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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
There is no law, there is only the board.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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
Soldering workshops with Dominic Morrow of Nottingham Hackspace coming soon to Access Space. First Session 1st November 2012, create an electronic musical pencil!
Check out the latest edition of Odd Day News at www.facebook.com/accessspace
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”).
Tues-Sat until 28th Sept.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.
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/
This month the people doing strange things with electricity are:
MzTEK/Stretchyboy/Richard Bolam/Iain Sharpe/Leila Johnston
DorkbotSheffield #5 - 7pm-9pm @ Access Space.
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 email@example.com if you have ideas for future events or want more info.
For info on MzTEK and Arduino visit
We have 3 artist residency opportunities in the Autumn. Deadline for applications 18 June.
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!
…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
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:
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
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..
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.
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
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?
We've been installing the 20×20 Exhibition at the White Gallery on the Moor shopping precict in Sheffield today : )
Should be ready for Saturday (26th Nov). If you're in town come and have a look - it's next to Argos.
James Wallbank: 100 Days of Manifestation Chess Project.
Free and open to all.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com for info
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.
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).
Access Space wins in the recycling category of the Sheffield Telegraph Environmental Awards
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
I'll be great to back up and running after the summer break. Hope to see you all soon.
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
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.
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
The whole event has an on-line video stream: http://lurk.org/placard/
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.
The first Sheffield Placard Festival at Access Space
♦ More info: http://lurk.org/placard/
♦ Lots more info http://lurk.org/placard/background.html
There are two exhibition previews on Friday, 8th July 5.30-8pm. All welcome!
John Ledger - Ill Equipped and Tony Goddard - Hyatt Plaza Retrospective
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:
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.
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.
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
Dorkbot arrives in Sheffield this week!
More info : http://dorkbot.org/dorkbotsheffield/
dorkbotsheffield #1 7:30pm, Thursday 9th June 2011 at Access Space
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.”
Sheffield King James Project:
Marking 400 years of the King James Bible
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 - Noise_Objects in Public Space (video)
Xname - Phantasmata performance Fri 8th April (video)
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, Access Space Artist in Residence, will be performing with Noise_Objects this evening
Friday April 8th, 5.30-8.30pm – Free – all welcome
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/
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
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.
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 *
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/
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
Two videos from our first sonic event in July 2010.
Monika Dutta and David Mutch - Kindle
Video by Richard Bolam
Neal Spowage - Ghetto Bastard
Video by Laurence Alexander
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 (0)114 249 5522
The publication is being made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial license (see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/uk/)
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.
Nice video by Richard Bolam of the performances by Alex McLean & Scott Hewitt, Neil C Smith and Dan Stowell.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:-