City Strolls - events - meetings
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Electron Club Open Day
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Electron Club Open Day
2pm-8pm Saturday 13th June 2009
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
all events are FREE
For more info see: http://www.electronclub.org
The Electron Club is a voluntary run space where people interested in
things like free open source software, circuit bending, hardware
hacking, computer recycling, streaming, audio and video editing, green
technologies, and amateur radio can meet, use equipment, and share and
disseminate their skills and ideas. The space supports both individuals
developing their own projects and a number of group projects, all of
which are not-for-profit initiatives with a community, educational or
environmental aspect to them.
Now in our third year, the Electron Club Open Days are an opportunity to
see and try out a range of things that people do, as well as having the
opportunity to meet others with similar interests, make, chat, discuss
TESLA SOUL - Electron Club Makers Fair and homebaking
Stalls and demos by electronic makers, designers and artists. An
opportunity to see and play with some of the projects created by
Electron Club members and related groups - a theremin menagerie and mini
synthesizer kits from Clockworkrobot, 3D paper engineering, circuit
bending, micro FM radio, DIY wind power technology, creative computer
trash recycling, 101 things to do with a dead keyboard, video-into-audio
transformations by Ben Rush, members of 'Inspector Tapehead'
demonstrating their "Tapehead Inspector", a custom built instrument for
making music from old magnetic tape, and much more. Plus some of the
excellent home-baking that has been hallmark of all our Open Days. Come
and do a bit of soldering or have a cup of tea and chat with the people
who make things.
TAPE-WIRE-HEAD-SCREEN - music, film and sound arts
starts 2pm, film at 6pm
The Electron Club includes many people working in music, film and
experimental arts. Document, the UK's leading human rights film
festival, will be showing the UK premier of "A Bar at Victoria Station",
a sharp, witty film, shot in a direct cinema style about East European
migrant workers by the Polish director Dawid Leszek. There will be a
media kiosk with films made by Electron Club members and groups such as
the Digital Desperados, a film-group for young black and Asian women.
Indoors, we'll have a live performance of Alvin Lucier's legendary
"Music on A Long Thin Wire" by members of 'Obscure Desire of the
Bourgeoisie' and 'BuffalobuffalobuffaloBuffalobuffalo'. Outdoors, artist
Lucie Potter will invite people on a specially planned sound walk with
micro radio broadcasts around the Garnethill area.
THE LIFE OF SOCIAL THINGS - socially-engaged technology forum
A series of discussions about different ways in which society and
technology come together.
2pm - Glasgow FabLabs
FabLabs are small scale fabrication and construction workshops that
provide computerised production technologies on an artisanal scale
making them available to communities and independent makers and
designers. From inner-city Boston to remote Indian villages, FabLabs
have become a worldwide network of community technology centres. Glasgow
FabLabs is a project aiming to bring such a centre to Glasgow. This
forum will present the ideas behind the Glasgow FabLabs project and
explore the benefits of community-access technology.
3pm - Community Media and Citizens Journalism
The internet has offered a platform for communities and groups outside
of the mainstream media to have a voice and share knowledge. Whilst
there are many notable examples of such activity, the tools to create
such a democratized media space are still often out of people's reach.
This forum will look at some practical examples of community media
coming from Glasgow, present some current projects looking to make
ordinary people's voices more prominent and explore the relationships
between the grass-roots and mainstream media.
4pm - Technology, Social Justice and the Environment
How can we use technology for the greater common good? Whilst the
advance of technology promotes the promise of a better world, that
promise has often been compromised or undermined in how we make use of
such advances. Certain technological developments have contributed to
environmental and social problems on a scale arguably never seen before.
Technology, however, has also been used to tackle such issues as climate
change and social injustice. This forum will share and explore some
practical examples being used in Scotland today, from noise monitoring
devices to participatory video and community mapping projects.
RAFFLE - broadband fundraiser
This year we are raising funds to improve our network facilities at the
Electron Club and we will be doing a raffle with prizes including a
group voucher to go paintballing.
*** EXTRA ***
As part of the CCA's new exhibition "This Land is Your Land" Electron
Club member Bob Hamilton, founder of City Strolls will lead tours of
Glasgow city centre, questioning how we view the architecture and makeup
of the city by renegotiating streets and pathways in order to consider
them differently. On Saturday 6th and Saturday 13th June, meet at CCA