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Workshop

Cardboard Cryptography

Dylan McNamee
MATH 183

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Workshop

Cardboard Cryptography

  • Course: MATH 183
  • Instructor: Dylan McNamee

We rely on cryptography to keep our identities, accounts, and credit cards secure on the Internet, but what is it, really, and how does it work? In this class, we’ll learn about how a series of increasingly sophisticated cryptographic systems work, leading up to the famous Enigma used by Germany during WWII. We’ll build and use functioning cardboard models of these cryptographic systems, then we’ll discuss how modern cryptographic systems work, and how they are assembled to keep your gmail account secure, and your credit card safe when you purchase online.

 

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Workshop

Security and the Internet of Things (2 day workshop)

Dylan McNamee
PS 230

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Security and the Internet of Things (2 day workshop)

  • Course: PS 230
  • Instructor: Dylan McNamee
  • Prereq: Some experience with an IoT platform
  • Level: Intermediate

With inexpensive, embeddable full-blown computers like Raspberry Pi and Intel’s Edison, and internet-connected embedded systems like the ESP8266 ($10 each), it’s becoming easier to build things that seamlessly connect to the Internet. This makes it extremely easy to design incredibly powerful, connected and intimate experiences. It also makes it way too easy to build things that can be exploited by hackers. Part of this workshop will explore “who cares?” Another part of the workshop will focus on “what can I do?” If you have an IoT project already done, or in progress, please bring it! If not, we’ll provide examples to provide context for you to explore these issues.

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One-day Workshop

Manipulated Media

Sue Slagle
TECH 240

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One-day Workshop

Manipulated Media

  • Course: TECH 240
  • Instructor: Sue Slagle
  • Prereq: None
  • Level: Introductory

What does video sound like? What does audio look like? In this workshop students will learn what digital signals are actually made of - and how to manipulate them for artistic purposes. Sound will be used as a control signal for a custom array of video filters built in the Max/MSP/Jitter object-oriented programming environment. Pixels, color planes, alpha channels, frequency bands and waveforms will be analyzed, experimented with and forced to interact resulting in recorded video works manipulated directly by sound. Part I will cover fundamentals and introduce the system; Part II will allow for additional exploration and open lab time to create a unique work.

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3-Hour Workshop

Introduction to Electronic Deconstruction

Josh Michaels
TECH 141

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3-Hour Workshop

Introduction to Electronic Deconstruction

  • Course: TECH 141
  • Instructor: Josh Michaels
  • Prereq: None
  • Level: Introductory

One of the best ways to learn about electronics is to take apart everyday electronic equipment and attempt to understand it and reconstruct it. In this workshop students will take apart and reconstruct random electronic equipment in the spirit of the book "The Way Things Work" by David Macauly. The equipment can be reconstructed in its original form or reformed into an artwork. Equipment may include computers, stereo equipment, telephones, or anything else electronic. Through this we will learn about the internals of electronic equipment and artistic applications of electronic components. 2 hour workshop open to all skill levels.

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Half-day Workshop

Live Cinema Projection Playground

Sue Slagle
CTE 341

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Half-day Workshop

Live Cinema Projection Playground

  • Course: CTE 341
  • Instructor: Sue Slagle
  • Level: Intermediate

Live cinema is a beautiful grey area between film, video, synaesthetic multi-media and abstract storytelling. Using cameras, video projectors, overhead projectors, computer controlled lighting and select live musical instruments we will experiment with this medium in a casual, but technical, setting. Artists already working in the medium are invited to share their work and artists just starting to work in the medium, or simply curious, are invited to play hands-on with working equipment.

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Half-day Workshop

Get Lit with Projection Mapping

Craig Winslow
CTE 103

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Half-day Workshop

Get Lit with Projection Mapping

  • Course: CTE 103
  • Instructor: Craig Winslow
  • Prereq: None
  • Level: Introductory

Explore the concepts & learn the basics of projection mapping using MadMapper. Then assemble a still-life and learn through a series of live demonstrations, noting some of the logistics and limitations of the medium, and how to make the most of the lumens.

