“DC Public Library Foundation’s Maker-In-Residence Program Ready to Launch”


From a press release:

“This summer the DC Public Library Foundation (DCPLF) started it’s new Maker-in-Residence (MIR) program. The MIR program is a one-year residency that gives makers, designers, artists and community hobbyists an opportunity to explore, create, and share innovative projects using the library’s tools and resources in the Labs @ DCPL, the DC Public Library’s MakerSpace at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.DCPLF, along with generous support from the Friends of Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, have given a stipend to two artists, Billy Friebele and Mike Iacovone (both MFA graduates of Maryland Institute College of Art), who will create one significant work of art over the course of the residency, and will also host talks, teach classes and provide on-site training and guidance for anyone interested in the MakerSpace technologies such as robotics, 3D printers, wearable electronics, furniture making and design.

The first lecture in this year-long residency will take place on September 30th at 7pm at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library (4450 Wisconsin Ave, NW). In this event, free to the public, Friebele and Iacovone will discuss the evolution of their collaborative approach to art production. They will talk about recent projects such as an interactive photographic archive of D.C., a robotic sound machine that reacts to the position of the viewer and a 3D map of Arlington, VA. The talk will include video and images of their work.

Following the lecture, Friebele and Lacovone will lead a workshop on Saturday, October 10 at 3:30pmThat workshop will explore the use of digital tools such as GPS to track physical movement. Those in attendance will then walk through the neighborhood, creating a collective drawing, which will then be discussed and converted to a digital image.

For those hoping to catch an early glimpse of Friebele’s and Iacovone’s projects, two of them will be on display as part of the UNCENSORED: Information Antics art exhibition, which opens on Friday, September 25th at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The UNCENSORED Opening Night, a ticketed event, includes live music, banned-book-inspired cocktails by local mixologists, and a pop-up market featuring local designers and retailers. The two MIR projects included in the exhibition are a Murder Map of DC by Iocovone and an interactive piece by Friebele that collected sonar data from important places around the city.

Upcoming Events:

Friday, September 25th – Uncensored: Opening Night

7p.m., The Great Hall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Tickets: $50 per person, $250 to host. Purchase here

Wednesday, September 30th – Maker-in-Residence Lecture Series

7pm, Tenleytown Public Library

Free for general public.

Saturday, October 10th – Maker-in-Residence Workshop

3:30pm-5:30pm Tenleytown Public Library

Free for general public.

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