1. MzTEK Unplugged: Jim Prevett **WED JUNE 24th, 7-9pm**

    Come and join us for the last MzTEK Unplugged b4 schools out 4 summer.

    This Wednesday 24th June from 7-9pm
    Leon restaurant, 12 Ludgate Circus, London EC4M 7LQ


    Jim Prevett will present

    Power Up art- A short history of technology and art.
    Technology has difficult relationship with art. it has a history of challenging the status quo and potentially democratising art. Gradually challenging technologies tend to become integrated into the art gallery structure. This will briefly show some of the pioneering works leading through from ink to telecommunications .

    Jim Prevett studied Fine Art (Sculpture) at Sheffield Hallam University in 1999. He works with prevett & mcArthur who have exhibited across the UK and internationally including ‘Echo City’ at the British Pavilion for Venice Biennale of Architecture 2006, The Perfect Real at King Street Arts Centre and ‘His life is full of miracles…’ videotech at Site Gallery Sheffield. Jim ran the arts programme for Access Space in Sheffield for 2 years establishing a residency programme and producing LOSS Livecode, a festival of ‘livecoding’ audio. Access Space is the UK’s first recycled technology medialab, using open source software to invigorate old computers and creativity using computers. Jim has worked with Encounters community based arts organisation in Sheffield and as part of New Dust.

    Jim currently works as the Emergent Technologies Producer at SPACE media in Hackney, where he runs programmes such as the PermaCultures series of residencies and workshops and FutureTV youth media development. He is an Associate Lecturer on the undergraduate Fine Art (media) course at at Sheffield Hallam University. Jim lives and works in London and Sheffield.

  2. MzTEK Unplugged : Ele Carpenter **this Wed 17th June**

    Ele will be talking about her current research project Open Source Embroidery. Please feel free to bring along your knitting and coding patterns to share and modify.

    This Wednesday 17th June from 7-9pm
    Leon restaurant, Bankside, 7 Canvey Street (Behind the Tate Modern) London, SE1 9AN See MAP

    The Open Source Embroidery project was initiated by Ele Carpenter in 2005. The project has grown to support and facilitate a range of artists practice investigating the relationship between programming for embroidery and computing. It’s based on the common characteristics of needlework crafts and open source computer programming: gendered obsessive attention to detail; shared social process of development; and a transparency of process and product. Open Source Embroidery is a socially engaged art project developed through workshops and an email list: os-embroidery@googlegroups.com There are also groups on Facebook and Flickr.

    Ele’s blog Ele Weekend documents the project and posts information about current workshops and exhibitions.

    Ele Carpenter is an independent curator and researcher based in Umea in Northeast Sweden, Newcastle upon Tyne and London, UK. She is currently undertaking a Research Fellowship at HUMlab in affiliation with the BildMuseet at the University of Umea, Sweden. Her curatorial practice responds to specific socio-political cultural contexts in collaboration with individuals, groups and organisations. Her life-long interest in the relationship between creativity and political action, has been influenced by her formative years at Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and on Cruisewatch. Fleeing the polarities of activism to join the art-world, she has continuously interrogated the relationship between cultural and political change through curatorial creative practice. Her research has written, curatorial and creative outcomes including mapping, embroidery, and research projects on this website.

    Ele recieved her PhD on the relationship between politicised socially engaged art and new media art, with CRUMB at the University of Sunderland in 2008. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Gallery & Museum Studies from the University of Manchester (1996), and undertook her BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University (1993).

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  3. Next Unplugged: Ilze Black **Wed 3rd June 7-9pm **

    Come and chill out with a cool beer and have a chat with new media artist and producer Ilze Black.

    Ilze will talk about her work as media artist and producer. She has curated numerous media productions, art events and happenings in and around London during last 10 years. In 1990s post-Soviet Latvia, Ilze helped to set up the
    seminal art initiative art bureau OPEN, and staged seminal events like Open, Biosport and the Untitled: subvertising session in the streets of Riga. In 2003 Ilze Co-founded new media society Take2030. Her projects focus on network populism, free wireless, open communities and transnational society.

    Ilze is currently media arts curator at Watermans art centre London and is an associate of HiveNetworks, Class Wargames and Node.London.


    Leon restaurant, Bankside, 7 Canvey Street (Behind the Tate Modern) London
    SE1 9AN

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  4. MzTEK Unplugged: Sarah Angliss

    7pm to 9pmish – 27th May 2009

    Better living through ALife

    Sound artist, engineer and semi-competent programmer Sarah Angliss (Spacedog UK) shares a handful of cunningly simple tricks, inspired by animals, that can be used to make your exhibits, programs and anything else you can dream of more sublime. Use ‘bee vision’ to track small moving objects with very little computing power. Borrow some ideas from Darwian evolution to solve problems at great speed. Give people the impression you’ve made a really intelligent robot, when there’s very little ‘under the hood’. Sarah is coming fresh from her music and automata show Electroplasm at the Brighton festival fringe, where she performed to rave reviews.


    Leon restaurant, Bankside, 7 Canvey Street (Behind the Tate Modern) London SE1 9AN map

  5. MzTEK Unplugged: Alex McLean ***TONIGHT***


    Alex will be talking about the nature of code, of geometrical space, and the relationship between them. This will lead into a demo of vocable synthesis, a way of controlling synthesised drums with words.

    Alex is one third of the live coding band http://slub.org, a PhD student at Goldsmiths digital studios and co-organiser of various events including dorkbotlondon. He enjoys computer programming as a way of making music and of interacting with the world. More info about his projects and activities may be found at http://yaxu.org/


    Leon restaurant, Bankside, 7 Canvey Street (Behind the Tate Modern) London SE1 9AN map