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Fri Feb 27 14:19:37 CET 2015


in: Laboratoire Ouvert
@ la Gaîté lyrique,

. Sat. 7 February, 5PM-7PM: talk/discussion
. Sun. 8 February, 2PM-6PM: public workshop

Warning: Limited to 12 participants only
Reservations: billetterie at gaite-lyrique.net


The artistic context of Access Space;
A talk by Jake Harries, Creative Producer

At Access Space, people interested in art, design, computers,recycling,
music, electronics, photography and more meet like-minded people, share
and develop skills and work on creative, enterprising and technical
projects. Access Space runs Refab Space, a DIY FabLab, developed and
completed in 2012. With its suite of rapid prototyping tools, for
instance, a laser cutter and 3D printer, this benefits artists, business
start-ups and the community as a whole.

As well as working with artists, academics, creative technologists,
programmers, other professionals and students, 50% of the participation
in Access Space’s activities are from people in danger of exclusion and
on the margins of society, including: people with disabilities, homeless
people, ex-offenders, asylum seekers, refugees and people with mental
health issues. Through Refab Space, Access Space engages with self
starters and entrepreneurs as well. One of the strengths of Access Space
is that it brings people from different backgrounds together. We aim to
inspire people to do new creative things; we aim to make a  positive
impact on people’s lives by helping them to get out of their comfort
zone in a supportive environment.

We operate at a very low cost with a minimal carbon footprint through
our innovative model, which combines free, open source software and
locally sourced recycled computers.


Alternative Finance Residencies by artists at Access Space 2014
A talk by Jake Harries, Creative Producer

Jake will introduce the Access Space artist residency programme, with an
emphasis on the work of the two most recent resident artists.

Artist & trader Kate Rich's residency, Creative Accounting, on the
darker macro arts of economics, drew on a wild expanse of research from
the mainstream to the outlier, to map out some swathes of established
economic thought on paper for a birds eye view of the habitat. These
maps had no pretence of depicting reality, but instead laid out truths
that economists hold to be self-evident. A careful reading of the system
is essential in order to disrupt or even navigate it.
Kate Rich has run Feral Trade, a trans-parochial grocery business and
underground freight network using the art world as a transportation
resource since 2003, and is banker at the artist-run Cube Cinema in
Feral Trade (http://feraltrade.org/)

Artist & yarn bomber Ruthie Ford's residency, The Crocheted Pound,
explored the subject of value in the arts and crafts as she worked on
making a series of crocheted 'coins'. Onto each coin was embroidered its
value: making time x hourly rate + materials- showing the true value of
making crochet. Over the weeks these coins stacked up to form an
installation within the space, and the value was contrasted with the
price of similar items available on the internet.
Ruthie sought to answer these questions: How do you value crochet,
knitting and 'home craft' skills? What value would you give the crochet
skills you have learnt? What skills/ goods could you offer in exchange
for these skills? Would you be willing to work in exchange for your
skills? We still need money! How can skill exchange and working for
money work together?


Presenter – Jake Harries
Jake is Creative Producer at Access Space, and has developed and run the
arts programme there since 2007. He is an artist, musician, composer,
performer and has been making music in Sheffield since the 1980s. Much
of his current practice is based around using spam emails as raw
material for composition and performing, including Silicone Bake, a spam
and Livecoding collaboration with Alex McLean. He was a member of
electronic funk band Chakk which is best known for building Sheffield's
first large recording studio, FON Studios, in the mid 1980s, and he has
been one of “freestyle techno” and chill-out pioneers Heights of Abraham
since 1991 .
Interview from 2011 on art, music and


Sync Pulse Orchestra
A workshop facilitated by Access Space, Sheffield, UK

Some times artists are isolated, lonely perhaps, or feel they need to
work on their own exclusively. At Access Space we believe collaboration
is an essential part of artistic practice.

The Sync Pulse Orchestra, an electronics and collaborative performance
workshop, is based around the most basic part of a computer, the CMOS
chip (http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/C/CMOS.html).

The workshop is 4-5hrs long and for up to 12 participants. There would
be no soldering involved, so a complete beginner can participate.

Participants will build a 6 voice synthesiser and perform an improvised
score at the end of the workshop. The synths are synced together so that
participants collaborate in performance regardless of whether they want
to or not! And they will learn to create a whole from listening to each

We will bring specially created CMOS synth kits with heart-shaped Sync
Pulse Orchestra logos and laser cut heart-shaped badges for participants
to show they have experienced the joy of performing with others. Sync
Pulse synths will be free for participants to take away with them.


Workshop leader – John X. Moseley
John is a tinkerer, musician and engineer, a creator of strange and
wonderful electronic objects and music making gadgets. He is the
inventor of ArtBot, an autonomous, free roaming robot which paints
pictures in an abstract style. John created ArtBot because he wanted to
submit work to an exhibition by didn't think of himself as a
painter...so he invented one. ArtBot's first work was exhibited at 20x20
2009 in Sheffield. John helped set up and now manages Refab Space,
Access Space's DIY FabLab. His music can be heard at
https://soundcloud.com/jo_mo, some photos of his electronics
Twitter @_Jo_Mo


Within the residency program "Laboratoire Ouvert" of la Gaîté lyrique,
Mal au Pixel and the Pixelache network propose a series of monthly
meetings in Paris, until April 2015, consisting in a public talk and a
hands-on workshop. Since 2006, Mal au Pixel festival is looking at
connecting technology, urban electronics and social transformation
issues, and to investigate our contemporary beliefs. The  festival
brings together young digital artists and unconventional electronics :
unexpected technologies, open source tools, prototypes and open ended
events. http://www.malaupixel.org

In partnership with Pixelache Network.http://www.network.pixelache.ac
With the support of the Grundtvig Foundation for Life Long Learning.


24/25/26 April : Conclusion of the pixel_lab cycle: three days of
meetings, discussions, workshops and performances !


Talk On Saturday 07/03
plateau Media 5PM-7PM,
Free access;

Workshop On Sunday 08/03,
2PM-6PM, 5€,
limited to 12 participants.

Reservations = billetterie at gaite-lyrique.net

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