Workshops

Jul 4 2017

Pocket Sized Radio Transmitter for Installation and Performance

Get started with radio art by learning how to make a battery powered radio transmitter for use in sound installations and performances. Simplify installations with wireless connectivity, or experiment with the sounds of radio interference. 

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Jul 15 2017

Making Virtual Instruments with foci + loci

Join foci + loci for this year's Vector Festival workshop, where participants will be guided through their creative process using the game software LittleBigPlanet for the Sony Playstation 3. Working collaboratively, workshop participants will learn how to use the various tools and assets within the game to create their own audio visual instruments and prepare them for live performance. 

Date:  Saturday July 15

Time: 11-3pm

Registration Fee: 

Annual Studio or Workshop Pass Discount: $60

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Jul 25 2017

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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Apr 21 - 28, 2016

Large Scale Light Art (Series)

Back by popular demand! Learn how to control robotic lights, theatrical dimmer units and addressable RGB LEDs!  Participants will explore different ways of controlling sample lighting units (provided) using Arduino, Processing, and openFrameworks, and will consider ways that a small breadboard circuit can be scaled up to a large artwork. We will have samples of many different types of lighting fixtures to control, and discuss ways that you can create your own lighting fixtures. 

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Apr 9, 2016

Make an 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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Mar 26, 2016

Drone Flight Techniques for Artists

Explore flight pattern methods for gathering visuals using a drone. Artist Laura Millard will help you identify ways to get the types of shots you need for your projects. 

In this workshop, participants will review the aesthetics of flight-based drone art, learn basic drone flight safety, and learn a number of drone flight techniques in both indoor and outdoor settings. Advanced techniques will be demonstrated by the instructors. The workshop includes both discussion and hands-on drone flight in small groups. 

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Mar 3 - 17, 2016

Intro to Arduino for Artists (Series)

In this series participants will be introduced to creative coding, circuit construction, sensors and actuators. Whether you are interested in robotics, sound, light art, or just plain old tinkering, these workshops are a great place to develop your artistic ideas.

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Feb 25, 2016

Interactive Installations in Max 7 (Series): Detecting Movement With Real-Time Video

One of the most essential techniques when creating an interactive work is determining when a user is present to engage with the piece. In this workshop, you will learn how to use a webcam to detect a participant in an interactive installation, using the webcam feed as input to initiate interactive events.

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Feb 20, 2016

Intro to 3D Printing!

In this workshop, participants will learn the workflow of 3D printing an object from digital files. Steps include manipulating the model, exporting files, and printing the object on IA's Ultimaker 2 printers. You will learn to prepare files for 3D printing using Autodesk123Design. 

The workshop will focus on printing two kinds of objects. These include:

- an object from a 3D scan, and, 

- an object designed entirely in 3D modelling software (Autodesk 123Design or Rhino). 

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Feb 20, 2016

Intro to 3D Scanning!

In this workshop, participants will follow the workflow of 3D scanning an object, manipulating the model, and exporting files. Participants will work with the NextEngine 3D scanner and Autodesk 123Design. 

The workshop will focus on creating files for 3D printing. You are welcome to register for Intro to 3D Printing! and learn to print your files in the afternoon.

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Feb 11, 2016

Interactive Installations in Max 7 (Series): Fundamentals for Audio Projects

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of digital audio and how to use live audio to make sound reactive work using Max 7!  To do this, we will be using microphones to affect video in real-time. Additionally, you will learn how to create a simple audio player which you can control programmatically.

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Feb 4, 2016

Interactive Installations in Max 7 (series): Intro to Max 7

Max 7 is a visual programming environment. In this workshop you will learn the ins and outs of the Max 7 environment as well as some universal concepts at the core of most programming languages (and electronics). To do this, we will cover the basics of manipulating both pre-recorded and live video feeds in real-time!

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