News Archive

Please note we are closing at 4pm this Friday (18 July) to prepare for the DIGITHON!

Our new website is up!

The new website is now live, but there is still some work to do on it like a design tweak, populating the archives and some of the menu items. Please bear with us, it may take some time.

This website is at http://access-space.org/doku.php and the new one is www.access-space.org.

DIGITHON 24 hour fund raising event 19th July

Access Space is looking to fund raise £10,000 by the end of September 2014.

We are really looking forward to our 24 hour DIGITHON. Non-stop performances and other transmissions happening between 7 am Saturday 19th July and 6.59 am on Sunday 20th July.

Artists will be performing in Access Space and from remote locations around the world. It will all be accessible live on Youtube.

More info at http://access-space.org/digithon-24-hr-fund-raising-event/

Final Call - Artists in Residence - deadline Tue 8 July 12 noon

We are accepting proposals for two artists residencies, one in Sept and one in Oct 2014.

More details at our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/events/487397524728262

20x20 2014

Announcing 20×20 Exhibition 2014 —- Hurrah!!

An open call for new work.

The 9th annual 20×20 art exhibition will launch in Sheffield in September 2014.

Last year we had a brilliant response with more than 70 artists submitting work. The theme is simple - anything goes as long as we can hang it, and as long as the work including any frame measures exactly 20 inches by 20 inches.

You can make a board yourself or buy one at Access Space from the first week of July for just £3.75 (made of wood from sustainable forests). Pop in and put your name down, email jake@access-space.org, or call 0114 2495522 for more details.

20×20 is an exhibition anyone can participate in, even if you have never had work exhibited in public before. Access Space has a very varied participant base and work will be seen by a wide cross section of the community.

* Bring your work to us by Wednesday 3rd September 2014. * There will be an exhibition opening at 5.30-8.00pm on Friday 5th September. * The exhibition will run until the end of October.

PixelAche Network at Access Space 3/4/5 April

Pixelache is an international network of cultural organisations engaging with art, technology and social change.

In 2015 Access Space will be hosting the UK's first “PixelAche” festival. In preparation for this, we've invited representatives from some other Pixelache nodes to visit us.

From 3rd-5th April we're hosting artists, curators and cultural animateurs from Finland, France, Iceland and Norway.

More info tinyurl.com/od73bx2 all events are free

Open Platform 5 performance event on the 4th of April

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. is a micro event that explores the digital with physical means by asking performers to present digital work without using anything digital.

In a small, intimate space performers take up the challenge of re-thinking the digital with free interpretations that are 1 to 10 minutes in duration, about or related to digital technology and happening on some sort of platform.

'Technology without Technology' (TwT) performances are a creative, playful strategy to negotiate the 'unknowable' of digital technology and the constant information overload in our contemporary world.

OPEN PLATFORM_4/RAP(s)-TwT.hashbangbinbash -x will feature performances by Richard Bolam, Liz Hall, Jake Harries, Susanne Palzer and James Price. We are keen to see some script run but anything goes as long as it is about or related to digital technology.

Access Space Foyer 6.30pm-8.00pm

Access Space closed for workshop this Sat 1st March

PLEASE NOTE: we're closed to the public for the Pure Data Weekend Workshop with Marco Donnarumma, but open again as usual at 11am on Tuesday!

Pure Data workshop with Marco Donnarumma

Pure Data Weekend Workshop with Marco Donnarumma

Saturday 1st March and Sunday 2nd March 2014

A full two day workshop with performer, sound and new media artist Marco Donnarumma, which will take you all the way from an introduction to hands on use of the software with external data input from sensors.

Pure Data is a free real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, graphical processing and physical computing. Pure Data is the third major branch of the family of patcher programming languages known as Max (Max/FTS, ISPW Max, Max/MSP, jMax, etc.) originally developed by Miller Puckette and company at IRCAM. Pd is a free and multi-platform software. The course provides a theoretical and practical overview of the graphical programming environment and most common idioms.

The two day workshop costs £30.00 per person (to cover equipment costs). Lunch is not included, however tea, coffe and biscuits will be avilable free all day.

Times: on Sat 1st and Sunday 2nd March the workshop will start at 11am and finish around 5pm

Ticket available here: http://tinyurl.com/p2hozz4

Sponsor a Day

Keep Access Space free and open

Access Space is a pretty lean and efficient organisation. Our technology is donated by members of the public and local businesses. But …

We still need to pay our bills and we want to be able to run exciting events and workshops that will be an inspiration to our community. You can help us. Pick a day and an amount on the Sponsor a Day calendar and you will be helping to keep Access Space free and open for all.

