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Hacklab member exhibitions in MUU Galleria, Galleria Sculptor and Grenna Museum

Hacklab member exhibitions in MUU Galleria, Galleria Sculptor and Grenna Museum

Anu Raatikainen: Consciousness Screen

Muu Galleria, Lönnrotinkatu. Nov 9th – Dec 15th. [website]

Opening of the exhibition on Friday 8 November, 2019, from 5-7 pm. All Hacklab members are invited!

Anu makes drawings with oil paint medium. Unlike paint, which would bleed along the fibres, the medium retains its shape on the paper. Areas saturated with it become translucent compared with the untreated opaque paper, and the drawn marks become visible when seen against light. Instead of being reflected from the surface, light in these works passes through the substrate. Filtering through the marks made with the painting medium, light itself becomes a material. The passage of light through the paper is determined by the marks drawn on it, not unlike the human mind that with its definitions and conceptual thinking delimits the endless possibilities of the world into a specific shape.

All welding of LED light steel tubing stands have been made by Anu using Helsinki Hacklab workspace and tools.

Pia Männikkö: NordiSkulptur

Galleria Sculptor, Eteläranta. Nov 1st – Jan 8th. [website]

A duo exhibition in Galleria Sculptor. Pia’s art features bodily connection between a viewer and an artwork to create immersive situations and spaces for the viewer to enter. Mapping the passage of time, as well as creating objects that gradually grow and change, play a central role in her working process.

There’s also an additional display at the Nordic Culture Point´s window gallery, Kaisaniemenkatu 9.

Axel Straschnoy: Float

Nya Småland & Grenna Museum Polarcenter, Sweden. Oct 12th – Dec 31th [website]

Tapping threads in buoy parts

Axel’s creation is a buoy inspired by S. A. Andrée 1897 balloon expedition to the North Pole.

The buoy was launched into the sea off the coast of Lofoten, into the Norwegian current. The current carries water along the west coast of Norway, towards Svalbard. A part of it continues towards the Arctic. Thus, a buoy let loose into it has some chance to make it to the Arctic. Once there, there is a non-zero chance of it getting frozen-in in the Arctic ice. Once part of the Arctic ice, there is a non-zero chance it will one day be over the North Pole. The possibilities are slim, yes, but so were Andrée’s.

Parts of the buoy were adjusted by Axel in our metal workshop room before the final assembly and launch.

What we’ve been up to last months

What we’ve been up to last months

The usual early fall rush hours have started, we have new people visiting and lots of projects going on. This blog post tries to catch up recent months that have been yet uncovered since summer.

August: CCCamp19

Photo album here

This year’s major European hacker camp Chaos Communication Camp 2019 was in Germany, in the same brick factory musem as in 2015. Hacklab.fi was there together with infosec groups TurkuSec, HelSec and others, joining forces under the moniker Salmiakki Village. Just like at SHA2017, the Nordic hackerspaces such as Labitat, Hackeriet and Xil.se, formed a combined tent village Cold North which Salmiakki was a part of. Together, we got a nice spot in the shadows and next to a balcony to get away from the heat of day.

Building a village this size the logistics was split in two batches: Oulu people sent a 3m high fully loaded pallet of mostly personal, networking, electricity and lightning stuff, and Helsinki Hacklab drove a van through the Baltics and Poland [photos] loaded with a party tent, a fridge and lots of other larger items. Most stuff ended up being used and not much was lacking from the load. We’re getting good in this.

Salmiakki Village

Salmiakki village was essentially a party place, but we had also packed some nice light effects, video art and of course salmiakki in different form. The village also was the homebase for Finnish CTF team, which ranked sixth in end results. Big thanks for Ponakka for lending us the sound system, which we hooked up into Rambo’s Technics turntable pair. Sadly we got no permission for a sauna this time (though a pizza oven elsewhere in the area was excused for some reason). We had to regret the unfortunate situation for many people, but the area had high risk of forest fires that time and electricity too scarse. Hopefully this can be fixed next time in the forthcoming IFCAT camp in Netherlands year 2021, like we had at SHA camp.

We had some time to visit Fukusima Sauna in Riga on our return trip. Thanks long time hacklab member Vihannes for hosting us and showing us around. Next time we try to plan ahead so we have time to also try out the sauna itself and see the local makerspace. The Cold North area is going to be developed further with more shared planning, information exchange and other coordination. There is the Nordic mailing list and even a new wiki set up by Hackeriet. For the next camp, the cluster should return even greater than this year!

September: Dust collector redesign and space improvement

Dust collector installation

Woodwork room got some new space after moving the dust vacuum in a different spot outside the room itself. The pipings and hoses that move the dust now have more outlets, which means even hand tools should be easy to attach. The vacuum is now located next to our back door emergency exit on ground floor. Thanks to Depili and Harald for making most of the work.

