Between May and November 2013 we ran a programme of exciting events themed around DIY technology and experimentation, hosted by The Public arts centre in West Bromwich. We also did a range of development activities introducing staff to tools and resources that could feed into the work they do.
Below is a listing of the free public events we ran with links to more details. All blog posts relating to this project can be found under the http://manyandvaried.org.uk/category/the_public/ tag.
The Great Big Skills Share Jamboree
Saturday June 29th
A whole day of skills sharing loosely based on the unconference format (where everyone contributes something), but with doing instead of talking.
Skills shared included: bird identification; British Sign Language; knife skills and greenwood carving; Wikipedia editing; recumbent trike riding; lock-picking; video glitching through hardware hacking; hammocking; clay model-making; paper aeroplane making; and building really tall towers out of giant lego.
Fortnightly, Tuesday evenings
June 11th & 25th, July 9th & 23rd, August 6th & 20th
Regular fortnightly social gatherings for makers of all sorts to work on their projects and meet up with others with interesting ideas.
The sessions were largely self-led and varied according to who got involved. We had people doing things like: learning to work with the Arduino platform; working on projects using the Flickr API; sketching; learning to solder; making paper masks; glitching images; using Kinect sensors for motion tracking and space mapping.
Things we’re proud of:
- So many types of people and activity going on around the same table.
- People saying they appreciated the nights as a space in which they felt comfortable being a bit crap.
- Maker sessions continuing after the ones we hosted had finished.
Saturday & Sunday August 3rd & 4th
A weekend of fun-filled family-friendly activities themed around, yep, you guessed it.
We had: a bananasynth for people to play tunes on; a big game screen for people to invent new ways of controlling monkeys; assorted fruit and wires for experimenting with circuit-making and triggering noises; banana adventures being filmed around the building; mask-making and a monkey maze filled with perils to steer your trained monkey around.
Bees in a Tin
Friday February 21st 2014, Birmingham
An unconventional convention for interesting people making novel interfaces through which to experience the world. More details about Bees in a Tin here.
2013 Summer Programme at The Public supported by: