AZ Residency Day 2 – Nothing Like The Fresh Smell of Vinegar Early In The Morning

Day star­ted with a small queue to access the showers and a bre­ak­fast table side pro­jects mee­ting.

Today’s plan for world domi­na­ti­on invol­ved:
— Con­nec­ting OSCu­lat­tor with Pachu­be
— Trac­king fish in the fish tank
— Coo­king bio­plas­tic sam­ple expe­ri­ments
— Twit­ter bot with pro­ces­sing and/or javas­cript
— Taking apart old key­bo­ards
— Plan­ning a real­ti­me vide­owall for AZ Labs

Most of the goals were rea­ched des­pi­te the usu­al set­backs.

Bio­plas­tic is sick. It’s basi­cally star­ch, water, gly­ce­ri­ne and vine­gar sti­red together and hea­ted slo­wly to a pasty bub­bly form that takes a day to strengthen up. Today we coo­ked a few vari­a­ti­ons of the stan­dard reci­pe to make a few sam­ple expe­ri­ments with dif­fe­rent ingre­di­ent ratio, coo­king time and thick­ness, to com­pa­re the pro­per­ti­es and pos­si­bly may­be pro­ba­bly figu­re out some inte­res­ting use for them in futu­re pro­jects. They take about a day to cure, so we have no con­clu­si­ons just yet, but we’re all pretty sick of the smell of vine­gar by now! Stay tuned for the fol­low up, coming to an hac­kers­pa­ce blog near you soon.

Fish are nice. We like fish. Fili­pe brought some with him and seems to be plan­ning some cute trac­king sys­tem ins­tal­la­ti­on. A crack in the main expe­ri­ments tank hold him back a few hours whi­le the sili­co­ne pat­ch dri­ed up, so it isn’t qui­te ope­ra­ti­o­nal just yet, but we’re alre­ady wor­king hard on the next evil step for world domi­na­ti­on: devi­sing a cle­ver way to cen­tra­li­ze and reu­se his lit­tle fishi­es trac­king valu­es. And sha­re them with the world whi­le we’re at it. Who knows who might need a bowl fish trac­king stre­am of valu­es out the­re.

We took a lit­tle walk wan­de­ring about Mon­te­mor-o-Novo, qui­te a pea­ce­ful town as it turns out, we mana­ged to find an open res­tau­rant with some excel­lent tra­di­ti­o­nal Por­tu­gue­se food, whi­ch was nice. Meanwhi­le, back in the new tech world, our plans for tonight’s gene­ric audio mis­chi­ef jam got held back by the lack of a mix table, some lag with nin­jam wire­less and an all­nigh­ter live bro­ad­cast stre­am pum­ping out of Aute­ch­re’s web­si­te.

AZ Residency Day 1 — We Have Arrived!

After many months of plan­ning and plot­ting and con­ju­ring evil dark for­ces with a few selec­ti­ve fri­en­dly con­tacts of the Audi­ên­cia Zero col­lec­ti­ve, the day finally arri­ved whe­re we head out for 1 week resi­dency with mem­bers form all of our three hac­klabs: LCD from Por­to, AltLab form Lis­bon and our very own xDA from Coim­bra.

I mana­ged to setup a ride with a cou­ple of the big bos­ses from LCD, mis­ter Ricar­do Lobo and Pedro Ange­lo. I wai­ted for them the enti­re mor­ning, still sligh­tly reco­ve­ring from Satur­days pho­to exhi­bit ope­ning at Gale­ria Icon (whe­re xDA cola­bo­ra­ted with Sue doing some dj’ing and pro­jec­ti­on map­ping). Pho­ne­call reve­a­led they were alre­ady run­ning late and suf­fe­ring a major set­back, a for­got­ten wal­let, for­cing them to go back to Por­to.

Long story short: The northern comi­ti­ve arri­ved a few hours later than sche­du­led to our des­tiny: Con­ven­to da Sau­da­ção, Mon­te­mor-o-Novo.


