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Free culture events @ Circo Voador, RJ

logo Circo Voador is a cultural space in the middle of the Rio da Janeiro neighborhood called Lapa.It started almost 30 years ago under a circus structure, and it was the place where most of the best known brazilian rock bands had their first gigs. At one point it was closed by city mayer. The story goes that he visiting Circo Voador while celebrating for being elected where he was booed by the people there. He exercised his power by simply closing the space down.

circo voador relax area

study groupNow run by the NGO with great financial help of municipal government, modern Circo Voador is transformed into club for culture with commercial programs, mainly samba, hip-hop and rock concerts, supported by companies like TIM (mobile phone operator popular among young people), Pepsi and such.

At the same time, under project Pontos de cultura, there are construction works happening under the concert stage where new spaces for workshops in open source tools for audio and video production will take place. One of the events that is not part of commercial program, but rather a place for research, knowledge exchange and collaborative work is study group GEMA Carioca that is happening every Thursday.

GEMA Carioca’s current project is creating video mixer with recycled material and using Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, Bruno Tarin teaches cinelerra to studentseasy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. DIY videomixer can be used for mixing live inputs such as cameras, but also to control various software such as Pure Data for VJing and so on.

Cinelerra (open source software for video editing) workshops are held too at the production space of the CV area. At the same space there is a video production facilities where materials filmed at the concerts are edited for the archives.

arduino with mixer

CCJ @ Sao Pulo

what si where at CCJ

CCJ, youth center in Sao Paulo is goverment financed institution hosting a library, two cinema halls, dozens of public computers with free internet connection, wireless free internet connection, audio recording and production room and more.

Part of CCJ is LabC that gives workshops in free open source in audio and video production, graphic production, free internet radio, hacklab and more. From 15th to 17th April 2008 LabC hosted a circuit bending workshop recording studio at CCJby Kruno Jost and Giuliano Obici.

Workshop was visited by more than 10 pupils taht constructed audio DIY instruments from old synthesizers, radios and other sound toys and equipment we could find.

Workshop will continue with recording a music score with the participants and maybe also participants will build up a sound installation with recycled material.

CB workshopMany thanks to all participants an special tenks to Giuliano Obici and Alexandre Freire that made this workshop possible.

CB worksop photolog >>