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+).
MAKING SENSE 3: Sensing the Wider World
Monday August 1, 1016 - Thursday August 4, 2016
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day
In Making Sense 3 we will explore biological sensors and design projects that extend our human sensing capabilities in a variety of ways. 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 use sensors in their work. We'll spend time with artists that explore human perception and use sensor technology in their work. We will also consider how the human species can now sense places far from our physical location and use sensors to "see" the entire planet.
In this portion of the Making Sense workshop series we will develop prototypes for ideas that include storing data and mapping data onto a variety of representations. Discover unusual ways to visualize or sonify data, use seismic data to create a beat in a music track or create paintings from ocean temperature data.
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.