Access Space & Refab Space at The Gallery at 35 Chapel Walk 5th to 8th of February

We'll be at The Gallery, 35 Chapel Walk (off Fargate) Sheffield

Open 10.30am - 5.30pm from Wed 5th though to Sat 8th Feb

Access Space are reaching out to Sheffield. For a week we'll be welcoming visitors to the Chapel Walk Gallery, showing people some of our participants creative output.

The exhibits include more than ninety artworks, designs, and commercialised products made by Sheffield people – many of which have been produced with digital technologies. As well, the gallery will be hosting workshops and discussions. This is an opportunity for the public to engage with new art, new ideas, new technologies and new ways of financing creative projects.

There will be a lot of other activity there throughout the week, all of it free and there's no need to book. Highlights include:

* On Wednesday 5th between 1pm and 3pm we will be showing how to build computers and how to extend the life of your Windows PC by installing ethical open source software. Come and talk to us about how easy it is to make the move to a Linux computer – the operating system and all the applications are free and you get free updates forever!

* Thursday 6th sees a demonstration of 3D Printing and a presentation about laser cutter, CNC routing and Refab Space (our DIY Fabrication Laboratory and Hackspace) by our resident technology guru and hardware hacker, John Moseley. Perhaps you have an idea for an enterprise start up which makes use of these tools? Come and talk to us! 1pm-3pm

* On Friday 7th between 1pm-2pm James Wallbank will give a free workshop about crowd funding and the possibilities of successfully raising money for your project or enterprise through Kickstarter. Last year, in his spare time, James launched his first crowdfunded project, which attracted more than £10,000 of backing.

* We'd like to invite you to a tea party between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 8th, so please come down and bring some friends!

* Saturday also sees performer Paul Newman (not the pasta sauce person!) in the the gallery all day, engaging people with what he calls “Life Gamification” – making your life better by having fun!

It's going to be a great week. See you there!

Workshop Saturday 18th Jan - closed to the public all day

We're hosting a Livecoding workshop all day this Saturday and we'll be closed to the public.

However, there is an event at 7pm that evening upstairs at the Rutland Arms (opposite Access Space) and you are all invited.

It's called PubCode, a liveCoding event in a pub, no less. We're really looking forward to it. Come and join us : )

Now Then ... Crowd Funding

Access Space CEO, James Wallbank, walks the talk with his crowd funded campaign to launch Infinite Crypt. Read the full article in the latest issue of Now Then.

Enterprising types should watch out for crowd funding workshops happening at Access Space, beginning in February.

It’s my belief that to make a crowdfunding project succeed, you have to do something that’s fun, that you know about, and that you, personally, are really into. You’re going to have to plug the hell out of your new idea, explain to people why it’s so cool. If you’re not into it then people who are into it will be able to tell, and they’re your most important market.

Christmas Holiday

Access Space will be closed over the festive period from 22 December, and will re-open on Friday 3 January. To all our supporters, new and old, thanks for making it another great year. Have a super Christmas.

Open Paltform 4 - Performers Announced

This is a micro event taking place in the Access Space foyer on Friday 6 December that explores the digital with physical means by asking performers to present digital work without using anything digital. In a small, intimate space performers take up the challenge of re-thinking the digital with free interpretations that are 1 to 10 minutes in duration, about or related to digital technology and happening on some sort of platform.

Have a look at the RAM/RAR/RAA website to understand more about the project. Meanwhile, here is the list of performers on the night:

  • Eddy Dreadnought
  • Brian G Gilson
  • Jake Harries
  • Alex McLean
  • Susanne Palzer
  • Kate Sicchio

Unresidency

Dr Who Hannah Is - how we travelled through time (1958-2013)

An artist's residency at Access Space - with Liz and Hannah Hall.

Two artists – a mother and daughter explore the creative excitement of a series that saw both journey through their respective childhoods in the company of the Daleks, Davros and the Doctor himself.

Who that self is is part of the adventure, children transform into adults, daughters into mothers, but the Cybermen still roam through the underground of our imagination.

As we approach the 50th Anniversary of Dr Who, the foyer at Access Space becomes the Tardis, a playful scrapbook of ideas, drawings, text, dressing up, and a few exterminations. The only difference being - the foyer is actually smaller on the inside than it looks!

