Past Workshops

Past Workshops


Here’s a list of workshops that have been previously offered at VIVO.

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If you’d like one of these offered again, contact our Education Coordinator to make a suggestion.



Moving Photo Remix

Learn to animate photos using Photoshop with artist Josh Hite!

This two-day workshop is a fun and creative introduction to animating photos using Photoshop.

Each session combines visual study of examples, group discussion,and hands-on experience.

Gain technical knowledge of Photoshop!Learn about local and international artists who manipulate photos and discuss the meaning and effect of the resulting images! Create photo remixes of your own!

During session 1, you’ll learn various techniques for removing and replacing portions of photographs for meaningful effect in order to produce 3 intriguing images. You can either bring in photos to use, find them online, or snap a few during the workshop.

Then for Session 2, you’ll learn how to use Photoshop to animate selected parts of your images. You’ll export them as GIF and MOV files so you can share them online!


Super8: Shoot to Screen

Free youth workshop: Learn to shoot and process Super8 film with artist Nisha Platzer!

Screening  in the evening after the workshop ends

This workshop is for youth ages 16 to 24.

No experience necessary. All equipment provided.

This two-day workshop introduces you to Super8 film. You’ll learn about this unique format, then create a short black-and-white film by shooting and processing your own. That’s right! You’ll learn how to:

  • operate handheld super8 film cameras!
  • expose photo film to light rays!
  • hand-process the film in photochemicals

Arrive with an idea, or experiment with form and visuals to create an original film. One roll of black & white reversal film per team.



Cinematography: Ways of Seeing

Ignite your own visual storytelling style with cinematographer Devan Scott!

This multi-day workshop will enable you to make better use of your camera and lighting gear to enrich your storytelling with a deepened understanding of the theory and practice of cinematography.


Each session combines visual studies with hands-on studio experience. You’ll analyze specific styles, such as those used by Roger Deakins (BLADE RUNNER 2049), Gregg Toland (CITIZEN KANE), Gordon Willis (THE GODFATHER), Christopher Doyle (CHUNGKING EXPRESS), Subrata Mitra (PATHER PANCHALI), and others have developed over time, and how different cinematographers approach the question of how their movies will look.

You’ll examine visual idioms from different eras and genres of cinema history in group discussion; from the grit of ’70s New Hollywood to the naturalist lighting of the British documentary filmmakers to the slick modern masters, and participate in a series of exercises wherein you will get to experience first-hand how these styles of lighting and shooting are undertaken in a studio setting. Learn techniques such as frame composition, lighting, colour coordination, depth of focus, camera movement, and focal length selection.


Intro to Synthesizers for Women*

Intimidated by all those knobs on your synthesizer? Let recording engineer Victoria Gibson help you get started!


This hands-on introduction is designed for women (cis, trans, and genderqueer) who want to understand how to use synthesizers. It combines theory and practice of audio synthesis. Learn how to connect your equipment and understand signal flow. Make the sounds you’ve been hearing in your head. This workshop will let you approach any synth with confidence because you’ll understand the controls and what they are doing.

Minimum equipment is provided, but you are encouraged to also bring your own synthesizer, headphones, audio equipment, and laptop and software, and learn how to make them work during the workshop. This is what makes this workshop special — Victoria will meet you where you’re at! The focus will be on making meaningful sounds using your own ears and whatever is on hand. Responding to participants’ needs, the format for this workshop will include a lot of open time for you to ask questions and try your hand at getting your equipment to work, with Victoria providing you assistance.




Special Effects for Video, a Spring Break Workshop for Teens

A Spring Break workshop for teens: learn to create mind-bending special effects with video artist Flick Harrison!

