Led by artist Simon Schäfer, this two day workshop utilises devices such as cheap keyboards, gaming consoles, drum machines, and video enhancers, which can be transformed into unique performance tools. By shorting electronic components on the circuit boards while the unit is running, all kinds of glitches and effects can be explored.
Participants will learn how to use these instruments to improvise with each other to build up an audiovisual live performance to be presented at the end of the workshop. Bending targets will be provided and can be taken home.
You are advised to book as soon as possible, stating if you're interested in video or audio bending so we can organise hardware that fits your ideas.
Friday 12th July
The workshop begins with an introduction to the idea of circuit bending and the basic techniques involved both with video and sound equipment. You learn how to navigate a circuit board experimentally to quickly achieve interesting results. We will discuss various options of creating suitable interfaces for the glitches you find, also depending on how you want to use your devices in the future. We will have a look on how video and audio can be made to communicate with each other. First holes will be drilled, switches and pots will be soldered and glued in place.
Saturday 13th July
On the second day, you will continue to build your machines.
As they come into being, we will deal with problems that might turn up, making sure you will end up with something functional that you can proudly take away with you. After everything is wrapped up, we will plug our gear into sound systems and video projectors to experience our new found images and sounds in a live environment.
Invite your friends to come and have a drink or two while watching the mind-melting brew you have created.
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