Hardware Hopes - Workshop

HARDWARE HOPES is a creative research project that explores the emotional and perceptual aspects of computer obsolescence. Is the decision to get rid of a home computer always as straightforward as it seems? The multiple functions of computers are well recognised, but how do we relate to computers as possessions? Hardware Hopes collects the personal 'life' stories of home computers; the narratives of their journeys through and out of the home.

The project is led by Julia Keyte, Sheffield Hallam University.

If you want to get involved, contact Jake Harris at Access Space.

DONATIONS MORATORIUM

Access Space will not be receiving donated computers and electronic equipment with immediate effect until Monday 18 November inclusive.

Thanks to the generosity of the sustainability focused people of Sheffield we need to utilise and recycle what we have before we take in more of your donations. Spread the word.

Soundbox Workshop

The Derek Holzer Soundbox Workshop will be taking place at Access Space on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October. This means we won't be open to the public as usual on Saturday, but normal service resumes on Tuesday.

20x20: Tonight's the Night

Friday 13 September is the day of the Access Space 20×20 preview event. Join us from 5:30 onwards to bask in your own brilliance and see the exciting pieces others have been working on. There's more art then ever and plenty of people going.

If you can't make the preview, don't worry, all work will be on display until mid November.

20x20 Preview

There is no law, there is only the board.

August Opening Times

Access Space will be doing stuff behind the scenes during August, so please be aware of the following changes to opening times:

From the week commencing 5 August, we will only open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Normal service resumes in September.

The 20x20 exhibition is upon us once more!

It can be any theme and any material, as long as it's 20 inches by 20.

Pick up a board from Access Space for £3.50, or make your own. Let us know if you're planning to submit work.

The deadline for submissions is 10 September and there will be a preview at Access Space on the 13th September. We anticipate the exhibition running through into mid November.

It's an exhibition anyone can participate in, from people who have never had work shown in public to well known artists who regularly exhibit, and it is growing every year.

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Sheffield Hardware Hackers

Sheffield Hardware Hackers will be meeting in Refab Space on Saturday 15th June 10.00 - 16.00

Details can be found at on the group forum: SHH group
and the group blog: SHH blog

Scott Hawkins' Refab Space Residency starts today 12th Feb

Scott's residency is called F L I G H T F O R M. He will make a short presentation about his interest in boomerangs this Friday 15th Feb at 3pm. This will be an opportunity to see some of his current boomerang designs and learn a little of the basics of spinning flight.

Check out his website www.redfrogboomerangs.com

For his residency he will be researching the production of boomerangs and other products in Refab Space. These will include auto-rotating gyroscopic sailplanes and gliders. The designs, ideas and experience are derived and developed from Scott’s own small commercial enterprise and current experience as a boomerang designer maker.

Scott is also interested in philosophical objects and the exploration and understanding of three-dimensional form beyond or aside from the traditional perspectives of art and design

There will be an exhibition in Access Space foyer from March 8th.

Open Platform 3 Fri 22nd Feb!!

We welcome back the fabulous Open Platform for a third time.

Performers so far at this random access performance are:

Richard Bolam, Robin Close, Martyn Eggleton, Stuart Faulkner & Susanne Palzer.

RSVP at the Facebook event http://www.facebook.com/events/141493129341898/

Urban Fabric & Refab Cormorant

  • Opening: 5:30pm-8:00pm, Access Space Foyer
  • Exhibition: 26th January - 21st February

Puppet makers Emma Powell & Meg Buick created “Refab Cormorant”, an articulated cormorant puppet, during their time as Access Space artists in residence in December 2012. Read more at http://refabcormorant.wordpress.com

Brazilian artist and architect Gabriel Menotti used his 2012 “Urban Fabric” residency at Access Space to ask the question “Would you like to build another Sheffield?” He used Refabspace's rapid prototyping technologies to create a model of an imaginary Cultural Industries Quarter, as a means to foster critical dialogue.

New Artists in Residence!!

Puppet makers Emma Powell and Meg Buick are our Refab Space artists in residence for December. They will be creating a new work, probably an animal of some kind, for exhibition in the Foyer in January 2013. We're really looking forward to the result…we have a suspicion it may be a sea bird!!

Check out their residency blog

http://refabcormorant.wordpress.com/

Solder Something: Drawdio

Soldering workshops with Dominic Morrow of Nottingham Hackspace coming soon to Access Space. First Session 1st November 2012, create an electronic musical pencil!

Odd Day News Extra!

