[NYC] ReSiDeNt this Thurs + Fall Classes

Oct 6, 2008 at 6:37pm

[NYC] ReSiDeNt this Thurs + Fall Classes

LEMUR News

* ReSiDeNt Show October 9th
* Fall Classes Coming in October including two new offerings
* November ReSiDeNt Submissions Open through October 13

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ReSiDeNt Show October 9th

This month’s ReSiDeNtS are hard at work creating new music for the
bots and more.

Ethan Ham — robotic slide whistles!

Shawn Trail — mad electronic mallet jazz!

Adam Matta — beatboxing and trading fours with the robots!

LEMUR friend Christopher McDonald will also be on hand showing
Gertrude, his machine that uses a multicolor LED to draw dramatic
color images captured by long exposure photography.

Come see their work at LEMUR on Thursday, October 9th.

ReSiDeNt: New Works, New Instruments, New Artists
LEMUR, 461 Third Avenue, Brooklyn
Thursday, October 9th
8 pm – 10 pm
$5 at the door

http://lemurbots.org

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Fall Classes Begin October 27

LEMUR’s fall Art and Technology classes begin October 21, including
two new classes and instructors. Full class descriptions are at the
bottom of this email. For more details and to sign up, go to

http://lemurbots.org/classes.html.

Building Music & Video Controllers: Creating Sensor Instruments with MidiTron
Mondays 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 6:30-9:30 pm

Microcontroller Progamming for Artists: Introduction to the Arduino System
Tuesdays 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 6:30-9:30 pm

Fun With Fiberglass: Basic Composite Fabrication
Wednesdays 10/29, 11/5, 6:30-9:30 pm

Fuzzy Logic: Intro to Soft Circuits
Saturday/Sunday 11/1, 11/2, 12:00-4:30 pm

Musical Instrument Building
Thursdays 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 6:30-9:30 pm

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November ReSiDeNt Submissions through October 13

Submissions for ReSiDeNt, LEMUR’s monthly creator-in-residence
program, are being accepted through October 13th for November
residencies. Accepted artists are awarded a one-month residency at
LEMUR to create a new performance or installation utilizing LEMUR’s
musical robots, MIDI controllers and other technologies.

Artists from all performing and installation disciplines are
encouraged to apply, including musicians, composers, dancers,
choreographers, video artists, interactive installation artists,
performance artists, multimedia artists and others.

To learn about applying to ReSiDeNt, visit http://lemurbots.org/resident.html.

LEMUR thanks the Greenwall Foundation for its generous support of ReSiDeNt.

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Class Descriptions

Building Music & Video Controllers: Creating Sensor Instruments with MidiTron
Mondays 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 6:30-9:30 pm
Instructor: Leif Krinkle

Imagine waving your hand and having an orchestra at your fingertips
or tapping on a surface to explore video. This is all possible
through the use of MIDI and sensor-based technology. In this class,
you will design and build a controller to create your art with the
easy-to-use MidiTron interface (http://miditron.com).

Emphasis will be on hands-on learning. Basic electronics and
Max/MSP/Jitter (http://cycling74.com/products/maxmsp) programming
will also be covered. No previous knowledge of electronics, sensors
or programming is assumed. Background information will be covered and
the class will be focused on building a working controller that you
can take home and begin to create with. Examples of previous project
ideas include a shoe that creates notes for each step and a glove
that determines lighting cues in a theatrical performance.

Cost: $495 including MidiTron, sensors and lab kit

Microcontroller Progamming for Artists: Introduction to the Arduino System
Tuesdays 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 6:30-9:30 pm
Instructor: Roberto Osorio-Goenaga

Have you ever wanted to build a robot or an interactive art
installation? Have you ever wondered how LEDs, sensors and motors
work? Through collaborative exercises and the development of in-class
projects, you will learn how to program and prototype with an Arduino
microcontroller (http://arduino.cc). This class is geared towards
beginners, and no prior knowledge of electronics or programming is
required.

The class will demonstrate programming and electronics basics through
hands-on microcontroller projects. You will learn digital and analog
input and output techniques for controlling motors and interpreting
sensors as well as the programming skills necessary to use these
components effectively. By the end of the class, students will have a
firm understanding of how microcontrollers, sensors and actuators
work and how to utilize these tools in their own creative projects.

Cost: $375 including Arduino board & lab kit

Fun With Fiberglass: Basic Composite Fabrication
Wednesdays 10/29, 11/5, 6:30-9:30 pm
Instructor: Bob Huott

Learn the skills and techniques for building custom composite objects
from Kevlar, carbon fiber and fiberglass. Students will get hands-on
experience in various stages of the process, including patterns and
molds, lay-up and final finishing. Discussion will include ideas on
how to integrate sensors, lighting or haptics into any project, and
students are encouraged to bring their own project ideas.

The class will be in two sessions to offer hands-on work and time to
finish with a completed project (choice of custom laptop armor or
handmade lamp). Bob will also give a brief, inside-out tour of the
Bean, his own composite sensor-based musical instrument. Composites
are a messy business so please dress appropriately: painting clothes
or smock and long sleeved shirt.

Cost: $215 including materials

Fuzzy Logic: Intro to Soft Circuits
Saturday/Sunday 11/1, 11/2, 12:00-4:30 pm
Instructor: Kate Hartman

Have you ever snuggled with a circuit? This workshop will provide an
introduction to materials and construction techniques for creating
soft and flexible circuits. Topics will include conductive fabric and
thread, soft switches, iron-on circuits, sewing notions as electrical
connectors, sewable LEDs, and the Arduino Lilypad. In addition,
introductory electronics and sewing techniques will be reviewed. With
basic soft circuit techniques in hand, students will have the
opportunity to design and implement a final soft circuit on a garment
of their choice.

Cost: $350 including Lilypad, electronics and soft stuff

Musical Instrument Building
Thursdays 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 6:30-9:30 pm
Instructor: Jeff Feddersen

Learn about musical instruments and make your own. In this class,
we’ll study the major kinds of musical instruments and how they work,
learn about (and learn to hear) the overtones and harmonics essential
to music, and examine scales and tuning. Using readily available
materials we’ll build our own musical instruments, and we’ll see how
electronic amplification can make an instrument out of virtually
anything. Along the way we’ll look at interesting instruments from
around the world and throughout history.

Cost: $300

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