Special effects can mean computer graphics, including:

  • Motion tracking with objects,
  • Creating “magic” or “lasers” (using After Effects, Photoshop or Flash),
  • Shooting with a green screen to key in other footage
  • Digitally retouching footage and removing unwanted objects

Or it can be simple camera and editing techniques that are as old as movie-making itself, like:

  • Creative camera movements, like shaking or tumbling
  • Creative lighting movements
  • Using mechanical aids to affect objects in the frame, like fishing line
  • Cutting between different angles at just the right moment
  • Using clever camera placement and framing to turn normal objects into bizarre visuals
  • Coordinating actions to be reversed in editing

In this workshop we’ll explore both ways to give you a unique and flexible tool kit that can help you make better movies, whether you love complex graphics work or just enjoy getting on your feet and making the magic happen! Working in groups, we’ll walk through hands-on exercises and let you cut loose with your own creative ideas. You’ll end up with a highlight reel of the effects you came up with.

These skills are definitely essential for taking your Sci-Fi, Horror, and Adventure stories to the next level–but special effects enhance any movie!



Experimental Editing

Inspiring techniques to stoke your editing process, with editor Will Ross.

Creative editing allows you to form stunning work with the barest of resources!

This workshop is designed for those who already have a general understanding of how to use Adobe Premiere, but would like to use it in more diverse creative ways.

This hands-on workshop will enable you to be more spontaneous in the editing room, generating experiments by implementing colour palette, saturation, image blending, contrast, rhythm, rapid cutting, graphic montage in novel and expressive ways.

You’ll be introduced to several examples of experimental editing and engage in group discussion about their effects and meanings.

After quickly conceptualizing and recording your own scene, you’ll cut your footage to test out various proposed theories and workflows, as well as your own editing ideas and improvisations.

By the end of this 3-day workshop, you’ll have shot and edited a short original work that demonstrates your editing experiments. Everyone’s scene will be shown in class for group discussion and reflection.


Intro to Camera & Lighting for Women*

For self-identified women and non-binary people: learn to shoot stunning videos with the help of cinematographer Paige Smith!

This hands-on intro workshop is designed for women (cis, trans, and genderqueer) who are looking to learn the fundamentals of cinematography. It combines theory and practice of cinematography, and is structured around breaking down the common barriers that women and non-binary folks face when accessing this men-dominated field of practice.

Basic technical aspects of camera operation and lighting principles are taught through demonstration and hands-on practical exercises using VIVO’s Blackmagic Cinema Cameras, Panasonic UX-180 4KCanon Rebel T4i high definition camera and interchangeable lenses. Learn how to use manual settings to help you get the best shot. Understand exposure, gain, shutter speed, and white balance. The principals of three-point lighting will also be covered and practiced.

Topics covered:

  • camera functions (lens choice, shutter speed, aperture, ISO/gain, sensors, resolution, focus, frame rate, white balance, filters and more)
  • lighting qualities (softness, directionality, colour, motiviation, intensity, movement, texture and more);
  • framing choices (camera height, camera stabilization, field of view, continuity, and more)
  • making decisions and communicating as a cinematographer or director

Alongside these technical skills, you’ll learn cinematography terms and their meanings to better communicate your vision with your team members.

You’ll also explore marginalized filmmakers, with examples and discussion framed around a historical understanding of sexism, racism and ableism within the field of cinematography and mainstream visual language.


Make a Radio Transmitter

Build your own low-power FM transmitter with media artist Bobbi Kozinuk, and start broadcasting sounds through the air!

In this 2-day workshop, you will learn about basic electronics, radio transmitters and antennas, and the legal aspects of using the FM band for radio art.

Registration includes the electronic components needed for the transmitter. That means you will take home your own transmitter! You will still need a power supply, an antenna and audio system to feed it with. These can be quite simple, depending on your plans for using it.

The transmitter you’ll assemble is low power (about 1 or 2 watt). With it, you’ll be able to broadcast on the FM dial to your neighbourhood!

What can you do with it? 

  • Broadcast your sound art on rainy evenings!
  • Start a radio show live on location at the neighbourhood pet shop!
  • Get moviegoers to tune-in to the soundtrack at your drive-in theatre/film-in-the-park event!
  • Lead your neighbours on a sound walk!
  • Dream up new uses for sending audio signals through the ether!



Plug In: synthesizer showcase for youth

An event for youth to turn on and tune in the fantastic world of electronic sound with help of local sound artists and electronic musicians!

This event is for people 7 to 14 years old — priority is for them, but adults are welcome too.

