Hacking the Home: Creative Electronics
Vancouver, British Columbia
August 12-16th, 2013, 9am-4pm
Final Exhibition: Friday, August 16th, 4:30-6pm
Make a motion detector for your bedroom that texts you when someone comes in when you’re not there. Create an alarm clock that turns on different lights or music depending on the weather. Give your best friend a bracelet you made that flashs colours whenever the two of you are together. Make a bike alarm. Unlock your door from your phone. Install a pet door that tweets a picture of your cat each time they come through.
These are just some of the many projects participants can create in this week-long Hacking the Home camp. Youth 13-18 will work with instructors and the rest of the students to conceptualize, problem-solve, develop and make their own creative electronics projects. No previous experience in electronics or programming is required, although students with some experience will also find support for more advanced projects. The small camp size allows instructors to work with a variety of skill levels and give individual attention.
The week will begin with a hands-on introduction to basic electronics and making small, fun projects that will be completed in the first day. Students will then select and design their own projects using technologies such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, RFID, solar panels, cell phones, LEDS, lasers, temperature sensors and more. All equipment and supplies are included in the cost of the camp and students will be able to take home what they make.
This camp is a wonderful way for youth to understand the rapidly changing technologies that surround them by empowering them to create with and bend the technologies for their own uses.
VIVO has a 40-year history of supporting independent media arts in Vancouver. Students will have full access to this professional facility, which includes an electronics lab, computing classroom, studio space and a wide variety of audio-visual equipment.
This program ends with an exhibition and demonstration, where family and friends will have the opportunity to see what has been created during the week. This final exhibition will take place Friday, August 16, 4:30-6 PM at VIVO, 1965 Main Street, Vancouver.
Brady is a collaborative artist who makes things which do things and explores novel cultural hypotheses. In most of her work she manipulates light and sound, using software and electronics. She holds an M.Sc in Interactive Art from Simon Fraser University, where she often teaches Sonic and Visual Arts. From an early age she learnt to swim with machines and has been making a practice of swimming in as many art pools as possible. This has taken her collaborations to SIGGAPH, DEAF and the Gwangu Biennale and allowed her to work regularly with some of Canada's most favoured residents, including Judy Radul, Geoffrey Farmer & Chris Welsby.
Jesse creates and exhibits work in the genre formerly known as new media. He has used Processing and openFrameworks to create live visuals, light up large led matrices, drive laser cutters, control 3D puppets and interactive installations, create Android applications, and make iOS applications. Over the last several years, he has taught Processing, oF and creative coding in Canada, Spain, Germany, Norway, Latvia, and South Korea.
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1965 Main Street
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VIVO Media Arts
VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE, incorporated in 1973 as the Satellite Video Exchange Society (SVES), is Vancouver’s oldest media arts access centre. VIVO continues to fulfill its founding vision by directly supporting independent artists, community-based producers and activists to develop and exchange their skills in a supportive environment. Our members gather around the tools and material means of production to invent new understandings, new genres and new friendships. Reflecting both the diversity of contemporary technologies and the symbiotic communities that coalesce around new forms of knowledge and creativity, our programming fosters formal, aesthetic and critical approaches to media arts practice. VIVO builds an audience of makers, organizers and critics through artists in residence, lectures, workshops, performances, exhibitions and curatorial and archival research. As an integral artist run centre in Vancouver, our resources and facilities will continue to inform and influence engagement in all levels of media art investment.