Category: workshop

Innovation Lab Riga

From August 15th till September 28th, 2014, Café Europa Riga organises event series at the container module which has been shipped to Riga 2014 – the European Capital of Culture all the way from the Belgium city Mons (more than 2000 km), which next year will be the Cultural Capital. Café Europa is a multi-functional, architecturally flexible, mobile space that can be adapted to the needs of the local context while maintaining connection to other cultural cities in Europe.
RIXC (Centre for New Media Culture) has turned the Café Europa container into the Riga Innovation Lab by organising a 6 weeks long extensive and manifold programme of exhibitions and workshops, focused on art and science and 3D printing. The RIXC Innovation Lab programme (together with artists and scientists from Latvia, Belgium and Baltic-Nordic countries particularly) will host workshops exploring themes such as urban ecosystems, fog and the future of water, 3D printing of sound (and other intangible and intuitive properties), food as energy in overpopulated future world, as well as visual perception and sensor/responsive technologies.

Lab No 1 : September 2-5 (Part 1)
URBAN ECOSYSTEMS AND CITY HONEYBEES
Exhibition and workshop by Annemie MAES (BE)

The 4-day workshop will continue to explore the complex world of honeybees, which artist and workshop leader Annemie Maes has extensively investigated for some years. The workshop will start with an introduction on the Urban OpenGreens project and the role of the honeybees within this ecosystem. Following, the participants will study the bees’ behaviour and architecture based upon insights from biology, art, design and materials science. The participants will explore specific structural patterns present in physical and biological environments, from macrostructures to biological microsystems. Starting from the collection of gathered organic materials, the participants will develop novel, bio-inspired designs for bee houses. Participants are expected to collaborate in the discussions, with drawings and by creating objects.

BIO: ANNEMIE MAES has studied a masters in fine arts, a masters of cultural studies and a specialisation in anthropological documentary film. By founding the organizations Looking Glass and OKNO she has played a major role in organising the multi-media art scene in Brussels, bringing together artists and art spaces from different European countries to engage in workshops and open research labs. The current line of her artistic work focuses on ecological issues, as in the ongoing Urban Corridors and Bee Laboratory projects: http://annemariemaes.net

the P2P Food Lab project

The project develops a Collective Awareness Platform for peer-to-peer urban food systems, called P2P Food Lab. The platform supports urban gardening, collective decision making, citizen science, and knowledge creation for all aspects of urban food.
A P2P Food Lab integrates open greenhouses, sensors, DIY processing boards, telecommunication networks, pattern recognition, statistical analysis, phone apps, wikis, and visualization tools. The platform uses social media for the bottom-up organization of cooperative activities and the gathering of knowledge. The project develops viable economic models and paradigms for governance based on participatory democracy and self-organization and incorporates them in the platform for the community planning and food distribution.

The project networks cases in Barcelona, Brussels and Paris and studies the social innovation triggered by P2P Food Labs in new or existing urban food communities. All communities consider the full cycle of urban food systems (from production to waste). The project tests whether P2P Food Labs improve the quality of food production, lead to greater sociality, and provide adequate data for citizen science. Artistic methods are used to create a space for the needed disruptive action and to produce effective representations of the results.
http://p2pfoodlab.net/
https://p2pfoodlab.net/knowhow/index.php/Main_Page

The Urban ArtFarm community participates in the P2P Food Lab project :
urban-artfarm-2013
urban-artfarm-2012
valldaura permaculture project

more info:
http://annemariemaes.net/research/urban-corridors/corridors-as-social-sculpture/
http://annemariemaes.net/research/urban-corridors/urban-artfarm-2012/

the BEE monitoring project

Since 2009, Okno is researching the co-evolution between city honeybees and urban ecosystems in its OpenGreens and Bee Monitoring programs. Bee colonies are now threatened in all industrialized nations. Given that the survival of bees is crucial for human sustainability, there is a great urgency to improve by all means the ways in which colonies could thrive.
The research program surveys in an artistic way the multiple fields of interaction between honeybees and the (urban) ecosystem. It is remarkable to see how a bee population functions and evolves very much in accordance to the human activities we are developing around them: gardening and (urban) agriculture. The production of honey is different related to the flowers we grow, the plants we like, the garbage or pollution we produce. Bees are very responsive to the different biotopes that we share. Though we seem to have rather few insight into what constitutes the diversity of our surrounding living place, and that’s something we want to research on a deeper level. As bio-markers, bees can give us valuable information about living conditions in our continuous productive urban landscapes.