Interested in trying out a variety of synthesizers, drum machines, tape machines, feedback systems, and other ways of making weird and wonderful electronic sounds? C’mon down to VIVO Media Arts Centre and try on some headphones, turn some knobs and press some buttons with the guidance of local sound artists and electronic musicians!

Come play and ask questions!

All ages welcome!

This project was conceived by Sara Gold, who’s also heading most of its planning.



Sound Art using Max/MSP

Explore new ways of working with sound in this introductory visual programming workshop with composer and artist Nathan Marsh!

This multi-day workshop will enable you to conceive and realize creative sound ideas using Max/MSP, a visual programming language for creating interactive sound art and other sonic experiments. MSP gives you over 200 Max objects with which to build your own synthesizers, samplers, and effects processors as software instruments that perform audio signal processing.

This workshop combines study of examples with hands-on experience, to create custom software patches in Max.

Learn basic history of coding and algorithms, and how Max is used by contemporary artists today from a conceptual standpoint.

Through group discussion, you’ll analyse examples of coding for artistic creation (with a focus on Max/MSP)—exploring the practicalities of the medium, as well as what constitutes “digital art” and how the idea of originality figures in this realm.

After becoming familiar with Max/MSP’s basic concepts and workflow, you’ll modify basic examples to create your own custom patch, based on your own artistic interests. Working alone or in pairs, you will come up with a project concept that uses Max as a creative tool. Using your concept as a guide, you will create a rough but workable Max patch by the end of the workshop! You can take this patch home with you to fully realize and implement in your future projects. By the end of the workshop, you’ll also have the conceptual toolkit to draw inspiration from other artists working in interactive sound art.



Make a Mozzi Theremin

Create your own Arduino-based electronic synthesizer with artist Chris Jung!

Learn how to use Arduino to make a Theremin — a fun and weird musical instrument played without even touching it. Make haunting electronic sounds and control them with the wave of your hand…or any body part for that matter!

The Theremin is one of the most unique instruments created in the last 100 years. Usually, assembling a Theremin requires a long and intricate process, but we will circumvent this using an Arduino, a sensor, and a speaker.

This is a great workshop if you want a simple intro to using Arduino for creating interactive sound art. Furthermore, through group analysis of examples, you’ll discuss the cultural implications of sound art and interactive sound artists like Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller.



Video Editing (Intermediate)



Sharpen your editing craft to tell more enticing stories with award-winning video artist Flick Harrison!

This multi-day workshop is designed for students who want to advance beyond the basics and become more skilled in telling their stories. Each session explores editing theory through hands-on studio practice, allowing you to discover the nuanced relation between sound and image. Learn how various traditions, dominant styles, or popular forms inform how you might edit a scene; how multiple shots of the same scene can be pieced together for different effect; how editing conventions vary across formats and genres, including:

  • news
  • drama
  • experimental
  • action sequences
  • dialogue scenes

Using Final Cut Pro X as a guide, you will learn how to create a workflow for your projects; apply proper cuts, transitions, and effects; and choose delivery options. Hands-on camera exercises will deepen your understanding of how to shoot with editing in mind–a vital piece of the creative puzzle. Some time will be spent exploring sound mixing (though check out the upcoming VIVO workshop entirely devoted just sound mixing). Through group discussion and analysis of examples, you’ll explore different editing styles and techniques as you develop your own.



Projection Mapping with Madmapper


Explore new dimensions by mapping your videos onto 3D surfaces with the legendary DJ Woodhead!

This workshop introduces you to projection mapping, allowing you to map your video content onto any architectural surface in the real world, even if it’s not flat! With projection mapping you can project a new skin onto common objects of any 3D shape, deconstructing and redefining them to create wild new perspectives for live performance or interactive installations.

Learn different concepts and techniques through demonstration and hands-on application by doing exercises with a partner. Understand the challenges of different surface geometries and materials. Learn to use Madmapper‘s powerful video mapping software, including tracing lines, layering surfaces, saving scenes, and media management.Learn about MIDI/key mapping to be able to control functions with keyboard and controller, exporting to Minimad and intro to controlling DMX fixtures with Madlight. If there’s time, you’ll be introduced to some aspects of Modul8, software for real time video mixing and compositing. Technical considerations will also be covered, including projector operation, outputting video from a Mac computer, media resolution, and editing using a simple media editor.


