Listening to Firefox

…Now is perhaps a good time to resume our discussion about what we want to happen NEXT?

This is as far as we got:

“Listening to Firefox”
Sunday 15th May 2011
Manchester, UK time/venue TBC)
– Peer meet-up coinciding with FutureEverything festival

There are a couple of very interesting places in Manchester where we could all convene and, depending what people want to do, suggestions are currently Mad Lab (which is in the city centre, Northern Quarter) and Islington Mill (which is more industrial – about a twenty minute walk outside.)

I am imagining that we would eat some food together, have a chat and then have a plenary-type discussion where everyone would have the opportunity to share something relating to their own practice which has developed since beyond the Lab.  This format would provide a simple one-off opportunity to extend the peer environment we enjoyed during the Lab.

So – two questions:

Who would be intending coming to this? (Is it in your diary?)

What suggestions can people make regarding times, plan, preferred methods of communication etc.

I’ve copied this email to the blog so, rather than creating a huge email-list-tennis-session perhaps people could add their thoughts to the comment section beneath the post by clicking this link here.

Look forward to hearing from you all!

John

PS Here are some gems gleaned from the Lab discussions to refresh peoples memories:

*How can intimacy be scaled?*
*organise a situation where anything can happen. John Cage*
*shape-shifting and precarious labour*
*frequency spectogram (Julian Henriques)*
*beyond language and gesture*
*object oriented philosophy*
*databases and discipline*
*software culture – largest culture humankind has ever known*
*art as a methodology – art as action research*

PPS And – here is one possible interpretation of what “Listening to Firefox” could mean>

 

11 Comments

  1. John says:

    I can attend on the 15th of May – I would have a preference for this happening at 1pm and lasting for 2-3 hours. I’m happy to be involved in preparing food, securing a venue, and co-ordination of equipment.

  2. Emilie Giles says:

    Meeting at Mad Lab sounds good to me! Will be in touch again this week with more thoughts.

  3. Hello all.

    I second the meeting at Mad Lab, I’d really like to see this place if possible. Also the times proposed so far are fine and though I’ve not yet checked how hospitable the train times are I would wager I’d be game for staying til evening time at least.

    Do you envision this performing a two fold function: i.e. we discuss how our own projects have developed/moved on and also try and synthesise some of the broader themes of the week which left an impression on all of us?

    ste

  4. Hello all.

    I second the meeting at Mad Lab, I’d really like to see this place if possible. Also the times proposed so far are fine and though I’ve not yet checked how hospitable the train times are I would wager I’d be game for staying til evening time at least.

    Do you envision this performing a two fold function: i.e. we discuss how our own projects have developed/moved on and also try and synthesise some of the broader themes of the week which left an impression on all of us?

    ste

  5. John OShea says:

    Thanks Emilie and Stephen,

    Mad Lab it is then – I’ll speak to them this week.
    Regarding the format – I really like this idea of our developing some kind of synthesis of the themes and dialogues from the lab. Do people have any more suggestions as to how this idea could work? Should we produce some kind of rapid-prototyped document? Or do we video this discussion?

    Perhaps also we might contribute something to this blog during the fortnight prior and simply map out some of our inter-related thoughts (I’m aware for example that points made in some of Carolines posts and discussion have filtered into my thinking – hence my delay in responding) Something like: “Which moments from the Lab have left an impression on your thinking and practice?”

  6. John says:

    I’ve just had some input from Simon and Markus – What do people think to the following format / aims / mood?

    ———————–

    “Listening to Firefox”
    (“Open Source vs. The Big Society”)

    Saturday 14th May – 7pm
    – Lab attendees meet-up meal somewhere in Manchester (cheap good food)

    Sunday 15th May – 2pm
    Open public session at Mad Lab (TBC) Manchester
    – people are invited to give short (5mins) demonstrations / presentations of projects which relate to the “Software Cultures” ethic / themes of the LAB
    – discussion / debate follows
    Sunday 15th May – 4pm
    Closed peer session
    – Lab attendees roundtable discussion to share what they have been up to and any further thoughts.

    ——————–

    How does this sound?

    How is the 2pm to 5.30ish bracket for people traveling to Manchester on Sunday?

    And who would like to come up the night before?

    How could this be better?

  7. Caroline Heron says:

    Hi all,

    Hope everyone is good, sorry for the late reply.

    I would definitely like to meet up on 14th/15th so count me in. John I think you’re agenda looks grand, I’m happy to run to that and can come up on the saturday morning so will be around for dinner that evening.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone again

    Best
    C

  8. John OShea says:

    Can a Computer Make you Cry? – Advert from Electronic Arts (80′s?):

    http://chrishecker.com/images/f/f1/Cry.jpg

  9. A there are much grander/insidious designs for computers than merely making us weep: http://captology.stanford.edu/
    The itenary/agenda for Manchester looks great, count me in for it, and I will likely come down to manchester before sat evening so Im well up for dinner together and stuff.
    Be talking to you presently enough!

  10. So sorry about the massive delay. And thanks a lot John for taking care of this. The meeting sounds fine. In the beginning I thought 5min presentations were going to be a bit meaningless, and thought we might as well go straight into something a bit more collaborative. But then I realise you plan to make that public…

    Also, perhaps it’s a good idea to have these short presentations so we can give each other feedback. But I would really put the emphasis on the discussion.

    I’d really like to make it for the dinner on Sat, as I think we need to eat together to remember… But I don’t know yet whether that will be possible, hopefully yeah. Need to look at tickets, accommodation and all the practicalities one of these days…

    See you soon,

  11. John OShea says:

    Hi everyone -
    I’m currently getting things confirmed with MadLab – perhaps it would be a good idea to make the event semi-public? (ie everyone is welcome, but we could put a limit on numbers and use something like EventBrite to co-ordinate) – this way we know who will be there and can more comfortably move into discussion without starting the story from the big bang!
    I hope to have confirmed info by the weekend,
    J
    PS – Olga (and rest of group): regarding accommodation – there are various places where you could stay for free in both Manchester and Liverpool (email)

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