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Hackaday U: Interactive Media Art with Light and Sensors

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Mirabelle Jones will be teaching Interactive Media Art (with Light and Sensors)

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HackadayU is pleased to offer Interactive Media Art with instructor Mirabelle Jones. Fall session starts week of September 7, 2020.

Classes are pre-recorded and will be released Monday at 7pm CEST / 1pm EDT starting September 7th. Office Hours are Tuesdays at 7pm CEST / 1pm EDT. Link to the calendar for easy timezone conversion.

The complete course is 4 classes long. For those who would like to attend all classes, you only need to sign up for the last event date (September 28th). Students registered for the last event will receive emails for all the Class Videos and Office Hours.

Hardware: please purchase the hardware for this course by August 20th to allow for shipping.

Overview: This course will cover how to develop interactive artworks, installations, and experiences based on sensor input.

The course will start by guiding students in designing small interactive objects then later expand into how to develop room-scale immersive installations. Along the way, students will view examples of modern interactive art projects by some of the world's best new technology artists built using the same techniques and equipment they will be learning throughout the program.

Students will learn how to control output such as sound, LEDs, and motors based on sensor input using the Circuit Playground and C++. Inputs will include the onboard sensors of the Circuit Playground (microphone, capacitive touch, accelerometer, light sensor).

We will also discuss how to extend capacitive touch through the use of materials such as conductive fabric, paint, and thread. We will learn about other sources of input such as biosensors, BCI, computer vision, and environmental sensors although we will not be applying these directly in the course.

Part hands-on engineering, and part design study, this course will also cover human-centered design methodologies with a focus on product design, accessibility design, and exhibition design. Students will learn state machine diagramming and how to develop an interactivity matrix that can help them plan and program their installations. User experience research and product design testing techniques will also be discussed.

Towards the end of the course, students will learn how to communicate between devices and programs using OSC to control more complex states of interactivity. This course is suitable for beginners as well as advanced makers who are interested in expanding their toolkit to include professional-quality interactive artwork or room-scale immersive environments.

Schedule: The course will consist of four sessions total. Each section will contain a pre-recorded video component and a live office hour component where the instructors will be available for questions.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites, but you should purchase the hardware for this course by August 20th to allow for shipping.

Hardware: please purchase the hardware for this course by August 20th to allow for shipping.

Software downloads: Please download and install these prior to class. Installation instructions are available on the websites for all.

About the instructor: Mirabelle Jones is a queer non-binary creative technologist, writer and interdisciplinary artist born in Oakland, California, and currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Recently, they served as a Senior Designer / Developer for Meow Wolf‘s interactive technology team with a specialization in interactive storytelling, sensors, responsive lighting and sound, 3D modeling and printed sculpture, technical documentation, and computer vision.

The first person to obtain an M.F.A. in Book Art & Creative Writing from Mills College with a focus in Fiction, they also possess a B.A. in Language Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Their works have been acquired by the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, the Center on Contemporary Art, UC Berkeley, the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Syracuse University, as well as many other institutions.

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