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iRes Tech Workshops free and open to all students. Register now for seminars in winter term!

Over the academic year 2008/2009 iRes will be holding a series of tech workshops which are aimed at all students who use digital and network technologies in their work.

We are starting this term with a series of 3 seminars under the title Newbies’ Guide to Blogging which aims to help you to use web tools and blogging as a means of documenting your own work. This includes information on how to install and configure Wordpress on your own website.

The introductory series on blogging is open to anyone that can use online email and will not involve any coding or graphic design.
Seminars are free but spaces are limited to 16 places only so registration via email is required.

Please register by sending an email to tim.shear@falmouth.ac.uk specifying which seminar(s) you would like to attend.

The seminars will take place in the PC-IT training suite, Fox 2, Woodlane Campus from 9:30 – 12:30 on 14 November, 5 and 12 December.

Seminars are designed and led by Tim Shear, iRes Research Technologist.

Newbies’ Guide to Blogging

Level 1 - Newbies’ guide to blogging in Wordpress
Friday 14th November, 09.30 to 12.30

Topics include:

- intro to blogging, key concepts and distilling the terminology

- demo of wordpress.com

- signing up and creating your first blog post

- personalizing your blog via the built in themes

- backing up your blog

- forward of next two sessions on extending wordpress

Level 2 - Beyond wordpress.com: installing and configuring your own Wordpress powered website
Friday 5th December 09.30 to 12.30

Topics include:

- Registering your own web address. Temporary accounts will be available for this session

- The websites control panel and key features, based on cPanel

- Auto installation scripts and Wordpress

- How to import content from your wordpress.com blog.

- Installing custom Wordpress themes via cPanel

Level 3 - Extending wordpress: hosting your own videos and podcasting via Wordpress
Friday 12th December 09.30 to 12.30

Topics include:

- This session will build on level 2 and explore the possibilities of how Wordpress can be extended

- Plug-ins to automated backups

- Publishing video and audio using Wordpress plug-ins [podcasting and vlogging]

We are also planning a series of seminars for the spring and summer terms. The theme for next term is the slightly alternative uses of Adobe Flash: using webcams as motion sensors; opening the USB port to talk to other sensors (touch, pressure, light, proximity sensors etc…).
In the summer term focus will shift to publishing video based work via the Web, DVD and Blue-ray. More information to follow soon.


iRes, Research in Network Art is a dynamic research environment focusing on the ethical production and dissemination of cultural forms within network societies. Bringing together practitioners, theorists and communities of interest working across a broad spectrum of art, performance, design and media, iRes encourages the pollination of experimental ideas across disciplines. Research is practice-led and is underpinned by discourses around networks, technologies, art and trans-subjectivity. It is disseminated online and offline as network art and performance through exhibitions, publications and conferences.

Tim Shear is a Technologist within the iRes research cluster. His current technical explorations are centred on physical and environmental interaction within networked art and online communities; his programming supports the artists and researchers within the cluster.