Mon 21st and Tue 22nd Oct
with Lizzie Malcolm/ http://lust.nl ‘Patterns and Parameters’
taking place in SWG3 studios
15 places, allocated on first come first served basis. Sign up (via the VLE) opens at 10am on monday morning (14th oct).
Starting from before computers, this workshop will introduce the relationship between code and creativity, specifically the concept of parametric design, and generative patterns.
We will look beyond software that has been made for design and explore ways to use computation as a tool in the creative process.
Beginning with a simple pattern generation program in the Processing language, we will manipulate input, process and output to build a generative visual system.
Sign up: opens, via the VLE design school community, at 10am on Mon 14th Oct.
Note: If you sign up for this event, you need to commit to being available 9am-5pm on both the mon 21st and tue 22nd Oct. 2013.
This event is mainly aimed at 3rd and 4th year undergrad students in order to fit around FOCI days etc, but there will be other events later in the year timed to suit other year groups.
Concrete Flux 流泥 is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary online journal, (edited by Solveig Suess, Vis-com-des person), which takes as its subject matter China’s hyper-fast emerging urban spaces, their meaning and one’s everyday experiences of them. They believe that a new configuration of space through urbanisation will lead to a new configuration of society. Their aim, then, is to contribute to some understanding of or gain insight into what these spaces, which seem to emerge faster than our minds can log and assess, may mean. Issue 1: Beijing is now live.
Facebook Analog Research Laboratory is, well, odd. Wired magazine, the breathless pronouncers of all that is ‘new’, write about it here. At first glance it would appear that to enter this ‘research lab’ you need to be able to convincingly pretend to yourself that it is 1953, be comfortable with the idea of ‘self-help’, and have read all editions to date of The Little Book of Calm. From the image above, and those in the link, you’ll see that all boxes are ticked. Proofing press (with new lick of paint) – tick!, fixie – tick!, Miley Cyrus(hang on, is this some kind of topical bandwagon jumping? -ed), weird distinction between analog [sic] and digital – tick!…
I am on Facebook, but I really don’t get it, and all this makes me wonder what dynamics are at play here? If it’s a desire to seem human, handmade, authentic, then is that desperation or pure cynicism? Is the supposed reverence of ‘traditional’ tools and techniques an attempt to search for some inspiration, or filling a worrying void in someones life and experiences? I find facebook, from a user perspective, to be a strange combination of simultaneously compelling and boring experiences. This kind of cultish hipster fetishism pushes me one step closer to web suicide 2.0
From the comments; “…the benefit of living in an urban environment are the social discrepant events that propel society forward – these “collisions” between disparate power structures and groups that shape our cultures and social innovations – this proposal effectively wants to eradicate this necessarily messy conflict and “negate authorship” – which is extremely alarming – because then it becomes impossible to pinpoint who is really behind the green curtain.”
Our friends at MakLab, Scotland’s first open access digital fabrication workshop, have been chosen as a finalist for the Google UK Global Impact Awards with nine other innovative social enterprises from the UK. If you would like to vote for them you can do so here, and help support this emerging facility for designers and makers.
“Dedbullets is a software construct. A generative identity. He reads my blog, and my twitter feed, and any other textual content we point him at. He munches it, remixes it and spits it back out in the form of tweets. For extra authenticity he has, at times, been allowed access to posts I haven’t made public, so occasionally quotes content I’ve never before shared. If his tweets sound like the kind of thing I’d say, it’s because they are the kind of thing I’d say.”
*TBTB or ‘Too Busy To Blog’ is a symptom of modern life whereby sufferers experience a chronic build-up of hyperlinks that can only be dealt with by a long, disjointed and dissociative blog-post. The following are all reference points and links that have come up through, or as a result of, studio discussions over the last term or so. The approach borrows a little from the excellent things.
Dominic Wilcox + MakLab is the next Feral Studio event, tickets available from that link there. Sign-up for the workshop, which will run on monday and tuesday (4th and 5th march) will be open at 10am tomorrow (Tues 26th Feb), to my usual email address.
This in-depth article about Little Printer looks at the process behind the product, (which is probably more of an indication of future products than a fait-accompli), with some really interesting observations about design process, ‘discipline’ and more.
Roy is running the following workshops at MAKLAB. Well interesting.
Thurs 15th Nov 6pm-8pm
Preparing vector artwork for lasercutting (using Illustrator/Inkscape)
£5/£3 members – bring your own laptop with Illustrator or Inkscape on if you wish
Thurs 22nd Nov 7pm-10pm
Glasgow Open Source Hardware Group presents: Using conductive inks – with Mike Shorter and Tom Metcalfe of Dundee University
price TBC – probably £7/£5 members – includes materials
Thurs 29th Nov 6pm-8pm
An introduction to Arduino
£5/£3 members – bring an Arduino and laptop if you have one.
Email roy at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
This article on Rhizome.org, and the accompanying audio discussion, may be interesting. I don’t know, I simply haven’t had time to read or listen to it. It may well relate to a lot of the other stuff we have about ‘attention‘. Possibly.
Thanks to Nick, Lizzie, Floris and Malcolm (pictured, as drone) for a fantastic series of talks last night, and a great workshop – If you have research material you gathered, please do upload it to the tumblr.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the emergent architectural forms of Google Dominion, you can read one of Momus’s blog posts about it here. I can also recommend reading up on Heterofascist Park if you want to know which young Scottish architects are going to be forging a new nation in the event of Independence happening.
Thanks too, to Seb and Sophie for the lovely new Feral Studio website.