Access Space

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Autodefinidos

At Access Space, people interested in art, design, computers, recycling, music, electronics, photography and more meet like-minded people, share and develop skills and work on creative, enterprising and technical projects.

Access Space runs Refab Space, a DIY FabLab, developed and completed in 2012. With its suite of rapid prototyping tools, for instance, a laser cutter and 3D printer, this benefits artists, business start-ups and the community as a whole.

Access Space is an inclusive environment. As well as working with artists, academics, creative technologists, programmers, other professionals and students, 50% of the participation in Access Space’s activities are from people in danger of exclusion and on the margins of society, including: people with disabilities, homeless people, ex-offenders, asylum seekers, refugees and people with mental health issues. Through Refab Space, Access Space engages with self starters and entrepreneurs as well. One of the strengths of Access Space is that it brings people from different backgrounds together.

We aim to inspire people to do new creative things; we aim to make a positive impact on people’s lives by helping them to get out of their comfort zone in a supportive environment.

We operate at a very low cost with a minimal carbon footprint through our innovative model, which combines free, open source software and locally sourced recycled laptops with the collective know-how of a skill-sharing community. The capital cost of the lab is next to nothing, upgrades are free, and the capacity of the lab to deliver skills increases with usage. (http://access-space.org/about-us/)

Descripción

Access Space es una organización benéfica sin fines lucrativos fundada por Access Space Network en Sheffield (Reino Unido) el año 2000. Ha recibido apoyo económico del Arts Council, el Fondo Social Europeo y la National Lottery (http://rti.lowtech.org/intro/). Actualmente está dirigido por Jake Harries. Cuenta con un medialab y ofrece un espacio gratuito de trabajo y aprendizaje colaborativo en el uso de tecnologías digitales dirigido a cualquier persona con interés en arte, tecnología, reciclaje digital y software de código abierto. Access Space desarrolla proyectos artísticos, talleres, exposiciones, performances y residencias artísticas. Su propósito es potenciar mediante la educación una cultura de intercambio de información y colaboración en áreas como la electrónica, la robótica, el DIY, el hacking, el prototipado rápido, la ingeniería inversa, el cine, la animación, la fotografía, la programación, etc. Además del medialab abierto y gratuito, Access Space ofrece previo pago de una cuota mensual la participación y el acceso a Refab Space, un laboratorio de computación física o fablab equipado con cortadoras láser, impresoras 3D y otros equipos para la producción de prototipos. Todas sus actividades se enmarcan en la filosofía del grupo artístico Redundant Technology Iniciative creado en 1997 del que nace la iniciativa. Promueven la utilización de software gratuito y de código abierto así como la exclusiva utilización de hardware reciclado adquirido a coste cero, esto es, mediante donaciones y componentes reciclados (http://www.lowtech.org/intro/).

Enlaces

URL: http://access-space.org/

Wayback Machine: http://web.archive.org/web/20160910025341/http://access-space.org/

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Access_Space