The mitre saw was changed to a new one, that has a soft start motor and built-in laser guide. Tarmo has worked on a router table, but there is still some work to do and parts to be changed, but it’s looking good already. The wood workshop also got new lights, because the old ones started to crack in pieces when opening the dust cover. There are some new fire extinguishers and quite many old ones here and there, and the wood workshop got an extra first aid kit. We got no instructions to correct anything in the space after a fire inspection took place. Remember to keep the emergency exit area clean of any trash or workpieces.

Helsinki Hacklab made a contract with a local cleaning service and scheduled a cleanup every two weeks, including the meetup room, kitchen, 3D-printing area, toilets and other semi clean rooms, which do not include the woodworking room and metal work rooms. Hopefully this helps us to maintain a tidier hackerspace when the volunteer does not have to start from complete disaster each time they have a need to clean something. After painting the floor in July, the place looks a lot better and the new surface is easier to clean.

October: Aluminium welding course plus more

Aluminium welding is something quite many people have asked, but due to the difficulty of learning it by yourself, many have hesitated to give it a try. Luckily, Anle knows the processa and promised us to arrange a weekly workshop. The interest in the course was anticipated to be high, so we eventually had to use lottery to choose participants. As of writing this, there are still two lessons left in this course. We cannot yet promise if there will be any repetitions of the course in near future.

Aluminium welding course going on

The welding course is not the only skill we have teached each other this September. Other tools we’ve given courses in include the metal lathe, laser cutter and various woodworking tools. If any of our members know a skill and want to share knowledge, there is always a possibility to have either small introductions, recurring lessons or even weekend long intensive workshops.

We are painting the floors, there is no Open Tuesday on 16th July

We are painting the floors, there is no Open Tuesday on 16th July

  • Painting is done on this weeked, 12th-14th July
  • Start of following week the place is in very limited use
  • There is no Open Tuesday on 16th July
Maalattava alue on suunnilleen tämä

We paint the floors in lecture room, kitchen and 3D printing room, which means that there is either no access or no easy access to most parts of the lab (kitchen, toilets, machining room etc.) plus there is pungent paint smell everywhere. Also we need to move stuff away from painted area to other rooms, making them possibly difficult to use.

Please avoid using the lab if possible, until we can announce the place usable for working again. The job is done by our volunteers, reply in discourse forum if you can help us.


Maalaaminen tehdään viikonloppuna 12.-14. päivä, ja seuraavana viikkona avoin tiistain on peruttu. Muutoinkin alkuviikosta työtilan käyttö on vielä hyvin rajoitettua, ja esimerkiksi keittiö ja vessat eivät ole käytössä. Pyri välttämään läbillä käymistä siihen asti, kunnes paikka ilmoitetaan taas käyttökuntoiseksi ja maalin kuivumisen ohjeiden mukainen aika on kulunut.

Maali on kuivuessaan voimakkaan hajuista, joten jos sinulla on naulakkoon unohtuneita vaatteita, hae ne pois heti. Maalina käytetään samaa ainetta, millä mm. elektroniikkatila ja laserhuone ovat maalattu, ja hajuhaitta tiedetään jo ennalta voimakkaaksi ja pitkäaikaiseksi. Lisäksi joudumme siirtämään tavaroita maalattavalta alueelta muihin huoneisiin, mikä voi vaikeuttaa näiden tilojen käyttöä.

Maalaaminen tehdään omin vapaaehtoisvoimin, yksinkertaisimmillaan työ on tavaroiden siirtelyä maalattavalta alueelta pois ja lattian siivousta, joten kokemusta maalaamisesta ei tarvitse olla:

Ilmoittaudu vapaaehtoiseksi / Volunteer here with a reply

Key member application process updated

Key member application process updated

Lyhyesti – Avainjäsenten hakemusten käsittely muuttunut: avainhakemukset käsitellään jatkossa vain live-haastatteluina hallituksen kokousten yhteydessä ja avainten myöntäminen nopeutuu.

Helsinki Hacklab now handles key member applications like this:

  • We have specific dates for new key member interviews. Look for “Apply for a key”-events in our calendar.
  • You don’t have to send any emails or application forms anymore
  • You should generally get your key soon as we have interviewed you
  • Just arrive on time, no requirement to inform us in advance

We previously had situations of unprocessed applications from applicants we never met in person or never replied us back, or that accepted new key members had to wait for their key too long. As previously, Hacklab always interviews all new key member applicants. We decided to cut out the extraneous application form, skip straight to the interview part, and promise all applicants that they get their key immediately after a successful interview. This model sort of copies from Stockholm Makerspace.

Apply for key events coincide with board member meetings, which are currently held on second Monday each month, with exceptions during summer/holiday seasons and possible extra meetings every now and then.