Check out the latest edition of Odd Day News at www.facebook.com/accessspace

Refab Space Artists in Residence - Odd Day News

Come and join Artists in Residence Vahida Ramujkic and Aviv Kruglanski between 3pm and 6pm in Access Space Foyer as they make an embroidered newspaper based on Sheffield newspaper headlines.The paper is published every other day (hence “Odd Day News”).

www.access-space.org/doku.php?id=events:documentary_embroidery_-_odd_day_news

Tues-Sat until 28th Sept.

20x20 this evening and please note we are closed tomorrow

We host the fabulous 20×20 2012 exhibition preview this evening Fri 14 Sept.

Everyone is welcome . It's going to be fun.

Please note we are closed to the public all day tomorrow 15 Sept for a workshop.

Open Platform 27th July 6-8pm

After two months of random process, research and experimentation, Susanne Palzer is offering a platform to anyone interested in taking part in the final Performance Test of the project.

http://access-space.org/doku.php?id=events:open_platform_open_call_for_contributions_-_technology_without_technology

20x20 Exhibition 2012 -An Open Call for New Works

It's that time of year again!!!

Last year we had a fantastic response and more than 50 artists contributed work!

If you haven't before, it's time you did : )

It's an exhibition anyone can participate in as long as your artwork is 20 inches by 20 inches.

http://access-space.org/doku.php?id=events:20x20_2012_exhibition

Pd workshop Sat 30th June

Marco Donnarumma is coming down from Edinburgh to give a two day Pd workshop this weekend.

Sorry but there will be no walk in access this Saturday as the place will be full of people making strange and wonderful electronic noises : )

The workshop has been fully booked for some time. If you'd like to see more workshops of this kind please email jake@access-space.org with your suggestions.

Ta!

July's Artists in Residence!!

We are delighted that Juneau Brothers, a music project by Juneau Projects and Joe Welden, will be joining us as artists in residence in July. They'll be here from Tuesday the 10th.

They will be based in Refab Space, our DIY fablab http://www.refab-space.org

Watch out for more details soon!

More info on the artists - http://juneauprojectsaudio.tumblr.com/

DorkbotSheffield #5 Friday 8th June

This month the people doing strange things with electricity are:

MzTEK/Stretchyboy/Richard Bolam/Iain Sharpe/Leila Johnston

http://dorkbotsheffield.lurk.org

DorkbotSheffield #5 - 7pm-9pm @ Access Space.

Saturday 9th June - MzTEK Workshop

This Saturday we have an Arduino Workshop for Women run by MzTEK.

The event is by booking only - there's no walk-in access today, sorry!

MzTEK is a London based organisation which provides a learning community in technology and arts for women.

Thanks to everyone who expressed an interest. This Arduino workshop is full and we hope to run similar events in the near future - please email jake@access-space.org if you have ideas for future events or want more info.

For info on MzTEK and Arduino visit

www.mztek.org www.arduino.cc

Autumn Artist in Residency deadline 18 June

We have 3 artist residency opportunities in the Autumn. Deadline for applications 18 June.

More info at: http://www.access-space.org/arts/Refab_Residency_Call.htm

First Refab Space Artists in Residence

We are delighted that Juneau Brothers, a music project by Juneau Projects and Joe Welden, will be joining us as artists in residence in July.

Watch out for more details soon!

http://juneauprojectsaudio.tumblr.com/

Next Recycling day is.....

…Tuesday 29th of May!

If you would like to volunteer to help us recycle a mountain of trash technology, give us a ring on 0114 249 5522 or pop into the space and talk to Martyn Eggleton. It's whole day of taking stuff apart, re-using, re-purposing and recycling obsolete computer equipment….and socialising

It is great fun and…..really satisfying (really)!!!

Here's a video of our Mega Recycle Day last year

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Open Call - Artist Residencies in Refab Space

Access Space is delighted to announce four artist residencies at its recently developed Refab Space - one in July and three from 4th September to 15th December.

We are inviting artists, composers, hackers, designers, engineers and creative technologists to explore emerging artforms and curatorial practise in Refab Space, Access Space's DIY FabLab.

The application deadline for the July residency is Wednesday May 16 and deadline for the Autumn residencies is Monday 18 June.

Further information and application forms:

http://www.access-space.org/arts/Refab_Residency_Call.htm

Saturday 28th April, Inkscape Workshop

On 28th April there's an all day Inkscape vector graphics workshop in Access Space.

This event is by booking only - there's no walk-in access today, sorry!

Thanks to everyone who expressed an interest. This Inkscape workshop is full and we hope to run another in the near future.

For info on the vector graphics software and a free download go to www.inkscape.org

Refab Space website and Recycle Day Video

Richard Bolam has re-edited his time-lapse video of two days of recycling we did last March, documenting volunteers and staff re-using, re-purposing and recycling obsolete computer equipment.

