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The schedule

Wednesday 24th October:
– Starts with experiments with light sensors to do something with the output from the 4 lamps from the day before. Where it ends is a mystery.
– Each group should find a gadget, kitchen appliance or toy that whizzes, buzzes and/or pops (220 v) so we can try stuff out on Thursday in relation to Morten Kvamme’s introduction to using relays for various electrical devices.

Thursday 25th October:
Morning session: HC demonstrates how to control 12 volts things with Arduino and the help of transistors (on/off and dimmer function).

Afternoon: Gradually extending the possibilities to include motors, electronic gadgets, etc.
Morten introduces himself, and then shows us how to use relays to control electrical appliances.

Friday 26th October:
First – a short meeting where participants describe their ideas, accomplishments and frustrations of the past 4 days. We have to start to connect the dots between the various experiments/groups/individuals. (Canceled due to group dispersement.)

Otherwise, its Morten’s day: More work with general electrical appliances.

Monday 29th October:
Let’s talk!
10-11 am: each group sets up something they have been working on to present to the rest of us.
11 – ?: Discussion time. Presenting ideas, accomplishments, etc. Thoughts about what will be presented on Friday.

Tuesday 30th
Jeff Mann enters the scene with his kinetic objects.
Pizza evening proposed by Patrick. Time ?

Wednesday 31st October:
Continue to work with input from Jeff.
Evening: We go to the opening of Jean-Pierre Gauthier’s kinetic sound exhibition at Lydgalleriet.
Link to JPG’s website here

Thursday 1st November:
We will move down to the project room on the 6th floor. By the end of the day the space must be organised for the presentation. There are several practical issues that we need to get sorted, including fire precautions (guards, etc). HC has the details.

Friday 2nd November:
We will present the results of the workshop.


( a message for Romunde)

Here you will find the max objects and help files for speech and listen: http://www.iamas.ac.jp/~aka/max/

Download them and put them in your max folder.

Get a microphone (anyone have one that Romunde can use?)

Practice some phrases that listen can recognize. I added “shut the door” to the list of words listen can recognize, and then used Junior’s voice in the speech help file to speak the phrase. It gave positive results just using the built in mic on my mac. I am sure that, with some thoughts about how people behave, you can incorporate this into the Connect the Dots work. It is just a case of trial and error, and finding something that makes sense!


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Verdensteatret is opening their new exhibition at Kunstnernes Hus and I wish we could all go there in a minibus on the last weekend of the workshop ….
The exhibition consists of a new installation based on the new performance louder and the classic Fortellerorkesteret. Fortellerorkesteret started out as a developement of the performance Konsert for Grønland
and has turned into an automated installation. Moving objects, sound, video, light etc. No humans involved. See more info here.

Day 2

Day 2 of the Connect the Dots workshop kicked off with a presentation by Amanda Steggell (me:-) in which she attempted to describe her relationship to sensors and the likes, and her approach to “physicalness” of physical computing, as well as prototyping ideas and testing them on, and with others. She drew on her work with the live art group Motherboard which she co-directs with Per Platou, that spans from 1996 to the current day. (Social/artistic networked environments and performance spaces, hacking toys and other gadgets, mixing signals, and so on).

A short discussion about the interactiveness of interactive art took place. HC showed a video of David Rockeby as an example of a complex human/computer interaction system based on video tracking (SoftVNS) to make music that is impossible for the public to play in installation format (Link please HC). Both texts by Rockeby (see link above) and Erkki Huhtamo (whose most recent work has dealt with media archaeology) were suggested as interesting reading for the workshop participants.

Then each of the workshop participants presented themselves – their backgrounds, and motivation for taking part in the workshop. We are mixed bunch, with interests ranging from ceramics, textiles, performance, video, installation, music, visual arts, etc.

After lunch came the more practical side of things, and we worked in 4 groups through HC’s examples of:

1. Creating sound from analogue (dynamic) input – potentiometers (knobs)
2. Sending messages between 4 computers over a local, wireless network via the serial port.
3. Controlling 4 lights with analogue input from 4 potentiometers via this network.
4. Using the same data to generate sound frequencies.

This involved using Arduino software to program the micro-controllers, and using MAX to do the rest. Additional hardware included a LAN box and a CLS 4 plug dimmer to control the electrical output to 4 small lamps.
Several crashes occurred as folks forgot to turn off the Arduino software before opening MAX. We learn that his happens when both programs try to use the same port. Once a communication between the 4 computers was established, HC showed how the signals from the potentiometers could be smoothed in MAX (using the line object) to give less jumpy fades of lights, and how frequency ranges could be applied to the signals from the potentiometers to give all the 4 inputs their exclusive frequency range.

(I had hoped to load up some photos today, but I’ve forgotten the usb cable for my camera ……)