A Visit to TXRX Labs

by Lina Dib, PWC Lecturer
 

On March 24th, our FWIS 182-1: Intersections in Art and Science class went on a field trip to visit Houston's very own hackerspace, TXRX Labs. As one of the largest maker spaces in the country, TXRX offers students the opportunity to create at the intersections of art and science (the theme and driving force of our class!).

Toward the end of the course, students develop project proposals for art works or curated exhibits. Many of these projects involve “learning to paint with the tools of our time,” in the words of Golan Levin, an artist and computer scientist whose work we examine in class. A visit to TXRX Labs promotes familiarity with such tools, as well as community-based learning.

photo by Nick McMillan

photo by Nick McMillan

photo by Nick McMillan

photo by Nick McMillan

photo by Nick McMillan

photo by Nick McMillan

Established in 2008, TXRX Labs is a non-profit hackerspace for the greater Houston area. Housed in the East End District, they offer courses in and access to a rapid prototyping lab, woodshop, machineshop, electronics lab, and a wide variety of other tools. Their goal is to educate the public about technology, and demonstrate the wide accessibility of seemingly complex techniques.

photo by Nick McMillan

photo by Nick McMillan

Over the next year, our class looks forward to visiting similar workshops and facilities that will be part of the new Moody Center for the Arts on campus.
 


Lina Dib received her PhD in Anthropology from Rice University. In addition to her position with the PWC, Lina is an affiliate artist at the Topological Media Lab in Montreal and TXRX Labs in Houston. Recent exhibits and publications include: MURMURATIONS (Lawndale Art Center), Sheaf of Times (Rudolph Blume Fine Art, Yerba Buena Gardens), Microsoundtrack for Pitman Park (Pitman Park), "The Forgetting Dis-ease: Making Time Matter" (differences), "Of Promises and Prototypes: The Archeology of the Future" (LIMN).