[dance-tech] LEMURplex: Feb Art/Tech Classes + Tranzducer.002 Feb 23

  • From: Eric Singer <list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2007 14:27:29 -0500

LEMURplex February News

February Art & Technology Classes at LEMURplex are starting soon. Topics include Motors & Robotics, Microprocessor Programming, Jitter and Fiberglass Fabrication. Details below. For more info and to register, please visit http://lemurplex.org/classes.html


Tranzducer, LEMURplex's new performance & gallery series is back after a highly successful January show. Tranzducer.002, on February 23rd, will feature Mike Lowenstern's Faded Music: bass clarinet, body percussion and translucent technology. This set will feature music from Lowenstern's fourth CD, "Fade," with a pretty heavy dose of nostalgia, jazz, funk and electronics. Bob Huott's band FRYLAB will be playing a mixture of acoustic and electronic: tenor sax, bass, extended baritone guitar and Bob's new electronic instrument The Bean. Jane Rigler, flutist and electronic musician, will be performing improvised and composed music for augmented flute. Tranzducer occurs on the last Friday of every month at LEMURplex. See http://tranzducer.com for more info.


Fun With Fiberglass
Basic Composite Fabrication
Monday, 2/12, 6:30-9:30 pm

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.

Instructor: Bob Huott

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


Intro to Jitter
Video Processing in the Max/MSP/Jitter Environment
Tuesdays, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 6:30-9:30 pm

This is a three-session introduction to <a href="http://cycling74.com/products/jitter"; target=child>Jitter</a>, Cycling '74's video & matrix 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, very fast-paced course. However, smart and flexible people may be able to pick up the basics as we go along.

Instructor: Joshua Goldberg

Cost: $300


The Mechanics of Robotics
Using Motors, Solenoids, and Other Devices in Kinetic and Robotic Art
Wednesdays, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 6:30-9:30 pm

A three session introduction to the wide world of motors and mechanical systems suitable for use in kinetic and robotic artworks. We'll cover the basic motor and solenoid types, including AC, simple DC, DC gearhead, stepper and hobby servo. We'll play with examples of each type of motor and talk about which ones are suitable where. We'll look at some basic mechanical parts and systems like shaft collars, slip rings, gears, belts, pulleys, etc. We'll also talk about sourcing components, creative reuse of found materials, material selection, building for durability, etc. This class will not go in depth on motor control or electronics but will mostly focus on the electro-mechanical side of robotics.

Required materials: work clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, safety glasses

Recommended materials: an old electro-mechanical device (printer, scanner, fax machine, blender, something that moves!) for sacrifices, charged 12v battery (~5 amp hours - email if you have questions about what to get), soldering iron, small hand tools (snips, screw drivers, etc)

Instructor: Douglas Repetto

Cost $300


Microcontroller Progamming for Artists
An Introduction to the Arduino System
Thursdays, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 6:30-9:30 pm

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 <a href="http://arduino.cc"; target=child>Arduino</a> 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.

Instructor: Roberto Osorio-Goenaga

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

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