Wednesday, December 06, 2006

December SEED salon: MEET THE MAKERS

Monday December 11, 5.30 pm at the Odessa Club, Dame Court, Dublin 2. Donation: 5 Euro.

Dale Dougherty and Sherry Huss of the legendary MAKE magazine will give an informal presentation followed by a conversation about their work in creating Maker Faire, an event bringing together art, science and home-made technology.

"I saw the future of conferences today. It was the Maker Faire. " - Robert Scoble, Microsoft

Maker Faire is a family-friendly event that celebrates science and technology projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. The Maker Faire Mission is to inspire, inform, connect and entertain thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers of all ages and backgrounds through a public gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors.

The first-ever Maker Faire was held in May, 2006 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. The event was wildly successful with over 20,000 attendees including honoree guests Steve Wozniak, Daryl Hannah, Tracy Chapman, and the MythBusters. Makers and Crafters came to show off their projects ranging from robots, bubble blowing, fire torches, to tech-fashion and silk screen-printing.

"Everywhere I looked, I saw people of all ages with *wonder* and *delight* in their eyes. I can't wait to bring my son to the next one" - David Pescovitz, Boing Boing.

MAKE magazine

CRAFT magazine

View the Post Event Summary of last year's Maker Faire

View user photos on Flickr

Quick Maker Faire overview

Monday, December 04, 2006

REMINDER: SEED Still Seeking Artist-Scientist for Documentary...

Italian director Guido Chiesa, known for his political documentaries, is looking for an Irish-based artist-scientist, to become one of three leading characters in his new feature-length documentary for cinemas. In an attempt to bridge the art of political movements and the science of weather forecasting, he is looking at the fundamental ingredients of human progress, which are common to both worlds. To close the gap, he is looking for a scientist, who is also actively involved in the arts, and who will be interviewed and filmed during their activities.

As an artist-scientist (or scientist-artist) the individual will be actively working with both disciplines, and not solely using one to describe the other. All amateur/professional levels are welcome.

The selected artist/scientist will be required to be available for filming during one weekend, and also for some shorter sessions (in the evenings, etc.). Filming will ideally take place before the end of January.

If you think that you might fit the profile for this exciting opportunity, or if you happen to know somebody else who does, please contact as soon as possible, with a brief summary of your activities.