Workshops

Sep 14 2019

Heavy Lifting, Light Machining

Get an introduction to the basic principles of machining with Naomi Dodds. Learn how to operate a milling machine and metal lathe to create a motor coupling with a shaft keyway. 

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Sep 21 2019 to Sep 22 2019

Art Writing & Criticism in the Digital Age

In this two-day workshop, Sky Goodden will discuss the tools and strategies required to navigate the publishing field successfully, and will focus on the professional and practical realities of working in art writing, journalism, and criticism. Presented in collaboration with Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC).

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Sep 28 2019 to Oct 3 2019

Live Vjing with Resolume

Discover infinite possibilities of Resolume Arena with Ilze Briede [Kavi] and learn how to run your own live visual show using the software, projectors, sound, and midi devices. The workshop will finish with an opportunity to showcase your work at a live music venue. 

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Oct 8 2019

Arduino Mozzi Synthesizer

Robertson Holt will teach participants how to build a low-resolution electronic synthesizer with oscillators, delay, reverb, FM synthesis, and sample manipulation.

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Oct 12 2019

Staining for Microscopy

Join us for an in-depth workshop with visual artist and scientist Raddah Chaddah on how to mount stains and natural dyes made from saffron, beets, and blue-green algae, and prepare them for photography using the InterAccess microscopes.

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Oct 19 2019

Drawing with Code using p5.js

Join us for an introduction to generative art and the fundamentals of p5.js, a programming language developed for artists to simplify drawing with code, with instructor Adam Herst.

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Oct 26 2019

Virtual Brush Strokes

Dive into virtual and augmented reality and learn to draw in 3D space using Tilt Brush with multimedia artist Casey Koyczan. Presented as part of imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

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Nov 2 2019

Basic Electronics, the Body and Squishy Futures

Lee Wilkins will teach you how to build basic circuits and switches. This exploratory workshop serves as a departure point for considering how cybernetics, materials, and the future of electronics will unfold.

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Nov 9 2019

3D Scanning of Built Environments

Are you curious to capture a glimpse of the world through the eyes of a laser scanner? Codrin Talaba will provide an overview of 3D scanning spaces at different scales: from rooms to buildings to streetscapes. 

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Nov 16 2019

Making Things With Light

Let’s take a look at how light behaves, and explore different sources of light that can be used in artworks. Rob Cruickshank will contemplate the physics of light. Is it a wave? A particle? Or both? What is the difference between reflection and refraction? What is colour, and how do we see it? 

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Nov 23 2019 to Nov 30 2019

Drawing Out Urban Interfaces — Experimental Reading Group

Technology transforms how people live, as well as their attitudes, instincts, personas, and psyches, all of which comprise human subjectivity. This experimental workshop lead by Simon Rabyniuk will bring together artists, designers, and technologists to read, discuss and explore present-day issues related to technology and the city. 

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Dec 7 2019 to Dec 14 2019

Intro to Robotics

Build a robot friend who can follow you around and navigate your home without bumping into things! Tess Sutherland will introduce you to soldering, circuitry, Arduino programming, and basic robotics ideas – including anthropomorphism and behaviour creation. 

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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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Jun 10, 2017

Sonic Geography

Join sound artist and sonic adventurer Dan Tapper for an exploration into sound and place. The workshop will focus on delving into the often-overlooked sounds of the world around us through sound walking and field recording exercises.  These exercises and recordings will inform the development of unique and bespoke digital systems and performance instruments allowing participants to perform and manipulate real world sounds through psycho geography, maps and interactive interfaces.

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