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Richard Smedley

Aug 17, 2015, 9:43:13 AM8/17/15
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From: Tarim <hack...@mediaplaygrounds.co.uk>
Date: 15 August 2015 at 18:34
Subject: [uk-hackspaces] Bristol Mini Maker Faire and talks
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Hi folks, hoping you've all noted that Bristol Mini Maker Faire is on
next Saturday 22nd August in At-Bristol and that lots of you will be
coming along.

If you're coming to Bristol - you might want to come for Friday night
when Dorkbot, in conjunction with Bristol Mini-Maker Faire and
At-Bristol, have pulled out all the stops to bring you two great talks
from John Higgs and Shardcore.

Dorkbot talks will be in At-Bristol on Friday 21st at 7.30pm.

The Talks

"Authors Vs Algorithms" - John Higgs

John will talk about Apophenia - the ability to find patterns and links
- and why he believes that human and algorithmic pattern recognition is
complimentary - and the value of using expanded datasets to create new
stories with meaning.

"Adventures in algo-culture" - Shardcore

Shard will talk about his experiments making worrying and confusing bots
that live on the internet and then watching people interact with them.

About The Speakers

John Higgs is an author, journalist and biographer of both The KLF - the
Acid House pioneers who burned a million pounds - and Timothy Leary, the
Harvard psychologist once dubbed "America's most dangerous man" by
Richard Nixon for his championing of the use of psychedelic drugs.

John's work explores the more obscure corners of cultural history, like
magic, 'ideaspace' and rave culture, to construct new narratives around
the innovations that powered the 20th century. His next book, Stranger
Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century, provides an
alternative perspective into recent history, by examining the radical
artists, genius scientists and maverick pioneers who made it happen.


Shardcore (aka Eric Drass) is an artist and curator who works in a range
of media, from painting to generative experiments that live on the net.
Exploring identity, consciousness, artificial intelligence and big data,
his works are frequently reported and cited online by the likes of
BoingBoing, b3ta, Imperica and Huffpost Tech.


Remember, 7.30pm, Friday 21st August, At-Bristol. There may be drink
and nibbles if you get there early enough...

The event is free, and you don't need to book, but it will help us to
gauge numbers if you register at:



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