InProcess:ing v1.6 & v1.7 (Xmas Social)

November 22nd, 2010

an open forum for sharing creative coding and practice
a scheme by Madlab and Cybersonica
v1.6 – Mark Pilkington/Thought Universe
[Session] v1.6 – Mark Pilkington
Thursday, 25th November, 7-10pm
(and fourth Thursday – or thereabouts – of the month thereafter)
Madlab (Manchester Digital Laboratory)
36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)
madlab.org.uk
inprocessing.cybersonica.org

  • ‘In-the-flesh’ presentation by Manchester based performer and composer of electronic and electroacoustic music Mark Pilkington. A way of audio/visual thinking – looking at the relationship between visual and audio composition languages using computer coding with particular reference to Processing and Max/MSP;
  • Informal ‘show-and-tell’ and ‘open-laptop’ sessions (go on… bring some of your own work along)
  • Join us at the next session to see Processing in action, meet other interested and like-minded people and find out more about the project and how to get involved;
  • Visit the InProcess:ing website to catch up with developments and future plans, watch past presentations and follow up on interesting links;
  • Join the forum and share your favourite Processing sketches, suggest practitioners/work for future presentations, offer useful techniques and online resources and tell us what you’d like to see from the project.

v1.7 – Xmas Social
[Event] v1.7 – Xmas Social
Thursday, 9th December, 7-10-ishpm

  • Live audiovisual and sound performances from Mark Pilkington a.k.a. Thought Universe and para_musician  Chris Gladwin;
  • Interactive Installations from Mike Blow and The Sancho Plan;
  • Informal ‘exhibition’ of personal projects (go on… show some of your own work);
  • Free drink and nibbles (but please ‘bring a bottle’ too to supplement our limited bar stock) ;-)

InProcess:ing takes a seasonal break from its usual presentational format to showcase creative coding and DIY electronics in practice…

The Xmas Social is an open invitation to everyone who has participated in Cybersonica’s InProcess:ingMake It Yourself and One Button Challenge sessions and workshops at Madlab, Fab Lab Manchester, Manchester Art Gallery and AND Festival to come together for an evening of socialising and entertainment.

Really hope you can all drop by and join us.

If you have a creative coding or DIY electronics project of your own that you’d like to showcase, is technologically self-contained and can be set up relatively easily for the night then contact Lewis –lewis [@] cybersonica.org to discuss.

For more details including biogs, photos and links and to sign up and share – inprocessing.cybersonica.org.

Make It Yourself – Sessions & Workshops

November 7th, 2010

Cybersonica with Openlab Workshops and Manchester Art Gallery present:
Make It Yourself
openlabworkshops.org
www.manchestergalleries.org

Thursday, 11th November, 7-9pm
Mike Blow – maker of the Theremuino – presents at
DIWO (do it with others) – http://bit.ly/ayFH4G
Fab Lab Manchester, Chips, 2 Lampwick Lane (off Old Mill Street), Manchester M4 6BU 
FREE

Documentation at the Make It Yourself Flickr set.

Saturday, 13th November, 11am-4pm
Re-Make It Yourself – Theremuino
Resource Room, 2nd Floor, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester UK M2 3JL
FREE/£25 contribution to components for makers – booking for makers via http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1021941655

Mike Blow (http://www.evolutionaryart.co.uk/) re-makes his Theremuino explaining the process and answering onlookers questions – while also offering FOUR people the chance to make their own using his ‘Theremuino kit’ following Mike through the construction process.

Documentation at the Make It Yourself Flickr set and Make It Yourself Vimeo album.

Sunday, 28th November, 2-4pm
Re-Make It Yourself – USB Digital Microscope
Resource Room, 2nd Floor, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester UK M2 3JL
FREE

Cybersonica’s Lewis Sykes re-makes ‘Build a USB Digital Microscope in 60 mins and $15’ by Moris Zen

Documentation at the Make It Yourself Flickr set and Make It Yourself Vimeo album.

Saturday, 11th & Sunday, 12th December, 10.30am-4.30pm
Make It Yourself Weekend Workshop
Education Studio 2, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester UK M2 3JL
£25/£20 students – booking via http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1022029919

Cybersonica and Openlab Workshops host a weekend workshop to help you Make It Yourself – recreating a selection of objects from the exhibition and in the process providing practical ‘hands-on’ experience and an overview of basic electronics and working with Arduinos. Contributing artists Chris Gladwin (http://www.psybertron.co.uk/cgladwin.htm) – Potato Synthesis and Mike Blow – Theremuino will be on-hand to help you recreate, experiment and ‘jam’ with their devices. The workshop will culminate in a presentation and performance in the Manchester Art Gallery Atrium with objects made during the workshop. With several projects to choose from the workshop is suitable for both beginner and more experienced makers.

