In addition to the exhibition and video screenings, Experimental Media 2012 included a free hands-on workshop series designed to introduce artists to the latest in open source and affordable technology being used to create interactive installations and experimental new media. Focusing on the Arduino open-source electronics prototyping platform and the open-source programming software Processing, the workshop series gave artists an introduction to these powerful and inexpensive tools. The free workshop series was organized in partnership with HacDC, a membership-supported, non-profit organization and workshop space devoted to collaboration in the creative use of technology.

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 1:00-4:00pm:  Introduction to Basic Electronics – Building a Microcontroller Shield

This workshop went through basic electronics with a focus on kit and prototype circuit building.  Lab time taught soldering with Sparkfun’s Danger Shield, which was used in the subsequent Arduino and Processing workshops.

Sunday, May 6, 2012, 1:00-4:00pm: Introduction to Arduino

This workshop introduced the Arduino, the most popular microcontroller board and programming environment in use by artists today. Participants learned how to program this versatile device and write a program that used the Danger Shield’s sensors and controlled its LEDs.

Sunday, May 13, 2012,  1:00-4:00pm: Introduction to Processsing

This workshop introduced Processing, a software development platform created to teach artists how to write software (called “sketches”). Participants were taught how to use the built-in development environment to create a sketch that generated animated particles and sound, and introduced how an Arduino can communicate with a processing sketch.

Sunday, May 20, 2012, 1:00-4:00pm: Working with Arduino and Processing 

This workshop expanded on the previous three sessions. Participants learned how to control the Processing sketch from Workshop 3 with the sensors and controls connected to the Arduino via the Danger Shield, and were introduced to how to to control external devices connected to Arduino with a Processing sketch.

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