Localhost is a hackspace and events series that aims to stimulate critical, reflective discussions about digital art and culture.

Localhost: Write the Wave [Workshop]

DIY Radio Transmitter building workshop at ForestCentrePlus, Edinburgh on November 21st, 2014.

The word radio, which translates from latin to 'I beam/radiate', seems to hint at a potential of radio that was never realized. Radio could have been developed in such a way that as many would transmit as would listen, so that we could all be both broadcasters of information as well as listeners. A combination of state regulation, accessibility of technology, and high demand in the frequency spectrum always prevented this.

But as major public and commercial broadcasters are slowly moving away from the AM and FM range to 'digital' frequencies with greater bandwidth, there's an opportunity to turn this range into a new commons.

During the Write the Wave workshop, participants will get some technical insights into how radio works by building small FM radio transmitters. We will use these transmitters to prototype an open system for broadcasting data, and begin to explore the potentials of a new commons that exists in the airwaves.

Wonderful image generated by Roelof.

Localhost: The Radio and the Commons

The Radio and the Commons is a two-day events programme of talks and a workshop. The programme explores the power of radio in contemporary society, and to propose radical ways in which it can be co-opted by the public in the digital age. It is the second in the Localhost events series, and will take place at the Forest Centre Plus, Edinburgh, 20th-21st November 2014.

Roel Roscam Abbing (Rotterdam, NL) will give a talk on the historically imagined potentials of the radio. Withs its root in the latin word 'radius', it translates to "I beam" or "I radiate", hinting at the possibility that it was perhaps conceived as medium where we could all be listeners as well as broadcasters. In the context of the forthcoming 'digital radio switchover', can we make use of the old public AM/FM radio bands, and turn it into a new commons?

Following this, Jack James (London, UK) will discuss his work Temporary Local Broadcast, which involved the development of a temporary community radio station, broadcasting conversations with Peterborough locals examining the history of the city, its multiculturalism, and its place in modern England. Jack will present audio recorded during the residency period, and discuss the creation and subsequent 'tuning-in' session at Metal in Peterborough.

Localhost: Corporate Curation

As the art world adjusts after the economic crisis and a series of funding cuts to the state arts budget, assistance from big business is increasingly sought to subsidise cultural production. At a time when many 'emerging artists' are not receiving fair pay for their labour, shouldn't we welcome more investment in the arts, whether the source is public or private? And should we expect big business sponsorship to alter the autonomy of the artist any more or less than the state would?

Looking at Google's recent 'Dev Art' exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London through the frame of a wider historical view on systems of arts patronage, Corporate Curation will contextualise the current neoliberal frameworks of cultural entrepeneurialism and the role big business should play in the arts.

With talks by Jake Watts and Dave Young, followed by an open forum for collective debate.

Localhost: Hack Sessions

Fortnightly (free) workspace open to the general public, hosted at Forest Centre Plus, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh.

Localhost is a hackspace and events series that aims to stimulate critical, reflective discussions about digital art and culture. The regular hacksessions are run fortnightly, and function as informal meetups/workshops that promote a deeper understanding of network technologies through processes of dismantling, disrupting, and rebuilding. The events series features talks, discussions, and workshops led by invited artists.

Localhost [Hack Sessions] share:

  • WiFi
  • Table space
  • Raspberry Pis
  • Arduinos
  • Miscellaneous sensors
  • Random standard electronics components
  • Information

Go HERE if you want to know how to join and when to come along.

Note - Localhost is an official fork of FREEMACHINES, as most people referred to FREEMACHINES as Localhost anyway. Localhost was supported by the Arts Trust Scotland. Thanks ATS!