- Bert Balcaen
- 2015-03-31 @ 14:30
Quick intro: I'm Bert, living in Belgium and Spain. I do a bit of
teaching in KASK, an arts and design school in Ghent, Belgium. I've been
lurking around this community for a while, following the list and the
talks at Transmediale and CCC.
We recently had a project week at school, which means students from
different disciplines (graphic design, musical instrument design,
fashion, media arts, ...) collaborate on projects during one week. I
organized a workshop on offline networks, and one of the results was
Pirate Radius, a mashup of the Pirate Box and Pi FM projects. It
basically turns a Raspberry Pirate Box into an FM radio that plays black
the audio uploaded by the community. It was a good project to introduce
our students to new skills (some electronics and a bit of Linux) and to
have them think about what a 'public computer' could be (vs 'personal
computing'). It's also great for involving people from different
backgrounds: webdesign, woodworking, radio making, etc are all very
We've built 2 so far: one of them is in our restaurant, and another one
in one of our studios. We might develop this a bit further in the future.
Here's some technical documentation in English:
https://github.com/SchoolofArtsGent/Pirate-Radius. And here's some more
general info on our project week (in Dutch only). Topic was 'open
We also built a dead drop for our school and had a good time visiting
the dead drops in our city.
Shout out to all the project initiators for making this possible.
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