Expand your video ideas beyond the flat screen while transforming your visual environment!


Intro to Editing in Adobe Premiere

Kick-start your video editing skills with writer-director-editor Will Ross!


This workshop introduces you to video editing, covering the technical, theoretical, and creative dimensions of the process. You’ll learn different editing techniques through case studies, historical examples, and hands-on application of those ideas by doing exercises in Adobe Premiere, a powerful and flexible video editing system that integrates with Photoshop, After Effects, and other Adobe Creative Suite software.

Learn how to:

  • Set up and Organize an editing session efficiently
  • Ingest footage properly
  • Apply conventional & unconventional editing techniques
  • Work with sound, music, and transitions
  • Encode your final work to an appropriate file format

Understand Premiere’s big selection of tools for cutting, tweaking, manipulating and experimenting with your video. Develop your aesthetic and analytical perspective to recognize the impact of each cut. In addition to editing a short video, you’ll gain the initial skills and creative framework to wade through all that footage and distil an impactful story!



Arduino: Getting Started


Discover a new dimension to creative electronics in this in-depth intro to Arduino microcontroller & software, taught by Maker Cube!

Expand your creative possibilities with Arduino. In this beginner series, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of wiring, electronics theory, programming, and hardware components. Through hands on exercises, you’ll be guided through a series of DIY projects including:

Participants will also develop a critical understanding of E-waste and its relationship to the DIY maker movement.



Cinematography: Ways of Seeing


Ignite your own visual storytelling style with cinematographer Devan Scott!

This multi-day workshop will enable you to make better use of your camera and lighting gear to enrich your storytelling with a deepened understanding of the theory and practice of cinematography.

Each session combines visual studies with hands-on studio experience. You’ll analyze how specific styles, and how different cinematographers approach the question of how their movies will look.

Each day, you’ll examine visual idioms from different eras and genres of cinema history in group discussion; from the grit of ’70s New Hollywood to the naturalist lighting of the British documentary filmmakers to the slick modern masters. Then, you’ll shoot a scene in the style of the cinematographer being discussed, using techniques such as frame composition, lighting, colour coordination, depth of focus, camera movement, and focal length selection.




Video Journalism

Learn to produce Real News with community engaged video artist Flick Harrison!

Learn documentary shooting techniques, on-camera reporting, off-camera interview skills, journalistic writing, and documentary editing. Develop a documentary concept, or bring one, and shoot footage to be analyzed and edited over two workshop sessions. Participants may use VIVO’s video cameras, or bring their own.



Podcasting: Finding the Story

Learn radio reporting and audio storytelling in this podcasting primer with producer-journalists Madeline Taylor & Alex de Boer of UBC radio CiTR 101.9 FM!

This workshop will enable you to start your own podcast series by introducing the fundamentals of writing, interviewing, listening, recording, and editing for radio story production. Through hands on exercises, each student will work toward creating the first episode of their new podcast series.

Topics covered:

  • Podcast styles and genre structures
  • Hosting and engaging an audience
  • Structuring your time with a listener
  • Writing for radio/podcasts
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Basic audio recording using a handheld recording device or smartphone
  • Basic editing with Audacity and narrative pacing




 Researching Online Photos

Discover new insights into the ways online images circulate and are talked about, by creating thought-provoking graphs and visual interpretations with geographer Josh Lepawsky.

Turn the web into an instrument for social analysis. Learn a selection of techniques that allow you to create highly unique graphs that reveal the “online career” of a photograph and other image files. How has a particular photo been used? How has it been discussed in different online contexts? How have people engaged certain specific images online?

Learn how to collect such data, and then process it to visualize the data’s complex aspects and patterns for further investigation. The aesthetic results of these visualizations are often very intriguing, making this a great way to communicate your interpretations to audiences not specialized in your research area!



Audio Story-crafting & Poetics

Stimulate your sonic imagination and learn to use sound to evoke multi-dimensional storytelling with soundscape researcher & composer Helena Krobath!

