The creative programming meeting aims to bring together everybody who is interested in programming.
In the “First Creative Programming Meeting” we discussed the meaning of creativity in relation to programming. Two ideas appeared, on the one hand creativity in the finding of solutions for problems and on the other hand using programming for creative “aesthetic products” (art, music, design). Easer of this ideas appeals to you, you might find somebody in the group.
Format for the now starting “Weekly Creative Programming Meeting” on Monday evenings, is ‘present a problem’ and ‘retrieve different solutions’. Each week a few people can bring their current projects and explain their problems, when the problem “activates” some creativity of the participants it might develop into a “creative” solution finding group.
Feel free to invent a problem and bring it to xinchejian on monday evenings!
Thanks to everyone that came out this weekend for XinCheJian’s spring cleaning, was really great to see everyone and the work done to the space is making a difference.
Updates this week:
- this week we want your 5rmb at the door, that money is going straight into the donation box
- Ladies, it’s your turn, sign up for 3months at XinCheJian and get 1 month for free, starting.. now
- XinCheJian is turning 3 this month, join us for a wild party @ the space mark your calendars the 26th of march – it’s a Tuesday – members can bring 1 guest, but please let us know if you are coming (for food and drink orders) by signing up here http://xinchejian.com/event2/?ee=171
- Roboracing – it’s on the 6th of April! 2pm – 5pm bring your 10 second cars! or your ultra fast line followers, the competition is just starting for the season, plus work on your car Thursday and Friday as it’s a tomb sweeping holiday!
- two new groups formed in the last 7 days, with quantified self and also creative programming.
Summary for Wednesday/本周三开放日综述
- 诸晓鸣 – Blind PHP/C++ Programmer making games (CN)
- Matthew DeBlock – DScript – a new form of writing (EN)
诸晓鸣 is Visually impaired, self taught to program in C++ and PHP and works to improve accessibility across computers for others in the same situation, from text to speech and information accessibility development and builds games!
Matthew DeBlock has invented his own writing style that looks like a script language however it encodes roman alphabet, if anyone has designed a font before, now imagine how hard it is to design an entire writing style!
The creative programming meeting aims to bring together everybody who is interested in programming.
In the first meeting we hope to find the tools to use to gather our knowledge to be able to realize together a project. All participants will have an opportunity to give a brief description of their idea (and occasionally we will breakout into smaller groups based on shared interests)
In previews discussions people expressed their interest in Visualising data with D3.js:
Or highlighted the simplisity of paper.js:
or we do something totally different:
Congratulations to those that built a 3D printer on the weekend with @Lucio鲁修
Lots of announcements this week, where to start:
- From next week we’re going to ask you for 5rmb at the door for non-members, sign up on the night as a member and get your 5rmb back!
- Ladies, it’s your turn, sign up for 3months at XinCheJian and get 1 month for free, starting.. now，
- it’s XinCheJian’s 2nd anniversary this month, join us for a wild party @ the space – mark your calendars the 26th of march – it’s a Tuesday – we need help, we need your help – a BIG cake for XinCheJian’s birthday – feed 50+ people, you can make one or help organize one!
- Robot racing – it’s on the 6th of April! 2pm – 5pm bring your 10 second cars! or your ultra fast line followers, the competition is just starting for the season, plus work on your car Thursday and Friday as it’s a tomb sweeping holiday!
- Make+ is gaining traction, email us to find out how you can get involved.
Summary for Wednesday
We need your support this week, we have 2 fragile live demonstrations, dont touch! just look
- @Chromaphase几何焱 (http://vjchromaphase.com) @Lumi3005 /@艾蒙81 (http://redrabbitanimation.com) / @三根门闩 – Leo from swarm robots will be presenting DAEDALUS CITY PROJECT
Daedalus City project is an exciting project emerging from XinCheJian with a live demonstration wednesday evening with robots, lights, cameras and action! an amazing joint collaboration that is set to inspire you.
We’ve started a new project in Xinchejian, the Project City, code name “Metropolis“.
