Mad Scientists of Music – Episode 4 – The Hacker in the Gallery

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The next part in Gareth Stacks Documentary; Mad Scientists of Music – The Hacker in the Gallery!!

 

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Episode 4 – ‘Taking Toys Apart’

Teaser – Andrew Edgar takes us on a tour of the A4 Arts Collective.

Part 1 – Ed Devane talks about the relationship between self taught musicians, hackers, artists and the “new music” (contemporary classical music) establishment.

Part 2 – The Dublin Laptop Orchestra introduce us to their own unique take on electronic music. Performing using digital setups with midi controllers, the group focus on making a performance which combines physical movement with electronic collaboration.

Part 3 – Stewart Geelon of Luxury Mollusc & Primal Barber Quartet introduces us to the Dublin ‘harsh noise’ scene, where electronic improvisers taking their queue from industrial and early 20th century avant-garde music, create challenging dark soundscapes from found objects.

Part 4 – Artist Aine Belton, talks about combining language and musical sound to enhance the…

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Mad Scientists of Music – Episode 3 – ‘Taking Toys Apart’

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Episode 3 – ‘Taking Toys Apart’

Episode three takes a journey into the underground world of circuit bending. Circuit benders hack children’s toys and dissect cheap archaic electronics, to produce strange new instruments. Circuit bending lies at the intersection of instrument building, grass roots activism and psychedelia. Listeners will learn about the history of circuit bending, a hobby that grew out of the the microprocessor and psychedelic revolutions in the 1960’s; and how these technological and cultural movements fused into a kind of activist musicianship.

From the work of Reed Ghazala (creator of Circuit Bending) on, musical tinkerers have been antiestablishment figures – taking technology beyond its intended uses and in the process becoming outsider artists.

Andrew Edgar explains how geographical differences in the history of consumerism influenced the musical cultures of different countries – and how he views taking…

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Harvard students mentored by A4’s Education Officer Donal Holland win design awards!!

This is not a humble brag, it’s a straight up brag! Our Education Officer is awesome. Congratulations Donal and good luck with your thesis!

Crafted in a 3D printer and outfitted with rubberized pressure sensors, this inexpensive device offers surgeons a confident grip on delicate tissue. (Photo by Eliza Grinnell, SEAS Communications.)

“I think it proves how worthwhile it is to provide students with hands-on design experiences and access to great facilities.” Donal Holland

 

“With a team of other students, and with mentorship from Holland, Walsh, and Dr. Catherine Wee at Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care, Maeder-York designed a soft, wearable device to help patients regain normal thumb movement—and therefore the ability to grasp objects—after a stroke. The project won the Three-In-Five contest at DMD, as did another of Gafford’s devices. The students now have the opportunity to submit their findings for accelerated review by the prestigious ASME Journal of Medical Devices.”

Read the full article here!

 

Giz a Leg Up by donating to our desk fund!

A4 are opening their new studio on June 1st 2014. We need to raise some cash for new desks. DESKNCHAIRBUTTON A4 plans to build the first truly participative socially engaged arts and education centre in Dublin. Drawing on the best elements from existing artist studios, maker spaces, social spaces and education practices both nationally and internationally, we will develop a unique model which both supports practitioners develop professionally and makes a social change to how we as citizens, young and old have access to the arts and education. To get us off the ground we need some help. If you can afford to we would really appreciate your support. Just click on an option below to make a donation. We need to raise quite a bit of cash so please share among your friends and followers!!

Desk & Chair ….. 60 Eur
Desk ………………. 42 Eur
Table Top ………. 30 Eur
Chair ……………… 18 Eur
Leg ………………….. 6 Eur

Thanks
A4 Team

Our newest member Jason Kearney’s exhibition: Welcome To Heterotopia: Pasted Pixels Of Contemporary Collage opens April 24th

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We are excited to have Jason Kearney join our new studio, his work is fantastic!

If you are in Dublin this Thursday hit up his fist solo exhibition; Welcome To Heterotopia: Pasted Pixels Of Contemporary Collage at the Twisted Pepper. It’s going to be great!

“The exhibition will be officially opened with a talk by Sean Hillen, without a doubt the most influential Irish artist that has worked with photomontage. 

Heterotopia is a concept in human geography elaborated by philosopher Michel Foucault to describe places and spaces that function in non-hegemonic conditions. These are spaces of otherness, which are neither here nor there, that are simultaneously physical and mental, such as the space of a phone call or the moment when you see yourself in the mirror.

Jason Kearney situates himself in the spectrum of contemporary collage by manipulating pixels over paste and photoshop over paper to create surreal digital collage.

Appropriating his pieces from a wide range of source material that spans movements, continents and centuries he uses and seduces the digital medium to juxtapose characters, objects and landscapes. In doing so, he creates narratives that the original artists would have never dreamed to have existed.”

This exhibition will run until May 31st

Opening
Thursday 24th April
6 – 8pm

The Twisted Pepper
54 Middle Abbey Street
Dublin 1
Ireland


Press:
Juxtapoz Magazine Feature – http://bit.do/juxtapoz
le cool Dublin Cover May 9th 2013 – http://bit.do/lecool
le cool Dublin Cover May 15th 2013 – http://bit.do/lecool2
ARTchipel Feature July 2013 – http://bit.do/artchipel
Rabble #7 Poster Commission – http://bit.do/rabble

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Text taken from Jason’s FB Event Page

A4 are now taking applications for our new Studios and Gallery Opening June 1st 2014

A4 AD Where

A4 AD Where

If you are interested in becoming a member please get in fill out our membership contact form.

Membership starts at 50 euros per month for basic membership, allowing you 24/7 access to;

Shared Studios & Desk space
Electronics Area
Darkroom
Screen-printing Facilities
Workshop & Tools

For an additional fee you can add;

Personal Desk Space for 100 euros per month (Limited to 10 so get in soon for those)
Storage Space for 20 euros per month (Limited to 50)

Coming later in the year at an additional cost you can gain access to our Recording Studio and Gallery & Event space.

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A4 Team

Resurrection Ruckus, A4 Fundraiser 18th April @ Seomra Spraoi!!!

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We are delighted to announce that the amazing Freda of Poster Fish Promotions has organised a fundraiser for our new studios!! It’s also a fundraiser for Seomra Spraoi, who are kindly providing us with the venue for the night!

Our Good Friday Resurrection Ruckus will kick off at 9pm. A4 are really excited as our Hong Kong Champion Finn Williamson will be returning to Dublin for one night and she’s going to play a Finnalicous set for us, so get in early for that!!

All proceeds will go towards paint to make our walls lovely and shiny and to the running costs of Seomra. We will also have some t-shirts and screen-prints on sale at the door.

Ruckus Makers on the night are;

Alien Hand
Chris Chapman
The Scaldy Madonna
Bonz
Executive Steve
Finnalicious 

Visuals will be provided by our very own Zyme!

We hope to see you all there! If you can’t make it down but would still like to help us on our way, you can make a donation via paypal by clicking the image below.

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Details & Location;
Doors 9pm – late
Admission €10
BYOB

Seomra Spraoi
10 Belvedere Court
Dublin 1

Don’t forget to pick up your poison of choice the night before!

Thanks
A4 Team!