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1077 days ago
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Tega B Younger the kids the more adults needed (kids under 10, 3 to 1 kid to adult ratio). Middle school kids - groups could be bigger with less adults. 
 
Light Jewelry
Make a wearable circuit.
 
Size: Up to 8
Length: 30-60 minutes 
 
Description
Make light-up felt wearables with simple circuits. Participants will sew and glue together felt adornments that contain simple LED circuits.  
 
  • Packing tape
  • Bobbie pins for hair pieces
 
Steps
  • Design and cut felt shapes
  • Attach electronics to felt shapes
  • Sew/glue piece in place
  • Add finishing touches
 
Reflections on this workshop
For very young kids (~6 yo) it was helpful to have parents around, some were shy so this helped break down barriers and get them thinking more creatively. This would probably be difficult for kids under 6. The barrier seemed to be operating scissors and needles. Kids really wanted to use needle and thread rather gluing. 
 
We needed more batteries. It would be good to figure switches or rechargeable batteries. 
 
 
 
Listen Up, It’s Bushwick!
Zachary D Sound walk and recording workshop to create a sonic map of your neighborhood.  
 
Length: 2 hours
Artists: Zachary Dunham, Ida Benedetto, Taeyoon Choi      
 
How do we experience the sounds of our neighborhood? Which are the sounds that define it? By making simple recordings from a walk around your neighborhood, and thinking about the ways in which sounds demarcate and blur geographical boundaries, we can create a unique experience with these sounds. Recorders are placed on an enlarged physical map and are easily played back though pressing the simple recorders mounted to the map.
 
Materials needed
 
Steps
Note: Step 1 is optional. It's easy to do the workshop without hacking the recorders.  Doing requires additional time, and assumes some basic electronics experience.   
 
1.) Recorder Hack  
 
 
2.) Assemble the Bare Map.
  • Hang the mat board on a wall 
  • Using a projector, project a simple map to help sketch streets, and boundaries for your map.
 
3.) Discussion and Sound Walk 
  • Brainstorm as a group about the sounds you think define the neighborhood.  
  • Place pins on the map where you think you might find these sounds.  
  • As a group or individually, spend 45 minutes walking, listening and recording these sounds.  
  • Return to the map and decorate it with the recorders using double sided velcro.  
 
Reflections on this workshop
  • Leave enough time to meet, discuss, talk about the neighborhood.  
  • The workshop can be lead in a linear manner as described above or more freeform. This approach would allow participants to visit the map, take a recorder out to the neighborhood on their own, record a sound and return to the map. Over the course of an afternoon or a day the map becomes populated with additional sounds and returning participants can be surprised by each other's recordings  
 
Simple Machines
Tega B Make a drawing robot
 
Artist: Andrew Kleindolph with help from Tega Brain, Taeyoon Choi Luke Demarest.
Length: 1-2 hour  
Size: (depends on age) 6 kids
 
Description
(pedagogical aim)
What can you do with a single motor and basic physics that creates a situation where students design and make decisions for a creative result. 
 
 
Various Small DC motors (Taeyoon) (~6v anything between 3-9 volts) These one's were best - http://www.pololu.com/product/188 
 
Duct tape
Balsar wood
 
Steps
  • Review handout instructions
  • Review example robots
  • Talk about vibration and motion is created. How weight can be offset to create rotation. 
  • Solder the wires to the motor, batterie pack and switch
  • Ideally participants would draw their robot
  • Cut, glue and wire robot houseing together. 
  • Test
  • Reconstruct (and repeat)
 
Reflections / Notes
Example bots is really important. 
In general some of our motors were not strong enough, the gear motors (which are more expensive) were better, link above. Motor strength is important. 
Younger kids need assistance and supervision using soldering irons. This workshop needs close supervision because of soldering irons. 
We could have used more paper.
We covered all the battery packs, the switch box (most flat surfaces) with colored felt plates. This makes these components more approachable and tactile, fuzzy, fun?
 
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Talk with Processing or OF. (15 min)
 
More about Synchronous and Asynchonous communication.
 
 
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  • Without bootloader a special icsp (in-circuit serial programmer) is needed.  
  • Bootloader takes 2k of space takes 1-3sec to start up.  
  • Separate ATmega controller deals with serial communication. (Except on Leonardo and a few other boards which operate on only one microcontroller).  
 
