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Cycling to Ljubljana’s Makerspaces

In cooperation with the Ljubljana Cycling Network

22.10.2016

On Saturday, 22 October at 11:00 am we will set off on a cycling tour, straight from RogLab to a host of public makerspaces in Ljubljana. The eight workshops on our tour share a commitment to new technologies and promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, all of them offering their users a modern maker infrastructure and support programs.

Illustration: David Krančan

Illustration: David Krančan

 

The idea of digital fabrication in small-scale workshops has its roots at the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where fab labs were set up in order to explore how the content of information relates to its physical presentation and whether access to advanced technologies can promote so-called “grassroots” creativity and productivity in a community. It developed in parallel with the process of deindustrialisation and through the development of digital communications and digital production technologies that have grown to become increasingly cheaper and more accessible. Accessibility and direct distribution of 3D models of physical objects online have contributed to the development of the do it yourself and do it with others communities. Today, there are several thousand such workshops across the world. Using the same technologies, tools and processes allows them to link into a global network, a kind of dispersed laboratory dedicated to creativity, research and innovation. By now the so-called fab labs, maker labs and maker workshops have already proven that they can play a major role in the democratisation of means of production and can provide a stimulus for individual creativity and small-scale entrepreneurship in small-scale production. The more progressive cities in the USA and Europe are gradually incorporating the maker movement into their long-term urban strategies, with the goal to promote local creativity and indirectly also creative economies. Slovenia, with its growing number of digital maker workshops, is no exception. See for yourself what they have to offer on the Saturday cycling tour.

Applications: The number of visitors is limited so hurry up and apply at delavnica@roglab.si.
How long: About 3.5 hours, with 15-minute stops at each workshop.
The map is here!

Formed in 2012, RogLab is a production and educational space that found its home in a container facility measuring 30 m². It accommodates efforts in the fields of architecture, design and contemporary art, and promotes inter-disciplinary collaboration. The workshop, furnished with a laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC milling machine, fabric press, foil cutter, sewing and digital embroidery machine, coupled with a range of support services offers a stimulating environment for developing ideas and rapid prototyping. RogLab promotes projects that seek creative answers to specific challenges of the urban environment, with a special focus on social and environmental responsibility. It operates under the auspices of the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana and is conceived as a pilot project for the future Rog Centre.
Location: Petkovškovo nabrežje 67, Ljubljana
Working hours: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 12:00–20:00


Since 1994, Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory has served as a hub connecting arts, the Internet, civil society, culture and science. Its well-equipped digital and media laboratory complements the technological community infrastructure and is an active producer of computer and media arts. Ljudmila develops and popularises open-source culture through their organisation of exhibitions, creative-workshops (3D printing, audio and video production, e-textiles) and PIFcamp hack-camp. As a recipient of numerous domestic and international awards it develops information portals with the Ministry of Culture and cooperates in European projects such as the international audio-visual festival Strictly Analog.
Ljudmila found its temporary residence in a provisional office and is keeping its fingers crossed for a move to new premises at Bavarski Dvor.
Location (temporary): Metelkova ulica 6, Ljubljana
Working hours: any time upon prior agreement – info@ljudmila.org


RAMPA is a laboratory for hacking science, art and society, and operates in the framework of the Zavod Kersnikova institute. Its advanced experimental and research environment offers artists, researchers and youth basic technical infrastructure and consultations with the support of inspiring mentors who assist independent creatives on their respective research paths. Rampa is home to the production of art projects, ČIPke and CodeCatz initiatives for women working in science, technology and media arts, creative workshops for children and youth – 5HEK, Crafty Builders 3D modelling workshops as well as other initiatives, projects and societies.
Location: Kersnikova 4, Ljubljana
Working hours: Mon–Fri 9:00–16:00


Poligon Maker Lab is one of the most important platforms within the Creative Centre Poligon. The input of engineering skills, services and technological view of the world in the creative centre provides the “ground” for (frequently) intuitive projects run by other creators. The Poligon Maker Lab team offer their services both to companies and individuals working in different walks of life (high-technology and creative industries, social entrepreneurship and culture). R&D, rapid prototyping, specialised workshops and lectures as well as residential programs are but a few of the activities on the “menu” of this friendly, curious and accessible Ljubljana makerspace.
Location: Tobačna ulica 5, Ljubljana
Working hours: Mon–Fri 8:00–19:00


Cirkulacija 2 is an artists’ collective, a workshop and a showroom currently employing the work and knowledge of nine individuals. The initiative was formed in 2007 in the former Rog factory, but for the last two years the collective has been renting 700 m2 in a complex of the former Tobačna tobacco factory in Ljubljana. It could well be described as a house of artists. Cirkulacija 2 as an artists’ initiative disseminates creative culture born predominantly out of the marriage of art and technology. With its fascinating “fleet” of tools it offers space for dynamic operation and creation, and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration, mainly in the arts.
Location: Tobačna 5, Ljubljana
Working hours: casual, from 12:00 to 20:00 on weekdays


MakerLab Ljubljana is a dedicated open laboratory at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana that provides access for creators, students and researchers to all tools and skills related to information and communication technologies, and technologies of the Internet of Things. MakerLab provides equipment such as 3D printers for the fabrication of mechanical assemblies, a CNC milling machine for manufacturing printed circuit boards, a reflow oven for soldering circuit boards, various instruments and equipment for developing electronics and more. MakerLab also offers free workshops where participants can acquire new skills in innovative technologies, while the support of other faculty laboratories, mentors and links with companies provide an excellent creative starting point for new innovations.
Location: Tržaška cesta 25, Ljubljana (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
Working hours: Mon–Fri 6:00–21:00
Technical support for visitors: Mon: 12:30–14:30; Tue: 11:00–13:00; Wed: 12:00–14:00; Thu: 17:00–19:00


Zavod 404, a centre for technological research for the young, was founded with the aim of communicating technical skills to the young and inspiring them to pursue science and research. The workshop found its home in the building of the Institute for Metal Constructions. The centre is divided into two parts: the machinery section offers everything from hand tools to planes and a CNC milling machine, while the electrical-technology section comes with two 3D printers and several computers. Anyone looking to make and create is offered assistance and space to acquire new knowledge and skills (that schools can’t always provide), and the possibility to work on different materials while taking advantage of a wide array of educational activities through which they can develop and boost their creativity.
Location: Mencingerjeva ulica 7, Ljubljana
Working hours: Mon–Sun 9:00–19:00


3D-LAB, creative laboratory at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering of the University of Ljubljana is primarily intended to provide support to teaching and research as well as to the creative, project-based work of students at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering (especially graphic artists and designers, textile and clothing designers). At the moment the lab has four 3D printers and two scanners. In the future it will be opened up to the wider public as well, and will serve mainly as a venue for workshops and other forms of mentor-guided work.
Location: Snežniška 5, Ljubljana
Working hours: the lab is not yet open to the public.