To monitor the bees in a non-intrusive way we are building Intelligent Beehives. These are hives that are augmented with sensors and sensory processing algorithms that analyse the quality of pollen and propolis as well as the behavior of the bees in order to monitor the state of the ecology in the surrounding areas. In a first research phase, the people’s hive of Abbé Warré was adapted to the grid of the Open Structures project. The new Warré-hives are a collaboration between OKNO Brussels, Fab Lab Barcelona and Sony Computer Science Lab in Paris. The Intelligent Warré Beehives are distributed in a European network, the data are available online and the creation of local biological Corridors can be consulted in realtime.

Okno Brussels, media – art – ecology : http://okno.be and http://opengreens.archive.okno.be
Fab Lab Barcelona : http://fablabbcn.org
Sony Computer Science Lab Paris : http://www.csl.sony.fr

more info on http://annemariemaes.net/14012013-open-structures-beehives/

Valldaura Bee Monitoring – part02

In April, OKNO organized a two-part bee monitoring workshop at Valldaura Self Sufficient Lab in Barcelona.
Prior to the event some of the Fab Lab Academy students had been building several beehives – one of which will be put in OKNO’s rooftop garden – making use of Warré’s principles and the OpenStructures system to make them more sustainable.
They had equally been developing a sensor-equipped measuring device that tracks the temperature and humidity changes on the inside and outside of the hive and as such reveals how ecological factors affect the bees’ behavior.
The Valldaura interns had been using material found in the surroundings to create a natural structure that will offer coolness and shadow to the Valldaura beehive on hot summer days.

During the first part of the workshop, the hive was assembled and placed in the area that had been prepared for it, and the appropriate technology was fabricated. The second series of working sessions was used to transfer a colony of European dark bees from the Catalan inland region to their brand-new home on the Valldaura premises. The pieces of technology were connected and set to work using solar panels, ready for studying the bees as bio markers disclosing environmental health.
Self Sufficient Labs, Valldaura, Barcelona

more info on: http://annemariemaes.net/workshops-at-valldaura-bcn/

dancing with the bees!

During the past three years, OKNO has been exploring the potential of sensor-equipped beehives. Making use of innovatory technologies, we are studying bees as biomarkers providing information about the ecosystem they are part of. The collected data are stored in online databases, mapping the urban landscape and raising awareness of this shared living environment, and are used for the creation of ecological works of art.
Earlier this month, OKNO is organising a bee monitoring workshop at Valldaura Self Sufficient Lab in Barcelona.
On 18 and 19 April, the collaborators in the research on sensor-enriched beehive design are meeting at the OKNO premises for some brainstorming and working sessions on new and artistic approaches to sustainable, non-intrusive bee monitoring. In which ways can new media contribute to ecology and vice versa?
The sessions are closed on Friday evening at 7 with a screening, drinks and a bee dance workout.

more info on: http://annemariemaes.net/dancing-with-the-bees-2/

Valldaura Bee Monitoring – part 01

Can Valldaura, located on the border between city and forest, between technology and nature. It houses the Self Sufficient Labs of Barcelona, working with local business, cutting-edge technology, leading academic institutions and grassroots Permaculture activists. The project reaches out to anyone wanting to explore the dynamic edge created as these different worlds collide. And to those inspired by the idea of studying the interface and interactions of urban and natural landscapes, to develop ecologically designed systems that have the stability of nature while still providing the daily needs of the Valldaura community and leisure and resources for the local population.

A workshop on the monitoring of bees and their immediate ecology is part of the permaculture master course.
The workshop is developed by Annemie Maes (OKNO, Brussels) Jamie Nicol, Ana Martinez, Claudia Nieto (Self Sufficient Labs Valldaura), John Rees, Ferran Masip, Jonathan Minchin (Fablab Barcelona).


Can Valldaura – the Self Sufficient Labs and Green FabLab.

About

thursday 11/4
– introduction to bee monitoring
– introduction to the Intelligent Beehive project
– introduction to the production of Intelligent Beehives at the fablab
– installation of the OpenStructures Warré hives at Valldaura (search for best place)

friday 12/4
– about sensors and smart citizen shields for beehives
– install sensors in the Warré hives
– connect the sensors to the internet
– map the hives on the smart citizen map
– reconnect the Ciutdella beehives

saturday 13/4
– map the vegetation of the foraging areas at Valldaura
– map the vegetation of the foraging areas at Fablab BCN and Ciutadella
– build a herb spiral with melliferous and medicinal plants (permaculture)

permaculture magazine UK

more info on: http://annemariemaes.net/presentations/bee-laboratory-presentations-2/fab-lab-barcelona-3-workshops/

research in practice – workshop st.lukas brussels

more info on: http://annemariemaes.net/presentations/urban-corridors-presentations/the-scattering-of-seeds-lecture/

barcelona workshop : urban bees, environmental sensors.

