Workshops

May 4 2019 to May 11 2019

Intro to Arduino for Artists

Discover Arduino and how to use it for creative projects with electronics. Whether you are interested in robotics, sound, light art, or just plain old tinkering, this workshop by Rob Cruickshank is a great place to start developing your artistic ideas.

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May 14 2019 to May 21 2019

Let's Move it with Motors!

Want to learn how to use motors in your art practice? Join us to explore the fundamental concepts of AC and DC and the mechanics associated with motors.

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May 28 2019

Caffeinated Robots: Combining JavaScript and Robots

Explore the world of JavaScript and what it can do. Learn how to combine Node.js, Johnny-five, and Arduino to create a morse code machine! 

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Jun 1 2019 to Jun 15 2019

Intro to Projection Mapping with TouchDesigner

Join us for an introduction to the TouchDesigner interface to learn standard techniques of projection mapping to turn objects and spaces into display surfaces for video projection.

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Jun 4 2019 to Jun 11 2019

Building Interactivity: An Introduction to Unity and Biosignals

Learn how to use the game engine Unity to construct an interactive digital experience with real-time biofeedback from the user.

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Jun 22 2019 to Jun 26 2019

Touch, Sound, Pulse: DIY Vibrotactile Systems

Artists have been using “Vibrotactility” to combine visual, audio, and tactile elements into a highly sensorial art practice. Join us for an introduction to building your own wearable and handheld vibrotactile system!

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Jun 25 2019 to Jul 2 2019

Slime Mold as Capacitive Storytelling

Slime mold is a beautiful living monoculture. Due to its tendency to grow in the pattern of nodes and branches, new media bio-artists have been using it as a medium to represent everything from the functionality of the Internet to diaspora migration patterns of the human race.

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Jun 29 2019

Build your own experimental noise synthesizer

In this hands on workshop, you will learn how to build your own experimental noise synthesizer - the Fort Processor! All the necessary components in kit format will be provided, as well as guidance to build your device from scratch. 

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Jul 6 2019 to Jul 20 2019

PUFF! Create Inflatable Forms

Are you interested in experimenting with the inflated form? Join us for a three-session masterclass taught by renowned installation artist Marcia Huyer and learn how to create your own large-scale inflatable sculpture from scratch. The workshop will finish with a collaborative outdoors presentation. 

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May 19, 2018

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 24 - May 1, 2018

Intro to Arduino for Artists

Dive in to the world of 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. Arduino is an open source microcontroller and programming environment designed for use by artists, designers, and hobbyists. Over two sessions, Tess Sutherland will teach participants how to use this little device as the brain in their interactive creative projects. 

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Apr 10 - 17, 2018

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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Nov 25, 2017

Light, Performance and the Stage: Projection Mapping for Theatre

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. Each group will be given the script for a 5-10 minute scene from familiar classic and contemporary theatre, and will spend the class negotiating, designing, building and finally showcasing their scene for the class and invited guests by projecting the light-set onto plinths, boxes and movable walls on stage.

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Nov 14 - 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 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 7, 2017

Intro to Op Amps and Analog Electronics

In this workshop we'll learn the basics of op amps, (including why they are called "op-amps"!) You'll learn how to deal with their special power supply requirements, learn about some of the more common op-amp circuit configurations, learn about adding gain and offset to signals, and be introduced to using an oscilloscope to visualize analog voltages.

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Oct 21, 2017

From Dust to Deep Learning: an Intro to Generative Poetry

Join digital-poet David Jhave Johnston to trace a few histories of computational poetry, speculate on future poetry, and learn how to produce generative poetry.

The workshop is open to all, no specific skills required. The workshop will allow each to explore at a level appropriate to their experience: poets with no prior experience with coding, coders with no prior experience writing poetry, and everyone in between.

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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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