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Making Sense 1: Sensors in Nature, Sensors for Creative Expression
MAKING SENSE 1: Sensors in Nature, Sensors for Creative Expression
Monday June 20, 1016 - Friday June 24, 2016
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM each day
This workshop is part of the Sensor Design Workshop Series, a collaboration between Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (Q?rius) and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (ARTLAB+).
In Making Sense 1 we will explore biological sensors and we’ll build sensors for creative expression. You'll get an introduction to sensors by investigating the connections between sensors and behaviors in the natural world. We'll look at how scientists study the senses and spend time with artists and scientists who use sensors in their work.
In this workshop we will build a variety of makeshift/prototype sensors to explore touch (force/pressure), light (optics), sound (acoustics) and develop a larger project that you will invent.. You will learn about simple microcontroller programming to represent sensor inputs through the creation of unique outputs, including interactive animation, kinetic sculpture, and augmented acoustics, for example.
Sign up for one, sign up for all, take the second one, or just the third one. There are no pre-requisites for any of these workshops. The only pre-requisite is your interest! You can sign up for the others by clicking these links:
More about the Workshop Series:
Design and build a jacket collar that ‘knows’ the people around you. Explore how bats experience the world by making electronic gloves that can ‘feel’ sound. Create a hat that ‘sees’ in the dark by using deep sea creature ‘technology’. Build a controller pad that interacts with a video game differently in different parts of the world. Make a musical instrument that is partly played by you, and partly played by traffic patterns throughout the city.
In this series of weeklong design workshops, you get to dive into the amazing collection of creatures in the natural history museum’s Q?rius space, using the natural diversity found there as inspiration for your own electronic inventions. Explore the incredible ways that animals and plants sense the world through light, sound, touch, proximity, and vibration. Using these organisms and their natural sensory systems as inspiration, you get to create sensing inventions that can extend our human perception of the world. We’ll also use some of the great technology at the Hirshhorn’s ARTLAB+ to explore how artists and musicians work with sensory technology and environments. While working with electronics, computers, screens and data, you will get to collaborate with scientists and artists to develop your own inventions and ideas about the future of sensing and human perception.
Whether you’re into art, technology, gaming, tinkering, making, design, fashion, science or nature, this workshop is for you. Space is limited, so sign up today.