More about the project will be in the wiki soon as we just begun. Today we built the table where the city will be installed.
The project will be a fusion of 3D projection and robot hardware combined with mechanics and interactive components.
This project is open for all members with interest. There will be a huge part in 3D mapping/projection and this content has to be created too. The robotics and mechanical part will include Arduino based hardware for the movements, communication between the central computer and the city and interface for interactive components.
If you think you could help with something then just let us know.
Chromaphase (aka Matthieu Tondeur) will be presenting this Wednesday at XinCheJian. In addition to having his own Wikipedia page, Matthieu is currently doing exciting 3D mapping video DJ using Mao Livehouse as his home base. Here’s his self introduction:
Sergey Kasich and a group of students from Strelka are planning a visit of Shanghai and its hackerspace, XinCheJian, on December 17th from 19h00 to 21h00.
Each year Strelka brings its students to one of the metropolis of the world to do research on the theme of DiY technologies and creative communities. The students are all young (23-32 years old) active persons that have already done something in different spheres of urban culture.
They are looking forward to a lecture about the space, show & tell, Q&A session and a small discussion with residents of the XinCheJian space. Members with interesting projects are invited to join in to welcome our Russian guests.
Strelka is an interdisciplinary institution, founded in Moscow, Russia 3 years ago. Its main topic is Urbanism and everything related to big cities and people, living there.
Strelka Institute is a non-profit organization aimed at generating knowledge, producing new ideas and making them come true. Strelka lecture halls and studios provide free tuition for international young specialists with backgrounds in architecture, design, social sciences, etc. Strelka courtyard hosts open lectures, conferences and film screenings. Strelka bar provides both a place for the social networking of creative people from around the globe and a source of Strelka’s financial backing: what the bar earns goes to support the institute.
Strelka is an educational centre that is open to the world and ready to share. What happens here spills out into social exchanges. The output of the institute is multidimensional: it includes graduates and their projects and involves a growing network of creativity. But, most importantly, it helps shape the reality of tomorrow.
About Sergey Kasich:
Sergey Kasich – experimental electronic musician, performer, sound artist, developer of interactive installations. Author of a number of Russian and Crimean festivals of experimental electronic music and technological arts. Initiator and principal curator for communities LoveLiveElectronic (LoLieL.tk) (2008-2011) and SoundArtist.ru (2011-present). From 2005 to 2010 he was resident at the Theremin Center of Moscow State Conservatory by name Tchaikovsky as a freelance composer-developer. Sergey graduatedthe psychological faculty of Moscow State University and has been pursuing a PhD study in fields of differential psychology and behavioral genetics from 2007 to 2010 (didn’t finish). He now teaches “Technologies in Interactive contemporary Art basics” course at Rodchenko’s school for Multimedia Arts and studies urbanistics in the Strelka Institute.
既上次Sunny Sun老师在新车间推出深为孩子们喜爱的“导电面团”以后，这回我们又推出了更为方便，好玩的“纸电路”。纸电路是MIT High Low Lab开发的新奇互动电子艺术项目的一个子项目。它成功的将表面贴装发光二极管（LED）和艺术结合在一起，制作出各种互动的电子卡片。看看下面的这些纸电路作品，你带能猜出来我在说什么了。
报名链接：http://xinchejian.com/event/?ee=148， 填好报名表格（Registration Details)表格的相关信息，然后点击表格下面的“Submit”按键，既完成网上报名。我们强烈建议家长们在网上预先报好名，因为空间面积有限，最大只能容纳15个家庭，因此参加活动将以网上报名的优先。如果您的孩子这次没有报上名，我们将根据报名情况以后再开workshop满足要求。多谢理解。
注： 纸电路（paper circuit）是美国MIT 互动媒体实验室开发的互动电子电路。此次活动得到了发明人 Jie, Qi的指导和准许。再次，也感谢MIT Media Lab和Jie, Qi的无私奉献和指导。
It’s a normal Thursday but in Xinchejian is something special going on. It’s not unusual that we use the 3D printer since we got it running but this Thursday it will be different.