Sunday, 12th December, 3.30-4.30pm
Make It Yourself Performance
The Atrium, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester UK M2 3JL
FREE

A presentation and sound performance of replicated and modified devices from Make It Yourself and the Weekend Workshop.

Make It Yourself – Selected Works

October 24th, 2010

Cybersonica with Openlab Workshops and Manchester Art Gallery present:
Make It Yourself
openlabworkshops.org
www.manchestergalleries.org

Make It Yourself is an exhibition of inventive Arduino and DIY electronic-circuitry projects to accompany the major solo exhibition Recorders by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - see http://bit.ly/9WLZCJ for more information - at Manchester Art Gallery between 18 September 2010 to 30 January 2011.

A rapidly expanding community of people worldwide is taking advantage of new, cheaper technology and a growing pool of shared knowledge to make things for themselves – useful things, clever things, silly things, unique things. Make It Yourself is a ‘small but perfectly formed’ show of a handpicked half-dozen of these hand-made devices.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Recorders and Make it Yourself are supported by Arts Council England. Cybersonica’s contribution to Make It Yourself is supported by the PRS Foundation – www.prsformusicfoundation.com.

The Make It Yourself works are now (almost) all on display in the Resource Room, 2nd Floor, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester UK M2 3JL.

For details about the artists and works – including ‘How To Guides’ (where available) Read the rest of this entry »

InProcess:ing v1.5

September 20th, 2010

an open forum for sharing creative coding and practice
a scheme by Madlab and Cybersonica
Hyo-jung Seo
http://inprocessing.cybersonica.org/v1-4-evan-raskob-pixelism/
Thursday, 23rd September, 7-10pm
(and third Thursday – or thereabouts – of the month thereafter)
Madlab (Manchester Digital Laboratory)
36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)
madlab.org.uk
inprocessing.cybersonica.org

  • ‘In-the-flesh’ presentation by Korean media artist and designer Hyo-jung Seo – expanding the senses through interactive media, installations and performance to explore communication between people;
  • Telematic presentation by Ida Prag and Bjake Rønnow with Sune Petersen and real-time remote control from Madlab of a VU meter installed in a staircase in an old silo at the harbour front in Aalborg, Denmark during the Blip festival at Platform4;
  • Informal ‘show-and-tell’ and ‘open-laptop’ sessions (go on… bring some of your own work along)
  • Join us at the next session to see Processing in action, meet other interested and like-minded people and find out more about the project and how to get involved;
  • Visit the InProcess:ing website to catch up with developments and future plans, watch past presentations and follow up on interesting links;
  • Join the forum and share your favourite Processing sketches, suggest practitioners/work for future presentations, offer useful techniques and online resources and tell us what you’d like to see from the project.

For more details including biogs, photos and links and to sign up and share – inprocessing.cybersonica.org.

One Button Challenge

August 29th, 2010

Photo by Audrey Penven (audreypenven.net) of Jonathan Moore’s Doubt Button exhibited as part of One Button Objects curated by Kokoromi (kokoromi.org) and Create Digital Motion (createdigitalmotion.com) at GAFFTA (gaffta.org), SF, 12 March 2010.









Cybersonica with Openlab Workshops and Abandon Normal Devices
Manchester Workshop
Monday, 4th October, 11am-5pm
Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH
with an optional second day Tuesday, 5th October, 11am-5pm
Fab Lab Manchester, Chips, 2 Lampwick Lane (off Old Mill Street), New Islington, Manchester, M4 6BU
8 FREE places now available (on a first come first served basis)
£45/£35 students (both days)/£35/£30 students (first day only) - book and buy your ticket via Eventbrite
London Workshop
starts Wednesday, 8th September, 7-9.45pm for five sessions (4 Wednesdays + one or more Tuesdays)
SPACE Studios, 129—131 Mare Street, London E8 3RH
£160 for the whole 5 weeks - check Openlab Workshop site for booking details
openlabworkshops.org
www.andfestival.org.uk

A combination workshop and challenge to see who can build the most creative device using only a single button for user interaction.

In a world where our interaction with technology is dominated by qwerty keyboards, multi-functional hand-held devices, motion-detection controllers and touch screens what becomes of the lowly, single button? Is it still possible to find inventiveness in simplicity?

The One Button Challenge attempts to answer the question – setting this simple limitation as both a physical and creative boundary.

This October, Openlab Workshops and Cybersonica present a One Button Challenge as part of the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival, Manchester, UK.

In the run-up, we are offering both a 5-week workshop in London and an intensive two-day workshop in Manchester on how to design and build your own One Button Device.

We trust in your imagination to create things which will amaze, surprise, entertain, inform, humour and perhaps even offend. So go on, ask yourself what your button would do… and take up the challenge!

