Workshops

Sep 19 2017 to Sep 26 2017

TouchDesigner Introductory Workshop

TouchDesigner is a visual development platform for making interactive 3D art, multi-screen interactive experiences, museum exhibits, data visualizations, architectural projections, live visual performances, and more. For everyone who wants to get a fast track start on working with TouchDesigner, this workshop will provide a good basis to gain an initial understanding on workflow, concepts and techniques while equipping attendees with the knowledge to start creating interactive / generative setups.

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Sep 23 2017 to Sep 30 2017

Objective Functions: Creating Images with Neural Networks

How are advances in artificial intelligence changing aesthetics? What are new kinds of images we can create today, that we could never create before?  In this two-part workshop we will study neural networks, and how algorithms originally designed to allow computers to recognize the objects in photographs have been repurposed to instead create new images

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Oct 5 2017 to Oct 12 2017

Biomedia: Caring for Home-Grown Cultures


Learn to make biological media at home and start growing cultures of attractive and intelligent slime mold (a.k.a Physarum Polycephalum). Sarah Choukah will introduce slime mold's amazing potential for collaboration at the intersection of art, science and technology. Participants will learn how to transform their kitchens and closets in safe, mini Physarum biolabs. They will leave the workshop with a feeding and growing kit, as well as their own new pet slime mold.

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Oct 17 2017 to Oct 24 2017

Intro to Electronics for Artists

Learning the basics of electronics is vital for anyone looking to create interactive or new media work. This workshop, geared to artists, is for those new in electronics, or for those who need a refresher. You will learn the basics of electricity starting with Ohm’s Law and work your way up to building simple digital circuits with CMOS chips, transistors and LEDs. You will learn how to interface these circuits with motors, sensors and other devices.  

Dates: Tuesday October 17 and 24

Time: 7-10pm

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Oct 21 2017

Generative Poetry

Learn the basics of algorithmic poetry by exploring several different ways of writing poems with rules, both on the computer and off. Participants will learn some of the history of computer-based poetry, get hands-on opportunities to write algorithms that produce poetry, and collaborate with other participants to write and share rules-based poems. This workshop will be accessible to poets with no prior experience with coding, as well as coders with no prior experience writing poetry. So come learn how to write poetry with code!

Date: Saturday, October 21

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Oct 28 2017 to Nov 4 2017

Heavy Lifting, Light Machining

Have you ever wanted to attach something to your motor? Or use gears? This workshop is an introduction to basic mechanics and basic machining. Learn how to operate the mill and the lathe for making a motor coupling and shaft keyway, for a bore fitted gear. Students will learn some basic mechanics and understanding of how to use precision and measuring tools. This workshop will cover the basis of how a lathe works, how to set it up and operate it and the basis of how a mill works, how to set it up and operate it for simple machining. 

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Nov 7 2017

Intro to Op Amps and Analog Electronics

Maybe you've struggled to get a wider range of values from a sensor into your Arduino. Maybe you're interested in building an analog synth.  Maybe you are a sound artist who wants to build a microphone preamp, or a mixer. You might not know it yet, but Op-amps are what you need in your life!

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Nov 11 2017

Projection Mapping for Artists

This workshop is intended for artists interested in working with videos and projections for art installations of any size.

We will go over the fundamentals of projection mapping like projector types, lumens and perspective, as well as introducing the group to Isadora (theatre VJ software, node-based)  great for composing multiple videos and mapping them to 2D and 3D surfaces. We will also discuss conceptual development, best practices, live-event optimization, and free online resources for footage.

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Nov 14 2017 to Nov 21 2017

Intro to Processing for Artists

Learn the basics of Processing, an indispensable programming tool for artists. Join Tess Sutherland as she teaches the ABC’s of algorithmic drawing and interactive animations. Session 1 will teach the basics of drawing with code. Session 2 will show how to animate code through parameterization, and how to interface the mouse and keyboard with your creations. In both sessions, Tess will show examples of a wide range of artworks made with Processing and identify further resources for students.

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Nov 25 2017

Light, Performance and the Stage: Projection Mapping for Theatre

Build on the foundational skills of projection mapping by designing a functioning theatre set with light! This course will invite actors to collaborate with workshop participants to design an assigned scene, which will feature projection mapping as both a narrative device and set design technique. The class will be divided into groups of two projection mappers and one or two actors.

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Jul 21, 2016

GameMaker for Trans and Women

Using Gamemaker software, participants will learn how to make simple games and explore game mechanics like collisions. This workshop aims to create a safe learning space for individuals who identify as women, transgender, or a member of a Gender and Sexual Minority, to creatively explore game making software.

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Jul 16, 2016

Sonic Pi Live Coding Introductory Workshop – Make Music with Algorithms!

Sonic Pi Live Coding Introductory Workshop – Make Music with Algorithms!

Facilitator: Martin Zeilinger, Vector Festival Co-Curator

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Jul 10, 2016

MakerFest - APC Workshop Sunday 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Atari Punk Console

Make your own DIY sound synthesizer! Learn about the 555 chip, practice your soldering and circuit building skills, and make some old school sounds with the Atari Punk Console!

The APC is a simple noisemaker circuit that is famous for its simplicity, elegance, and endless permutations. We’ll provide you with all the components and tools necessary to build this legendary gizmo, and we’ll guide you through the build and help you understand how electronic circuits work. 

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Jul 10, 2016

MakerFest - APC Workshop Sunday 10am - 11:30am

Atari Punk Console

Make your own DIY sound synthesizer! Learn about the 555 chip, practice your soldering and circuit building skills, and make some old school sounds with the Atari Punk Console!

The APC is a simple noisemaker circuit that is famous for its simplicity, elegance, and endless permutations. We’ll provide you with all the components and tools necessary to build this legendary gizmo, and we’ll guide you through the build and help you understand how electronic circuits work. 

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Jun 25, 2016

Projection Mapping for Artists

This workshop is intended for artists interested in working with videos and projections for art installations of any size.

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Jun 21, 2016

Experimental Electro-magnetism Workshop

Join artist Peter Flemming for a hands on experimentation with diy speakers, found object resonators, hand-wound coils. In this 4 hour workshop, you will wind an electromagnetic coil with magnet wire, to be used as part of of an improvised loudspeaker along with a found-object resonator that you bring in. 

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Jun 21, 2016

Sun-drinkers Solar Energy Workshop with Peter Flemming

Come celebrate the Summer Solstice with artist Peter Flemming in a Sun-drinkers Solar Energy Workshop! In this workshop you will create a simple, small sun-drinker from electronic components that can twitch, twitter or twinkle. 

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Jun 19, 2016

Intro to Unity for Artists

In this workshop participants will learn how to use Unity, the game development platform which can be used to build high-quality 3D and 2D games. This workshop will be geared towards artists interested in using the software for creative applications.

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Jun 18, 2016

Experimental Surfaces: Machine Stitching, Water Soluble Stabilizer, and Unexpected Materials

This workshop will focus on constructing dynamic, textured, mixed media surfaces with machine and hand embroidery. Collage techniques will be combined with the use of water soluble stabilizer.  

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