“Do not be critics, you people, I beg you. I was a critic and I wish I could take it all back because it came from a smelly and ignorant place in me, and spoke with a voice that was all rage and envy. Do not dismiss a book until you have written one, and do not dismiss a movie until you have made one, and do not dismiss a person until you have met them. It is a fuckload of work to be open-minded and generous and understanding and forgiving and accepting, but Christ, that is what matters. What matters is saying yes.” — Dave Eggers
Wednesdays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov and 7, 14, 23 Dec 2011 from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
UPDATE (4 Jan 2011): Now continuing this every Wednesday until Easter at least.
Unit 6, Level 6 South
New England House
What is it?
I’ve mentioned this around to a few of you.
But have been hesitant to commit to anything until the big table I’ve ordered gets here.
It’s arriving today and I trust the delivery people to deliver, so we are go.
Starting this Wednesday 2 - 7pm, and continuing every Wednesday afternoon through to the end of the year, I’ll be opening my space in New England House to anyone who wants to come and learn and play around with Arduinos.
Arduinos are small, cheap, open-source computers that help you easily prototype physical interactive objects.
The afternoons will be unstructured.
The only rule you’ll notice is stolen from Access Space in Sheffield and that’s ‘if somebody needs help and you know how to help then you have to help’.
The space is basic and industrial.
There’s a big table that sits eight and eight chairs. There’s plenty of natural light and electricity and wifi and running water. There’s a kettle and a sink and tea.
Who is it for?
This is a technology that was made with artists and designers, not coders, in mind.
To begin with the idea is to play around with the technology and see what it is capable of letting us make.
I don’t know the first thing about electronics or programming.
It’ll be a quiet thing. No internet site.
In terms of cost, you will need to get hold of an Arduino Uno board (about £22) or similar (order from Cool Components, for example).
There’s a Maplins two minutes from the space for most other things you might need, e.g. LEDs, resistors, breadboards.
Also, if you’re coming along regularly, you might like to make a donation to the space (of, say, the amount of money you last withdrew from a cash machine or something like that).
There’s seating and table space for eight people max, so RSVP if you’re remotely interested …
“Loops starts from a new place. We see young people, not as a costly group at risk of negative experiences, to be protected, but rather as a potential resource, for each other, the wider community and society.” Did some work with Participle (the service design practice behind Loops) earlier this year. The thing that echoes around my head is they focus on capabilities over needs as a starting point. Super optimistic.