The video is also on our new Refab Space website www.refab-space.org The Refab Space is a DIY fabrication laboritory which will be ready to go in the Spring this year..

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Access Space publications

Grow Your Own Media LabThere are currently two free downloadable publications available. Grow Your Own Media Lab - The Graphic Novel, with text by James Wallbank and drawings by Michael Tesh.

COMMONSense, a book of poems, drawings, photos and writing contributed by more than 50 people from an open call for material on the subject of “the commons”

See our publications page.

Saturday 4th February, Blender Workshop

On 4th February there's an all day Blender 3D workshop in Access Space.

This event is by booking only - there's no walk-in access today, sorry!

Thanks to everyone who expressed an interest. This Blender workshop has been massively over-subscribed and we hope to run another in the near future.

For info on the 3D animation software and a free cross platform download go to www.blender.org

Saturday 10th December's events

Stretchyboy's Trash-tech interactive game will be at the Frost Fair in the Work Station, there will be a Winter Chess Fest at Access Space and we will be having an open day at the 20×20 Exhibition on the Moor. Why not join us at one or more of the spaces?

Installing 20x20 on the Moor

We've been installing the 20×20 Exhibition at the White Gallery on the Moor shopping precict in Sheffield today : )

http://tinyurl.com/6ddm8bw

Should be ready for Saturday (26th Nov). If you're in town come and have a look - it's next to Argos.

Show & Tell 18th November 2011

James Wallbank: 100 Days of Manifestation Chess Project.
4-5pm
Free and open to all.
Refreshments provided!

Sustainable Chess in Basel

James recently undertook an artists residency at “Bblackboxx” in Basel, Switzerland. Based in urban parkland, Bblackboxx works with a continually changing constituency of asylum seekers and refugees, temporarily housed in a reception centre nearby. Of diverse nationalities and demographics, these people have pressing needs and anxieties, and are subject to stress, insecurity, poverty, racism and disorientation.

James' contribution to '100 Days of Manifestation' involved participants in setting up a sustained, cascading system of beneficial activity: a production line for chess sets using only available resources, enabling everyone to play. The images from the project changed perceptions of asylum seekers, who are treated with huge suspicion. As chess players, they appear thoughtful, cultured and skilled - overturning popular notions of uselessness and opportunism.

This month “Show & Tell” explores the role of the artist in social engagement, and makes a comparison between the circumstances and characters of participants at Bblackboxx in Basel and participants at Access Space in Sheffield.

For more information email soap@access-space.org

20x20 2011 Exhibition on the Moor from 26th November!!

Access Space is taking this year's fab 20×20 Exhibition to a shop front in the city centre from the 26th of Nov, and on Saturday 10th of December Access Space staff, volunteers and artists will be at the exhibition to talk about the project.

If you're a participating artist please join us that day : ) Email jake@access-space.org for info

http://www.artsheffield.org/1049

SHOW & TELL 28.10.11

SHOW & TELL: Open Source Programming / Home Schooling data.

This Friday 28th 4-4.30p.

Fiona Nicholson will discuss her home schooling data map, which displays all the top tier local authorities in England and the number of home educated children recorded by each authority in an easily accessible form. See it at http://edyourself.org/articles/latotalnumber The map was created with a programme written by Fiona's son Theo, who has made the source code publicly available here http://edyourself.org/england_la_php.tar.gz

Free and no need to book, hot drinks and biscuits for all.

Recycle Day Video

Richard Bolam has created a time-lapse video of two days, documenting volunteers and staff re-using, re-purposing and recycling obsolete computer equipment.

The video was captured using Canon PowerShot compact cameras, time-lapse enabled with the open-source Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK).

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Access Space environmental award

Access Space wins in the recycling category of the Sheffield Telegraph Environmental Awards

http://www.thestar.co.uk/community/green-scene/awards_for_organisations_making_green_city_great_1_3885478

20x20 2011 Preview Friday 23rd Sept

It's that time of year again : )

Submit your work by Wednesday this week, the 21st September.

Exhibition opens Friday 23rd September and runs until 23rd November

This will be our 6th yearly 20×20.

The theme is simple - anything goes, as long as it is 20 inches by 20 inches.There is no charge for submission

Last year we had an brilliant and hugely diverse response from Access Space particpants, artists from South Yorkshire, and received submissions from as far away as Bristol and London. Email us if you are going to send your work by post.