This workshop will enable you to make better use of your current sonic palette and enrich your storytelling ability with an expanded awareness of the materiality of sound and ways to work with it.

Intimidated by audio technology? Don’t be! This workshop meets you where you’re at. The focus will be on making meaningful sound using whatever is on hand and your own ears. Through hands-on exercises and experiments with field recorders, you’ll learn how to tune-in dimensions of complex sounds and discuss the meaning of what you hear with others. Because after all, telling a good story through audio involves a lot more than knowing how to turn a dial or flip a switch!






Learn how to listen to details and create custom sounds that enhance your specific projects, including movie soundtracks, radio dramas, documentaries, podcasts, ethnographic and environmental studies, and sound art installations.






Blackmagic Camera & Colour Correction Basics

Learn how to create beautiful videos with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and its colour correction software in this comprehensive introduction by cinematographers Felix Oltean and Devan Scott!


This workshop covers The Blackmagic Cinema Camera, one of VIVO’s most extraordinary production tools, as well as its free colour correction software, Davinci Resolve. Shooting in uncompressed formats, this highly portable camera and its powerful software form a dynamic duo for independents looking to produce their best work! Learn how to use them through practical demonstrations and hands-on exercises, using footage you shoot and colour correct over two sessions.



 Camera, Lights, Sound!

Learn the basics needed to shoot your first videos with the help of artist Alysha Seriani!

Basic technical aspects of camera operation, sound recording, and lighting principles are taught through demonstration and hands-on practical exercises using the Canon Rebel T4i high definition camera and its interchangeable lenses. Learn how to use manual settings to help you get the best shot. Understand exposure, gain, shutter speed, and white balance. Using the Zoom H4n, audio recording procedure and considerations will be introduced. The principals of three-point lighting will also be covered and practiced.

This workshop uses equipment you can rent from VIVO, so it’s a great primer to get you started on your videos! It also benefits participants interested in VIVO’s more intermediary video-making workshops.



 Sound Design

Learn how to create richly textured audio elements with composer and sound designer Alexandre Klinke,


In this introductory workshop, students will get to create different sound effects for film, video and multimedia as well as creating custom virtual instruments for music production. The course will be based on Ableton Live, a flexible and sophisticated digital audio workstation, and powerful free plugin synthesizers such as Synth1 and TyrellN6. Learn the basics of audio synthesis, sampling and effects.



Topics covered:

  • Sound design main tools overview: synthesizers, samplers, audio effects. Manipulation of audio files using Live’s “warping” engine.
  • Sound synthesis basic theory and practical examples through specific exercises. Incorporating audio and MIDI effects to virtual instruments.
  • Manipulating sounds with samplers. Sound libraries and field recording.

By the end of the course each student will have created a number of sound effects and synth patches to incorporate into their own personal sound library.



 Intro to Music Production & Ableton Live 

Join producer Alexandre Klinke to expand your music performance and composition methods with this in-depth introduction to the multifaceted software, Ableton Live.

Ableton Live is one of the top music creation and performance platforms available. In this workshop students will be introduced to the fundamentals of audio recording, MIDI sequencing, mixing, and sound synthesis. They will learn how to use the tools in Ableton Live to produce music, experimental sound pieces and create their own synth patches.





Camera, Lights, Sound!

Gain the confidence to set up a video shoot under the skilled guidance of artist Fran Breden!

Basic technical aspects of camera operation, sound recording, and lighting principles are taught through demonstration and hands-on practical exercises using the Canon Rebel T4i high definition camera and its interchangeable lenses. Learn how to use manual settings to help you get the best shot. Understand exposure, gain, shutter speed, and white balance. Using the Zoom H4n, audio recording procedure and considerations will be introduced. The principals of three-point lighting will also be covered and practiced.

This workshop uses equipment you can rent from VIVO, so it’s a great primer to get you started on your videos! It also benefits participants interested in VIVO’s more intermediary video-making workshops.




Build your own Light-Theremin

Join Moldover–music controller interface designer & visionary–to create your own light-sensing Theremin inside the MakerMobile!

