Future Places Festival Workshops Announced

The Future Places festival will host three workshops addressing technical and theoretical aspects of digital media production.

The first, occurring on October 7-8, will introduce 20 participants to Arduino, a flexible physical computing platform used by artists and designers to create digital music and interactive environments, hack electronic household items, and explore the possibilities of robotics. Arduino offers a huge range of creative opportunities—examples of these can be found on the official Arduino site, as well as on the sites and blogs belonging to the worldwide community of Arduino users.

Instructors for this workshop come from Tinker.it!, a technology and design consultancy specializing in Arduino. Participants must bring their own laptops, and will be provided with a beginners’ kit of basic hardware. No particular experience with electronics is necessary, although some knowledge of programming is helpful.

The Active Media 2.0 workshop, scheduled for October 11, explores the dynamic processes and potentials of new media forms, focusing on the creation of generative and interactive projects and the mapping of systems with software including FreeMind and Max/Jitter.

The workshop is led by Steven Devleminck, director of the Transmedia Program in Arts, Media and Design in Brussels, and Boris Debackere, an Antwerp artist and teacher of sound design. Participants are asked to bring their own laptops as well as sound and video capturing devices. No specific knowledge of software is required, but can be useful. This workshop will accommodate 15-20 participants.

The third Future Places workshop, Interface Design for Mobile Devices, is intended for designers, illustrators, programmers, and content producers including photographers, video artists and sound designers. Participants will develop a project on user interface design and information structuring for exploring a physical location, working on the grounds of the renowned Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art .

The workshop is led by Mónica Mendes, an interface design consultant and lecturer on multimedia at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. Professor Nuno Correia of the New University of Lisbon, the head of a research group on multimedia information processing and interaction, will assist. Participants must bring their own equipment, such as laptop computers and cameras, and are expected to have a working knowledge of image processing and vector drawing with tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Workshop dates will be announced.

More information about these workshops, including instructions on how to sign up, will be posted shortly on the festival website.

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