 48h development period goes smoother. Surrounding yourself with folks who complement your skills nicely is also a key factor, don’t neglect it.
Ofcourse all of the above is useless if you don’t get yourself selected to attend the event. Codebits is limited to 600 attendees and if you want to be one of them you need to start building up your karma by participating actively in the codebits website and forwarding the information to your blog, twitter and facebook contacts. A sure way to get admitted is to give a talk at the event, there will be a call opening soon to submit your talks. So if there is a technology you have been busy mastering for the last few months you might want to consider submitting a talk about it when the call opens.
And why should you care about attending codebits at all? Well, even if your project fails to win anything you’ll still:
a) get some practice with the technology you chose to explore
b) learn a lot from the talks presented you bothered attending or checked the videos after
c) check what everyone else is up to
d) have some unrestrained chats with other random nerds on the food queue
e) face the possibility of a near death experience by nuclear taco
f) have fun geek’ing out
g) get an awesome t-shirt!
I have attended the last 3 editions of Codebits and i can tell you i learned new things in all of them. There is always something new out there worth checking out or new people to meet. I had a blast with friends, watched some nice gigs, shared my knowledge with fellow geeks and even managed to win some poofs and badges!
Every year we setup a small corner for the Audiência Zero labs, there we gather the folks from our 3 media hacklabs, LCD from Porto/Guimarães, altLab from Lisbon and xDA from Coimbra. We showcase 3d printing, give some electronic workshops and help each other out with random projects. Meet us there!
I had the opportunity to get in touch with Catarina Mota recently, while I was helping my friends at openpPicus, to connect with the Open Source Hardware Association. She is, no doubt, amongst the most eminent representatives of the Hackingmovement. To me, it’s extremely impressive though how one of the leaders of this revolution is coming right from outside the technological world and actually has a communication sciences and film college background. When I asked her to tell me a brief recap of her experience of hacking, she gave a really insightful and detailed story.
The workshop began with installation of openframeworks, tutorial on variables, functions, cycles, classes, all those goodies which allowed us to process with images, sounds, cameras, particles, blobs, physical computing.
A series of situations where developed and dynamically changed to adjust into finer programs. Drawing shapes with styles, video pontilism, particles interactions, kinect meshification, video interaction to programs, sound making and interactivities.
The last afternoon we had a programming jam, building individual projects, where people would let loose their thoughts and attempt to code them. Almost everyone left the workshop with a working idea running on their devices, and, above all, a powerful new way to build more and more ideas:)
We should probably do this again soon, it was fun, stay tuned!
»On 16 Jul 2012, at 4:58 PM, João Alves wrote:
»Gostei muito do workshop e aprendi bastante.
»Só tive pena na instalação dos drivers da Kinect para Windows que me atrasaram um pouco mas devo informar que já consegui instalar e correr a compilação.
»Eis alguns prints de um projeto que tentei desenvolver na aula (attachments).
»Fico à espera do nível dois do workshop OF:)
some images of the cool projects coding at the workshop!
3D Printing seems to be finally hitting the mainstream.
People are becomming aware of this new old tecnology, much due to the fact that the availability and open sourceness of it is plunging down the cost of model printing.
The reality of this is falling like a hammer in the industry that is starting to see how disruptive this tech will be. So much that law suits over copyright have started to happen as we write.
Games Workshop, the UK-based firm that makes Warhammer, noticed Valenty’s work and sent Thingiverse a takedown notice, citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Thingiverse removed the files, and Valenty suddenly
became an unwilling combatant in the next digital war: the fight over copying physical objects.
Check out the full article @ WIRED >here<