This workshop offers the opportunity to work at the intersections of artistic, scientific and technological practices in the field of urban beekeeping. Urban bees are quality sensors of the city where we live but, how can we capture and decode all the information they provide? During these two days, we will build and install a kit of sensors on a hive from the Three Dragon Castle, in Parc de la Ciutadella to obtain data from the inside and outside of the hive. Later, we will analyze and visualize data from a scientific and artistic point of view.
This first meeting aims to be the beginning of a community process among people looking for a sustainable city and committed to multidisciplinary and horizontal research.


home of the bcb bees : three dragons castle, parc de la ciutadella, barcelona

13 December (10-14 am, room N07T, University of Barcelona):
-Meet-up
-Open Green in Brussels (Annémie Maes, OKNO)
-Smart citizens (Tomás Diez, Fablab)
-Introduction to monitoring urban bees (Annémie Maes, OKNO and Tomás Diez, Fablab)
-BCNBees as sensors of the city.
Brainstorming to define the next meeting. What do we want to monitor? Why? When? Where? How? (All participants)
13 December (15-18 pm, room N06M, University of Barcelona):
-Theoretical introduction to the building of sensors (Tomás Diez, Fablab)
-Building the sensors
14 December (10-14 am, Ciutadella Park):
-Installation of the sensors on the beehives from Three Dragons Castle, Parc de la Ciutadella (Annémie Maes, OKNO and Maria Prestamo, beekeeper, Museu de Ciències Naturals)

more info on: http://annemariemaes.net/presentations/bee-laboratory-presentations-2/urban-bees-barcelona-workshop/

water worksessions

As part of a continuing ecological media art program, two practical workshops deal with environmental sensing. First Jonas Z. (SK/PL/NL) is building up an automatic water control system for the rooftop garden. Then we look into further ways of monitoring the beehives as part of a larger artistic research project. Both workshops are happening in the OKNO rooftop gardens. For participation please contact us.

1. A water management system for the rooftop garden.With OSMOGAS (open source modular gardening systems) Jonas Z. is building easy deployable modular systems for gardens. It consists of modules with evironmental measurement sensors (air pollution, humidity, temperature, UV, wind, pH, …), and digitally controlled switches for water pumps, lights, fog-generators. The project wants to offer a cheap, and versatile system that all of us can setup easily, according to changing circumstances. As one of the first applications, we are building a water management system for the garden. Yes! it is art, but it will work!
http://osmogas.okno.be

2. The bee monitoring project.In the city centre, OKNO is working on 2 rooftop gardens hosting 10 beehives in total, good for aproximately 400.000 city honeybees. The hives in each of the gardens are populated with Apis mellifera carnica. The 2 gardens are linked by the bees’ overlapping foraging territories and flightroutes, thus creating a biological corridor in the city. The workshop is focusing on an enhanced monitoring of these bee colonies during their summer activities.
http://timeinventorskabinet.org/wiki/doku.php/bee_monitoring_workshops
http://wiki.opengreens.net/doku.php?id=bee_monitoring_technology

about mushrooms

Today’s professional mushroom growing is an energy-consuming process. But it is perfectly possible to grow your Oyster mushrooms, your Shiitake’s or lesser known edible mushrooms in an energy-friendly and ecological environment. This can be done with a minimum of work, time and space. Okno is inviting mycologist Ann Van Belle to introduce you into the world of mushrooms with a practical demonstration followed by a lecture and Q&T-moment.

Professionele champignonteelt is vandaag de een energieverslindende activiteit. Nochtans is het perfect mogelijk om oesterzwammen, shiitake’s en andere eetbare zwammen op een duurzame manier te kweken. De oogst is dan wel bepaald door metereologische elementen. Voor eigen gebruik hoeft dit echter geen belemmering te zijn en je kan jezelf gedurende een groot gedeelte van het jaar regelmatig van verse paddenstoelen voorzien. Aan de hand van een demo en lecture vertelt mycologiste Ann Van Belle hoe je dit met een minimum van tijd en ruimte kan klaarspelen, zelfs in de stad.