Peo­ple from the other labs were alre­ady moving around wor­king on some of their own pro­jects: Móni­ca gre­e­ted us out­si­de whe­re she was tes­ting the wifi access dis­tan­ce for her tree pro­ject. And insi­de we unra­ve­led the AZ room whe­re Gui­lher­me was bot­ching latest robo­tic cre­a­tu­re and Cata­ri­na gre­e­ted us with a handsha­ke using her latest spe­ed­pro­ject, a glo­ve with a led that lights when you sha­ke hands. Fili­pe was set­ting up his fish trac­king sys­tem in a cor­ner. Mau­ri­cio, Sér­gio and Tara were also around doing their own thing and others are sche­du­led to show up through the rest of the week.

Quick tour of the loca­ti­on reve­a­led it to be pretty cool. A reha­bi­li­ta­ted con­vent insi­de a typi­cal Por­tu­gue­se cas­tle with an over­vi­ew of the enti­re city. Plans for sight­se­eing abit aren’t enti­rely out of the ques­ti­on but we are mos­tly all really eager to get down and dirty with the tech­no­logy.


Sit­ting down we finally start to assi­mi­la­te all the poten­ti­al: We have a Maker­bot table for 3d prin­ting. A microwa­ve oven, some star­ch, vine­gar and gly­ce­ri­ne to do some secret bio stuff (not bre­ak­fast pan­ca­kes). Tool­bo­xes, com­po­nents and PCBs for elec­tro­nics fun and non pro­fit. Plenty of pro­ject ide­as invol­ving data visu­a­li­za­ti­on, and fabric inter­fa­ces. And a very evil plan for col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve sound synthe­sis that will hope­fully invol­ve the PA, some con­tact mics, ran­dom MIDI/OSC valu­es from the run­ning pro­jects and plenty of lap­tops.

We can alre­ady pre­sent the first pro­ject, the Whi­te LED Red Glo­ve quick pro­ject by Cata­ri­na and Isa­bel. Whi­ch it’ll be easi­er to des­cri­be by quo­ting her own des­crip­ti­on.


This mit­ten lights up when its wea­rer sha­kes hands with some­o­ne. It has two expo­sed soft con­tacts around the thumb and across the palm whi­ch, when brid­ged by bare skin, turn on the LED embed­ded on the flower. The mit­ten itself was cre­a­ted by fashi­on desig­ner Isa­bel Tomás, and we then sewed a tou­ch swit­ch cir­cuit onto it using con­duc­ti­ve fabric and thre­ad. Isa­bel and I desig­ned this as a soft cir­cuits exer­ci­se for some upco­ming mate­ri­als workshops, and we’ll post some ins­truc­ti­ons soon.

First Soft Circuits Open Lab

soft circuits open lab

This Sun­day we’re hol­ding our first Soft Cir­cuits Open Lab at the Scho­ol of Fine Arts in Lis­bon (FBAUL — Facul­da­de de Belas Artes de Lis­boa). The­re is no pre­de­fi­ned struc­tu­re for the event. We will meet for the cour­se of one day with the pur­po­ses of sha­ring kno­wled­ge, expe­ri­men­ting fre­ely, advan­cing on-going pro­jects, and just having fun wor­king together. Some of the peo­ple atten­ding will be spe­ci­a­lists in elec­tro­nics and others in tex­ti­les. Bar­camp sty­le impromp­tu pre­sen­ta­ti­ons are very wel­co­me.

Altlab will pro­vi­de some basic tools such as pli­ers, scis­sors, sol­de­ring irons, iro­ning board, etc. But par­ti­ci­pants must bring all the mate­ri­als and addi­ti­o­nal equip­ment neces­sary for their own projects/experiments (inclu­ding lap­tops). Here are some sug­ges­ti­ons: any kind of fabric, nee­dles and thre­ad, yarn, t-shirts, con­duc­ti­ve and/or resis­ti­ve fabric, con­duc­ti­ve thre­ad, con­duc­ti­ve and/or resis­ti­ve yarn, knit­ting and/or cro­chet nee­dles, LEDs, coin cell bat­te­ri­es, bat­tery hol­ders, EL wire, strands of fiber optics, cop­per foil, cop­per adhe­si­ve track, alu­mi­num foil, resis­ti­ve foam, regu­lar foam, ardui­nos (lily­pad or any other kind). If you’ve never wor­ked with any of the­se mate­ri­als and don’t have them handy, come anyway, you can help some­o­ne else with their pro­ject and learn along the way.

