1. MzTEK at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire!

    This Saturday the Mini Maker Faire is coming to Brighton and for the first time we’re going to be part of it, showcasing some pieces from Chi-TEK!

    Chi-TEK is a tea inspired showcase of technologically modified teapots by internationally acclaimed women interaction designers, sound artists, bio artists, architects, and performance artists.

    Chi-TEK, based on the acronym for Computer Human Interaction, celebrates the talent and innovation that women bring to arts and technology. The exhibition of technologically modified teapots first showcased at the V&A Sackler Centre, and in the V&A John Madejski Garden as part of London Design Festival 2011, in the playful guise of a tea party. Almost a year on from the Chi-TEK tea party MzTEK brings a selection of the Chi-TEK hacked teapots to the Brighton Mini Maker Faire.

    The showcase of playful, witty and thought provoking work explores themes of ritual, nostalgia and sociopolitical contexts surrounding tea and tea making. Some women embraced and embellished the rituals, some women rejected them, while others reinvented the teapot. Chi-TEK challenges the cultural association between masculinity and technology, whilst providing a tongue-in-cheek take on what women really get up to around the kitchen table.

    The interactive art works at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire by Mouna Andraos & Melissa Mongiat, Tine Bech and Artemis Papageorgiou, are a selection of the 15 amazing hacked teapots by leading women artists and designers commissioned for Chi-TEK with the support of ACE Grants for the Arts.

    This Is Not A Teapot by Artemis Papageorgiou

    LightPot by Tine Bech

    On The Difficulty of Serving Tea by Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat

    The details for the Brighton Mini Maker Faire are as follows:


    Corn Exchange and Dome Foyer Bar
    Brighton Dome
    12a Pavilion Buildings
    Castle Square
    BN1 1EE


    Saturday 8th September, 10am – 5pm

    For more info about the Maker Faire please visit the website, and for any further information about Chi-TEK please email us at info@mztek.org


  2. Hacked Human Orchestra Drop-in Sessions This Week!

    MzTEK needs your help!

    After the success of our first Hacked Human Orchestra workshop, in collaboration Guerilla Science, Engineer Shauna Concannon and Kobakant, we are running two drop in sessions at our home, the Centre for Creative Collaboration, for soldering and making soft sensors! The items created in these sessions will be put towards our Hacked Human Orchestra, which will be taking form at both Shambala and Wilderness festivals in August.

    We need 60 little speakers soldering to wires, which will be the sound outputs for our wearable instruments as well as 99 more sensors created which will be the inputs for playing the instruments! This includes dino spikes, stretchy chains, pompoms and buttons, the latter of which you can see on our wearable piano.

    To see what we got up to at our last Hacked Human Orchestra workshop, please check out the video on Vimeo.

    This will be an un-tutored drop-in session so to attend you do need to have a previous understanding of soldering and working with soft circuits. We will be there of course to assist where needed however :)

    Centre for Creative Collaboration
    16 Acton Street London Greater London WC1X 9NG

    Thursday 2nd August 2012 – 3pm – 9pm


    Friday 3rd August – 3pm – 9pm

    To attend please email us at info@mztek.com or just drop in!

    Please note this is a women only session.