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iMAL: major upgrade in progress

This year, iMAL enters an important transition period! 30 Quai des Charbonnages will undergo major renovation works, with the opening in 2019 of a new and spacious centre for digital arts and cultures. This evolution will of course be accompanied by a major reflection on our programme, objectives, visual identity, website, and more… in accordance to our new spaces!

To allow us to focus on this challenging but exciting future, we are planning a lighter programme in 2018, including off-site activities such as the #LAYERS exhibition in April and May, at La Raffinerie.

We’ll keep you posted on these events, as well as our progress through our new, temporary homepage (designed by Luuse & Ivan Murit) and our social networks pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The renovation work is made possible through the CASTII.be project supported by the Brussels Region and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.

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Video Game for Art

An introduction to the Godot engine

27.10.18

28.10.18


Godot is a libre videogame engine, a complete tool for creating videogames and interactive experiences.

During this two-days workshop, you will discover the potential of Godot ! Through a series of small demos, you will get familiar with the various aspects of real-time 3D projects : importing objects; creating materials; managing lighting and cameras; and introducing interactivity with scripting !

This workshop will focus on using these tools in an artistic context, in particular through the OSC protocol. OSC will allow Godot to communicate with other softwares more commonly used in the field of digital art, like SuperCollider, Puredata, IanniX, and more !

This workshop is lead by artist/developer/educator François Zajéga.

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Reclaim the web !

Discover and experience the P2P web

24.11.18

24.11.18


During Reclaim the web !, you will discover the peer-to-peer web, an alternative to our current system, where anyone can share data, publish websites and apps from their own computer, without relying on any centralised server or service.

The afternoon will start the day with a series of presentations by developers and artists who are already working, today, with these new technologies. To explore the subject deeper, we will continue with hands-on workshops and round tables. More details soon !

Everyone is welcome to Reclaim the web !, without prior experience or knowledge required.

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Multiuser 3d environments as sonic instruments

A masterclass with Marko Ciciliani

28.08.18

29.08.18


The goal of this two-days workshop is to collaboratively design a 3d environment built in Unity and to perform with it. The environment will offer a multitude of affordances for sonic and musical interactions.

Participants will be able to enter the environment simultaneously, as in multiuser games. Here, the simultaneous presence of multiple users in the same environment will yield additional musical possibilities.

Software : Unity (game development platform) and SuperCollider (audio synthesis and algorithmic composition)
Target group : visual artists, sound artists and musicians interested in interactive interdisciplinary work

Language : English
Participation fee : 40€ (25% discount for students !)
Registration is mandatory : through this form
Location : iMAL, Brussels

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FabLab workshops of the month

Introduction to our FabLab tools

30.08.18

30.08.18


Discover how to use the lasercutter, 3d printers and CNC milling machine.

Price : 40€ (or 30€ for our FabLab members) - to pay cash at FabLab.iMAL

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Summer Digital Workshops 2018

Processing, Blender, Digital fabrication, Arduino, Raspberry Pi

10.07.18

10.08.18


Discover how to write code, connect your projects to sensors and physical outputs, build 3D models and print them, and much much more !

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#LAYERS

Contemporary Art in the Digital Era

18.04.18

26.05.18


The #LAYERS exhibition presents 15 contemporary Italian artists who reflect on the digitisation of our society and how this led to the development of new practices, global networks, and the democratisation of media creation and distribution.

Location : La Raffinerie / Charleroi-Danse

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Ways beyond the post-Internet

#LAYERS debate at Art Brussels

20.04.18

20.04.18


In the framework of the #LAYERS exhibition, a debate with : Yves Bernard (curator), Peter Beyls (artist), Josephine Bosma (net art theorist), Constant Dullaart (artist), Valérie Hasson-Benillouche (Gallery Charlot), Hampus Lindwall (art collector), Fabio Paris (curator), Domenico Quaranta (curator, art critic and theorist), Carlo Zanni (artist).

Borrowing its title from the (in)famous launch of the Post-internet label at the DLD (Digital Life Design) conference in 2012 (the round table “Ways Beyond the Internet”, introduced by Hans Ulrich Obrist), this panel wants to explore recent developments in the field of media art.

Now that a broader aknowledgment that we are living in an age shaped by digital technologies has taken place, that “digital aware art” has found its way in the global art world and market in stable, material, post-digital forms, what’s emerging in terms of æsthetics, pœtics, formal choices, politics and economics ?

PRACTICAL INFO

Friday April 20, 16h30 - 18h00, at Art Brussels

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Blender workshop

Introduction to 3D modeling

24.03.18

31.03.18


Discover how to use Blender for creating models for 3D printing.

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Axoloti masterclass

Sketching digital audio algorithms on standalone hardware

17.03.18

18.03.18


Axoloti is a new open-source hardware & software platform to build synthesizers, drum machines and other weird instruments.

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Alexis Choplain - SIGNO_

03.07.18

Alexis Choplain is in residency at iMAL this summer with his projecy SIGNO_

More info about his project below !

