The FARM Project is a soft circuitry and sound workshop that invites participants to attempt to create a new musical interface and to integrate various elements of the arts, new technology, music, play - and senses connected to these. The project is a collaboration between Edit E. Vizer (Hungary), experience designer-new media artist and Christian Skjødt (DK), sound artist-musician.
The FARM is a musical textile platform that represents a 'farm' with landscapes, farm institutions, animals and inhabitants. The overall piece functions as a modular display and contains moveable and shapeable elements, which create sounds when played with them according to various rules. It is designed for free improvisation and no prior musical skills are a necessity. The sounds of The Farm are generated by a mixture of circuits that are constructed by hard (electronic components) and soft materials (conductive fabric, thread, ink and glue, industrial textile, etc) integrated.
This two-day Soft Circuitry and Sound Workshop covers the basics of electricity, circuitry building and the techniques and materials used to make soft circuits – all this in a simplified and playful way, and avoiding the usage of soldering irons as much as possible.
The workshop participants will be given a short overview of wearables in the context of fashion, art, and technology, as well as a short introduction to the history and aesthetics of sound – illustrated by related works in the field.
Participants will be given project-based instruction on basic circuitry and will construct soft circuits and a series of sensors will also be fabricated using a mix of materials, such as sheep's wool, conductive thread and fabric and resistive plastic materials.
No prior experience with electronics or sewing required. The partakers will walk away with a handmade soft controller, a mini synth circuit, swatches and samples of soft conductive and resistive materials, a sewing needle, a felting needle, and handouts, as well as a list of sources for materials and further online resources to further their education outside of the workshop if interested.
Dates: 19-20 October 2012
Friday 19/10 14:00-20:00
Saturday 20/10 12:00-18:00 + presentation from 18:00
How to participate
The workshop is free of charge but pre-registering is required (send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deadline for registering is October 10, 2012.
There is a fee if you do not show up for the workshop 200,-dkk
Check Inspirational videos here:
And some background thoughts from Edit Vizer's blog: http://storiesonwhite.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/farm-at-pecha-kucha/