Build this:
Zachary D Potentiometer Schematic:
Now with a Photoresistor:
but wait....Voltage Dividers!
Because the photoresistor is a variable resistor with two leads instead of three like the potentiometer, we need to add it as part of a voltage divider.  
 
What's a voltage divider?  
Photoresistor Schematic:
 
 
 
  • Check hardware and software.  Is it plugged in?
  • Use a multimeter, continuity tests, voltage tests.  
 
1083 days ago
allison b Critical Theory of Technology
 
Format:
  • Cover
  • About SFPC
  • Index (with list of articles and authors)
  • Intro to zine /about class
Meghana K
  • Articles + student url 
 
allison b Links to images:
 
Meghana K Todd's Article: "The New Literature"
Todd A toddpoet.com
 
Literature is first and foremost about having ideas important enough to discuss and write down in some form. So you have to ask, "What is the literature that is best written down on a computer?" - Alan Kay
 
When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink… Probably it is better to put off using words as long as possible and get one's meaning as clear as one can through pictures and sensations. Afterward one can choose -- not simply accept -- the phrases that will best cover the meaning” - George Orwell
 
What is the new literature? What is the most direct method of communication in an era of digital technology?
 
Much like Orwell’s ‘long words and exhausted idioms’ I think there are similar over-trodden tropes in digital technology that emerge to fill in the empty space where real meaning might have been. A project where you use a Kinect to control X with your body. What does it say about X, or about your body? I don’t know, but I guess it’s kinda neat. 
 
In my poetry studies in college we focused a lot on how “form is content, content is form.” When Shakespeare leaves off the final stress in a line of iambic pentameter, he does it for a reason, it creates a palpable void that means something at that point in the poem. With our current state of digital technology we have unprecedented capacity to communicate with form, but instead we just see form being used to communicate itself. The Kinect shows you cool stuff you can do with the Kinect. Parallax scrolling shows you that parallax scrolling is pretty. I am all for things that are fun, cool or pretty and agree they are ends in and of itself, but they needn’t be the only ones.
 
When Alan Kay asks, ‘what is the literature that is best written down on a computer?’ I think of a literature that is felt out through Orwell’s ‘pictures and sensations’ and embellished with words to get the meaning across. People have become complacent in the complete control they have over endless pages of text across the internet: listicles thrive on their skimmability, longreads a gratifying self-flagellation. I want a literature that is more surprising, more frightening, more intentional in its medium, something that might require the reader to pay attention to how they are being told rather than just what.
 
But this creates a problem as to where one should focus attention: on developing technical skills to better communicate through ‘pictures and sensations,’ or on actually ‘having ideas important enough to discuss and write down in some form.’ Over the past two years I have been much more focused on developing new technical skills at the expense of interesting things to say, and mostly I think that is ok. I’m not convinced that important ideas and the ideal form for communicating them need to come from the same person. 
 
In other mediums (music, film games) increased complexity of technology has simply led to more people being involved in the process. But writing, the discipline dedicated to the most direct communication of ideas, has remained the stronghold of the isolated auteur. I think it is important that there be people whose primary responsibility in life is to think about the world, but I don’t think they should necessarily be solely responsible for figuring out the best way to convey that thought. Just as data visualization allows for public consumption of vast troves of statistical information, I’d like to see new forms develop for better public understanding of theory, human experience and political argument.
 
For myself I’m interested in experimenting with my role on both sides of the equation: making myself a vessel for other writers I admire (a la Keats’s negative capability) and thinking long and hard about something and working with others to express it in in the best possible way.  The new literature is immense and has barely been explored, there are so many things I still want to try. I hope you will join me.
 
 
Nathan R Nathan's Article: 
 
When I arrived at SFPC and started the Critical Theory class, had no idea what to expect. I was unsure how or if this class would tie in to the many technical things that I was looking to learn. But then again, everything was new.
 
I had never written a line of code in my life. Shutting down my business and finding daytime care for my kids presented some hefty challenges. My temptation was to triage coursework into one of two categories; those I felt I had time for (coding), and those I felt I didn’t (everything else). But despite my temptation to step away, something kept me reading this course material, and engaging in these conversations. 
 
