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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

SHIFT

Cheshire East’s borough-wide programme celebrating digital arts and tech in 2017 and beyond. Featuring a jam-packed series of events and hands-on activities, from exhibitions, installations and workshops to talks, tech meet ups and pop-up maker stations - SHIFT is bursting full of inspiring and creative things to do, see, create and experience for novices and professionals alike, of all ages and abilities.  Whether you're a code loving kid, a techie beginner or whizz, a family in search of something new or even a digital pro making the next award-winning app – these forthcoming events offer something for all across the region.

LAST CHANCE TO SEE SHIFT's first major installation for 2017 runs at Crewe Station until April 7th -  Living Sculpture (Virtual), on Platform 6 at Crewe Station.

This brand new and interactive art work offers the perfect antidote and respite to harassed and busy travellers as they pass through the station. Created by award-winning, Liverpool based artist Laurence Payot in collaboration with a team of researchers and practitioners at the University of York – its aim is to encourage visitors to make intangible and emotional exchanges between themselves and the digital world. In this context, the station platform becomes a stage on which the passengers become both the audience and the participants who can then interact with the artwork, to make out-of-the-ordinary things happen in such an ordinary and everyday location.

This new interactive sculpture invites the busy traveller to stop what they are doing for a moment, to escape the hustle and bustle of their journey and to engage with something surprising and creative. The installation invites the participant to place their hands within and bring a piece of drapery to life. It uses an old illusion technique (peppers’ ghost effect) to create a hologram and LEAP motion tracking to track the viewer’s hand movement. Dots, floating around like particles in space, are attracted by the viewer’s hands, dancing around the skin like magnetic organisms. When a second viewer joins in, they start to form a moving piece of drapery, breathing with the participants movements, in an ever-changing shape. Interactive coded sound is also manipulated in the process.

NEW FOR EASTER....SHIFT clicks into action for families once again FROM  Friday April 7th with a free,hands-on programme designed to inspire little people with big ideas and digital dreams.All the events for Easter are listed below. They are free, but advance booking via the venue is advisable as places are limited.

Friday 7 April: Animations in Mincecraft

Sandbach Library, The Commons, Sandbach CW11 1FJ

10am-11am / 11.30am-12.30pm // 1pm-2pm / 2.30-3.30pm

Recommended for ages 5+

Already a Minecraft expert? Or just starting out…? Come along to combine coding, making and tech to create 8-bit animations in Minecraft using physical punchcards, powered by PatternCraft.

Inspired by textile and computing heritage, PatternCraft is a make-it-yourself analogue to digital punchcard reader.

In this free and interactive workshop you’ll learn basic computing and code, and have fun!

Places are free but advance booking is advisable via the library: 01270 375355

Saturday 8 April: Interactive LED art (BBC Micro:bit)

Sandbach Library, The Commons, Sandbach CW11 1FJ

10am-12noon

Recommended for Age 7+

Get your LEDs flashing and learn to program the Micro:bit LED display to create interactive bitmap art that responds to movement and button presses.

You can use your BBC micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. This little device has an awful lot of features, like 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. The BBC micro:bit can detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading in, and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet – clever!

In this interactive workshop you’ll have fun learning basic computing and code and sharing your creations!

Places are free but advance booking is advisable via the library: 01270 375355

Both of these SHIFT events at Sandbach Library are part of the BBC Get Creative Weekend 7-9 April

Get Creative Weekend returns bigger and better for 2017 with even more people across Britain set to take part in three days of good old fashioned 'have a go' creativity. Whether it's paper sculpting, pot-throwing, cross-stitching, harmony singing, joke-telling or robot-building, from 7th - 9th April 2017 there will be an event near you to help you unleash your inner Adele, Banksy, Monet or Rankin.

For more information on Get Creative: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5ncb7f26B14dp7xVNNVNYw8/get-creative-weekend-2017

For more information on the BBC micro:bit - http://microbit.org/

Monday 10 April: Animations in Minecraft

Handforth Library, The Green, Wilmslow Road, Handforth SK9 3ES

10am-11am / 11.30am-12.30pm / 1pm-2pm / 2.30-3.30pm

Recommended for ages 5+

Already a Minecraft expert? Or just starting out…? Come along to combine coding, making and tech to create 8-bit animations in Minecraft using physical punchcards, powered by PatternCraft.

Inspired by textile and computing heritage, PatternCraft is a make-it-yourself analogue to digital punchcard reader.

In this free and interactive workshop you’ll learn basic computing and code, and have fun!

Places are free but advance booking is advisable via the library: 01625 378272

Thursday 13 April: PatternBeats

Handforth Library, The Green, Wilmslow Road, Handforth SK9 3ES

10am-11am / 11.30am-12.30pm / 1pm-2pm / 2.30-3.30pm

Recommended for ages 5+

Use the PatternCraft punchcard reader to program machines, tempo and sounds and create a basic music composition.

Inspired by textile and computing heritage, PatternCraft is a make-it-yourself analogue to digital punchcard reader.

In this interactive workshop you’ll enjoy learn basic computing and code to make music your way!

Places are free but advance booking is advisable via the library: 01625 378272

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The full SHIFT programme – including talks, workshops, professional training, tech meet ups, art installations, family events and drop-in coding sessions - will be updated throughout the year via the website: www.shift-digital.co.uk

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