Key members are crucial for our club’s existence! We couldn’t afford our rent without all our great key members, who sponsor us paying a monthly key fee. If you’re interested in 24h access in Helsinki Hacklab with benefit of own storage boxes – plus helping us making our activities possible – we highly recommend getting yourself a key! Helsinki Hacklab does not receive or rely on any regular sponsorship from outside sources, so it’s really up to us to run the place together.

Viivästyksiä jäsenasioiden hoitamisessa

Viivästyksiä jäsenasioiden hoitamisessa

Hyvää alkanutta vuotta kaikille!

Uusi hallitus järjestäytyy tammikuun aikana ja pääsee käsittelemään saapuneita jäsenhakemuksia. Jos siis olet laittanut meille hakemuksen, etkä ole vielä saanut siitä hyväksymisviestiä, voit osallistua kaikkeen toimintaan muiden jäsenten tavoin jo ennen kuin hakemuksesi on hyväksytty.

Teknisistä ongelmista johtuen emme ole voineet vielä lähettää alkaneen vuoden jäsenmaksuviestejä. Pyydämme odottamaan kunnes ongelmat ovat saatu ratkaistua.

Päivitys 19.1.2019: Vian syy on täsmentynyt, ja joudumme odottamaan meistä riippumatonta korjausta. Pystymme vastaanottamaan jäsenhakemuksia, mutta hakemusten muussa käsittelyssä on ongelmia.

Vuoden 2019 vastuuhenkilöt löytyvät kokonaisuudessaan täältä.

Disobey 2019

Hacklab.fi on mukana Disobeyssa omalla osastollaan. Tule kyselemään toiminnasta ja rakentelemaan/rikkomaan asioita.


Happy new year everyone!

The new board of the organisation has yet not assembled this year, and neither has handled any new member applications. If you have an application in, and not yet received any confirmation, you are welcome to join our happenings without having to wait us to handle the application first.

Due to technical problems, we have not yet been able to send membership fee messages this year. Please wait for your payment info until we have fixed the issue.

Update 19.1.2019: We need to wait for a fix that we cannot do ourselves.

Hacklab.fi has a booth in Disobey 2019. Come visit us and make/break stuff!

Christmas present gallery – made @ Helsinki Hacklab

Christmas present gallery – made @ Helsinki Hacklab

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Here’s a small photo collection of laser cut things made at Helsinki Hacklab this December. The new laser cutter proved to be a great gift making tool.

Doll house furniture
Locks, doors and spinning things
Alphabet
Greeting card decoration stamps
New tools update and events

New tools update and events

Christmas present for our members: we just bought a larger and heavier band saw! Please use the old one until we get this first installed and adjusted.

The manual milling machine in metal working room has reached a point where we can now announce it ready to use. We received a lot of tools alongside it, so ask Miikka or Markusjm if you need help in selecting the right one for the job. The machine can be used as an ordinary drill press for metals.

Other news:

  • more hearing protection soon arriving
  • batch order of laser cutter materials? (planning stage)
  • we’ve budgeted for buying new cleaning tools, another vacuum cleaner, first aid supplies and storage boxes

Events and happenings in the near future

Next open Tuesday on 1st Jan 2019

Disobey – We will be at Disobey 2019 with hacklab.fi, please come say hello and make/break stuff at our workshop table.

35C3 – hacklab.fi is represented in 35C3 both with Finnish infosec groups and Nordic hackerspaces.

HSF19 – Hacklab Summit Finland 2019 weekend has been announced in Discourse. The event returns to Tampere Hacklab for 2019.

Last Open Tuesday of 2018

Last Open Tuesday of 2018

This year’s last Open Tuesday is on 18th Dec, so there is no meeting on the first Christmas day. The 2019 Open Tuesdays start on the first day of January.

There are still some days left for making DIY gifts at the hackerspace, especially with the new laser cutter!

150W of laser power

150W of laser power

Helsinki Hacklab now has a new 150W CO2 laser cutter with almost 1,5m² of work area. Most other laser cutters could fit inside this beast!

This week we have had the first user introductions for members, and the wiki page for the machine probably updates in the process. We have made some tests with plywood and acrylic so far, but the materials are not limited to those only. We’ll try to arrange some basic stock of laser cut suitable materials soon. We are going to require membership and basic training before use. By the way, membership fee for the rest of 2018 is free of charge for new joining members.

We received generous help from Minela Säätiö foundation, the local Rotary club among others, and importantly – our own members. Thank you all who participated!

New front door

New front door

The new door installed

Our front door was swollen, twisted and did not keep the cold outside well enough. I restored an another old door, removed the paint, filled, sanded and repainted it with “club colors”. Also, the emergency exit back door got a fresh new look too. Here’s a photo collection of the process:

Removed old paint from the replacement door
The old door
Starting point with some sanding and fillings
Emergency exit back door paint job
Inside details

Now it’s quite easy to give instructions how to find us: if you don’t see a green door with orange circles, you’re not there yet.