using Open Source Hardware and Rapid Prototyping in Arts Organisations


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presentation given at Art of the Digital about how organisations could use open source hardware in their organisations based upon what other people are doing.

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using Open Source Hardware and Rapid Prototyping in Arts Organisations

  1. 1. Brian Degger Getting Open about Hardware : Making more; Sharing More
  2. 2. Outline thoughts on how can open source hardware and community electronics help arts organisations thrive, better support their artists, and engage communities. What hardware projects are there that enable people to become makers? In what collaborative projects is this used? Ongoing work building tools and works, and how this can be applied here.
  3. 3. Differences between Open Source Hardware and Software: open source hardware is different to software in the fundamental that there are atoms, not bits Not a problem Really relies on cheap/ free sample electronic components online resources fabrication at the office, or online
  4. 4. Open Source Hardware(OSH) Relies on a lead user/innovator, and a community of users that have contact with the lead user and can innovate on the platform Eschews patenting Generates goodwill and interest Can sometime leverage a large community who are invested in the products
  5. 5. Movements that are using open methodologies to benefit local communities Hacklabs Fablabs Bricolabs
  6. 6. Hacklabs A hacklab, or media hacklab, is an autonomous technology zone used for the promotion, use and development of emancipatory technologies such as free software and alternative media. (via wikipedia)
  7. 7. Hacklabs abound Access Space : Sheffield Electron Club : CCA Dorkbot Alba : Glasgow NYResister : NY Noise Bridge : LA In planning for Liverpool and Manchester
  8. 8. Fablabs A Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small- scale workshop with an array of computer controlled tools with the aim to make "almost anything". This includes technology-enabled products generally perceived as limited to mass production.(via Wikipedia)
  9. 9. Fablabs five FABlabs in the Netherlands none so far in UK an opportunity perhaps?
  10. 10. bricolabs A distributed network for global and local development of generic infrastructures incrementally developed by communities. publishing HOWTOS and importantly WHYTOs
  11. 11. Platforms for digital creativity simpler devices / don't need to be an electronics engineer to get something to move react etc
  12. 12. Arduino coming out of an Interaction / Industrial design school in Italy 10 or so user innovated variants (autopilots, wearables, different form factors) sharing a common programming interface Community forum of several thousand Enterprises being seeded by those with expertise with Arduino Strengths are low cost, gentle learning curve
  13. 13. (Leeds) SerB the arduino + servo based robot Released an easier to use arduino kit ss Image: Page 8 of Oomlout ARDX experimenters guide
  14. 14. Adafruit SpokePOV Glowbikes 2007 Brian Degger
  15. 15. Todbot(US) Computer controlled RGB LED Use in light effects Image: Sketching 08 pg 18 Tod E Kurt
  16. 16. rapid prototyping/fabrication Open Source Projects faba home reprap Open Websites shapeways ponoko Open Patterns thingyverse
  17. 17. Examples Andy Huntington taking sound art works to market Prototype ->Art work -> Musical Toy Graffiti Research Lab and LED throwies
  18. 18. Any space for an art unconference? Medialab Prado – Interactivos learning labs masterclasses BioFI/Singapore, making data tangible Datarama/Newcastle – a show and tell for the geeky electronic artist RadioCraftlab ISISArts- all aspects of radio and transmission Still/Open, Perth
  19. 19. LightResponsiveDevice • build it and you will learn....more than you thought possible • LRD is my first interactive piece • arduino+LDR+servo+LED (and a bit of wire • idea of simple interaction – interaction is not simple
  20. 20. Finding a place to work development has been – on the dining room table – at ISISArts for a mini-residency
  21. 21. Tools and materials • basic electronics, hobby drill • hot glue, ping pong balls, wire, RGB LEDs, polymorph, heat shrink
  22. 22. Further development (getting from day 1-50) • idiosyncracies of the creatures, still learning • moving beyond a simple behaviour. • use ideas gleaned from twitchie to make a circuit board • an un tethered version • circuit board // miniproduction • sensors??? place differently • make 30
  23. 23. Showing/Get it seen/User Interaction – at any table – at Connecting Principle – at Glasgow DCA (introducing my objects to ... project1891 – at Polytechnic Event datarama 0.3 – at Maker Faire
  24. 24. Web industries strategies hackdays code sprints supported well by sponsorship, what about the arts?
  25. 25. Can the governments Digital Strategy be more than about inclusion but support new grassroots digital communities?
  26. 26. Opportunites FLOSS workshops vs traditional masterclasses around 'industry' software(adobe) hardware(basic stamps) lower costs going out of the organsiation, higher percentage to the practitioners, potential for busaries, community generation etc
  27. 27. Spaces for communities of competancy?
  28. 28. cargo cults are good
  29. 29. keep learning • learning is fun • doing it with others is great • peer supported learning rocks • workshops (like here at takeaway) are great ways of dipping the toes • gleaning ideas from other makers
  30. 30. Thanks art of the digital ISISArts Newcastle Oli @coldclimate
  31. 31. Contact twitter SCTV flickr SCTV