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Techworks assists in creating SoundCloud art exhibit for Nuit Blanche

Earlier this summer, Techworks was approached by the group OPEN, who wanted our help building an art installation for the upcoming Nuit Blanche art festival. Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Albert La, the result is SoundCloud.

Physically, SoundCloud is a suspended undulating paper cloud which creates a landscape composed of clustered paper forms. The modular paper shapes are folded from reused and discarded architectural drawings, making use of the medium used to create structures, recycled as material which forms the basis of the structure for the installation. The overhanging cloud works to creates an immersive environment at the plane of the ceiling, leaving the floor clear for viewers to wander the Storefront and interact with SoundCloud above. Idle when sound levels are low in the room, SoundCloud is dark while it waits, pulsing occasionally in anticipation and enticing passerbys to take notice. Once somebody moves through the room and sound is detected from the shuffling of feet or the sound of voices, SoundCloud illuminates in the area in which it senses sound below it.

SoundCloud will be on display from September 12 – October 22, 2014 at the storefront gallery, 224 20th Street West, Saskatoon. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 5 pm and Saturdays 10am – 4pm. The opening reception will be held Friday, September 12th at 7pm.

For more information, contact: Crystal Bueckert, Director tel. (306) 241-6643 or info@thestorefront.ca.

OPEN SoundCloud poster

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Open House – July 19th

Saskatoon Techworks will be hosting an open house on Saturday July 19th in our space at 509A Gray Ave. The specific times have yet to be determined, but it will likely run something like 10am-5pm. There will be several of our members’ projects on display and also some “hands on” activities such as combat robots (courtesy of the Saskatoon Combat Robotics Club). We’ll also have the BBQ running for most of the day so there will be food & drink available for purchase. More details to come closer to the date, but go ahead and mark your calendars!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/245701665624235/

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MoSo Recap

Big thanks to the organizers of MoSo for letting us set up a display and show off our creations this past weekend. We love getting out to events like this, it’s a great way to let the community know we’re here and show them a little bit of what we do. Check out a couple photos from the event below:

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Robot combat event May 18-19!

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Do you remember the television shows Robot Wars and BattleBots from about a decade ago? Ever wanted to see that kind of robot mayhem in person? Well now’s your chance! On May 18th & 19th at The Centre Mall, the Saskatoon Combat Robotics Club (aka Kilobots) is hosting its 25th event.

I know what you’re thinking – how is it that something this awesome has been going on for so many years and I haven’t heard about it? Well, once you’re done beating yourself up over it, clear your schedule for May long weekend. The combat arena will be set up in front of North Shore Outfitters and fights will be taking place every hour on the hour. And, if you’re so inclined, it’s not too late to start building your own bot to enter in the event! Head on over to the Kilobots site for more details.

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CSSS Career Fair – Tuesday February 12th

Still on our high from Spectrum, we’ve decided to set up a booth at the Computer Science Students’ Society career fair this year. No, we’re not hiring, but our group is a great way to further your education after (or even before) graduation, and we don’t look too bad on a resume either. If you’re around the University next Tuesday, you should come check us out! Things kick off at 10AM in the 3rd floor Spinks computer lab. More details can be found here: http://csss.usask.ca/Career%20Fair.php.