In this electronic construction workshop, Moldover will take you through the steps to build your own Light-Theremin CD case. Even if you’ve never soldered before, this workshop will give you the confidence in two hours. If you do have experience, you’ll learn how to solder better, and walk away with a fun and unique instrument, plus a copy of Moldover’s album.



Bonus! This workshop takes place in the MakerMobile, a Vancouver original. MakerMobile is a unique multifunctional mobile makerspace, laboratory, workshop and classroom, making hands-on learning opportunities for people of all ages and from all walks of life. It empowers people to create with technology rather than simply consume it!



Intro to Final Cut Pro X

Kick-start your video editing skills with award winning media artist Flick Harrison!

Learn how to edit video, including importing, adding effects and titles, organizing your files, and outputting to DVD, web, or master files on the once-and-future king of editing software. Stop paying for Adobe subscriptions and get back on the FCP bus!

Final Cut Pro X has finally overcome the clunky launch and now it does pretty much everything an editor needs it to do.



Intro to Adobe Premiere

Kick-start your video editing skills with award winning media artist Flick Harrison.

Adobe Premiere is a powerful and flexible video editing system that integrates with Photoshop, After Effects and other Adobe Creative Suite software. This workshop will teach you how to ingest, edit and output video in a variety of formats, keep your projects organized and understand the big selection of tools for cutting, tweaking, manipulating and playing with your video. Working on VIVO’s Apple systems or bring your own laptop, plus bring footage and a device to capture it if you’d like to work with your own footage.



Intro to Arduino



This course is a 3-hour introduction to the technology: What it is, how it works, and what you can do with it. By the end of the class, you will know the basics of how to use your Arduino so you can apply your knowledge to more advanced projects. This class is designed for troubleshooting with an instructor who is available to answer your questions. If you have questions about how to use your device, bring them to this class.



Making Projects with Arduino

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So you know a little bit about Arduino, but you want to really get into it?  Well look no further!  In this four evening course, we will dig deeper into what it takes to make your projects using Arduino. On the hardware side, we will look at breadboarding, soldering, and reliable mounting of electronics. On the software side, we cover timing, program logic and communication. We will then put this together to let you build your own projects with Arduino!
In each three-hour session we will go over some theory, go through some programming examples, and then build working circuits with the knowledge we have gained.  By the end of the program you will be ready to jump into creating your own Arduino projects.


Intro Projection Mapping

VIVO2013_2_portA beginner to intermediate-level workshop best suited to people with a high level of comfort with computers and technology. This will be a smaller class, so there will be flexibility based on the group’s experience. This workshop will cover the basic usage of the applications Modul8 and MadMapper, for the creation of dynamic video art, VJing and projection mapping. The course will begin with a hands-on crash course in Modul8. As a group the class will go through a series of instructions on how to use the software, section by section, button by button. By the end of the first two classes, participants will have enough of an understanding of the software to use the videos they’ve created with MadMapper. With MadMapper, students will learn to project moving images on isolated surfaces, also called mapping. Students will have the opportunity to create a project with the support of the instructor.


Intro to Video Journalism

bal2906Learn on-camera reporting, off-camera interview skills, documentary shooting techniques, polished journalistic writing skills, and documentary editing. Participants will develop a documentary concept (or bring one you have in mind) and shoot footage that will be analyzed and edited over two workshop sessions.  You are welcome to use VIVO’s video cameras, or you can bring your own. 1. Camera Skills & Interviewing Learn how to set up a great interview with lights, camera, and appropriate questions. In this session we will also cover documentary shooting and sound skills. Homework: Shoot some footage! 2. Documentary Editing With footage you’ve shot as homework from session one, we will learn to cut together a short news story with a voiceover, on-camera introduction, and develop a solid structure.





Intro to the Blackmagic Camera

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The Black Magic Cinema Camera is VIVO’s most awesome production tool. The low cost and high quality of this camera makes it a great tool for independents looking to produce their best work. Learn how to use interchangeable lenses from the still camera world, maximize image quality, manage files and hard drives, ingest your footage to an edit system and, well, make great video! Blackmagic Cinema Camera features an amazing 2.5K image sensor with a wide 13 stops of dynamic range for a true digital film camera. You get a built-in SSD recorder, popular open standard uncompressed RAW and compressed file formats, compatibility with quality EF or Passive Micro Four Thirds lenses, LCD touchscreen monitoring plus metadata entry, all packed into an exciting hand held design.




