Tags: Workshop

Welcome to Microworld Leicester

Posted: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:06

Welcome to Microworld Leicester

Join Interact Digital Arts and Genetic Moo at Wot SPACE in Leicester's Highcross for a week of digital art experimentation and free workshops. Microworld Leicester will feature artwork from the award-winning artists together with plenty of opportunities for people to get involve and learn about digital technologies such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BBC Micro:bit, 3D Printing and much more. The event has been supported by Leicester City Council and the Arts Council and runs between 20th and 28th August at Wot Space on Shires Lane.

Make||Sound 6th - 13th June 2015

Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:58

Make||Sound 6th - 13th June 2015

Make||Sound is an eight-day festival taking place in Leicester's City Centre - at Highcross and Curve - that will be exploring the possibilities and intricacies of sound as an artform. The event runs from from Saturday 6th June until Saturday 13th June 2015 and will play host to musicians, sound designers and creative coders from around the UK and beyond.

Interact Labs will be running two drop-in workshops at the Highcross Shopping Centre as part of the event - on Saturday 6th and Thursday 11th - that will show participants how to generate sound and control lights with Arduino micro-controllers. Attendees will be able to add their creations to Sean Clark's "Colloquy of Jam Jars" installation that will be installed at Highcross throughout the week.

For more information visit the Make||Sound website at http://makefestival.uk. A gallery of pictures of the event will be hosted on Flickr. Feel free to add your own pictures to the group.

Alex May CAS Talk, Crystal Radio Workshop

Posted: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 18:04

Alex May CAS Talk, Crystal Radio Workshop

Interact Labs started its spring CAS speaker programme on Wednesday with a talk from artist Alex May. The 20+ audience was treated to an interesting talk from Alex about his creative practice that has included programming, VJing, projection mapping and robotics. We hope to upload a video of the talk soon, for now you can view pictures here. Alex's website can be found at www.alexmayarts.co.uk. Keep an eye our for details of April speaker, who we will be announcing shortly.

We also hosted our first workshop of the year on Saturday. Our "Make a Crystal Radio" workshop was scheduled to tie in with the Julian Oliver exhibition in the Phoenix Cube Gallery. The attendees were able to build a crystal radio from scratch and learnt a bit of radio theory along the way. Read a workshop report here. Again, keep an eye on the Interact Labs website for details of future workshops.

Interactive Lighting with Arduino

Posted: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:57

Interactive Lighting with Arduino

Our introduction to Arduino workshops have proven to be very popular this year. For those who want to develop their Arduino skills further, however, we are now looking to run a new Interactive Lighting with Arduino workshop at Interact Labs. This will show you how to wire up and program LED 'pixels' in order to create lighting installations and similar projects. The first workshop is on the 4th October. It's going to be popular, so book now.

Robots, Virtual Reality and 3D Printing!

Posted: Sun, 03 Aug 2014 22:27

Robots, Virtual Reality and 3D Printing!

If there are three things that are sure to draw a crowd at Interact Labs then they are robots, Virtual Reality and 3d printing. These technologies remain very much 'of the moment' and can be a great way to introduce people to creative technology. We've featured them at a number of our events recently.

On July 8th the first of our regular 3D printer nights saw 11 people visit the Lab for an introduction to 3D printing and a safety induction for the FlashForge Creator II 3D printer we use. Given that we have been running sessions like this since we opened in October 2013, it's great to see that interest in these sessions is still high. The next one will be on the 12th August. We also have a more advanced workshop coming up in September.

On July 18th we ran our first 'Open Lab' drop-in afternoon where the device of most interest was the Oculus Rift and, to a lesser extent, the Google Cardboard. Interest in Virtual Reality is on the rise, largely thanks to the Oculus, which seems to impress most users. We might look to run Virtual Reality workshops in the future - perhaps focussed around the low-cost and self-constructured Google Cardboard device.

Finally, just last Friday, we ran the first of our 'Technology Explorer' sessions for young people. While the 3D printer went down well, the most popular devices were our computer-controlled robot arm and the Cubelet robot construction kits. Note to self, kids love robots.

Keep an eye on the www.interactlabs.co.uk website for details of future events and activities.