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Darkness over Britain

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Every year between 2000 and 2008, Cornerhouse held special Halloween screenings of cult British film and TV material under the banner ‘Darkness Over Britain’. On the evening of Saturday 26 October we’ll be reviving this tradition, with a secret screening of a little-seen TV adaption of a dark literary favourite, to be introduced by original Darkness Over Britain programmer Andy Murray.

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Autumn Courses at MadLab

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Fancy learning WordPress, how to write a short story, the first step you need to create a robot army or the best way to stuff a bird?

We've got a brilliant line up this Autumn:

WordPress co-founder Mike Little will be leading two-day beginners', intermediate and advanced courses.

Dr Sam Bail will be teaching coding newbies how to get to grips with Python.

Laura H Drane is back leading not one, but two Bid Writing sessions.

Award-winning short story publisher Comma Press will be hosting a six-part writing course, led by Anneliese Mackintosh.

We'll be stuffing birds with Shannon Harmon in a two day taxidermy course.

Want to build a robot army? Then your first port of call should be to sign-up to the Arduino & Physical Computing course led by MadLab's Dave Mee.

Kimchi & Chip's Elliot Woods will be back at MadLab to run two VVVV courses.

For more info, and to sign up – visit omniversity.madlab.org.uk

 

It’s Young Rewired State time again!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

The Manchester YRS group 2013

 

Once again, it time for us to host a weeklong event for young people to come together and make apps, websites and programmes out of open data: Young Rewired State.

 

This summer will be our fourth year as a YRS host centre.  From our band of ten young coders in 2009, we have grown to host over 30 for a week of open data hacking at MadLab.  In fact, this year, we’ve also got centres with the BBC at MediaCity, and at Oldham College.  We anticipate up to 100 young people will take part in YRS around Greater Manchester this summer – that’s 10% of the national figure!

 

After YRS 2012, we were keen to maintain the momentum we’d created as the largest national centre. So since then we’ve hosted monthly events at MadLab and other venues such as The Sharp Project and Hyper Island, attended by around 40 young people each time. We’ve also supported the growth of Code Clubs in primary schools and other venues in the region.  There’s a growing appetite from young people, parents and business to get involved and learn about coding outside of school.

 

We consider YRS as the highlight in our annual calendar of events aimed at under 18s. And this year it will be bigger and better than ever!

 

To help make this happen, we’re asking the wider community for help. There are a number of ways which you can contribute –  we’d be very grateful if you could.

 

- Mentor

Can you give up some time between 5-9th August to help YRS participants? It could be backend stuff, data wrangling, front end or even user testing? If so, sign up here to register as a mentor. It’s a busy week, as teams prepare their projects for the national Show & Tell in Birmingham…

 

- Participants

We’ve still spaces at MediaCity and Oldham College.  Do you know anyone under 18 with an interest in coding that might want to take part?

 

- Sponsors

We can’t do any of this without the generous input from the community.  Cash, food, goodies and kit are always welcome.

 

YRS is always an amazing week, especially here in Manchester.  Please let us know if you can help! Contact office@madlab.org.uk.

Spaceship Unbound reviews

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Spaceship Unbound, the current exhibition at Castlefield Gallery landed on the 21st June.
Spaceship Unbound preview
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Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy review

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Last weekend we ran our first taxidermy workshop. Here’s Manchester Confidential’s David Blake account of mouse stuffing:

musical mouse

WARNING: NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH

EVERY now and then we stumble across something so curious, so intriguing and just so batty that we can’t resist popping along with a camera, sticking our nose in and getting our hands dirty. This time around it was skinning and stuffing mice– little white ones. N’aww.

Now, heading to a class in taxidermy, you expect to find a bunch of fairly odd folk, you know, like Barry from Dinner for Schmucks or maybe Hannibal Lecter types. Someone that looks like they’d enjoy skinning things essentially.

But before you start (and you were going to) all the mice are sourced from reptile feed stockists, so they’re dead anyway and have been bred in order to feed the likes of snakes, lizards, birds called Kes and John Prescott. (more…)