1. Soft-Circuit Workshop: Chatbot

    Come and make a cute Chatbot that talks back! This course is an introduction to soft-circuits and E-textiles, and basics of electronics for wearable technology.

    Using conductive materials for basic soft-circuit interaction techniques, the workshop will hack and embed a recordable device into your Chatbot, playing back Chatbot chatter.

    Price:

    £80, concessions £64

    When:

    Saturday 4th May 10.30pm – 5pm

    Where:

    The V&A Digital Studio, Sackler Centre
    Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

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  2. Data Visualisations with Twitter and Processing V2

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    Back by seriously popular demand…

    This workshop will show you how to programme a real-time graphical visualisation using live Twitter data.

    You will create your visualization using Processing. Processing is an open source programming language and integrated development environment (IDE) built for the electronic arts and visual design communities. You can download Processing here: http://processing.org/download/

    You will need your code to communicate with the Twitter API to retrieve tweets and information about users and their connections.  To avoid running into bandwidth limitation problems, you must authenticate using your own Twitter account details. Please create a Twitter account before the workshop if you do not already have one.

    We will cover the basic principles of Processing, working with pre-existing example code to highlight how it functions and the type of visuals you might want to create.

    You will design your Processing sketch using Twitter4J, a java library for the Twitter API.  We will the look at how to install and use the Twitter4J library and cover some of the queries that it supports to give you an idea of the type of information you can extract from the Twitter API.

    By the end of this workshop you will know how to produce a simple visualization using Twitter that will change in real time, and think about how you can incorporate an element of user interaction or simply display information in an illuminating or aesthetically pleasing way.

    What you will need to do in advance of this workshop

    Download Processing: http://processing.org/download
    Create a Twitter account: http://www.twitter.com

    Who?

    Shauna Concannon,  a literary studies grad turned electrical engineer, Shauna swapped Samuel Beckett for Alan Turing, taking up a PhD in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary in the University of London.

    When:

    18th May ‘2013 11.30am – 4pm

    Where?

    SPACE 129—131 MARE STREET LONDON E8 3RH

    Only £35!!!  This is a women only workshop. :) Sign Up!

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  3. Music Hackship aboard MS Stubnitz

    MzTEK will be on board MS Stubnitz along side Music Hackspace for a one day festival of musical hacking and contemporary sonic arts.

    As part of a day of workshops, events and performances MzTEK presents the workshop: Soft-Circuit Synth, 2.30 pm to 6 pm.

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    Make a wearable electric piano using e-textiles and soft-circuit techniques, sewing all electronic components and a speaker into fabric. Feel free to bring your own textile project to embed your synth into.

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    This workshop is open to anyone. Tickets are £55, and include day programme and entry to the evening performances. Book here for the MzTEK workshop.

    Where & When

    Saturday 30th March 2013
    Workshops 2pm until 6pm
    Performances until 11.30pm

    Onboard the MS Stubnitz, Canary Wharf, E14 9SB, London

    The evening program is headlined by Leafcutter John who combines vanguard electronics and processing with improvisation and traditional folk forms to great effect. He is joined by Riz Maslen and many further instrument builders, noise artists and electronic indeterminists from around the world.

    More info on the Hackship  program HERE.

     

     

     

  4. Data as Culture: Open Day

    The Open Data Institute (ODI) and MzTEK invite you to the Data as Culture Open Day on 16 March 2013, 12pm – 6pm.

    The Data as Culture collection is set in the offices of the ODI, and aims to bring tangible interventions into the mass accretion of data around us. This is an opportunity to see the artworks in the collection and speak to the curators and some of the artists.

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    Informal presentations from 2.30pm – 4pm, refreshments provided.

    Confirmed Artists

    Ellie Harrison, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, Phill Archer, Benedikt Gross

    Learn more about the artists and the artworks.

    Where

    Open Data Institute, 3rd Floor, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE

    When

    16 March 2013, 12pm – 6pm,  informal presentations take place between 2.30 – 4pm.

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