[dance-tech] [OT] LEMUR July Art/Tech Classes + Upcoming Performances

  • From: Eric Singer <list1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 12:20:39 -0400

LEMUR News at a Glance

* Summer Classes Start In July: Building Controllers, Microprocessors for Artists, Fiberglass, Lights & Blinkies, Pyrotronics * Looking Ahead: GamelaTron at Chelsea Art Museum & Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 7/18, 7/20

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Summer Classes Begin July 7th

LEMUR Art and Technology summer classes begin July 7th. Scroll down for full descriptions. For more details and to sign up, go to http://lemurbots.org/classes.html.

Building Music & Video Controllers: Creating Sensor Instruments with MidiTron
Mondays 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 6:30-9:30 pm

Microcontroller Progamming for Artists: Introduction to the Arduino System
Tuesdays 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 6:30-9:30 pm

Lights & Blinkies: Working with LEDs & Electroluminescent (EL) Wire
Wednesday 7/9, 6:30-9:30 pm

Pyrotronics: Pyrotechnics & Control for Artists
Thursdays 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 6:30-9:30 pm

Fun With Fiberglass: Basic Composite Fabrication
Wednesdays 7/16, 7/23, 6:30-9:30 pm

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GamelaTron at Chelsea Art Museum & Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

After an excellent performance by Zemi17 (Taylor Kuffner) at Make Music New York this past Saturday, the GamelaTron heads to Chelsea next, then to Pittsburgh. As part of the Chelsea Art Museum's summer performing arts series, Zemi17 jams on the GamelaTron in conjunction with The Sleep of Reason. Then, we head west for a performance at Pittsburgh Kids, the site of LEMUR's current LEMURtron installation. More info in an upcoming announcement. For info on the GamelaTron, visit http://gamelatron.com.

Zemi17/GamelaTron

Chelsea Art Museum, Friday, July 18th, 7pm
556 West 22nd St, NYC
Tickets $15/Students+seniors $10/CAM members free
http://chelseaartmuseum.org

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
10 Children's Way, Allegheny Square
Pittsburgh, PA
Free with museum admission
http://pittsburghkids.org

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Class Descriptions

Building Music & Video Controllers: Creating Sensor Instruments with MidiTron
Mondays 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 6:30-9:30 pm
Instructor: Leif Krinkle

Imagine waving your hand and having an orchestra at your fingertips or tapping on a surface to explore video. This is all possible through the use of MIDI and sensor-based technology. In this class, 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 class will be focused on building a working controller that you can 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.

Cost: $495 including MidiTron, sensors and lab kit

Microcontroller Progamming for Artists: Introduction to the Arduino System
Tuesdays 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 6:30-9:30 pm
Instructor: Roberto Osorio-Goenaga

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 in-class projects, 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.

The 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. By the end of the 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 & lab kit

Lights & Blinkies: Working with LEDs & Electroluminescent (EL) Wire
Wednesday 7/9, 6:30-9:30 pm
Instructor: Leif Krinkle

In this class, you will learn how to wire, power and control LEDs (light emitting diodes) and electroluminescent wire, a flexible wire that looks like neon. You will learn the correct way to wire and solder multiple LEDs, solder and chain EL wire and wire both types of lights to a simple controller to make them blink. The teacher will also demonstrate and explain more advanced lighting systems, such as sequencers, LED matrices and full-color (RGB) LEDs.

Cost: $130 including LEDs, EL and lab kit

Pyrotronics: Pyrotechnics & Control for Artists
Thursdays 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 6:30-9:30 pm
Instructor: Eric Singer

A 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

Fun With Fiberglass: Basic Composite Fabrication
Wednesdays 7/16, 7/23, 6:30-9:30 pm
Instructor: Bob Huott

Learn the skills and techniques for building custom composite objects from Kevlar, carbon fiber and fiberglass. Students will get hands-on experience in various stages of the process, including patterns and molds, lay-up and final finishing. 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.

The class will be in two sessions to offer hands-on work and time to finish with a completed project (choice of custom laptop armor or handmade lamp). Bob will also give a brief, inside-out tour of the Bean, his own composite sensor-based musical instrument. Composites are a messy business so please dress appropriately: painting clothes or smock and long sleeved shirt.

Cost: $215 including materials

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