Sep 162014
 

The 2014 Nashville Mini Maker Faire was last Saturday, and I had an absolute blast! Erica Ciccarone and I displayed 3D-printed objects and textile art at the Make Nashville booth. I also taught a papercrafting course using Rob Ives‘ wonderful paper automata.

Here are some pictures Erica and I took at the Faire:

 

Our Make Nashville booth. Photo by Erica.

Our Make Nashville booth and Erica’s Fancy Fox quilt. Photo by Erica.

Our Make Nashville booth. Photo by Erica.

Our Make Nashville booth. Photo by Erica.

Our Make Nashville booth. Photo by Erica.

Some 3D printed inventions in our Make Nashville booth. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

A local artist asked people to draw their favorite places in Nashville. Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

A local artist asked people to draw their favorite places in Nashville. Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

A local artist asked people to draw their favorite places in Nashville. A Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

A local artist asked people to draw their favorite places in Nashville. Photo by Erica.

Bubbles! Photo by Erica.

Bubbles! Photo by Erica.

Bubbles! Photo by Erica.

Bubbles! Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

This guy. Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

Some young makers. Photo by Erica.

A suspicious face at the origami booth. Photo by Erica.

A suspicious origami artist. Photo by Erica.

Origami club. Photo by Erica.

Origami club. Photo by Erica.

Origami club. Photo by Erica.

Origami club. Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

A future refrigerator poet. Photo by Erica.

Puppets! Photo by Erica.

Puppets! Photo by Erica.

Puppets! Photo by Erica.

Puppets! Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata, and Erica enjoys the company of a future engineer. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

 

Jun 132014
 

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The 9th edition of the Hypericon speculative fiction convention is happening right now at the Holiday Inn Express near the Nashville International Airport. The festivities continue through the weekend. Highlights include the “Spam Slam” spam-mail-as-poetry-reading, Bad First Line competition, and Costume Contest. Check the full schedule for more info!

Hypericon 9
June 13th -15th 2014
Fest pass is $50, Saturday-only is $30; Sunday-only is $10, Night passes good from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. are $10.

@ Holiday Inn Express Airport
1111 Airport Center Dr, Nashville, TN

Mar 312014
 
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Printrbot Simple Metal

Maker group Make Nashville, of which I’m a member, is helping an Antioch High School engineering class crowdfund a 3D printer. By donating, you will have a direct impact on the lives of area students. There’s nothing quite so thrilling as designing your own thing on a 3D modeling program and then watching it become a tangible object on a 3D printer.

The campaign ends in 2 days, and we’ve only just reached our starting goal. Head on over and give what you can. We may not be able to bump the total up to LulzBot Taz 3 level, but I think we can reach the Printrbot Simple Metal Kit, a dang good printer for a great price that was listed for sale after our campaign began.

Feb 182014
 

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Chicago new media artists Nick Briz and Jon Satrom will be in Nashville February 28th through March 3rd for a Watkins College visiting artist series. While they’re in town, Watkins professor Morgan Higby-Flowers is curating two off-campus shows featuring the artists. And he’s looking for collaborators.

The first show is a NO MEDIA event on Friday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m. here at Theatre Intangible headquarters aka Noa Noa house. NO MEDIA is, as its website states, “an open improvisational realtime/performance media art event.” By “open,” they mean ANYONE can participate, including you. All types of expression are welcome, including music making, acting, dance, singing, visual art, poetry, storytelling, puppetry, etc.

Here’s how it works. When you arrive, you put your name in a hat. The hosts then draw three names. If your name is called, you have two minutes to prepare. Then you perform for 10 minutes with your two randomly-chosen collaborators. This is repeated until all the names are drawn. No documentation is allowed. It happens once and in realtime.

What makes this particular NO MEDIA event special is the fact that NO MEDIA co-creator Nick Briz will be performing alongside the locals. If you use Facebook, you can find out more on the Facebook event page. If you’re interested in performing, contact Morgan at mhigbyflowers@gmail.com.

The second show is glitch media show happening at the Track One warehouse during the March 1st Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston. At 9 p.m. the warehouse will transform into a massive multimedia experience. The show will explore digital culture, glitch art, hacking, remix culture, and experimental new media. Morgan is seeking Nashville electronic and experimental musicians and video-makers to perform. Here’s the Facebook event page. If you’re interested in performing, contact Morgan at mhigbyflowers@gmail.com. Make sure you specify which event you’re applying for.

Incidentally, there’s another great event happening earlier that night in the same space. From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Carl Oliver will perform a longform modular synth improv. What makes this especially cool is that he will be performing in the center of a HUGE empty warehouse. The natural reverb is going to be out of this world. I’ll write more about this closer to the date, but in the meantime, check out the Facebook event page.

The two Nick Briz / Jon Satrom events are part of RipZipRarLANd, a four-day series sponsored by Watkins College. The series also features lectures, workshops and a gallery opening. Check out the full schedule on, you guessed it, the Facebook event page.

Jon Satrom undermines interfaces, problematizes presets, and bends data. He spends his days fixing things and making things work. He spends his evenings breaking things and searching for the unique blips inherent to the systems he explores and exploits.

Nick Briz is a new-media artist, educator and organizer whose work has been shown internationally at festivals and institutions and is openly and freely available on the web.

RipZipRARLANd is a utopic local area network inspired by experimental new-media art, located in Middle Tennessee, EVERYWHERE (192.168.0.x). A time-space constructed of old new-media memories floating within–once free/open–networks and contemporary ethics of openness and sharing.

As [users/artists] we consider ourselves [creators/producers], however, in the eyes of contemporary (networked) corporations, we are the product being sold for billions of dollars. These wide-spread software-as-service models don’t trade in their technology as much as they trade in humans. SoftwARE iz Humans…

RipZipRARLANd’s piratical inhabitants employ messy and dirty experimental processes. Their digital practices have grown out of the infinite copy-ability of data and inevitable decay of digital media. They hack, reclaim, remix and share in an effort to promote and preserve a genre/medium/culture.

Come celebrate experimental new-media art, glitch art, GIF culture, piratical practices, and creative problem creating.

NO MEDIA
Friday, February 28th, 7:30 p.m., free
@ Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

LightJazz
Saturday, March 1st, 9 p.m., free
@ Track One during Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston
410 Chestnut Street, Nashville, TN 37203