It wasn't until now, at the end of it all, that the pieces came together. A connection formed—a synaptic snap pulling from our class analysis of "the internet of things", discussions around wearable tech, Sara Hendren's Adaptive Technology lecture, and the moving protests and online activitiy which followed the tragedy in Ferguson. There has been a shift in the way I examine new questions about technology. It’s largely a result of the lens through which we have been looking at the world.
 
Thus I decided to approach this writing as if I were creating a class description. So here it is: my Critical Theory abstract, engineered to reassure a slightly less wise, cynical me and to explain why it is important to thoughtfully examine, our role as “poetic technologists” in a dynamic, socio-political, economic and artistic era. 
 
Critical Theory Course Description
 
As computational power reached a critical mass in the eighties, society found itself faced with unique questions; some old, many new. Many are yet to be imagined. Within the technology of our time there still lies latent, a vast potential. We have already created unprecedented shifts in the balances of power, in our social interactions, in our perceptions of self, and in our vision for the future. We continue to be faced with new choices everyday. The stakes, it seems, have been raised. 
 
As “poetic technologists”, we have a responsibility to approach our craft thoughtfully. Our tools and our pallets are still in developmental infancy. And like an infant, our medium is dynamic —impressionable. By reflecting upon our heritage, we stand a better chance of meeting new challenges informed with vision, purpose, and accountability. 
 
Through readings and discussion, in this class we will examine the repercussions of our technological evolution. In exploring our own political and socioeconomic heritage, and by examining our creative and technological motivation, we will strive to develop an informed awareness—an awareness that may allow us to evolve  responsibly and thoughtfully in our crafts.
 
Christo A Christo Allegra 
 
Christo A Digital surveillance is a leitmotif in media art practice.  But, art and voyeurism have been entangled from the get go.  New or old, "surveillance" is our new descriptor for scopophilia in our current "weaponized" social discourse.  Surveillance is aligned with an act of an institutional power, while in our current mediated environment the individual is the capture and distribution method.  Digital culture membership requires implicit or explicit participation in surveillance.  Transparency goes both ways. I can see you, you can see me.
 
Christo A In media art, the frame has atomized and the observed record is fragmented into particles of information: data. The scale of the iota is offset by its volume, mass and sheer pervasiveness.  This mountain of sand accumulates at the scale of petabytes and lives in silicon (eternally?)  The technology/technique of capturing this personal, biometric, and transactional data is a method not an end. It relies on reconstitution, presentation, distribution and access.  Individual and institutional access to the previously inaccessible is the opportunity to peek at something that hasn't been seen before.  This thrilling exposure is tricky territory though.  Depending on how power dynamics are employed, the observation can become exploitation and – when mechanized – create a state of surveillance.
 
Christo A Voyeurism and its antecedent, the Peeping Tom, have not always required a sophisticated lens to satisfy their needs.  Desire was once enough. The origin of the Peeping Tom story is part of the history of Lady Godiva. The story goes Lady Godiva was pleading with her husband to offer tax relief to the the town villagers.  Her husband responded that he would stop collections when Lady Godiva rode naked through the town. Godiva instructed the townspeople to close up their windows and doors in respect for her and she took up the challenge. Yet one man, Tom, bore a hole through to see her and as she passed by he was struck blind by Heaven. 
 
Christo A Technology allows the voyeur to create distance from observational behaviors and their implications.  If our telescope lets us look across the city and see the anonymous actions of another, our fascination — our engagement — is fed by access to privacy and intimacy, but also in our power to do so without consequence.  The "extensions of man"  are multiplied in n dimensions. The fetish of technology and our belief in its grand project allows us to further our distance, anonymize our watching as we sift through the most specific details, even the most mundane or arcane. We perceive we are closer to something that moves farther away in observability.  What are we looking at, or maybe what are we looking for?  Where is the art in it?
 
Christo A The audience of surveillance and the stakes are as much part of determining the location of the art as are the techniques, concept and documentation.  It is a performative experience that is for the surveilled as much as the objectified outputs that can be shared in a gallery. Surveillance art identifies its location in its dislocation.  It is about the observed, the methods of observation (and their aesthetic artifacts), the locus of experience, the implications in audience participation, the politics of watching and the act of identification. At what point will these infinite peepholes, our personal panopticons, our desire to see it all, flood us to incomprehension.  Will we ever see it?
 