Why? Tonight we not just print stuff, we also take pictures of the process, exactly each 6 seconds one picture. The time for the part we want to print is about 37 minutes. If you do the math then we talk about a 37 minutes photo shooting with a total amount of pictures of 370.
These 370 pictures are stacked and converted to a video with a length of 1.27 minutes. All this has been done by MinWei, a passionate photographer in Shanghai. Please check his Flickr Photo Stream here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/minweiphoto/
Now watch the video and see 37 minutes flying away in just 1.27 minutes…impressive:
Weihong Guan (@aGuegu) a fellow hacker and researcher will be presenting his projects this evening, from Nixie tube heaven from the 70s to showing off his amazing 8x8x8 led cube, this guy makes his living by selling his inventions which can be found all over the internet. His awesome 8x8x8 cube kit will dazzle anyone and is the perfect table top conversation piece, with integrated arduino in a tiny tiny form factor driving 512 LEDS! plus 4 more for fun!
Cyril Ebersweiler started the haxlr8r.com, a hardware accelerator program based in Shenzhen. Haxlr8r people will come visit on Wednesday afternoon and hopefully stay to the evening, there is a high chance that Cyril will not be able to stay as him and his wife are currently expecting a new hacker in the family.
Ben Houge, with 16 years of experience developing video games, including 4 years at ubisoft shanghai working on Tom Clancy’s EndWar, he will be teaching the MAX/MSP workshop this weekend at xinchejian on saturday (http://xinchejian.com/event/?ee=143), a tool in which he creates most of his musical mayhem, i’ve seen this guy present before, and wow, quite the experience. he currently teaches in Boston area, where he teaches video game music at Berklee College and is also working on a research project with MIT http://mit.edu/music21/ on musicological analysis.
XinChejian is still under construction but that wont stop us from keeping up with our promise of a Wednesday meetup, we’ve got 2 presentations this evening along with a sneak peek at the new space.
7pm – free @ XinCheJian 2.0 1035 Changle Rd, 2nd floor – 上海徐汇区长乐 路1035号2楼 see here for a map and directions: http://xinchejian.com/contact-us/?lang=zh
Unfortunately those wishing to hack tonight will not have all of the tools normally available, but nothing stopping us from getting them out and putting them away when we’re done!
James Tichenor, interaction designer from Rockwell Lab (http://www.rockwellgroup.com/lab) has just flown into Shanghai and will present tonight at XinCheJian on some of his crazy-out-there projects he’s worked on using electronics and arts!
Qichen and Rockets will present their Home Sous Vide machine that they hacked together in 20 minutes, along with some egg tasting which i hear is out of this world.
=Coming up soon=
机器车竞赛 – Roboracing Competition – 2012/04/22 – http://xinchejian.com/event/?ee=110
Are you ready!? Line followers, Autonomous’rs and remote specialists, take part in the 2nd race of this year, come show us what you’re made of! the 2012/04 track has been published on the wiki and demo’d at Barcamp! http://wiki.xinchejian.com/wiki/RoboRacing
Processing class (English instructions) – 2012/04/28 – http://xinchejian.com/event/?ee=114
Finally, given the huge success of the Ravens Processing classes in chinese, he’s -beenforced- agreed to run the class in English! he is doing some awesome stuff.
=Recent changes at XinCheJian=
Membership is now Just 100rmb per month per member, for an additional 200rmb a month you can also store your projects/stuff in the space in a box that does not exceed 50x50x30cm, you can contribute more money if you want as a donation. Failure to pay membership will result in your junk being stored at XinCheJian becoming a donation to the space. XinCheJian will no longer offer community parts but instead sell them in sets, for example 10 resistors for 1rmb to cut down on waste and mess. Members will have access to the space and the tools, strangers must be accompanied by a member at all times and will be responsible for that friend during that period at XinCheJian. For Full details see http://wiki.xinchejian.com/wiki/Policy or http://wiki.xinchejian.com/wiki/Policy/zh