For more details and background to the project check the One Button Devices Workshop at Openlab Workshops.


Call to ‘Make It Yourself’

August 20th, 2010

Cybersonica with Openlab Workshops and Manchester Art Gallery present:
Make It Yourself
openlabworkshops.org
www.manchestergalleries.org

CALL FOR EXISTING WORKS

Make It Yourself is an exhibition of inventive Arduino and DIY electronic-circuitry projects to accompany the major solo exhibition Recorders by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer at Manchester Art Gallery between 18 September 2010 to 30 January 2011.

See http://www.manchestergalleries.org/whats-on/exhibitions/index.php?itemID=73 for more information.

A rapidly expanding community of people worldwide is taking advantage of new, cheaper technology and a growing pool of shared knowledge to make things for themselves – useful things, clever things, silly things, unique things. Make It Yourself is a ‘small but perfectly formed’ show of a handpicked half-dozen of these hand-made devices.

We are now accepting submissions of existing Arduino and DIY electronic-circuitry projects from artists, hobbyists, hackers, DIY musicians and anyone interested in making things for themselves wishing to exhibit their work as part of Make It Yourself.

We are looking for pieces that reveal and demonstrate:

  • unique devices born out of imagination or happy accident
  • how everyday artifacts actually work
  • custom-made tools born out of a frustration that nothing else quite does the job
  • modified consumer products that now do something their manufacturers never conceived of.

Overall we are looking for inventive projects that demonstrate a wide range of function and form, simplicity and complexity, humour and intent.

We expect creators of selected works to provide a project ‘info pack’ of design schematics, component lists, code and step-by-step assembly instructions.

Deadline: Monday, 13 September 2010.
Notification: Friday 17 September 2010.
Download: application PDF (right-click and “Download Linked File” or equivalent)

MORE ABOUT MAKE IT YOURSELF

The exhibition will also feature creator ‘making as performance’ sessions, public ‘hands- on’ workshops, ‘Instructables’ guides, a collation of local and online resources and a bit of ‘hacking’ and ‘modding’.

A small selection of exhibition contributors will be invited to Manchester Art Gallery in October 2010 to ‘remake’ their piece in the exhibition space – the process being filmed as a time-lapse for later playback throughout the exhibition and photographed for the exhibition ‘Instructables’ guides. These ‘remade’ versions will be added to the exhibition space for visitors to interact with.

Openlab Workshops will run a number of practical workshops at Manchester Art Gallery inspired by this exhibition and aimed at a range of audiences.

Once the exhibition has opened, a secondary and local ‘Call for Modification’ will collate and realise ideas which hack and modify the original works – as a practical demonstration of the ongoing and unpredictably enjoyable evolution of communally shared ideas and projects.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Recorders and Make it Yourself are supported by Arts Council England. Cybersonica’s contribution to Make It Yourself is supported by the PRS Foundation – www.prsformusicfoundation.com.

DIY Music Day

August 20th, 2010

Saturday, 14th August, 10am-5pm
World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool
soundnetwork.org.uk

Explore the world museum through music. Make thumb pianos, listen to instruments from all over the world and perform music with DIY instruments. No musical experience necessary!

DIY Music Day aims to engage the public with the World Museum’s collections in new ways through great art and music. All the artists involved embody a DIY spirit of play and exploration; subtle, scary,  challenging, weird, unfinished spiritual and fun.

Artists were hidden in and amongst the museum galleries to allow the public to explore and be surprised; and others play key performances in the Atrium and outside the building

Featuring: Apatt, Anthony Seydu, Beat Life, Mike Carney, Stuart Carswell, How Why DIY, Norman’s Organs, Joe McLaughlin, Sam Meech, Megaphone Orchestra, Music Boxes from the museum collection, Noise Club.

DIY Music Day is a co-production between National Museum Liverpool, SoundNetwork and the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Plus Northwest Scheme. Curated and produced by Ross Dalziel & Donna Lyon.

Swap Meet at Big Chill 10

August 20th, 2010
Photos by PixelPusher, Tim Simpson Photography and The Northern Light Painters.

Friday, 5th – Sunday, 8th August
Swap Meet in The Enchanted Garden, The Big Chill, Eastnor Castle Deer Park, nr. Ledbury, Herefordshire

After a successful first event at The Barbican in February, Swap Meet headed to The Big Chill Festival this summer! A nod to the infamous Roadium Open Air Market swap meets of the 80s, where Dr Dre distributed his mix-tapes including lyrics from artists LL Cool J, 2 Live Crew and samples from Kraftwork.

Extending contemporary mix-tape and bedroom studio culture Swap Meet facilitates live and physical face-to-face exchange of material between artists operating from different genres enabling experimentation and infinite collaging possibilities.

