[dance-tech] LEMURplex December Classes in NYC

  • From: Eric Singer <list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 16:31:19 -0500

LEMURplex Announces New Classes In December
Max, Jitter, Microcontrollers, Sensor Building, Motors and Fiberglass Fabrication

Registration for December classes at LEMURplex is now open. Many classes are being given in an intensive format, designed to teach specific topics in a small number of classes. Most classes are hands-on, including new fabrication classes.

Visit http://lemurplex.org/classes.html for more information and to register.


Sensor Building Workshop
Build Your Own Music or Video MIDI Controller in One Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3, 12:00-6:00 pm
Jonathan Zalben

Imagine waving your hand and having an orchestra at your fingertips or tapping on a surface to explore a video archive. This is all possible through the use of MIDI and sensor-based technology. In one weekend, you will design and build a controller to create your art with the easy-to-use MidiTron interface.

Emphasis will be on hands-on learning. Basic electronics and Max/MSP/Jitter programming will also be covered. No previous knowledge of electronics, sensors, or programming is assumed. Background information will be covered and the bulk of the class will be focused on building a working controller that you will take home and begin to create with. Examples of previous project ideas include a shoe that creates notes for each step and a glove that determines lighting cues in a theatrical performance. This is of interest to Artists, Musicians, Dancers, Actors, Engineers, Programmers, Lighting, Sound and Graphic Designers, and others.

$495, including lab fee. Lab kit includes MidiTron, electronic components and selection from a variety of sensors.


Max for Chicks
Interactive Programming from a Female Perspective
Saturday & Sunday, December 9 & 10, 12:00-5:00 pm
Dana Karwas

A cosmopolitan approach to navigating the Max/MSP/Jitter programming environment. Free from technical restrictions, this class will offer a unique array of spontaneous examples, lucid explanations, and creative insight for learning the basics of Max/MSP/Jitter. Students will get comfortable with Max/MSP/Jitter and in the end have the ability to make and manipulate their own patches. No previous programming experience is necessary.



Microcontroller Progamming for Artists
An Introduction to the Arduino System
Wednesdays, December 6, 13 & 20, 6:30-9:30 pm
Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Have you ever wanted to build a robot or an interactive art installation? Have you ever wondered how LEDs, sensors and motors work? Through collaborative exercises and the development of a final project you will learn how to program and prototype with an Arduino microcontroller. This class is geared towards beginners, and no prior knowledge of electronics or programming is required.

This class will demonstrate programming and electronics basics through hands-on microcontroller projects. You will learn digital and analog input and output techniques for controlling motors and interpreting sensors, as well as the programming skills necessary to use these components effectively. We will also explore advanced concepts in interface, motion and display based on student interest. By the end of this class students will have a firm understanding of how microcontrollers, sensors and actuators work and how to utilize these tools in their own creative projects.

$375, including lab fee. Lab kit includes Arduino board, electronic components and sensors.


Jitter Crash Course
Getting Going with Video Processing
Saturday & Sunday, December 16 & 17, 12:00-5:00 pm
Joshua Goldberg This class is a weekend intensive introduction to Jitter, Cycling '74's video processing environment. On a very prosaic level, Jitter can be used to build custom-tailored VJ applications, but even the most cursory exploration demonstrates that this tool is capable of so much more. Our class will cover those prosaic examinations, move into the much more exciting realms of 3D OpenGL visualization and computer vision techniques, and culminate in an exploration of the arcane realms of synesthesia and visual music.

A basic familiarity with the Max programming paradigm is greatly encouraged; this will be a very exciting, fast-paced course. However, smart and flexible people can pick up the basics as we go along.



Motor Mania!!
Practical How-To For Artists
Tuesday, December 12, 6:30-9:30 pm
Douglas Repetto

A quick introduction to the wide world of motors suitable for use in kinetic artworks. We'll cover the basic motor types, including AC, simple DC, DC gearhead, stepper, hobby servo and solenoids (not really motors, but close). We'll play with examples of each type of motor and talk about which ones are suitable where. We'll also cover the basics of motor coupling, including shaft collars, slip rings, gears, belts, etc. This class will mostly focus on the electro-mechanical side of motors. We will not go in depth on motor control or electronics, but will discuss the basic principles involved.



Fun With Fiberglass
Basic Composite Fabrication
Monday, December 11, 6:30-9:30 pm
Bob Huott

Learn the skills and techniques used to build custom objects using fiberglass and epoxy. Students will get hands-on experience in various stages of the process, starting with sculpting a foam pattern, followed by glass lay-up and final finishing. Materials will include partially completed samples to work with so we can move between stages without waiting for epoxy to cure. Discussion will include ideas on how to integrate sensors, lighting or haptics into any project, and students are encouraged to bring their own project ideas to the class. Bob will also give a brief, inside-out tour of the Bean, his own composite sensor-based musical instrument.

$115, including lab fee. Lab kit includes fiberglass fabricating materials.

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