Monday, 4th October, 11am-5pm
Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH
with an optional second day Tuesday, 5th October, 11am-5pm
Fab Lab Manchester, Chips, 2 Lampwick Lane (off Old Mill Street), New Islington, Manchester, M4 6BU
A combination workshop and challenge to see who can build the most creative device using only a single button for user interaction.
In a world where our interaction with technology is dominated by qwerty keyboards, multi-functional hand-held devices, motion-detection controllers and touch screens what becomes of the lowly, single button? Is it still possible to find inventiveness in simplicity?
The One Button Challenge attempts to answer the question – setting this simple limitation as both a physical and creative boundary.
In the run-up, we are offering both a 5-week workshop in London and an intensive two-day workshop in Manchester on how to design and build your own One Button Device.
We trust in your imagination to create things which will amaze, surprise, entertain, inform, humour and perhaps even offend. So go on, ask yourself what your button would do… and take up the challenge!
For more details and background to the project check the One Button Devices Workshop at Openlab Workshops.
Photo by Audrey Penven (audreypenven.net) of Jonathan Moore’s Doubt Button exhibited as part of One Button Objects curated by Kokoromi (kokoromi.org) and Create Digital Motion (createdigitalmotion.com) at GAFFTA (gaffta.org), SF, 12 March 2010.
When & Where
Cybersonica & Openlab Workshops
Cybersonica (http://www.cybersonica.org) is an annual celebration of electronic music, sonic art and audiovisual experimentation. Now in its eighth year, their rolling schedule of collaborative events and projects are a key destination for anyone interested in the theory and practice of how new technologies are shaping and changing the way musicians, digital artists, audiovisualisers and creative software developers make and present their work. Cybersonica’s programming brings together a vibrant community of sonic and audiovisual innovation, nurtures new talent and showcases the freshest and latest work in the field.
Openlab Workshops (http://openlabworkshops.org) are London’s leading independent organizer of workshops in art and technology using free software. Since 2009 they fulfill the need for practical education about digital art and technology by providing workshops focusing on open source and free software, with its idealistic emphasis on transparency, knowledge-sharing, and international collaboration. Workshops are developed and taught by working artists and media practitioners, giving participants access to direct, practical experience. Topics include: programming for artists and designers, interactive lighting, and sound design.