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City Library, Bewick Hall

33 New Bridge Street West

Newcastle upon Tyne

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Sooner or Data combines traditional creative activities like paper craft and knotting with live coding and open data. It is designed to help you gain new insights into how Newcastle Libraries helps you access information and how you can use it in creative ways. This event is open to everyone, you don’t need to be a coder or an artist to join in!

Join us for the whole day to take part in the workshops or for the end of the afternoon to see (and hear) what everyone has created.


Workshops

  • Live coding (Sonic Pi) with Chad Langford

Get into live coding and digital music composition with Sonic Pi! This workshop will get new coders up and running quickly in a fun and relaxed hands-on session. We’ll cover the basics of creating beats and musical patterns using code, and learn how to manipulate and improvise with data in live performance.

Chad Langford is a composer, bassist, and music educator based in the North East. He has used digital music technologies in his creative work for the past 25 years, and is the founder of Creative Coding in North East Schools, an initiative to give schoolchildren across the North East a wider exposure to the basics of computer programming by engaging their interest in music.

  • Origami with Yvette Hawkins

Origami is regularly used by research scientists and technology organisations including NASA to work out complex problems, yet it's still seen as a child's activity.

In the workshop we will transform a single sheet of paper into sets of modules which can be built to create complex structures. One module can be pieced in a number of ways to create different sculptural forms. Try and create as many different structures with one piece of paper as you can. No experience necessary.

Yvette Ja Hawkins is a visual artist of British/South Korean origin who works across sculpture and installation using techniques rooted in traditional craft. Her installations relate to her mixed heritage and she creates objects which explore the boundaries between cultures.
Yvette has exhibited across the UK, Europe and United states and has been featured in books and publications including Book Art: Iconic Sculptures and Installations made from Books. Yvette's work was recently featured on ITV as part of the ITV Creates programme, where 52 artists were commissioned to reinterpret the logo.

  • Coding with knots with Alex McLean

Come and learn how to hide messages in knots, inspired by the ancient Andean technique of quipu. We'll look at the structure of yarn, and how to make strands that can be hitched on to each other. We'll then look at how the Inca empire stored and transmitted digital information in quipu knots, and try out making our own ways of hiding messages in string. We'll hitch it all together into a giant database of knots at the end! This workshop is suitable for anyone able to tie simple knots, or up for learning how.

Alex McLean is an artist and researcher based in Sheffield UK. Since 2000, he has performed algorithmic and live coded music widely as Yaxu and as part of live coding bands CCAI, slub, and Canute. He co-founded the global Algorave algorithmic dance music movement. He made the popular free/open source TidalCycles live coding environment for musical pattern, and researches ancient textile patterns at Deutsches Museum, Munich as part of the PENELOPE project.


The plan for the day

Each of the workshops will be repeated once to give you the chance to participate in two of them.

10:00 Arrival

10:15 Introductions and first workshops

12:30 Break for lunch (note: lunch is not provided)

13:30 Workshops repeated

16:00 Exhibition of works created and sound performances; refreshments

17:30 End


This event is supported by the Carnegie UK Trust Library Lab programme.

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