For more info http://tinyurl.com/6ddm8bw

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=256097714402055

Email jake@access-space.org

We open again Tuesday 30th August at 11am!!

Hi Everyone

I'll be great to back up and running after the summer break. Hope to see you all soon.

Access Space interviews on Arts Council site

Two interviews about Access Space on the Arts Council England's SoundCloud page

One with James Wallbank and Steve Withington by Marc Garrett of Furtherfield.org http://tinyurl.com/3kmh5cm

And one with Jake Harries by Marc Garrett is here http://tinyurl.com/3mxkexa

Other Arts Council interviews and talks about digital http://tinyurl.com/3bwng97

We close for the Summer on Sat 30th July

As usual we will be closed for maintenance during mid-summer, but we re-open at 11am on Tuesday 30th of August.

Don't forget 20×20!!! It'll be another great one this time.

Why not get involved and create a 20×20 this year?? Read more about it here.

20x20 Exhibition 2011

20x20 2011It's that time of year again! This will be our 6th yearly 20×20 exhibition.

Put your name on our list of exhibitors from this week. The theme is simple - anything goes, as long as it is 20 inches by 20 inches. Buy a board from us, or make it yourself out of anything you like (as long as we can hang it). There is no charge for submission. We need your work buy Wed 21st September. You can get boards from us from this week

http://tinyurl.com/6ddm8bw

Placard Headphone Festival live video stream

Sheffield Placard FestivalThe whole event has an on-line video stream: http://lurk.org/placard/

Praxis software

Neil C Smith who performed at one of our sonic events last year has a first release of the graphical patcher environment for Praxis up at http://code.google.com/p/praxis/ There is also Processing-esque live coding support.

Placard Headphone Festival Sat 16th July

Sheffield Placard Festival

The first Sheffield Placard Festival at Access Space

♦ More info: http://lurk.org/placard/
♦ Lots more info http://lurk.org/placard/background.html
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=162867633772525

Double Exhibition Preview this Friday

There are two exhibition previews on Friday, 8th July 5.30-8pm. All welcome!

John Ledger - Ill Equipped and Tony Goddard - Hyatt Plaza Retrospective

Access Space Publications

Grow Your Own Media Lab - The Graphic Novel

We've sold out of the first print run, so here's the full text of Access Space's seminal publication.

Free download here:

http://access-space.org/doku.php?id=publications:gyoml

COMMONSense apazine

A 60 page magazine created from submissions to a call for pieces which reflect a theme connecting the activities of Access Space to the wider world, “the commons”. We asked for prose (stories, thoughts, book reviews, bibliographies…), poetry, photographs, cartoons, drawings or graphics. Edited by Dougald Hine with art direction by Anne-Marie Culhane.

Download here:

http://tinyurl.com/6bc4db5

We want your old cans!

Bring us all your old drinks cans (beer or pop, it doesn't matter).

At the end of the month we'll be hosting a free workshop by artist Salim Malla where participants will build a solar powered heater.

The cans will be a integral part of the construction.

Open Splice Fri 10th June 4pm-5pm

An afternoon of open source documentaries

A celebration of documentaries made using Open source Software; about open source subjects; or created with an open source ethos.

More info http://tinyurl.com/5tducgl

DorkbotSheffield 9th June at Access Space

Dorkbot arrives in Sheffield this week!

More info : http://dorkbot.org/dorkbotsheffield/

dorkbotsheffield #1 7:30pm, Thursday 9th June 2011 at Access Space

Sheffield King James Project

Here are a few words about how Access Space helped this project:

“On behalf of the department [of Biblical Studies], can I say how grateful we are to you and your colleagues at Access Space? Your willingness to drop anything and help, and to go beyond your remit, is deeply appreciated. Our Telling Tales exhibition would not have been the same without you, and I hope you feel there have been benefits to this partnership. At a personal level, I cannot underestimate the difference your help has made.”

Iona Hine

Project Coordinator

Sheffield King James Project:

Marking 400 years of the King James Bible

www.shef.ac.uk/kjv

Access Space Webserver Changes

As part of our programme of website improvements we are moving several of our sites and services to new homes. We are getting new setups for our mailing list, and for:

It's almost certain that there will be temporary disruption to these sites! So far the team reports that http://access-space.org has been moved and is working well.

Ouch! Okay, so our prediction was correct, and we had a serious outage of http://access-space.org for nearly 20 hours last Wednesday (the 18th). It turned out that one of our scripts was being a little (ahem!) “over enthusiastic” in its demands for memory. It's all sorted now, but this does motivate me to sort out a custom error page.

