The maker movement is alive and well in New Orleans. Groups are getting together regularly to build, tinker and create. They even have their own Makers of NO Slack channel!
This expanding interest is open for all to explore and enjoy during the upcoming New Orleans Mini Maker Faire (http://neworleans.makerfaire.com/), scheduled for April 22nd.
This is billed as a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.
If the upcoming maker faire is "mini", then we invite you to a "micro" look into this exciting and inquisitive community.
We hope you can join us!
What and Why of Makers
*Presented by Christopher Huddleston
The maker movement may be branded as an up and coming movement, but is it really new, or just a re-branding of the time honored tradition of “if you can’t or don’t want to buy it, make it”, DIY.
Christopher Huddleston has been a maker, like many, since he was a kid. Now as a member of Makers of NO (http://makersofno.la/), he has joined a community of likeminded individuals makering in new and unique ways. From modifying a toilet paper roll to building from scratch a microcomputer, being a maker is a great way to extend ones abilities. Chris will be discussing the history of makers groups in NOLA, Makers of NO's mission, projects, and the upcoming Maker Faire.
Followed by a presentation by Minka Stoyanova
Minka Stoyanova is an artist-thinker and philosopher-maker. Her internet-informed, cross-media, and often performative practice uses recursion and appropriation to investigate the construction of identity in our techno-social milieu. Currently completing a PhD in Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong, she has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Bulgaria, Scotland and New Orleans.
Minka is an alumna of the Fulbright Research Scholar program in Bulgaria, where she worked with local artists, hackers, startups, and community organizers to find and create positive cross-overs between their respective communities. In addition to a number solo exhibitions and academic publications, Minka's work has appeared in a variety of international venues including: Clockenflap Music Festival (Hong Kong), the International Symposium of Electronic Art (Hong Kong), Transmediale (Berlin), Videoholica (Bulgaria), FutureEverything (Manchester), Biennial of Young Artists (Romania), and Voodoo Music Festival (New Orleans). As a self-referential chimera, Minka’s work seeks a precipitous balance between technology, pop-culture, chaos, and revolution.
In this talk, Minka will be discussing some of her more recent work including using programming to glitch images taken from social media, creating works that exist in both physical and internet space, as well as her recent performance work using EEG brain scanners.