Swap Meet invites a broad spectrum of artists and organisations to the Big Chill. From pioneering contemporary classical record label and classical music super club promoters Non-Classical, to youth music organisations including Urban Development and Rising Tide. With a good dose of sonic arts and experimentation provided from organisations including MFA Computational Studio Arts at Goldsmiths University, FACT and Cybersonica.

http://www.bigchill.net/festival/line-up/swap-meet

Cybersonica at Swap Meet

With support from the PRS Foundation music, sound, art and technology agency Cybersonica gathered a talented crew of artists for an eclectic mix of audiovisual installation, ‘hands-on’ workshop and performance at Swap Meet including:

  • Tristan Brady-Jacobs’ aka digiteyes aka TV-LUX – spinnies video grid, light graffiti and VJ set
  • Tony Langford of Fish Nights – DJ set of deep house and melodic grooves for a Saturday night
  • Madlab’s (Manchester Digital Laboratory) ‘bristle-bot’ workshop
  • Me and The Machine’s When We Meet Again  – a wearable film and one-to-one performance
  • The Northern Light Painters’ light painting portraits and landscapes and various DJ sets
  • Nick Rothwell a.k.a. Cassiel – live electronica set and particle animation system in Field+Processing
  • Evan Raskob a.k.a. PixelPusher – VJ set and surrealist, hand-animated music video installation ‘Drawn Together’
  • Lewis Sykes aka Prodical – electronica DJ set and DIY music-making workshop
  • Olly Venning’s stop-frame animation workshop
  • wesellcolours’ The Radial Instance Archive – a DIY Matrix style ‘bullet-time’ camera rig

For artist biogs, descriptions of works and more details visit the Programme page.

For photographs visit Cybersonica’s Swap Meet at Big Chill 10 Flickr set - or PixelPusher’s PixelPusher and Co at Big Chill 2010 & Best of Big Chill 2010 Flickr sets.

A compilation video of various outputs from The Northern Light Panters’ light painting portraits and landscapes, TV-LUX’s spinnies video grid and light graffiti, Olly Venning’s stop-frame animation workshop and wesellcolours DIY ‘bullet-time’ camera rig will be available shortly via Cybersonica on Vimeo.

Intro Processing for Everyone

June 10th, 2010

InProcess:ing and Madlab present an OpenLab Workshop
Friday, 18th June 10.30am-4.30pm
WORKSHOP FULL – £15/£10 students - buy your ticket via Eventbrite
http://inprocessing.cybersonica.org/intro-processing-for-everyone/
Madlab (Manchester Digital Laboratory)
36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)
madlab.org.uk
inprocessing.cybersonica.org
openlabworkshops.org

InProcess:ing and Madlab are pleased to welcome Evan Raskob – founder and organiser of Openlab Workshops – making art and music with open source/free software around London and the UK.

This condensed one-day version of the regular Openlab 5-evening course will be a relaxed but project-focused introduction to programing in Processing and interactive art and design in general. We will spend the bulk of the day on basic methods of working with code, general workflow and feeling your way around the Processing environment, along the way building some small projects and gaining inspiration from art, design and technologies such as Wii remotes, RFID, OSC, video and more. The material is flexible, based on the needs and wishes of the people attending.

UPDATE: We’re really pleased the workshop is fully subscribed – but do get in touch if you’ve missed out and are disapponted – info [at] cybersonica.net (a stand in contact address ’til the cybersonica.org mailserver gets sorted). We are hoping to run other Processing and related workshops in the future and we’d be keen to find out if there’s any interest.

InProcess:ing v1.4

June 10th, 2010

an open forum for sharing creative coding and practice
a scheme by Madlab and Cybersonica
Evan Raskob a.k.a. PixelPusher – pixelism
http://inprocessing.cybersonica.org/v1-4-evan-raskob-pixelism/
Thursday, 17th June, 7-10pm
(and third Thursday – or thereabouts – of the month thereafter)
Madlab (Manchester Digital Laboratory)
36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)
madlab.org.uk
inprocessing.cybersonica.org

  • ‘In-the-flesh’ presentation by London based live video performance artist or “pixelist” Evan Raskob a.k.a. PixelPusher – demonstrating his homemade software that generates video out of a controlled chaos of photographic images, simple shapes, animations, sounds, and live video feeds;
  • Informal ‘show-and-tell’ and ‘open-laptop’ sessions (go on… bring some of your own work along)
  • Join us at the next session to see Processing in action, meet other interested and like-minded people and find out more about the project and how to get involved;
  • Visit the InProcess:ing website to catch up with developments and future plans, watch past presentations and follow up on interesting links;
  • Join the forum and share your favourite Processing sketches, suggest practitioners/work for future presentations, offer useful techniques and online resources and tell us what you’d like to see from the project.

For more details including biogs, photos and links and to sign up and share – inprocessing.cybersonica.org.