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Thanks for all, dear Bram

04.04.18

It's with great sadness that we learn of the sudden passing of Bram Crevits, this 1st April 2018. Bram has been collaborating with iMAL for several years, as a curator for our Showcase exhibitions, and for our two latest international symposiums in 2016 and 2017. These could have never happened without his vision, intelligence, open-mindedness and generosity.

A new joint project was underway for 2018. iMAL extends its deepest condolences to his family and friends.

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ResurrectionLab in Amsterdam !

13.03.18

On March 23rd, the team of the iMAL ResurrectionLab project will participate with Tate and ZKM to the “Transformation Digital Art 2018” symposium organised by LIMA, Amsterdam. We will present the current progress of our project on born-digital art preservation.

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Printemps des Sciences at FabLab.iMAL

13.03.18

In the framework of Printemps des Sciences (Spring of Science), iMAL welcomes these 22nd and 23rd March the Mobile Fablab. Four Brussels schools will discover digital fabrication techniques in our FabLab.

The Mobile FabLab project was initiated by Innoviris, in partnership with BeMaker, the Scientothèque & ULB’s Expérimentarium, FabLab Brussels & Erasmushogeschool Brussel, OpenFab & VéloM2, LES (Lutte contre l’exclusion sociale) & iMAL.

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New machine : xxl CNC

30.01.18

A new, large CNC machine arriving at iMAL for the future FabLab ! Thanks a lot to Fondation Orange !

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A new centre for iMAL !

Press conference

20.09.17

This morning, a press conference was held at iMAL to announce our ambitious plans for creating new infrastructures in our current building along the canal, at 30 Koolmijnenkaai / Quai des Charbonnages, in Molenbeek. Thanks to the support of the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020, the Brussels-Capital Region and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation we will be able to carry out our CASTII (Centre Arts, Sciences, Technologies, Innovations & Inclusion) project, in collaboration with our two partners LES asbl & House of Cultures and Social Cohesion of the Molenbeek municipality.

The architecture project, designed by the bureaux Central (Brussels) & NP2F (Paris), plans to double the current surface from 600 m2 to more than 1200 m2. This will allow us to create new exhibition and public spaces; a more spacious FabLab equipped with cutting-edge tools; and artists’ residency facilities. iMAL’s new centre will cover 3 floors, from the ground floor to the second floor !

The renovation works are expected to take a whole year, starting by the end of 2017. During these, we will develop a programme of activities (exhibition, workshops, masterclasses, …), at external locations, and in collaboration with other organisations.

Our FabLab.iMAL will remain open, at its current location, on the first floor, during the renovation works, and until the opening of the new centre.

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iMAL, Center for Digital Cultures and Technology

iMAL was created in 1999, with the objective to support artistic forms and creative practices using contemporary technologies as their medium.

In 2007, iMAL opened its new venue in the heart of Brussels, a Centre for Digital Cultures and Technology, followed by the opening in 2012 of the FabLab.iMAL, a creative workshop for digital fabrication.

Thanks to a support from the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 (ERDF) in the context of the CASTII project iMAL will soon double its infrastructure next to the Brussels Canal and plans to reopen in the spring of 2019 as a center where art, science, technology, innovation and inclusion meet. With this new center iMAL wants to formulate a response to a rapidly evolving digital society. The center not only provides space for (inter) national art practices that use, challenge and question innovative processes but will also be a place where technological developments and creativity are shared with a local community in the context of social inclusion.

More about iMAL here.

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iMAL, Center for Digital Cultures and Technology

Location

30-34 Quai des Charbonnages Koolmijnenkaai
1080 Brussels (BELGIUM)

Public transports

Metro 1, 5 ⤏ Graaf van Vlaanderen / Comte de Flandre
Tram 51 ⤏ Vlaamsepoort / Porte de Flandre
Villo ⤏ Vlaamsepoort / Porte de Flandre

Opening hours

iMAL is open during the public events (check our agenda) and on appointment.

Contact

☏ +32 (0)2 410 30 93
info@imal.org

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FabLab.iMAL

Public hours

Monday: 18:30 - 22:00 | Wednesday: 10:00 - 18:00

NEW SCHEDULE, FROM 15 OCTOBRE 2018:
Monday: 18:30 - 22:00 | Saturday: 11:00 - 18:00

Membership

The use of our machines is limited to our FabLab members. To become a member, you need to:

1. Visit our FabLab during the public hours, see the machines, discuss with our members and FabLab managers

2. Register as a monthly (45€) or yearly (200€) member on our website

3. Follow one of our introductory workshops for each machine (facultative)

Once you have completed your introduction, you can come during our public hours and use our machines for your projects!

More details

General info - Equipment - Agenda
Access and Membership - Materials prices

Looking for digital fabrication services? Consult this list of service providers.

Wiki.iMAL

Wiki.iMAL is a hub to share projects and know-how generated at Fablab.IMAL and during iMAL workshops : wiki.imal.org