[microsound-announce] Final Call - Artist Residencies at Refab Space

Jake Harries jakeharries at gmail.com
Thu Jun 14 12:09:39 EDT 2012

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*Final Call - Artist Residencies at Refab Space*

Access Space has three artist residencies available at its recently
developed Refab Space from 4th September to 15th December.

We are inviting artists, composers, hackers, designers, engineers and
creative technologists to explore emerging artforms and curatorial practise
in Refab Space, Access Space's DIY FabLab.

The application deadline is Monday 18 June.

The FabLab concept was first set out by Professor Neil Gershenfeld at
Boston, USA in 2005.
Our DIY approach means that Refab Space is being built inexpensively, while
retaining essential facilities.
Put simply, it is the idea that with just a few pieces of technology (e.g.
a 3D printer, precision laser cutter) artists can create a huge diversity
of 2 and 3 dimensional physical objects designed on their computers and
made from a wide variety of materials. The Refab Space is an interface
between the physical and the digital worlds and a resource centre where
artists can access shared equipment and facilities.

FabLab technology is in its infancy, as are the techniques and ideas
associated with it. Artists can begin to explore and define a vast new area
of art practise where very few have yet set foot.

Technical help and training will be offered, although some familiarity with
FabLab techniques would be an advantage.
Artists should be familiar with using open source software on Linux.

Examples of the kinds of methods and materials possible are: finely tooled
two and three dimensional wood, plastics and metal; 3 dimensional objects
created from materials such as plastics; the creation of two and three
dimensional artworks in mixed media; the integration of electronic
components such as sensors and circuits of various kinds into artworks.

Artist can combine any of these methods and types of materials in their
work. The design information for creating the work can be saved as data on
the computer and sent to other artists, curators and technicians by
electronic means such as email.

Each 15 working day residency offers an artist fee of 1500 GBP,
self-catering accommodation, a modest budget for materials and a
contribution towards travel.

In return artists will create a new work for a physical exhibition.

Further information and application forms:


Jake Harries, Digital Art Programme Manager,
ACCESS SPACE, 3-7  Sidney St, Sheffield, S1 4RG, UK
t: +44 (0) 114 249 5522 <%2B44%20%280%29%20114%20249%205522>   w:
Reg. Charity 1103837
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National Lottery through Arts Council England
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