Moore’s law dictates that the complexity of computer chips doubles each 18 months. This causes a rapid decrease in the value of existing electronics. Thus, the dark side of technological progress is the production of endless amounts of electronic waste: e-waste. Although the economic value of obsolete electronics approaches zero, the electronic components themselves can still be useful in other contexts.
Our workshops offer the participants to become familiar with basic hardware and software design while at the same time gaining hands-on experience making an interactive art project. The workshops are open to participants of different backgrounds and no programming or electronic skills are required. The idea is to start from scratch and create a complete project over a short time, including concept, design, electronics/ interfacing, and functional programming with Arduino, Max/Msp, Pure Data or Processing.
Bring your own laptops if possible. Some ready to be recycled electronic waste will be provided but in order to built more projects we are encouraging the participant to bring their own electronic waste (best junk to bring: old scanners and old printers for their motors, electronic toys for the cool sounds, gadgets, usb joysticks, etc…).