All posts by Emma Che Raethke

The Great & Grand Rumpus: Arduino

Over two weeks on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and a Saturday The Edge will be hosting free workshops and the opportunity to play and program lights and sound using Arduino micro-controller platform

It is a part of the Great and Grand Rumpus program (GGR). We wrote a little bit about this back in May: Let the wild rumpus start!

These workshops are for all ages 16+

Arduino 101: Focus on the basics
Monday 2nd July 4-7 pm
Tell us you’re coming!

Arduino skills in motion: Program lights and sounds for GGR
Saturday 7th July 10-1 pm
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Arduino Intermediate: Make things glow and move!
Monday 9th July 4-7 pm
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Tinker Tuesday: Tinker with your new skills!
Tuesday 3rd & 10th July 4-6 pm
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Hack the evening: Make things in our lab!
Thursday 5th & 12th July 6-8 pm
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Let the wild Rumpus start!

The Great and Grand Rumpus is coming…

Since March, you may have seen we have been designing and building a number of installations here at The Edge. First up there was a plus one for cardboard Kaiju, a light installation, and currently a large scale sign. All of these have been building towards The Great and Grand Rumpus!

Cue celebrations and more cardboard!

Great and Grand Rumpus (GGR) what?

GGR is a large scale installation that will come from the imaginations of children and will take over level one of The Edge in July!

Children’s imaginary worlds will be captured through a design and play process and then

Design students will input the children’s ideas into design tools and

Fabricators will fabricate them and a writer will capture the emerging narratives!

Then, (yes there’s more) the installation worlds will slowly grow and come to life. Enter young people and then adults (in that order) who will respond to and add to the children’s ideas using projection, sound and electronics.

The process will culminate in a celebration where the worlds will be handed back to children to play and celebrate in with the broader community.

Would you like to join in the rumpus?

If you are a student or designer, join Mondays here.

If you are a fabricator, join us on Thursdays here.

#ggrumpus #madeattheedge

The Great and Grand Rumpus – Design & Fabrication sessions

Calling everyone that has skills in or is developing skills in design, industrial design, architecture, installations, Theatre design, and education. Come and design and fabricate in May and June with us!

Over 6 weeks there will be design sessions and fabrication sessions happening at The Edge.

What will be happening? Fulfill design briefs to a deadline. Work with others to produce digital files that can be fabricated. Then fabricate those designs at The Edge, SLQ.

All of the large scale designs will be installed into The Edge by the end of June and a Great and Grand Rumpus party will come shortly after!!

To find out more about this program click here.

Sign up to one or more sessions below.

Free, but RSVP is required.

Design Sessions

Design session 1
Monday 14th May, 3-7pm

Design session 2
Monday 21st May, 3-7pm

Design session 3
Monday 28th May, 3-7pm

Design session 4
Monday 4th June, 3-7pm

Design session 5
Monday 11th June, 3-7pm

Design session 6
Monday 18th June, 3-7pm


Fabrication Sessions

Fabrication session 1
Thursday 17th May, 3-7pm

Fabrication session 2
Thursday 24th May, 3-7pm

Fabrication session 3
Thursday 31st May, 3-7pm

Fabrication session 4
Thursday 7th June, 3-7pm

Fabrication session 5
Thursday 14th June, 3-7pm

Fabrication session 6
Thursday 21st June, 3-7pm


Ideation & design meetup

One Last Apocalypse

We’re hosting an ideas + designing + prototyping meetup for our One Last Apocalypse project and we want you to be involved as we begin to design and create our apocalyptic world.

We’ll unpack, brainstorm, and prototype your ideas – so, come and apply your skills and maybe learn some new ones.

It is free and all are welcome to attend.

Workshop meetup 1 

  • Monday 4 September 2017
  • 6pm – 9pm
  • Free, but please RSVP
  • The Edge, State Library of Queensland

Workshop meetup 2

  • Sunday 17 September 2017
  • 12pm – 4pm
  • Free, but please RSVP
  • The Edge, State Library of Queensland


Not sure what all this One Last Apocalypse stuff is all about?

Here’s a recap

The Edge has been in the apocalypse business before. Back in 2011 (it doesn’t seem that long ago) as a part of the Festival of Ideas we delivered the Climate Zombie Apocalypse; a live-action zombie adventure game that took over the entire Edge building, turning the space into a wasteland of community volunteers in full zombie makeup, with desperate players trying to survive buckets of chocolate topping.

To date, we’ve run three apocalypse events – all of them created for, with, and by our community – each bigger than the last, and squarely focused on learning in art, science, technology and event management. Back then, we called these events ‘apocalypses’, which was actually not entirely correct. Cue the (Wikipedia) definition… keep reading

The Edge Game Nights

On Monday nights in the month of August we’ll be playing games at The Edge! But, these nights won’t be your average board game nights – we’ll be throwing an Apocalyptic spin on the traditional gaming experience and mixing in role playing, map drawing, and a live, immersive experience facilitated by a Brisbane performance artist. 


Monday 7 August

To kick it all off we will be playing a game called The Quiet Year – a community map drawing game that requires you to make challenging decisions for your community. Last week the programming team played The Quiet Year and it was so much fun (at times I was so immersed in the game I felt personally invested in the community we were building). The game really got us all exploring and testing each other. Mick made some bold moves that had us all picking up contempt tokens (Yes! They are real, physical tokens). And I also made some decisions that had Peter picking up tokens in contempt! It is a super fun tabletop game.



Monday 14 August

The next game on the list is called Fiasco – an RPG with no GM. Cue Wikipedia’s definition:



Monday 21 August

Then we are in for a real treat with a live immersive experience from local performance maker Sarah Winter. She will be bringing a small part of her enchanting work to The Edge, just for you.  After we experience her work we will then have the opportunity to discuss and unpack that experience together!


There is no prerequisite to play each week. Come and join in for one game night, or all three, and maybe hang in there to see what comes of an apocalyptic climax at The Edge.

Looking forward to seeing you at The Edge,

Emma Che




One Last Apocalypse