For more infor­ma­ti­on on soft cir­cuits tech­ni­ques and mate­ri­als, check out the Soft Cir­cuits Resour­ces sec­ti­on on the open­Ma­te­ri­als wiki.

This open lab will take pla­ce on Febru­ary 21st, from 10:30 to 18:30, at the Scho­ol of Fine Arts in Lis­bon, room 307, 1st flo­or (sin­ce our own spa­ce is still under cons­truc­ti­on). All are wel­co­me, the­re is no fee nor regis­tra­ti­on, but ple­a­se do let me know if you are plan­ning on coming: catarinamota(at)

Residência AZ no Espaço do Tempo

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A Audi­ên­cia Zero vai rea­li­zar uma resi­dên­cia artís­ti­ca mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nar com os seus três labo­ra­tó­ri­os (AltLab, LCD, xDA) no O Espa­ço do Tem­po (Mon­te­mor-o-Novo) no perío­do entre 01 e 07 de Mar­ço e 14 e 23 de Junho. A apre­sen­ta­ção dos tra­ba­lhos pro­du­zi­dos na resi­dên­cia será fei­ta entre 12 e 25 de Julho. A resi­dên­cia é antes de mais des­ti­na­da aos actu­ais mem­bros dos labo­ra­tó­ri­os, mas está pre­vis­ta a par­ti­ci­pa­ção de ele­men­tos exter­nos no caso des­tes apre­sen­ta­rem pro­pos­tas de tra­ba­lho con­sis­ten­tes e inte­res­san­tes. Mais infor­ma­ções e ins­cri­ções no fim des­ta pági­na…

residência AZ no Espaço do Tempo

Os inte­res­sa­dos na resi­dên­cia devem mani­fes­tar o seu inte­res­se e ins­cre­ve­rem-se com a mai­or bre­vi­da­de pos­sí­vel (fim da pági­na) para garan­tir lugar. A orga­ni­za­ção entra­rá em con­tac­to para dar segui­men­to à ins­cri­ção.

Quan­do soli­ci­ta­dos pela orga­ni­za­ção os par­ti­ci­pan­tes devem indi­car se têm um pro­jec­to em men­te para desen­vol­ver ou acti­vi­da­de a pro­por. Quan­to mais cla­ros forem os pro­jec­tos e as acti­vi­da­des, assim como os pápeis a desem­pe­nhar por cada um dos ele­men­tos das equi­pas cons­ti­tuí­das ou a cons­ti­tuir, mai­or é a pro­ba­li­da­de da acti­vi­da­de ou pro­jec­to de ser inte­gra­da na resi­dên­cia.

As vagas na resi­dên­cia estão limi­ta­das a 15, com direi­to a alo­ja­men­to e uma refei­ção diá­ria. No caso de exis­ti­rem mais do que 15 par­ti­ci­pan­tes ter-se-á que esco­lher os pro­jec­tos mais inte­res­san­tes res­pei­tan­do os seguin­tes cri­té­ri­os de selec­ção: cri­a­ti­vi­da­de, tec­no­lo­gi­as envol­vi­das, via­bi­li­da­de e tem­po.

Após o peri­o­do de ins­cri­ções, serão ava­li­a­dos as apli­ca­ções pelos orga­ni­za­do­res e defi­ni­dos os artis­tas resi­den­tes. Ini­ci­a­re­mos a dis­cus­são dos pro­jec­tos / acti­vi­da­des e defi­ni­ção da temá­ti­ca.