Lauren G Lauren's
poohead.com - @poohlaga
Steve meant well but if he knew how many hours of Candy Crush would be played on the iPhone would have done things differently?
 
“It Worked.” Was an ambivalent Oppenheimer's response upon the first successful test of an atom bomb. After Nagasaki Oppenheimer traveled to Washington to hand-deliver a letter to the Secretary of War expressing his revulsion and his wish to see nuclear weapons banned.
 
My vision would be for tools and software to be created with a humanitarian goal. More discussion and thought should be put into the benefits and unintended consequences of what we build BEFORE it is built.
 
We fetishize success. Making and creating a 'thing' has become the achievement itself, regardless of what the 'thing' does. Teaching mastery of tools may not be as important as teaching people to think critically about what they are making and why.
 
"Literature is first and foremost about having ideas important enough to discuss and write down in some form." -- Alan Kay
 
  • Communicative Capitalism
It doesn't matter what you say, just keep saying it. Quantity > quality.
 
 
Jonas J Jonas's 
halfdanj.dk - @halfdanj 
  • Title: The centralized Internet
 
  • The transportation
In theory, the Internet is simple to explain seen on a global level.  With just an IP address of the destination, all of our machines can send network packages with whatever content we would like to other machines connected to the internet. I can create a package with the command to get a webpage from a server (http), a packet with an email I want to send (smtp), or a packet with encrypted images that I send to another person. The Internet allows me to wrap arbitrary digital content in a packet, send it, and it will try to take care that it's delivered at the destination. For free (for the average user).
 
The route these packages will take is out of our hands. The transport layer of the Internet is a mesh of other machines all having a small knowledge about their surroundings. My packet jumps between all of these machines in the direction of the destination address until it is received by the destination. What are the machines that my packet will transmit through on its way to the destination? Machines form the infrastructure we expect as a human right to have access to in the western world. Its machines that are placed at telecoms all over the world and cables that are connecting them. 
 
 
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Zachary D IO w/ Zach 
 
Electronics Suppliers 
 
PCB Fab 
small scale prototype
larger scale 
 
Comm Tools:
Xbee - communication platform, can be configured in point to point, hub/spoke - mesh network.  
Easily connected to a fio-> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10116
 
BLE- bluetooth low energy, close range interaction http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth_low_energy
 
Serial Comms
 
Finding Serial:
ls/dev/tty.* - prints out all of the connected devices 
 
Using 'screen' as a serial comm port 
 
Firmata
 
OSC
 
Networks!
 
 
Rando:
 
 
 
 
 
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ONE SHEET
Taeyoon's Drawings 
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Zachary D Questions for recordists:   
 
 
 
Some sounds facts 
  • Sound travels hemispherically, like a ball growing larger and larger in all directions
  • Sound travels through the air in waves of compression, like a spring! 
  • Us humans can't hear low pitch sounds or high pitch sounds as well as other animals.  We hear speech frequencies best.  
  • The outer ear collects and directs sound into the inner ear. They're shaped to helps us locate and detect the direction of sounds.  
 
 
 
Sound recorder hack!  
 
Remove the speaker top and connect a button to two wires.  Connect one wire to the VC pin and the other wire to C3.
 
Add a speaker to the red and black wires and replace the top.  
 
 
 
 
 
1108 days ago
Zach L Zach's workshops
 
Please sign up / limit of 8 per workshop (happy to repeat and we'll take notes).  please sign up below
 
  • 11/11  10 AM  --- Text Processing / scraping in python and command line (if not on osx, have python 2.7.7 installed) 
Defne O
  • Defne Onen
Zach L
  • 11/17  10 AM  --- Image processing / computer vision / pixels
Zan A
  • Zan Armstrong
Christo A
  • Christo Allegra
Defne O
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Zach L
  • 11/18  10 AM  --- 3d / opengl
Zan A
  • Zan Armstrong
Christo A
  • Christo Allegra
Defne O
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Zach L
  • 11/18  1PM --- io / connection / bridging technologies
Zan A
  • Zan Armstrong
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