You can also watch our own long-form video where we reflect on Tog in its current and former setting and talk a bit about what’s going on in our hackerspace.
We’d like to extend a big thank you to our member Morten Jakobsen for putting this video together. If you’d like to support him please give a follow on his socials. Links are on his website at jakeobsen.com
This exhibition invites us to reflect on the connection between ethnicity and our own ability to belong. The artwork is a collection of the artist’s digital and physical thought experiments that respond to familiar concepts of settling down and feeling at home: putting down roots, building a nest, and understanding one’s place through the embodiment of objects and actions found in folkloric and ethnic knowledge. These experiments of belonging are conducted in the context of life as an outsider, remaining unsettled, being neither here nor there.
Mixing moving image and audio pieces with objects that symbolise fragments of the artist’s ethnic identity, the artwork encourages to perceive ethnicity as a multilayered and intricate theme, and within this, consider the complexities of contemporary Irish identity and it being a worthwhile topic for exploration.
Amiga Ireland is a not-for-profit, friendly annual meeting of enthusiasts of Commodore, Amiga and life in general. Active since 1983, they meet every January in Athlone. The event occurred on Saturday 20th of January and a bunch of our members visited.
Our members contributed to the event’s vibrancy with a variety of displays. Seb showcased a compact mobile emulated device ingeniously housed in a flight case, highlighting the portability and emulation capabilities of Amiga systems. Ambrose captivated attendees with a nostalgic A500 mini display, offering a hands-on experience with a multitude of retro games. Ben brought a unique touch to the event with his mini packet radio setup, demonstrating the versatility of Amiga technology beyond conventional computing.
For more photos visit our gallery. If you missed this year’s gathering, mark your calendars and make a resolution to join us next year.
Celebrate a decade and a half of community at TOG Hackerspace as we mark our 15th birthday on Saturday, January 27th, at 7 pm. From humble beginnings in a hotel gathering, TOG has blossomed into a thriving community in Dublin, now comfortably settled in Motor City behind Mr Price on Kylemore Road.
Over the past 15 years, our hackerspace has witnessed the birth of countless projects—3D printers humming away, locks deftly picked off bridges, lasers meticulously crafted, tools tirelessly employed, and an abundance of Club Mate consumed. And, let’s not forget the unique tradition of knitting electronics and the presence of ducks—lots and lots of ducks.
Join us for a special birthday edition of our Open Social night at our fourth and current space. The festivities promise not only cake but also mouth-watering pizza straight from our oven. Expect the unexpected as we have a few surprises up our sleeves, showcasing the incredible diversity of projects born within our community.
Whether you’re a regular or a first-time visitor, we invite you to explore the wonders of our space in Motor City. We’ll gladly offer a grand tour, ensuring that something intriguing captures your interest. TOG is more than just a hackerspace; it’s a vibrant hub of creativity and innovation.
As we reflect on our journey so far, we invite you to join us in reminiscing about the projects we’ve accomplished and the exciting endeavours we have planned for the next 15 years. Pop in for a quick visit or stay the entire evening, soaking in the atmosphere of passion and collaboration.
Spread the word, bring your friends, and feel free to contribute to the festivities by bringing along beer, food, or your favourite gadgets. TOG is not just an event; it’s an experience, and we want you to be a part of it.
Whether you’re a seasoned maker or someone eager to learn, TOG welcomes you with open arms. Join us on this special night or at our regular free events, and discover the joy of hacking and making with both new and old technologies.
Don’t worry about parking; we’ve got plenty of free spaces available. Come celebrate with us, and let’s make this 15th birthday an unforgettable night of creativity, camaraderie, and shared memories!
This Christmas saw the return of the Chaos Communications Congress, 37C3. The event returned to Hamburg for the first time back since the pandemic.
A key aspect of the event is Assemblies. Self-organized sessions/areas where hackers come together with a common interest or project. The Irish Embassy is a loose collective of people with some connection to / interest in Ireland, who travel to hacker/maker events and pool resources to create shared spaces while there.
This year’s group was from all over the island with plenty of people from Tog too. They chatted and entrained people who dropped by the assembly and even put on a workshop in the hardware hacking area. You can check out more photos from the event in our gallery.
As Christmas approaches, the festive spirit is alive and well at Tog Hackerspace. Embracing the joy of creation, we extend the warmth of the season to all our friends by sharing handcrafted(by robots) Christmas decorations. This year marks a special milestone for our space – we’re turning 15 next month, and we owe our longevity to the incredible support from our members and the wider community.