Circuit Bending

circuit_bending_0Circuit bending enables artists to work with complex circuitry without any prior knowledge of electronics in order to create works spanning a variety of artistic media. By adding new variables we can transform and customize circuits that would be too dificult for most of us to build from the ground up. We will cover all aspects to get you started with circuit bending, from prying open your first case to putting the knobs on a completed project. Bring 1 or 2 circuits to bend and any parts or modifying elements that you would like to use (we will have some modifiers on hand).  Only units that are battery powered will be allowed for bending. No AC adapters or AC powered devices. Here are some ideas for circuit bending starting points: keyboards, radios, answering machines, portable televisions and tape decks.



Circuit Building


A base knowledge of electronics gives the artist the opportunity to introduce electronic circuitry into a variety of media including sculpture, sound, and light-based works. This course will cover some basic theory of electronic principals that is essential for beginning to work with this medium. From there we will look at some of the components that make up simple circuits and that create the building blocks for more complex circuits. Participants will learn some of the basic skills needed for electronic work such as soldering, breadboarding, and reading a schematic. These skills will be used to build from a selection of projects: a small audio amplifier with speaker, a 555 timer/oscillator, a punk atari sound synth or a 1970’s distortion circuit.



Field Recording & Building Contact Mics

field_recording This two-part workshop will allows participants to explore new and interesting ways of collecting field recordings. Participants will experiment with capturing a variety of sounds, such as how to record the sounds of wifi data, the sounds of live insects, interior sounds of buildings, exterior sounds, and the sounds of street furniture. Through simple listening exercises students will open their ears to new levels of perception. Everyone will practice basic soldering by building their own contact microphones with a dipped plastic coating. Different applications for contact, shotgun and stereo microphones will be explored, and participants will have the opportunity to listen to the sounds that have been collected in the computer lab. Students will leave with their own contact microphones, a collection of new sounds and a new appreciation for the range of field recording possibilities for sound art, music, video sound effects and more.



Intro to MaxMSP

This workshop will introduce students to the fundamentals of working with realtime audio and visual media in Max. Students will learn to create their own programs or patches, interactive environments in which they can control audio and visuals using game controllers.

Max is a patching style, high level programming environment with integrated user interface components that allows users to quickly get their ideas up and running. This course will lay a foundation upon which students can further explore additional sensor technology within the Max/MSP environment through programming gestural data into musical and visual expression.

Students will gain insight into essential audio programming including techniques in sound synthesis, sample creation and playback, filtering and live processing. The workshop will also cover things like looping, mixing and adding effects to digital video, creating and animating vector graphics objects, and designing user interfaces or automation components to control the sound and graphics.

This workshop will culminate to a final performance in which students will collaboratively compose a piece. The ensemble will perform using game controllers to manipulate sound and visual parameters that they have programmed onto these interfaces.



Intro to 3d Printing


Interested in 3D printing but don’t know where to start? Not sure how it could fit into your design projects? Overwhelmed by the choices out there when choosing a printer to purchase?
3D Printing expert, John Biehler will explain the principles behind 3d printing, how to get started and help you make an informed decision about getting into 3D printing. Using presentation materials, printed samples and a variety of different printers, John will show you how to get started in designing for 3D, the materials available to use (it’s not just plastic!) and the costs of printing. He will also explain the differences between consumer (desktop) printers and the various industrial processes available to you.




Intro to Mathmatica 


Mathematica is a computational programming language with an amazing range of capabilities, and it’s simple to learn for people with little or no programming experience. This powerful language now comes free on the Raspberry Pi. It is incredibly simple to make anything you can describe mathematically interactive. This brief introduction will focus on how to create interactive graphics and output animations as gifs, but with

Mathematica on the Raspberry Pi, the possibilities are endless.




