LEMUR Summer ClassesLEMUR's Summer Art & Technology classes start in July. For more info and to sign up, go to http://lemurplex.org/classes.html.
**** Pyrotronics: Pyrotechnics & Control for Artists Mon-Wed, July 9-11, 6:30-9:30 pm Instructor: Eric SingerA practical guide for artists interested in working with and controlling fire, especially in sculptural contexts. It will focus on working with propane, though other fuels and materials will be discussed as well. Topics covered will include safety, fuel properties, flame port and pilot construction, electronic controls, interfaces for programming and sequencing, valves and solenoids, ignition techniques and more.
Cost: $300 *** Max Intensive: A Multifaceted Multimedia Approach Sat-Sun, July 14-15, 12:00-4:30 pm Instructor: Dana KarwasThis class will focus on the basics of Max/MSP (http://cycling74.com/products/maxmsp) and is intended for anyone interested in incorporating Max/MSP into his or her work. No prior experience with Max/MSP/Jitter or computer programming is required. The class will feature an overview of digital sound processing, sampling, basic digital sound synthesis, software techniques for communicating with external devices, and interfacing with larger physical and aural environments. The structure of the class will follow a two-fold approach, aiming to provide a sufficient level of programming skills while emphasizing concept by deconstructing representative real word examples.
Cost: $300 ***Building MIDI Music & Video Controllers: Creating a Sensor Instrument with MidiTron
Mon-Wed, July 16-18, 6:30-9:30 pm Instructor: Leif KrinkleImagine 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 three sessions, you will design and build a controller to create your art with the easy-to-use MidiTron interface (http://miditron.com).
Emphasis will be on hands-on learning. Basic electronics and Max/MSP/Jitter (http://cycling74.com/products/maxmsp) 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.
Cost: $495 including MidiTron & sensors *** Microcontroller Progamming for Artists: Introduction to the Arduino System Mon-Wed, July 23-25, 6:30-9:30 pm Instructor: Roberto Osorio-GoenagaHave 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 (http://arduino.cc). 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.
Cost: $375 including Arduino board & materials *** Fun With Fiberglass: Basic Composite Fabrication Thurs, July 26, 6:30-9:30 pm Instructor: Bob HuottLearn 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.
Cost: $115 including materials *** Intro to Jitter: Video Processing in the Max/MSP/Jitter Environment Mon-Wed, July 30-Aug 1, 6:30-9:30 pm Instructor: Joshua GoldbergThis is a three-session introduction to Jitter (http://cycling74.com/products/jitter), 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.