Month: May 2015

Slugs to Sludge Wastewater 5K – May 23rd sponsored by UCSC Art Department, OpenLab & Porter College

The Slugs to Sludge Wastewater 5K is a walk which follows the path of wastewater from the UC-Santa Cruz campus to the Wastewater Treatment Plant at Neary Lagoon. Along the way, participants will learn about the poetics and politics of human waste, and the water required to process it, as they travel through several different hybrid landscapes of wilderness and human infrastructure. The event aims to bring awareness to typically invisible material flows and promote water conservation in a creative, playful way that ties education to lived experience in the physical landscape of Santa Cruz.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Take Back The Tap.
Location: East Remote Parking Lot
Location details: Event begins at East Remote Lot and ends at Neary Lagoon Park.

Registration starts at 9:00 a.m.

Event starts at 9:30 a.m.

Park and meet at East Remote Lot. Course ends at Neary Lagoon Park. Buses run every 30 minutes back to campus.

Admission: Admission Required
Admission details: Pre-registration required via Eventbrite – Early bird registration is free for students!
Sponsored by: Arts DivisionPorter Senate, and OpenLab
Related URL: FICTILIS Waste Water Walk
Invited Audience: Everyone
Event dates:
05/23/2015 – 9:00am

OpenLab exhibit at Nightlife Live, California Academy of Science tonight, May 14th, 6pm

V e s s e l s

by Pellham Johnston and eve Warnock

Thursday, May 14th, 6-7:45pm, California Academy of Science, San Francisco, CA


Pellham Johnston and eve Warnock help kick off NightLife LIVE this Thursday at California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco with an exhibit in the garden for OpenLab!


In Vessels, water is used to visually and sonically represent biometric data. The visitor’s heart rate is measured by reading blood density in the fingertip, and transposed into a liquid sequence which travels through a tube in the gallery.

This sequence ends as drops onto a resonant steel drum, translating the sequence into sound. The water is collected in a reservoir for recirculation through the system.The visitors see their heart rates visualized in front of them, and can watch the patterns of their hearts as the sequences travel through the tube. This allows for time to reflect on their influences on these rhythms and how these sequences may change with changes in their emotional states.


Details here about NightLight:

Vessel Project Info

Please join OpenLab at the Maker Fair May 16th & 17th!


Maker Faire Bay Area 2015



Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Faire gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. Makers come to show their creations and share their learnings. Attendees flock to Maker Faire to glimpse the future and find the inspiration to become Makers themselves.