Xname residency videos and audio

Xname - Noise_Objects in Public Space (video)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEi4HESN7zo

Xname - Phantasmata performance Fri 8th April (video)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjU7CV0GKso

Xname - Phantasmata performance 8 April (audio) http://soundcloud.com/accessspace/xname-phantasmata-access-space

Xname, Jen Rich, John Moseley - Noise Jam 8 April (audio) http://soundcloud.com/accessspace/xname-noise-jam-access-space-8

Facebook events http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=76785786200

Xname event tonight 5.30-8pm Fri 8 April

Xname, Access Space Artist in Residence, will be performing with Noise_Objects this evening

Friday April 8th, 5.30-8.30pm – Free – all welcome

  • Artist Talk - 6.30pm
  • Video projection - 6.45pm
  • Live performance of Phatasmata - 7.15pm
  • Noise Jam - 7.45pm

Xname completes her artist residency at Access Space with an artist talk, a performance of the Noise_Objects, a screening of a video documenting the residency and a Noise_Objects jam with other artists who came to her workshops.

Access Space page: http://tinyurl.com/49bwcow

Keep up with the project on Xname's blog http://xname.noblogs.org/category/noise_objects/

Her website is http://www.xname.cc/

Events 25th & 26th March

Show & Tell this Friday 25th March 4pm - free

Richard Bolam will be tlaking about his project Flying Monkey -The Missing Link, and Xname, our artist in Residence will talk about her project Noise Objects in Public Space.

Facebook event: http://tinyurl.com/6huvnv2

Noise_Objects in Public Space web page http://tinyurl.com/49bwcow

Richard has posted this video of this activities. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7evY7MRRjU

Workshop this Saturday 26th March 2pm - free- all welcome

Operational Art - James Wallbank

Info at the Access Space exhibition page: http://tinyurl.com/6f955tj

Mega Recycling Days

The recent MEGA Recycling and FabLab Development Days (16th & 17th March 2011) were our biggest ever recycling days. We estimate that we sorted an astonishing 3 tonnes of IT stuff for recycling or re-use, making sure that the huge number of computers we receive do contribute to the community. And it was all great fun, with free pizza, thanks to the generous support of The Friends of Access Space. The volunteers participants (who received health and safety/risk assessment training induction) deserve a special thank you for their hard work.

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MEGA Recycling Days 16 & 17 March

MEGA Recycling and FabLab Development Days Wed & Thu next week (16th & 17th March).

We'll be doing our biggest ever recycling days. Come and join in! It is always great fun.

Give a few hours of your time to help us recycle and re-use the huge number of computers we receive & contibute to the community!

Free lunch for all participating – be here for 11am.

*This activity has been sponsored by The Friends of Access Space *

Flying Monkey TV:The Missing Link

Artist Richard Bolam's project Flying Monkey TV:The Missing Link was selected for the Access Space small R&D Bursary 2011. Richard is documenting the research on his blog: http://fmtvmissinglink.wordpress.com/

Operational Art: How to make an origami tank

James Wallbank's Operational Art exhibition open this Friday, 11th March, 5.30-8pm - all welcome

It is also a participatory project inviting you to stage mini-invasions in the city using ideas on pieces of paper made into origami tanks! The exhibition runs until 30th April.

More info at http://tinyurl.com/6f955tj

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Video of Alex McLean's Text workshop

6-2-2011
Six participants and Alex jamming with the new software yesterday.
http://tinyurl.com/6ehnlh6

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Sonic Event videos

Two videos from our first sonic event in July 2010.

Monika Dutta and David Mutch - Kindle

Video by Richard Bolam

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http://www.youtube.com/embed/sXMs3hydzAs&feature=share

Neal Spowage - Ghetto Bastard

Video by Laurence Alexander

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http://player.vimeo.com/video/14420772&feature=share

Download a free copy of COMMONSense apazine

COMMONSense is a 62 page magazine, launched in 2010, created from submissions to a call for pieces which reflect a theme connecting the activities of Access Space to the wider world, “the commons”. We asked for prose (stories, thoughts, book reviews, bibliographies…), poetry, photographs, cartoons, drawings or graphics. It was edited by Dougald Hine, with art direction by Anne-Marie Culhane.

People sent us material relating to green issues, land ownership, social relations, the internet, copyright, software and a whole host of other subjects.

Download a pdf of COMMONSense here

Please feel free to distribute copies by electronic means.

