Grow Your Own Media Lab (GYOML)
Submitted by richard on Wed, 2006-07-05 15:05.
December 9th, 10th and 11th (Fri to Sun), 2005.
“Grow Your Own Media Lab” (GYOML) is a project to develop creative, open access IT centres across the UK, combining the latest free software with locally recycled computers. The project was funded by Arts Council England and led by Access Space Sheffield. This three day workshop was hosted by Mongrel at its space in Southend and led to the setting up of the current MediaShed whose web site you now have the pleasure of viewing.
A “Media Lab” means a place equipped with computers where people can come to learn, create and communicate online. It’s a place where you can share technical information and creative ideas, where you can experiment without the fear of screwing something up. It’s a place where you can show things you are working on, meet potential collaborators and find new artistic uses of digital technology that suit you. The “Media Lab” is about how to organise and pool our resources so that everyone gets the most out of digital media.
Over three days James Wallbank from Access Space worked with Mongrel to show people how to set up and run a Media Lab using recycled computers. The intention being that afterwards the Media Lab would be available for artists and local people to use and run.
The three days were a mixture of discussions, demonstrations and hands-on workshops.
Around these events there was also plenty of time for questions, demonstrations or just hacking around. At then end of the workshop the group decided that this would be a good model on which to begin building a Media Lab style space hosted in Mongrel's shed. The MediaShed was born soon after and the rest is history...
To see what sorts of things other people have done in the past, see Access Space’s project site at rit.lowtech.org.