Creating Apps for Android


Android is an open source operating system for smartphones and embedded devices that are packed with sensors, such as touch screens, cameras, microphones, gps, and various sensors such as proximity, accelerometers, gyroscope, light sensors, etc. This course is aimed at giving a rapid introduction to programming for Android using Processing, harnessing the power of Processing and the various Java libraries it encompasses, all in a project-driven environment. While we will not be covering preparing your application for the market, we will create prototypes of applications that will run on Android devices.



C4Media and Interactivity for iOS

c4 C4 is a new creative coding framework that focuses on interactivity, visualization and the relationship between various media. Designed for iOS, C4 makes it extremely easy to create apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod devices. Initially developed as a platform for quickly creating interactive artistic works, C4 is developing into a more broad-based language for other areas such as music and data visualization. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to easily create dynamic animations, and all kinds of media including audio, video, shapes, OpenGL objects and more. In addition to this, participants will learn how to easily add the full suite of iOS gestural interaction to their applications and objects. Furthermore, C4 provides easy access to the camera, as well as access to the compass, motion, acceleration, proximity and light sensors.



Intro to Digital DJing for Women

466163_10151054686101828_583438074_o Love music? Thought about DJing, but didn’t know where to begin? Get what you need to get started in this quick, two-week course. Register now to hold your spot! DJing has changed dramatically in the last decade. Laptops, controllers, and software have emerged as accessible and powerful tools to start DJing. This short course is a basic introduction to using Traktor Pro 2. Emphasis will be placed on the concepts of DJing in addition to learning how to use the software. At the end of this course students will be able to: – Navigate the basic functionality of Traktor – Know the basic principles of DJing and mixing – Put together a 30min set and perform i





The workshop will teach students the ins and outs of Modul8 along with theory about performing video live. Modul8 is a video mixing tool. It uses video loops, motion and effects to allow on-the-fly cuing and improvisation to/with audio or theatre and dance performance. Other technical topics in the workshop will include the basics of using midi controllers to change video, technical set-up guidelines for video performance, creating video loops, sourcing materials, and more, based on the interests of the students.




openFrameworks (oF)


openFrameworks (oF) is an open source C++ toolkit designed to assist the creative process by providing a simple and intuitive framework for experimentation. The toolkit is designed to work as a general purpose glue, and wraps together several commonly used libraries. Simply put, oF is a tool that makes it much easier to make things with code. This course is aimed at giving an introduction to programming using oF, harnessing the power of C++ and utilizing the ease of oF, all in a project-driven environment. By making onscreen visuals from the very first minute, this hands-on workshop practices learning-by-doing.





Intro to Processing

processing-t3 hours | $60 (Non-Members) ; $72 (Members) Processing  is a visual coder’s sketchbook which is popular for exploring ideas and learning programming. It is an open source programming language and development environment for people who want to create images, animations and interactions. Initially developed to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context, Processing has evolved into a tool for generating finished professional work. Today, there are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers and hobbyists who use Processing for learning, prototyping and production. This course is aimed at giving an introduction to programming in Processing, creating dynamic and reactive content in a project-driven environment. By making onscreen visuals from the very first minute, this hands-on workshop practices learning-by-doing.



Production Process for Scripted Material


Find out what you need to know to get your project done on budget, on time, and with the aesthetics you imagined! For emerging and aspiring Producers and Directors, this course explores the basics of effective workflow management for efficient Pre-Production, Production, and Post of scripted projects. The two-day workshop will include planning, shooting, and starting post on a simple sample production. Please bring a one-page script (or a one-page excerpt) to work with.



Intro to Raspberry Pi


You’ve probably heard about the Raspberry Pi, the inexpensive open source computer about the size of a credit card. You probably already know that its an amazing feat of engineering and technology, and comes standard with tools to teach beginners popular programming languages like Python. But when it arrives on your doorstep, do you know how to turn it on and start using it? In this intro course, you’ll learn how to set up a raspberry pi so you can connect to it from your own laptop, and collaborate easily with other people on projects on a single Pi.
The Raspberry Pi opens up all kinds of possibilities for makers, allowing you to control almost anything over the internet  — But thats only if you know how to turn it on and access it.