Hard copies are available from Access Space for GBP 4.00 + GBP 1.50 P&P

Email jake@access-space.org Tel: +44 (0)114 249 5522

ISBN: 9780955009143

The publication is being made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial license (see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/uk/)

Praxis software download

A recent binary build of Neil C Smith's Open Source software, Praxis, along with the patch used for the performance at Sonic Event 2 in the video below is available from http://code.google.com/p/praxis/

Alex Mclean will be giving a workshop on his software, Tidal and Text, on 5th Feb.

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Video of the Sonic Event on October 29th

Nice video by Richard Bolam of the performances by Alex McLean & Scott Hewitt, Neil C Smith and Dan Stowell.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zZfSWjcWAI&feature=share

Artists in Residence Spring 2011

In residence throughout January will be sound artist Will Scrimshaw.

His project, Spectral Influence, aims to explore the way in which the noises and lighting of the city we occupy influences our movements and emotional relations with urban space and the others we share this space with, Look out for ways to participate, workshops and other activities nearer the time.

http://willschrimshaw.net

In March and April we will be hosting Xnames's residency project, Noise_Objects in Public Space. Xname (Eleonora Oreggia) describes Noise_Objects as a series of sculptures made of recycled material, simple electronic components and micro circuits (using chip CMOS 4093, among others) which intertwine the hacker's philosophy - diy and intolerance towards closed systems - with the disruptive conceptual provocation of an art piece.

Look out for workshops and other activities in April.

http://xname.cc

Access Space Open As Normal

Access Space is still open as normal despite the snow (Tuesday to Saturday 11am-7pm). Unless the weather gets really bad we will stay open; come and find a warm welcome! If you want to check before you set off please phone us on 0114 2495522.

New Access Space Website Goes Live

We flicked the switch on our new website on 6th November. While it's not totally complete and we have a number of improvements in mind, we felt we've made enough progress for the world to see. If you spot glitches please email us with feedback and help us to improve it!

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that we're temporarily at http://access-space.lowtech.org, redirected from our usual home at http://access-space.org. There are a bunch of back-room functions which we need to wrangle before we can safely change our URL back to http://access-space.org. When that happens you'll know we've completed the job.

Learning Central Site UP

Learning Central hosts a handy a list of learning providers in the Sheffield CENTRAL Community Assembly Area.

Access Space is one of the featured providers and our Steve has designed the site for us.

Recycle Day Success

Thursday 13th of May 2010 was a great day for the space, we are now feeling organised in preparation for fablab activity, and have plenty of bits recovered for upcoming physical computing and electronics projects.

Huge thanks to the following who all turned up to help:-

  • Andy Downing
  • Darrell Young
  • Fiona Nicholson
  • Joe Donally
  • John Keenan
  • John Moseley
  • Joshua Fowles
  • Mike Howe
  • Rachael Middleton
  • Saif Ghareeb
  • Theo Parmakis
  • And the staff….
Past Events

Open Platform 4
Open Platform 4

Sheffield Hardware Hackers Meet-up

The Afternoon Of The Doctor
The Afternoon Of The Doctor

Hardware Hopes - Workshop

New Bank Of X Get Rich Rich Quick Pyramid Networking Scheme
New Bank Of X Get Rich Rich Quick Pyramid Networking Scheme

Soundboxes Workshop
Soundboxes Workshop

20x20 Exhibition 2013
20×20 Exhibition 2013

F L I G H T F O R M Exhibition
F L I G H T F O R M Exhibition

Open Platform 3 Twt.crossplatform
Open Platform 3 Twt.crossplatform

Urban Fabric And Refab Cormorant Exhibition
Urban Fabric And Refab Cormorant Exhibition

Take Away - An Installation By Sunshine Gray
Take Away - An Installation By Sunshine Gray

Open Platform 2 - Twt.create Your Own Platform
Open Platform 2 - Twt.create Your Own Platform

Urban Fabric Would You Like To Build Another Sheffield With Gabriel Menotti
Urban Fabric Would You Like To Build Another Sheffield With Gabriel Menotti

Build Intelligent Devices
Build Intelligent Devices

Designing For Laser Cutting
Designing For Laser Cutting

Make Your Own Android App
Make Your Own Android App

World's Biggest Coffee Morning
World's Biggest Coffee Morning

20x20 2012 Exhibition - Open Call for New Work
20×20 2012 Exhibition - Open Call for New Work

Demo Versions - Juneau Projects And Joseph Welden
Demo Versions - Juneau Projects And Joseph Welden

Open Platform - Open Call For Contributions - Technology Without Technology
Open Platform - Open Call For Contributions - Technology Without Technology

 

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