Moran Been-noon – ‘Here Nor There’ in Axis Ballymun

We are excited to see our own Moran Been-noon – ‘Here Nor There’ exhibition open at Axis Ballymun.

Here nor There

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.

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Amiga Ireland 2024 Visit

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.

Repair Cafe at Fingal Makerspace

We are teaming up with Fingal Makerspace and Make Create Innovate to host a Repair Cafe in Blanchardstown. The aim is to bring together skilled volunteers and community members who want to repair their broken household items.

Our passionate team of skilled volunteers will be on hand to help you fix everything from electronics and appliances to furniture and clothing, all while sharing valuable repair skills and promoting a sustainable lifestyle.

At the Repair Café , you can:

  • Learn essential repair techniques from our expert makers and volunteers
  • Discover the joy of fixing things and reducing waste in a collaborative, community-focused environment
  • Connect with like-minded individuals who are passionate about sustainability and the maker movement

So grab your broken treasures and join us for a day of mending, learning, and connection at Fingal Makerspace Repair Café. Together, we can build a more sustainable future and celebrate the power of repair!

Date: Saturday 24th February

Time: 11am – 3pm

Location: Fingal Makerspace

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TOG Hackerspace Turns 15: A Decade and a Half of Community

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!

Irish Embassy At 37C3

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.

EMFcamp in June will be the next outing of the Irish Embassy. You can follow their activities on their Mastodon account.

WeRepair Documentary

You might remember a while ago we wrote about our own Jeffrey Roe taking part in a maker-in residency program to Buinho, a fablab in rural Portugal. Blog Post This was part of a two-year program called WeRepair. A cooperation with makerspaces in Spain, Portugal and France. More than 50 repair’café were organised during this period and about 12 residencies happened over this project. Check out the below documentary about the project.

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