Exem­plos Acti­vi­da­des:
. Workshops
. Pales­tras
. Demons­tra­ções

Exem­plos de Áre­as de Pro­jec­to:
. Elec­tró­ni­ca e Com­pu­ta­ção Físi­ca
. Ins­ta­la­ções Inte­rac­ti­vas
. Per­for­man­ce
. Robó­ti­ca
. Visão por Com­pu­ta­dor
. Visu­a­li­za­ção de Dados


Audi­ên­cia Zero will hold a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary artist resi­dency with its three labo­ra­to­ri­es (altlab, LCD, xDA) in O Espa­ço do Tem­po (Mon­te­mor-o-Novo) in the peri­od betwe­en 01 and 07 Mar­ch and 14 and 23 June. The pro­jects pro­du­ced will be shown betwe­en 12 and 25 July. The resi­den­ce is pri­ma­rily inten­ded for the cur­rent mem­bers of this labo­ra­to­ri­es, but par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on of exter­nal ele­ments is accep­ted whe­re pro­po­sals are con­sis­tent and inte­res­ting. More infor­ma­ti­on and regis­tra­ti­on at the end of this page …

Tho­se inte­res­ted in resi­den­ce should express their inte­rest and enroll as soon as pos­si­ble (end of page) to secu­re a pla­ce. The orga­ni­za­ti­on will con­tact you to fol­low up the appli­ca­ti­on.

When asked by the orga­ni­za­ti­on par­ti­ci­pants must indi­ca­te whether they have a pro­ject in mind to deve­lop or an acti­vity to pro­po­se. The cle­a­rer the pro­jects and acti­vi­ti­es, as well as the roles played by each ele­ment of a team, the gre­a­ter the like­liho­od of the acti­vity or pro­ject to be inte­gra­ted into the resi­den­ce.

Vacan­ci­es in the resi­den­ce are limi­ted to 15, with the right accom­mo­da­ti­on and a daily meal. If the­re are more than 15 par­ti­ci­pants, the orga­ni­za­ti­on we’ll have to cho­o­se the most inte­res­ting pro­jects addres­sing the fol­lowing selec­ti­on cri­te­ria: cre­a­ti­vity, tech­no­lo­gi­es invol­ved, fea­si­bi­lity and time.

After the regis­tra­ti­on peri­od, appli­ca­ti­ons will be asses­sed by the orga­ni­zers and esta­blished resi­dent artists. We will begin the dis­cus­si­on of pro­jects / acti­vi­ti­es and defi­ne the resi­dency the­me.

Sam­ple Acti­vi­ti­es:
. Workshops
. Lec­tu­res
. Demos

Pro­ject the­me exam­ples:
. Elec­tro­nics and Phy­si­cal Com­pu­ting
. Inte­rac­ti­ve Ins­tal­la­ti­ons
. Per­for­man­ce
. Robo­tics
. Com­pu­ter Visi­on
. Data Visu­a­li­za­ti­on

Espaço do Tempo

Espaço do Tempo

Orga­ni­za­ção: Gui­lher­me Mar­tins, Ricar­do Lobo e Tia­go Ser­ra.

Resi­dên­cia AZ no Espa­ço do Tem­po
1ª Edi­ção

For­ma­dor: Audi­ên­cia Zero
Coor­de­na­dor: Audi­ên­cia Zero
Datas: 1 a 7 Mar­ço; 14 a 23 Junho; 12 a 25 Julho
Horá­rio: Todo Dia
Local: O Espa­ço do Tem­po (Mon­te­mor-o-Novo)
Pre­ço: 0 euros
Esta­do: Aber­tas as Ins­cri­ções

Pedi­do de Infor­ma­ções
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We’re still around!

May­be you’ve noti­ced that we haven’t upda­ted our blog much in the­se last weeks !

But don’t wor­ry, we’re still around and ready to rock.

The­re is actu­ally a major rea­son for this tem­po­rary bre­ak on news, we just moved to a new and gre­at spa­ce (check here some pic­tu­res). It is just an ama­zing pla­ce to run a hac­kers­pa­ce like ours!

This is just a small video showing all the work we are doing to get the new spa­ce ready.

We hope to have it all ready in the begin­ning of the next month, so stay tuned! 😉