Machines: Feb-Apr 2012

Is EVERYTHING a machine, simple or complex?

Throughout February, March, and April, we’ll explore the permutations and perplexities of MACHINES in a trans-disciplinary, and super-charged series of lectures, skillshares and field trips.

Here’s a look at this season’s program calendar:

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SIMPLE MACHINES

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WIRES!

Organic mechanics with tasty results

Playing with Food: Making Machines With Fruits and Vegetables, with Laticia Chapman

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15th

Workshop Cost: $10

6:00 pm (doors at 5:30) at Discovery Coffee (664 Discovery Street, downtown)

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INCLINED PLANES!

Topsy-turvy machines and the people who love them

J.G. Ballard’s “Crash” Out-Loud Reading Group, with Liam Mitchell

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd

Drop-In Cost: $5

6:00 pm (doors at 5:30) at Discovery Coffee (664 Discovery Street, downtown)

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LEVERS!

We have pressing machines, for pressing tasty things

Tortilla Press Cook-A-Long, with Kelly Aguirre

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24th (members only event, email waywardschool@gmail.com to find out more)

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WEDGES!

Simple machines for shaving scruffy faces

Straight Razor Shaving, with Liam Mitchell

FRIDAY, MARCH 9th (members only event, email waywardschool@gmail.com to find out more)

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CIRCUITS!

We’re going to create unique audio circuits!

Audio Circuits in Effect Pedals, with Alain Champagne

WEDNESDAY, March 21th

Workshop Cost: $8

6:00 pm (doors at 5:30) at Discovery Coffee (664 Discovery Street, downtown)

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NUTS & BOLTS!

From whence did they come, these complex machines, but simple ones at the start?

Old Timey Tools to New Machines: An Evolutionary History of Moving Parts and Pieces, with Kate Richardson

WEDNESDAY, March 28th

Lecture Cost: $5

6:00 pm (doors at 5:30) at Discovery Coffee (664 Discovery Street, downtown)

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WHEELS AND AXELS!

Bike-buildin’, part-fixin’, and muscle-powered solutions to everyday living.

Bike Machine Sunday, with Luke Postl and Laticia Chapman

SUNDAY, APRIL 1st

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (preregistration required)

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PULLEYS!

Connecting parts to create simple creature machines!

Simple Puppets and Old School Animation with Kathleen Greenfield and Heather Cosidetto

Wednesday April 4th

6:00 p.m. (doors at 5:30) at Discovery Coffee (664 Discovery Street, downtown)

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COMPLEX MACHINES

WIRES, INCLINED PLANES, LEVERS, NUTS & BOLTS, WEDGES, WHEELS & AXELS

working in harmony…

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Mall Machine: A Guerilla Walking Tour of the Victoria Bay Centre, with Scott Lansdowne

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd

Field Trip Cost: $5

6:00 pm (meet-up at 5:30) at the North entrance of the Bay Centre

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, with Brad Wilkinson

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29th

Lecture Cost: $5

6:00 pm (doors at 5:30) at Discovery Coffee (664 Discovery Street, downtown)

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Machines and Freedom, with philosopher Jeff Foss

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th

Lecture Cost: $5

6:00 pm (doors at 5:30) at Discovery Coffee (664 Discovery Street, downtown)

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Biomechanics and Biomimicry: A Primer, with Michael Pollard

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14th

Lecture Cost: $5

6:00 pm (doors at 5:30) at Discovery Coffee (664 Discovery Street, downtown)

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Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility of a Human Machine, with E. Paul Zehr

Friday March 30th

Lecture Cost: $5

6:00 pm (doors at 5:30) at Discovery Coffee (664 Discovery Street, downtown)

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Imperial Ecology: Human/Nature Relations from “Machines of Loving Grace” to Panarchies and Wicked Problems, with Stefan Morales

 Date TBA: 3-4 classes at the end of April, or beginning/middle of May.

Seminar Cost: $30 (preregistration required, email waywardschool@gmail.com to register)

(Time and Location Details TBA)

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Mechanical Engineering Lab Fieldtrip: Learn How Machines Make Machines, with Patrick Nicholson

FRIDAY, MARCH 23rd

(members only event, email waywardschool@gmail.com to find out more)

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The City is Organized Complexity, with Urbanists Warren Magnusson and Gary Paget

THURSDAY, APRIL 5th

(Time and Location Details TBA)

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