Openlab Groningen

events - February 27th, 2008 - Marloes de Valk - No Comments

Openlab Groningen
11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27 March 2008
between 14.00 and 18.00
Sign, Winschoterkade 10, Groningen
Costs: free!

Join us for 6 afternoon sessions of Openlab Groningen! The Openlab is a workspace equipped with 6 workstations running a wide variety of open source software for artists and designers. The goal of the lab is to kick start a community in Groningen that brings together local artists/designers/programmers that work with or are interested to work with open source software.

Special session 13th of March: Dave Griffiths’ crash course Fluxus!!!
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Workshop ‘hello process’

events - February 26th, 2008 - Marloes de Valk - 2 Comments »

Workshop ‘Hello Process’
5-6-7 March 2008
10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00
Sign, Winschoterkade 10, Groningen, NL
Costs: Free!

Chaos theory, finite state machines, randomness, entropy, non linear systems and non deterministic automata, l-systems, self-similar series, recursions and iterations. WTF? LOLZ

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hello process links

input - February 25th, 2008 - Marloes de Valk - No Comments

Some sites to look at during the workshop:

iteration and recursion in design:
l-systems in architecture:
fractals in design:
chaos in crafts:

Artist in Residence @ sign

events - February 11th, 2008 - Marloes de Valk - No Comments

Metabiosis will visit the sign gallery in Groningen (NL) from the 3rd of March til the 3rd of April 2008. The project we’ll be developing there is called hello process. We’ll be working on a new installation and are planning a series of public events in the gallery: a workshop on generative and algorithmic art, 6 Openlab sessions, a lecture evening and a final presentation. We’ll post more news soon!

meshy presentation December 19th

events - December 15th, 2007 - Marloes de Valk - No Comments

This Wednesday, December 19th, we’re presenting the work and research we did this fall during our residency at Waag Society on the meshy project. If you can’t make it there is a stream produced by KillerTV, and if you can make it, there are some drinks ;)

Date: 19 December 2007, 8 pm.
Location: Theatrum Anatomicum, Waag Society, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR, Amsterdam.


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semi-rigid urethane even better?

input - December 15th, 2007 - Marloes de Valk - No Comments

My little epoxy shop was finally up and running, working like a charm and heading for great success until… well until I ran out of epoxy and went to the shop to find out they DIDN’T ORDER ANY NEW AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! I only produced 1/3 of the total needed amount so had no choice but to look for alternatives… Fast curing alternatives, cause time was running out. I found a semi-rigid urethane that had a few good points and a few bad ones. Good points: with a little accelerator added (so-cure) it cures in a few hours and is de-moldable in 1 hour! It is semi-rigid, so it is super easy to handle. Bad points: it is yellow :( and not as transparent as the epoxy… In the end I think the speed of production won from the yellow and I got myself 2 liters of urethane, some so-cure and a proper release agent. The shop is back in action.


meshy factory

hardware - December 10th, 2007 - aymeric - 1 Comment »

All the nodes are now complete! Last batch was done 4 at a time in a brainless repeat mode enjoying the fume from the melting lead…


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epoxy works better

input - November 30th, 2007 - Marloes de Valk - No Comments

After the first disastrous attempt at making a cast, I switched from silicone to epoxy. Epoxy becomes solid very gradually so I would have time to wait until it was semi-solid, then paste it into the mold, push the 2 parts together and let it dry. This way I would not have to pour anything through any holes, and the material would be thick enough to be able to spread it over the mold by hand. The only big disadvantage of epoxy is that it takes AGES to harden completely. I got good advice from the FormX shop in Amsterdam. They told me to use a moderate heat to speed up the process. Epoxy is very heat sensitive and with a temperature of +- 40 degrees Celsius things would go a lot faster.


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meshy assembly

input - November 29th, 2007 - Marloes de Valk - No Comments

Another mass soldering post, this one less skeptical since the procedure has been drastically optimized and this time 4 beautiful boards saw the light! Once again in the midst of a whirlwind of chaos but resulting in a little garden with 4 shiny noise emitting flowers.


meshy mass soldering

input - November 29th, 2007 - Marloes de Valk - No Comments

Today we did a session of meshy mass soldering. The hardware design is final and the honorable job of reproducing it at least 8 times has commenced. Optimized approach will render about 2 boards in one session (the session length is still under debate and so is the optimized approach). This part of the project is very zen but the table on which it all took place bares very little evidence of this.