Workshops Listings

Home Chaos Workshop – The Other Volcano

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The Other Volcano

Title: Home Chaos Workshop
Location: MadLab
Description: Come and take part in this exciting workshop with designer Nelly Ben Hayoun where you will learn how to make a volcano in your living room, a real sleeping giant in the corner of your domestic environment!
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2010-10-29
End Time: 16:00
Audience: Adults, Teenagers GSCE 16+
Price: Free. Booking required!
Event Themes: Bright ideas
Event Type: Workshop/Hands-on/Demo

Do you want your everyday life to go with a BANG? Is being in the centre of one of the nature biggest spectacle of smoke, dust and lava will blow you up?

How would you deal with a live volcano in the middle of your living room? Would you ignore it? Would you wrap it up?

Come and take part in this exciting workshop with designer Nelly Ben Hayoun where you will learn how to make a volcano in your living room, a real sleeping giant in the corner of your domestic environment! Be the hero of your own home mythology! Spice up your daily life with this workshop at the fringe of insanity!

In collaboration with Carina Fearnley (volcanologist, Hazard Research Centre, UCL Earth Sciences department). Come and take part in this risky workshop, where you will learn how to make a giant living room volcano out of coffee and smoke bombs, a real sleeping giant in the corner of your domestic environment!


Home Chaos Workshop is part of this year’s bigger and better Manchester Science Festival, entertaining the region from 23 – 31 October.

Manchester Science Festival 2010

iPhone 4⁴ Workshop

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

iPhone 4 U

Title: iPhone 4⁴ Workshop
Location: MadLab (Upstairs)
Description: Developing with iOS4, XCode 4, iPhone 4, in groups of roughly 4
Price: £300
Max number of participants: 16
Start Date: 2010-10-25
Start Time: 10:00
End Date: 2010-10-27
End Time: 16:00

The iPhone 4⁴ workshop is aimed at developers coming from other languages who want to learn Cocoa and Objective-C. The three-day, highly participatory, intensive workshop will cover the Objective-C language and various aspects of the Cocoa frameworks: constructing user interfaces, interacting with device features such as GPS/camera/accelerometer/gyroscope and interacting with remote data sources and APIs.

Participants will be organised into small teams (of around 4 people, preferably not people they work with already!) for the practical elements of the workshop, to create real, working applications.

The course will be led by Sam Easterby-Smith – an established coder and trainer who has worked on various iPhone and iPad projects including the Times newspaper iPad app and his own Gigometer. He has run numerous iPhone training workshops with UKOLN and North-West Vision and Media over the last year and is very pleased to be offering his second course at the Madlab. For more about Sam see his corporate site:

Book your places now on Eventbrite.

Participants will need to bring a Mac Laptop running Snow Leopard & any iOS devices they might have.

The learning curve of Objective-C is quite steep and involve heavy use of object-orientation so this course is NOT RECOMMENDED for those new to programming. HTML and CSS do not count as programming. C++, Ruby and Java developers will be fine. Actionscripters and PHPers should be ok as long as they are familiar with OO concepts.

Manchester Camerata and ArtCollider

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Manchester Camerata and ArtCollider

Title: Manchester Camerata and ArtCollider
Location: MadLab
Description: Manchester Camerata and FutureEverything team up to present Camerata’s principal cellist, Hannah Roberts, who is widely recognised as ‘one of the most outstanding cellists of her generation’, and sound artist Andrew Deakin in a live collaborative performance.
Start Time: 12:30
Date: 2010-10-03
End Time: 17:30

This kaleidoscopic production will see Hannah and Andrew explore Bach’s stunning unaccompanied Cello Suites.

This is followed by a hands-on workshop featuring The ArtCollider, a project that enables artists around the world to collaborate in a globally networked studio. Led by an international media artist, this workshop gives participants the chance to create audiovisual art projects from live VJing to visual programming with the Collider Infrastructure. Meanwhile, remote participants can provide footage from different locations, as well as process (modify, remix, transform) footage created in the workshop.

Tickets to both events are free but very limited, please sign up here-
FutureEverything Presents Manchester Camerata (performance)
FutureEverything Presents ArtCollider (workshop)

For more information about the Manchester Weekender click here.

Body Hack Workshop

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Daito Manabe and the Face Visualiser

Title: Body Hack Workshop
Location: MadLab
Description: Daito Manabe will be running a body hack workshop as part of the Abandon Normal Devices Festival
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2010-10-02
End Time: 17:00

Artist, coder, hacker, mathematician, sound designer, DJ and VJ, Manabe redefines the existent media and technologies from his unique perspective. Converting sounds into electrical impulses is one thing; transferring these impulses via diodes to a person’s facial muscles is quite another.

Join Daito in an electrifying workshop. Muscle sensors and electrical stimulation will enable you to use your own body as an INPUT / OUTPUT device, controlling or controlled by a computer. The workshop will also question the social and ethical problems arising from creating systems that can harvest sensory data from our bodies. Limited places, booking essential.

Tickets can be booked through the AND Festival site.

EASA 2010 in Manchester

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

EASA is a completely student driven, volunteer run, non-government / non-profit organisation. Each year since its inception in Liverpool in 1981 its focus has been on exchanging ideas, culture and experience between 400-450 of the brightest students of architecture from over 40 different nations in Europe over 2 weeks of lectures, debates and workshops. (more…)