GRL Germany Report from tm11

GRL Germany is pleased to call Open Design City our base of operations in Berlin.  Since last autumn, we've held workshops in the space, a public talk and recently we collaborated with several ODC members to produce SVG2BVG - an analog-digital-analog stencil maker.  The project is a combination of DIY laser cutting and open source creative code - a collaboration between the forces of ingenuity, maker aesthetic, and DIY attitude present at ODC.

SVG2BVG uses a custom software application to detect graffiti tags, and writes the ensuing shape directly to GCode file, allowing it to be sent to a laser cutter… then cuts it into a stencil, sized exactly for the screens on the Berlin U-Bahn. Many have contributed to the project so far: GRL Germany (Agents Scott + RosnerSeemiramis, and Achim Kern), with Olivio SarikasChristophe Vaillant, Tristan August and with assistance from Onformative.  And of course, it is all possible because of the ODC space itself.

Although it wasn't possible to cut with a home made laser cutter in the House of World Cultures (who would have thought?), we had many people stop by to check out the work we've done so far, and we even managed to set up a few remote laser cutting sessions, connecting a distant laser cutter to HKW via Skype. Thanks to all who've been a part of the project, and if you haven't had a chance to make a stencil yet - there will be other opportunities.  Stay tuned.


GRL Germany Workshop #2 - build your own infrared pen

SUNDAY 28. November 2010 / 15:00 to 18:00 h

ODC Workshop: GRL Germany Workshop #2 - build your own infrared pen / bombIR

Following up on our last workshop, we will be discussing and building the bombIR project developed by GRL Canada.

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bombIR is a scaleable drawing application built for use with a rear-projection screen and custom-made infrared pens - as well as a version for use with touchscreens -  that allows artists to physically gesture against a surface and create real-time graphical output. This is in direct response and feedback to use of the existing suite of GRL technologies (primarily LASER Tag) by graffiti writers at our events, and is aimed at providing a more physical, kinaesthetic experience of digital graffiti.

This workshop will include hands-on building of infrared pens couched in empty spray paint cans or markers - the electronics involved are very basic, so no previous knowledge is required.

If you would like to build your own and bring it home, please let us know and we'll make sure to purchase supplies for you.

We're still sourcing parts and will be able to confirm the final price of purchase, which we hope to keep at 10 Euro or less.

EDIT: We have confirmed material costs at approximately 5 Euros, and will have at least a dozen empty spray paint cans available.

Apart from material costs, this workshop is by donation - all proceeds will support programming at ODC and purchase of supplies for GRL-DE.

Time: Sunday, Nov 28th, 3pm – 6pm

Attendance & Cost: Maximum of 15 persons. Free as in beer, though donations accepted – all proceeds will go to further GRL_DE projects in Berlin and Open Design City.

Language: English. All levels of technical proficiency welcome.

Spatial and Technical Requirements: Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, if applicable.

Location: ODC in Betahaus, 19-21 Prinzessinenstrasse, Kreuzberg, Berlin

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