Digital Maker Collective @ Tate Exchange & Astro Pi Challenge

Raspberry Pi


It was fantastic being invited by UAL’s Digital Maker Collective to be a guest maker at the Tate Exchange. I did the first Wednesday session out of a total of 4 events every fortnight that are being held in the new Digital Arts space on the 5th floor of Tate Modern’s new Tate Exchange building. Over the next two months a number of awesome digital makers from UAL and guest makers (including me) will be running workshops and showing off some amazing gadgets at this event. There is even a VR workshop where you can try out this new piece of tech!

It was totally worth missing half the day of school. I missed both Geography and Italian (note to teachers, I have caught up with the work). Right from the beginning, the workshop was successful. There were students from UAL, tourists and even staff who had a go at building a robot. I didn’t stop working until my mum called it a day so that we could go on a tour of some of the artwork. Frances Morris, the director of Tate Modern, recommended that I see Nam June Paik’s ‘Bakelight Robot’  made up of 5 monitors and radios as he was the first artist to develop video art based on technological innovation back in the early 1960s. I get it now, this is about an exchange between  Art at the Tate Modern and the digital community. Nice touch.

img_5029Nam June Paik

I really enjoyed engaging with so many different people and sharing some of my knowledge of robotics and sensors. I am really looking forward to the next session on the 22nd of February. I would like to thank Joseph from Redfern Electronics who has sponsored my Robot workshop by supplying the equipment that I use; he invented the Crumble electronic controller and the software programme. Very cool person too!  Me and my mum have been looking at some of the discussion points of the Digital Maker Collective

One of the themes is around  Ego and not letting it stop you from engaging in new technologies, developing professional Online  Identities (POI) and openness in sharing your experiences through social media and blogging etc.

Here’s the link to Chris Follows audio recording of his talk at UAL


And here is the link to Eckhart Tolle who talks about the Digital Age, awareness, thoughts and the Ego.



Since the  last blog we have had two more Astro Pi hack sessions with Sam Page, who teaches Astro Pi and Python programming to her Year 9s at her school. The South London Makerspace has been a fantastic place to hold our Astro Pi hacks; the members have been very welcoming and given us loads of support and advice. A special thank you to Rich, Paul and Dermot and, of course, Sam.  We have worked on the two different challenges, created the code for them and tested it. This week we worked really hard, as a team, to bring it all together and figure out what is left to do. We are even using Slack to communicate with each other  in between sessions. Really hope we can continue coming to the South London Makerspace as it just feel like the most natural place to be as a group of young hackers.


It was really nice to return to Barking Library for the second East London Raspberry Jam. Once again I ran my Crumble Robot hack in which another six robots were born. It was a great event, nice to catch up with the @DigiLab crew, Nic (@duck_star), Frank from Covent Garden CoderDojo, Justin Grierson (who showed us some Node Red stuff) and Andy from Southend Raspberry Jam.

Check out my mum’s feature blog on the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s official website blog. She talks about the inspiration behind our South London Raspberry Jam. Congrats – you did a great job!



See you very soon





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