The following is a guest post by Sarah Quinn about the upcoming Sound of Things workshop on April 1st.
This April 1st, the Sensory Archive Project is delighted to present a hands-on workshop in 091 Labs connecting narrative concepts with practical skills in interactive technologies. Collaborating artists, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori and Alicja Pytlewska, will present the narrative inspiration and explain the inner workings of the ‘Over Hear’ installation which opens at Áras Éanna on Inis Oírr.
This workshop will include a short artist’s talk by Fabio and Alicja, who both currently have work on display internationally. Check out the links of current work to get a little idea of the kinds of diverse projects Fabio and Alicja work on:
Alicja’s ‘PlayFood’ project is currently on show at MART (Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto) as a part of The Food Project. The Taste of Shape 09.02 — 02.06.2013 http://studioala.me/PlayFood-table
Over Hear – Opening on Inis Oirr 31st March 2013
Over Hear is an interactive audio installation taking place on the island of Inis Oirr, with the intent of creating a multilayered auditive experience built by merging elements of the folklore with soundscapes of the immediate environment. The audio recordings are composed into a new kind of melody, triggered by the movements of the audience interacting with the artwork.
Over Hear is the first undertaking by the Sensory Archive Project, which has been founded by interdisciplinary collaborators:
Researcher and Educator – Sarah Quinn,
Multidisciplinary Designer – Alicja Pytlewska,
Artist – Fabio Lattanzi Antinori,
and Textile Designer – Marie Molterer.
This project acts as a blueprint for the experimental creative platform we have begun to establish. SAP will support projects which result in works which features a sensory experience, contributing to the future online sensory library of data gathered for each project.
We believe in the promotion of artistic expression through creating works which in turn create opportunities for us to share our inspirations and skills through educational workshops. We promote interdisciplinary collaborations with an aim of breaking down boundaries and aiding unconventional expressions.
Over Hear – The Sound of Things series of workshops have been set up with the kind collaboration of the Galway Autism Partnership Project and 091 Labs in Galway, on 31 March and 1 April respectively.
At the end of the workshop all participants will be given weblinks to on-line resources in order to keep analyzing issues related to interactivity, electronics, Arduino and MaxMSP.
The Sound of Things workshop is running from 6pm to 8pm in 091 Labs on Monday, April 1st and tickets are €20.
Note from Padraic: Only ten places are available for this event and half were already sold the last time I was talking to Sarah. Book soon!
Another note from Padraic: CapSense looks really cool! “Capacitive sensing may be used in any place where low to no force human touch sensing is desirable. An Arduino and the library may be used to sense human touch through more than a quarter of an inch of plastic, wood, ceramic or other insulating material (not any kind of metal though), enabling the sensor to be completely visually concealed.” via Arduino
This Wednesday is the second class of our 3-week introductory course for Arduino. Attendees should bring with them a laptop, Arduino, electronic components* and a USB cable for their Arduino. Some spare Arduinos and electronics will be available on the day, but they will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis.
The class is free, but spaces are limited so attendees are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. As 091 Labs is a non-profit teaching-and-learning group, any donations on the day would be greatly appreciated.
A few of our members recently made a buswalkingbus walking trip out to Maplin Electronics here in Galway to source some electronics. A few months ago I purchased a Velleman solder-it-yourself clapper kit, which I subsequently plugged into an Arduino and had some fun with. After picking up some resistors, piezos and other bits n’ bobs, I took another look at the solder-it-yourself section for some inspiration. I came across something which tickled my hackery-fancy, an “IR Light Barrier”, again from Velleman.
The basic principle is the following: Two PCBs, one with the sole purpose of illuminating two IR LEDs, the other having a photo transistor and a fairly large buzzer. Place the two boards across from each other, break the IR “beam” between the IR LEDs and photo transistor and the deafening buzzer starts sounding. Belated apologies to those across the road in John Mulholland.
So in a typical maker reaction, my thoughts were, “Well that sucks”. So I ripped out the buzzer, placed two wires on the PCB contacts and plugged them into my Arduino microcontroller:
What I now have is a brilliantly useful and marvellously simple security system. My next step is to hook up the Arduino code to the Twitter API and have it tweet a message every time the beam is crossed.
Thursday 26th at 4pm is the first Processing and Arduino meetup at 091Labs. From Thursday 2nd September on we will be meeting regularly once a week at 6pm in the space.
For starters we will be following the O’Reilly Online course
‘Processing and Arduino in Tandem’
Creating Your Own Digital Art Tools
Starting Tuesday 31st 11pm GMT O’Reilly will stream the course which you can follow for free online, quick go sign up http://training.oreilly.com/arduino/, but it you cant make it to every class we have pooled together to download the course video which we will be following week by week 6pm every Thursday at 091Labs.
Processing is a programming language, development environment, and online community that since 2001 has promoted software literacy within the visual arts. Initially created to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context, Processing quickly developed into a tool for creating finished professional work as well.
“It’s an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board.
Arduino can be used to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other physical outputs. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can be communicate with software running on your computer”
Put them together and you get really great interactive art works and installations.
But first you will need to get yourself some materials
The volcanic ash cloud disrupted many of our plans this week. Our first monthly guest speaker John Breslin was one of the 750k travellers stranded throughout the world. We are rescheduling his talk at Hotel Meyrick for 7pm Tuesday, April 27th. Adrian and Ellen at Meetforeal won a presentation slot at eComm America 2010 for their innovative Crowdscanner app but were unable to travel and sent a video in their place. Stefan at Metaio gave an inspiring augmented reality presentation at eComm via a Microvision Pico Projector and paper sheet which everyone is raving about.