 

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Half-day Workshop

Rapid Experiences & Interactions

Salvador Orara
CTE 240

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Half-day Workshop

Rapid Experiences & Interactions

  • Course: CTE 240
  • Instructor: Salvador Orara
  • Prereq: Experience with Arduino is a plus but not required.
  • Level: Introductory

NTK (the NETLab Toolkit) is an authoring system for designers, developers, makers, researchers and students who want to design and build tangible Internet of Things projects. With a simple drag and drop interface, connect sensors, actuators, media and networks with the smart widgets. Concepts can be prototyped quickly, encouraging iteration, experimentation and testing by sketching in hardware and building connected systems. This workshop will introduce the NTK, Arduino, sensors, and actuators. Students will be prompted to create a low-fidelity interactive prototype and presentation around a creative brief. A short lecture and demonstration will be included.

Details:

- 5-hour workshop.

- Groups of 3 are encouraged. Maximum of 4 groups.

- Arduino + sensors actuator pack will be supplied.

- Laptops with software pre-installed will be required.

- Learn about the NETLab Toolkit

 

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3-Hour Workshop

Making Through Breaking

Salvador Orara
TECH 140

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3-Hour Workshop

Making Through Breaking

  • Course: TECH 140
  • Instructor: Salvador Orara
  • Prereq: None
  • Level: Introductory

Circuit bending is the explorative process of short-circuiting electronic devices such as children’s toys, electronic games, and noise making key chains to create new musical, expressive, and interactive noise and sound generators. The goal of this workshop is to introduce the fundamentals of electronics to individuals with no prior experience in computing or engineering.

 

Details:

- 3 hour workshop.

- Up to 10 students.

- Materials required: An inexpensive electronic music toy, or noise making keychain, or electronic musical instrument, typically found at $.99 stores or second hand stores.

 

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Workshop

Building Digital Instruments

Shawn Trail
CTE 140

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Workshop

Building Digital Instruments

  • Course: CTE 140
  • Instructor: Shawn Trail
  • Prereq: This requires no previous background or experience.
  • Level: Introductory

In this two-day workshop participants will learn to design and build custom sound and light controllers using open-source and low-cost materials. These skills will serve a wide variety of applications from being compatible with commercial sound software via MIDI, to more advanced multi-media networking protocols such as Open Sound Control (OSC) and sophisticated visual processing and projection mapping software such as VDMX and more.

Students learn to code basic synthesizers in Pd and build control mapping paradigms to route to visual processing software for live performance/interaction. Participants will learn the basics of building a simple circuit for sensors and micro-controllers and design hardware housing for them to be 3D printed.

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Workshop

Theories of Change

Howard Silverman
DSI 220

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Theories of Change

  • Course: DSI 220
  • Instructor: Howard Silverman
  • Prereq: This class will draw upon a systems thinking toolkit of methods, models, concepts, and metaphors. No explicit familiarity with systems thinking is required; this class will serve as both introduction for newcomers and augmentation for old hands.
  • Level: Introductory

From the personal to the political, we all experience desires for change. But change can be hard. Situations can become stuck. In this workshop we will take a close look at change efforts motivated by organizational, social, and environmental opportunities and concerns. Through a series of discussions and exercises, we will explore, develop, and question theories of how change happens. Participants must bring a sense of purpose. Be ready to co-create a space for collaborative learning. Together, we will critically examine what it means to be effective.

 

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Workshop

Painting with Bitmaps

Jeremy Rotsztain
CTE 250

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Painting with Bitmaps

  • Course: CTE 250
  • Instructor: Jeremy Rotsztain
  • Prereq: none
  • Level: beginner / intermediate

A workshop on using pixel data from found footage to generate new digital imagery. Participants will work in the Processing language to access pixels and create expressive still and moving image compositions. Techniques covered include texture sampling, digital pointillism, pixel sorting, vector field animations.

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