Colab Residencies Archive
The Big Room | Work. Space. Sounds.
Inaugural Digital Artist in Residence, Luke Munn is creating The Big Room - a room that explores our everyday work spaces. He describes The Big Room as “a fluctuating sonic space - a combination of concrete floors, motorway ambience, conversation snippets and ambience which is constantly shifting, and only possible through the online medium."
Munn invites the public to contribute their own acoustic to this unique soundscape, by submitting a short audio recording and image of their room.
There’s no need for elaborate equipment. No technical skills or editing are required. It's about listening to your space and attempting to capture that - whether that's very quiet (silent), loud, chaotic, or 'uneventful'.
Mash-up, warp, bend, twist CoLab (the interdisciplinary creative technology centre at AUT University and The Big Idea website (the online home of New Zealand’s creative community) are calling for applications from creative practitioners and artists interested in being The Big Idea’s first online artist-in-residence. Intrigued? Read on . . .
Matthew Kenyon, Associate Professor at Pennsylvania State University, USA will be hosted by CoLab from June 22 to July 21. Matt teaches physical computing, video and 3D animation. He is one half of the S.W.A.M.P group (Studies of Work, Atmospheres and Mass Production) with Douglas Easterly. Douglas is currently based at Victoria University in Wellington where he is teaching programming and multimedia in the Department of Architecture and Design. S.W.A.M.P work is critical, technological and often very funny. For more info see www.swamp.nu.
During his visit Matt will be offering student workshops on Max Jitter to Digital Design students, as well as running 'Bio – Fi', a hands-on public workshop that combines data mining and data realization expressely for the creating of works of art/design. This workshop is most recent in a series of physical computing workshops by Doug Easterly and Matt Kenyon they presented several one-day workshops on this theme at the Guerilla Studio Siggraph in 2005 and ISEA 2008.
Matt will be the keynote speaker at a CoLab Symposium that will take place on Friday 17 July. Scholars and artists from widely different disciplines will explore notions of social activism, new technologies and the modern surveillance state – details will be posted soon.
Matt will also create an Urban project in association with an exhibition at MIC Toi Rerehiko.
June 2-14th 2009
Dr Leah Beuchley, Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab and director of the High-Low Tech research group will be a guest of CoLab in early June. Leah is a well-known expert in the field of electronic textiles (e-textiles), and her work in this area includes developing a method for creating cloth printed circuit boards (fabric PCBs) and designing the commercially available LilyPad Arduino toolkit. She was the recipient of the best paper award at the 2006 International Symposium on Wearable Computers. Buechley received PhD and MS degrees in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in physics from Skidmore College. The programme for Leah’s visit will include her delivering a keynote address at a CoLab Conference and workshops, details to be posted shortly. For more information about Leah and her work see http://web.media.mit.edu/~leah/
January –July 2009
Evren Uzer and Otto von Busch
Evren Uzer is an urban planner and designer based in Istanbul working on post-disaster shelter, participatory housing and risk mitigation. She is about to submit her PhD on cultural heritage at risk. Otto von Busch is a designer working on participatory cultures and fashion. He has a PhD from Goteborg University on fashion design. Evren and Otto both make projects under ‘roomservices’ that reflect their wide inquisitiveness for experimenting with tools and techniques for providing a different viewpoint or celebrating the differences in everyday life (see www.roomservices.org). Evren and Otto, together with James Charlton, have developed a project for CoLab called "CoVolutions". CoVolutions is an interdisciplinary artistic research project exploring the living interactions within ecological systems. Together with local invited artists/designers/makers, a five-day workshop will be carried out at Mimiwhangata Natural Preservation Area in New Zealand in May with a final public presentation on the 8th May at Galatos. Some of the vehicles and readings of the workshop will also be exhibited.