Venue: Summerhall: Summerhall
Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire returns in 2014, once again offering a chance for making enthusiasts of all ages and disciplines – from crafters to geeks and artists to engineers – to share their skills and show off their work. You’ll find everything from traditional crafts to technological innovation explored through workshops, demonstrations, talks and interactive presentations. Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire is independently organised and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc
Venue: Summerhall: Main Hall
Molecular mixology uses the scientific equipment and techniques of molecular gastronomy to create cocktails with greater intensities and variety of flavours, unexpected combinations of tastes and textures and new ways of presenting drinks. Join Prof Andrea Sella and top mixologists Zoe Burgess and Max Venning from London’s 69 Colebrooke Row/Drinks Factory as they demonstrate how the art of cocktail making has become a science and show you tricks of the trade that will help you experiment at home.
Good problem-solvers have been shown to have greater success in life and Dr Thusha Rajendran and fellow researchers from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University want to find out why this is and how these skills emerge. Based on the theory that physical interaction can improve our problem-solving skills, participants of all ages are encouraged to find out more about this idea and take part in an interactive, movement-based computer game that explores problem-solving behaviour.
Venue: Summerhall: Main Hall
Confound your senses with a trip down the rabbit hole to explore the science of human intoxication. Join ethnobotanist Dr Ian Edwards of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for a voyage of drug discovery from opium dens to the Olympics, taking in zombie caterpillars, afternoon tea, and the surprising patent medications of fashionable Victorians. Foraging ambassador Miles Irving will be serving up some unique soup with an array of experimental treats on offer for the curious visitor to this slightly deranged slice of wonderland.
How does data change our relationship with physical ‘things’? The Internet of Things exploits new technologies to link physical artefacts with data across social and technical networks. Join the Design Informatics Research Group to explore this new technology. From teapots that you can haggle with in Oxfam shops or shelves that shake when earthquakes take place on the other side of the world, to clocks that print you a postcard of something that happened in the past – let’s reflect upon the implication on our social lives.
What do Richard Feynman and Stevie Wonder have in common? Both have the brain condition synaesthesia which gives rise to sensory connections between unrelated experiences. Enter the mixed-up world of the synesthete where one sense leads to another and the whole world takes on a different meaning. Do numbers have a taste or colours have a smell? Join us on a multimedia and multi-sensory voyage to explore the extra connections in the brain of a synesthete. LateLab is a collaboration between Edinburgh International Science Festival, New Media Scotland and The University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics.
This GastroLab will focus on slow food beginning with a screening of Lifecycles by Matthew Moore. Part of the larger effort of the Digital Farm Collective, these short time-lapse films educate consumers on the produce they are purchasing by showing the growing process as it happens in the field. Simon Yuill will talk about his Stackwalker project, focusing on crofting communities and migrant workers in Scotland’s food and fish processing industries. Kate Rich and Kayle Brandon will unpack the secret recipe of cola using essential oils to enable the audience to assemble the drink. Perfect to wash down Black Market Pudding by John O’Shea. LateLab is a collaboration between Edinburgh International Science Festival, New Media Scotland and The University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics.
The host of our RGB (Red, Green, Blue) cocktail party is French-American food designer and artist Emilie Baltz. Based in New York and Paris she works at the intersection of gastronomy, performance and the visual arts to stimulate the definition of taste by provoking the five senses in new ways. In this ‘Triptych for Enlightened Drinking’ you will discover the effects of light and colour on solids (man) and liquids (cocktails) and how they impact human psychology. Real time visuals produced by DJ Steve Gibson will bathe the laboratory with colour to complement each of the three phases of mixology. LateLab is a collaboration between Edinburgh International Science Festival, New Media Scotland and the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics.
Pecha Kucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities, inspiring creatives worldwide. It is curated in Edinburgh by Gordon Duffy, Principal of architecture practice Studio DuB. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of ‘chit chat’, its presentation format is based on a simple but effective idea; 20 images x 20 seconds. You’ll be surprised how much you can fit in. LateLab is a collaboration between Edinburgh International Science Festival, New Media Scotland and The University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics.
Food, culture and the environment have an intricate relationship that extends back to the origin of humans as a social species. To survive, we eat; to eat, we feed the environment that feeds us – food is a product of the reciprocal connection to our ecological habitats. FoAM look at food from a holistic and systemic perspective. Too often however we eat in haste, forgetting to truly taste food. Tonight we’ll focus our minds on the taste of food, with its visual, sonic, olfactory and tactile properties that can energise and invigorate. LateLab is a collaboration between Edinburgh International Science Festival, New Media Scotland and The University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics.