1. DIGITAL DESIGN WEEKEND V&A

     

    MzTEK will be running two workshops at this years Digital Design Weekend at the V&A: Soft Circuit Robots & Introduction to Arduino…

    Come and find us in the in the Seminar Room 1, Sackler Centre.

    Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 September 2012

    Soft Circuit Robots

    Saturday 22 September
    10.30 – 13.30 or 14.30 – 17.30
    Celebrate the Alan Turing Year by creating your own cute soft-circuit chatbot with light-up eyes! Learn how to make crochet chains and buttons with conductive materials.

    Sign up here for the Soft Circuit workshop.

     

    Introduction to Arduino

    Sunday 23 September
    11.00 – 13.00 or 14.30 – 16.30

     

    Learn the basics of interaction design with Arduino, how to use it, applications for creating interactive objects or environments and how to use a simple sensor for basic interaction.

    Sign up here for the Intro to Arduino workshop.


     


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  2. SuperCollider Workshop for Beginners

    Interested in producing sound art but waiting to discover the perfect tool in which to do it? Then maybe SuperCollider is the one for you! 

    SuperCollider is an environment and programming language for creating real time audio compositions. It is open source and is used by lots of different people working with sound including musicians, scientists and artists. It is an efficient and expressive dynamic programming language providing a framework for algorithmic music and interactive programming.

    A Beginners guide to SuperCollider guides you through the basics with a series of creative tasks culminating in writing a short composition. By the end of the workshop you should have the skills to begin to design your own creative projects with the programme. During the day you will learn how to work with the programme, from creating basic sounds and controlling them, to using synthesis techniques and making more complex patterns, and finally scheduling events and arranging a short piece.

    The workshop will be lead by Birmingham based composer Shelly Knotts, who is an expert in instrumental, electroacoustic and live electronic music. Shelly is a member of the sound art collective SOUNDkitchen. You can listen to her work on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/shelly-knotts

    When: Saturday 15th September ‘2012, 11am – 5pm

    Where: SPACE, 129—131 Mare Street, London, E8 3RH.

    Cost: £25 + £1 booking fee

    Please note that this workshop is for women only.

    If you have any queries, please contact us on info@mztek.org.

     

  3. Electromagnetic Field Workshops

    TWO AMAZINGLY GEEKY WORKSHOPS FOR WOMEN AT THE ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD FESTIVAL…

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    Introduction to interactive and wearable technology, using the Arduino and/or LilyPad Arduino.

    This workshop will focus on the principles of interactive and physical computing using the Arduino. We will introduce some basic interaction using sensors and lights, which can also be applied to the LilyPad Arduino, a wearable micro controller used to make interactive cloths and textiles.

    This will be a 2hour workshop over the weekend of the EMF camp. Time and day tbc.

    There will be opportunities throughout the weekend to develop projects, and learn more about soft-circuits and e-textiles.

    MzTEK will provide an Arduino Uno, sensors and LED’s to borrow.  If you would like to use an Arduino LilyPad you will need to provide your own kit.  Please see our MzTEK EMF wiki page for where to purchase items.

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    sketchPatch generative art badge making

    sketchPatch is an online programming playground, using the programming language Processing. The workshop is a game of tag, in which everyone contributes to each others work as they are passed around the group.

    At the end of the day we will print sketches out and turn them into BADGES!

    So come and join sketchPatch.net in a round of sketchTag!

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    Where & When

    The workshops will be held at Electromagnetic Field Festival, for which you will need to purchase ticks here… Electromagnetic Field

    There is no additional tuition fee for these workshop, but you may need/want to buy your own kit.

    To sign up get in touch at info@mztek.org or add your name to the MzTEK EMF wiki page.

    Visit our EMF page for more info 

  4. Hacked Human Orchestra Drop-in Sessions This Week!

    MzTEK needs your help!

    After the success of our first Hacked Human Orchestra workshop, in collaboration Guerilla Science, Engineer Shauna Concannon and Kobakant, we are running two drop in sessions at our home, the Centre for Creative Collaboration, for soldering and making soft sensors! The items created in these sessions will be put towards our Hacked Human Orchestra, which will be taking form at both Shambala and Wilderness festivals in August.

    We need 60 little speakers soldering to wires, which will be the sound outputs for our wearable instruments as well as 99 more sensors created which will be the inputs for playing the instruments! This includes dino spikes, stretchy chains, pompoms and buttons, the latter of which you can see on our wearable piano.

    To see what we got up to at our last Hacked Human Orchestra workshop, please check out the video on Vimeo.

    This will be an un-tutored drop-in session so to attend you do need to have a previous understanding of soldering and working with soft circuits. We will be there of course to assist where needed however :)

    Where:
    Centre for Creative Collaboration
    16 Acton Street London Greater London WC1X 9NG

    When:
    Thursday 2nd August 2012 – 3pm – 9pm

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    Friday 3rd August – 3pm – 9pm

    To attend please email us at info@mztek.com or just drop in!

    Please note this is a women only session.

  5. Hacked Human Orchestra London Workshop

    Electronic instruments, sonic soft-circuits, mechanical melodies… our take on ‘live music performance’!

    MzTEK is joining forces with Guerilla Science to produce the most amazing Hacked Human Orchestra EVER!

    We have teamed up with PhD Media Arts and Technology Engineer Shauna Concannon and artists Kobakant to design the wearable instruments and workshops.

    Join in the fun in our soft-circuit synth workshop.

    Learn some basic electronics and how to make a soft-circuit synthesiser you can wear. You will be lead through the process of creating different types of sound circuits, which will then be integrated into festival goers clothing at Shambala and Wilderness in August. You will be given workshop instructions and gain the knowhow for making them at home.

    If you attend the festivals in August, you can sign up to complete your wearable instrument there, and join in the orchestrated evening performance.

    Where

    Centre for Creative Collaboration
    16 Acton Street London Greater London WC1X 9NG

    When

    June 30 2012
    10am – 5pm

    Only £8! Sign Up NOW!

    This is a women only workshop. Sign up HERE