17 – 18.01.2015

with media artist & researcher Pedro Lopes

In this workshop we question “how do we feel when controlled by machines”?

It reverses the traditional concept of humans on top of machines, it makes us loose control, feel captured.

For such, we will learn how to build simple electrical muscle stimulation units using open source electronics (arduino) and connect them to our ideas: performances, musical expression, interactive devices, or to support a pure living machine. Your choice.

// Workshop schedule

Sat 17_building hardware and developing ideas

Sun 18_ developing performances

// What you should bring

– bring what you want to interface-to/control your body, such as: android devices, midi keyboards, laptops (the latter is required for programming the arduino).

– no prior knowledge of soldering is required, neither programming experience.

// What we will provide

– Hacking equipment (oscilloscope, multimeter, soldering and prototyping tools, electrical muscle stimulators, various analog/digital components to power your most wild ideas)

// Further details on final presentations / performances

The workshop provides a spacetime for interested participants to present their “electrically controlled muscle”-pieces to an audience, in the last day. The projects can be presented in many forms, such as a talk or a performance piece and will be framed with a work-in-progress situation, so do not worry about presenting a draft of your ideas as well.