Workshops

Jan 15 2019 to Jan 22 2019

The Art of Data Sonification

Learn how to turn data into sound! Dan Tapper will teach participants how to apply different data sonification techniques, collect and produce a variety of sonifications, and how to creatively use these sonifications in their own work.

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Jan 24 2019

Interactive Writing with Texture

Calling game developers, writers, poets, translators, graphic novelists, and written word enthusiasts: How do you write for interactivity? In this workshop Jim Munroe will explore the tools available for interactive writing.

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Feb 2 2019

Binary Solo

Discover how binary code works, and take a deeper look at the political implications of using digits to store and transmit messages for people! 

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Feb 5 2019 to Feb 12 2019

Making Art with Electronics

Do you want to learn to make interactive work, sound art, electronic music, kinetic sculptures, robots, wearable technology, and more? Join us to learn the basics of simple circuits, logic gates, and electronic components, developed specifically for artists making art.

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Feb 9 2019 to Feb 16 2019

Building Soft Circuits & Sensors

Join us to learn the basics of sewing with conductive thread, how to build a circuit, and the tools and techniques you can use to start building interactive projects with soft sensors! 

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Feb 26 2019

Atari Punk Console

Want to make your own DIY sound synthesizer? Join us to learn about the 555 chip, practice your soldering and circuit building skills, and make some old school sounds with the Atari Punk Console!

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Mar 12 2019 to Mar 19 2019

Intro to 3D Printing for Artists

Do you want to get started with 3D printing? Learn how to make and prepare simple 3D models, perform basic maintenance and troubleshooting, and consider how to approach your own project ideas.

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Mar 23 2019 to Mar 30 2019

Bio-Sonifications: Non-Human Collaborations

Collaborate sonically with the non-human organisms around you and learn how to build a Nanotopian MIDI Bio-sonification Module. Listen to the sounds of the organisms around you (such as your plants!), how it responds to your presence, and see how it really feels!

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Apr 6 2019 to Apr 13 2019

Lightning in a Bottle: Mixed Reality Animation

In this advanced workshop with Nick Fox-Gieg, learn how to use 6DoF ("six degrees of freedom") controllers – wands you can move in 3D space – to integrate volumetric drawing and modeling experiments into game engines and 3D animation packages.

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Apr 9 2019 to Apr 16 2019

Scavenge, Fold, Manipulate: Sampling the Ghost in the Machine

Tasman Richardson will teach the methods for seeking, capturing and sorting glitches from CRT rescanning, Atari voltage manipulation, and cross wiring video to audio channels for applications in installation art, live visualizations, audio/video compositions, and more.

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Apr 20 2019

Javascript DigiPet

Join us for an introduction to javascript datatypes and methods. In this workshop participants will learn how to use javascript intervals to create a digital pet that eats and digest food, gives compliments, tells jokes, and occasionally catches food poisoning. How long can your keep yours alive?

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Oct 17 - 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.  

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Oct 5 - 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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Sep 23 - 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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Sep 19 - 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. While the first day will focus on interface and general concepts, the second date will focus on creating an interactive, video based sound generator.

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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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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. 

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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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Jun 20, 2017

Intro to 3D Printing for Artists

Learn how to use 3D printers safely and creatively in this introductory workshop. Amir Far will introduce some of the powerful capabilities of 3D printing for art making contexts, and give guidance on proper usage and maintenance of 3D printers. Students will learn prepare 3D models to be printed using Cura, and then learn how to set up, use, and clean the 3D printer.

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Jun 17, 2017

Sensing Installations: Interfacing Processing with Arduino

Learn how to create coded animations and video effects that respond to their environments using two ubiquitous and open source coding tools: Processing and Arduino. Tess Sutherland will demonstrate the powerful capabilities of interfacing Arduino and Processing in a variety of examples of interactive art. By the end of the session students will use inputs and outputs to create tangible interactivity in their projects, and leave this workshop with the ability to create a tangible output from their code as well as use real-world inputs to drive their work.

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