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Penetrating the black box, hacking as an emancipatory strategy in Art, Science & Technology – Workshop with Patrícia J. Reis

This workshop targets female* and trans* artists, scientists, hackers and those curious in art and/or tech, interested in learning and sharing what they know about technology by demythifying and demystifying the so-called “black box”. By means of a fearless environment we invite participants to open electronic devices, break them apart, recycle components, play around with circuit-bending, questioning functionality, or simply hang out for a little chat and a cup of tea. Additionally, the workshop aims to be a meeting point for all female* and trans* hackers and/or artists interested in networking regardless of their background, experience, and level of knowledge. Mz* Baltazar’s is interested in getting to know and listen to its peers, connecting and bringing together female* and trans* people who share post-internet, hacktivist, queerfeminist, and DIY/DIT, open source political views.

Background

Hacking is nowadays a common practice and creative strategy employed among post-internet artists. By subverting the system, reverse engineering, hacking creative processes, defending access and openismus, they instrument a bottom-up methodology using deconstruction as a method to “make” art. Acknowledging Vilém Flusser’s (1986) challenge of opening the “black box” they question what is behind commercial apparatuses, defying their potential with the awareness of the impact of technology in the current neo-liberal market. Built upon the belief that art practice can be a critical impetus for social change, hacking practices and methods might be constituted as a potential tool for activating the spectator, emancipating and leading them into the process of questioning consumer capitalism.

Yet, those important tools of critical thought are still not completely accessible to all genders, since in the current time we still face the problem that women* and trans* people are a minority in both the creative and technical design of new technologies. The scenario is particular worrying in the context of hackerspaces, makerspaces, media art festivals, media art exhibitions and media art university degrees. This problem stems from the fact that electronic and programming are very often connoted as white normative male tools, and likewise the way technology is introduced to women and trans* people in their social and creative environment.

As an alternative, several initiatives such as Mz* Baltazar’s Lab based in Vienna, aim to contribute for merging the gender gap of female* and trans* people in the art, scientific and technology realm/ market by offering them tech/ art workshops, exhibition space and a supportive active community in a discrimination and sexual harassment free environment. By creating a space that fosters creativity, activism and provocative thinking MzB aims to empower women* and trans* people and support them in the development of their projects. Conscious that the intertwining of diversified knowledge and experience is primary for a community-building process, MzB invites women* and trans* people from different mindsets and backgrounds to share and collaborate without restrictions. Penetrating the black box is an invitation for those that are interested in intersecting their view points with other politics of perception contributing for a critical thought towards the necessity of demythifying and demystifying the ‘black box’.

Miss Baltazar's Lab workshops in Christiania – Copenhagen April 2013 – only women and trans

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In a three-day workshop we will hack hardware, make noise and produce stencils with open-source software. We will ask a lot of “dumb” questions and also develop technology together to accomplish an artistic project. No expert is required for participants. We want to share our knowledge and equipment and use the opensource tools of technology to express ouservelves in a new way. Mz Baltazar’s Laboratory offers to women and trans the opportunity to acquire skills in electronics and programing to realize interactive projects. The workshops will be held on Fridays at 15h in Maelkeboetten/ Christiania.

Please sign in or ask questions in on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/536755569708933/

Price per workshop: material costs

Artists & Workshops

Maria Hera “Ma soer cent têtes” Stencil workshop

12.04.2013 at 15h

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Ma soeur cent têtes is a gender-feminist street-art project. Maria Hera collected biographies of women who did interesting things in the past/future, made stencils out of their portraits and sprayed it in public space. Every stencil is basically provided with a bar- or QR-code witch leads to the wiki- or website of the shown woman.

The workshop is structured in the following way: depending to possibilities a viewing of the stencils on location or online is intended. Hereby the intention and concept are presented. In the second part the participants can learn the technic, according to individual interests, by creating self-chosen females or by cutting all ready existing stencils and spray them. The workshop empowers the participants to realize individual ideas or participate as a multiplicator in the process of publishing the women heroes.

Patrícia J. Reis – Electronics & Arduino Introduction Workshop

19.04.2013 at 15h

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This workshop aims to introduce the basics of electronics, focusing on what is essential for exploiting the open source Arduino platform and therefore to build things using different kinds of in and out-puts. We propose a relaxed approach and we aim to provide a pleasant environment for exploring, playing with the tools and above all having fun!

Christine Schörkhuber – The beauty of distorsion visual generation without laptop

26.04.2013 at 15h

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This workshop provides features to create visuals without the use of a laptop. In a playful way the powerful technical “magic box” is demystified and hacked.

Electric disturbance signals generated by Audio Signals are used to create abstract video landscapes. To open up cables and learn how to modify the signals is a first insight into the operating mode of signal transmission and basic electronics.

“Beauty of distorsion” is a glitch art project on the intersection of Video Art, Sound Art and Literature.

 

With thanks to our Founding Partners: Statens Kunstrad Danish Arts Council & Osterreichische Botschaft in Copenhagen who have made this workshop series possible.

 

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Switch On, Switch Off

WORKSHOP:  ‘Switch On, Switch Off’,
 a creative workshop for people who shy away from technology

with Joëlle Bitton (FRANCE)

WHEN: Friday 01.06.2012, at 2pm – 6 pm (you  can drop by at any point)

WHERE: PUBLIC SPACE “HOF 7” in Museumsquartier, Innenhof, neben Architekturzentrum Wien


Switch On Switch Off is a workshop on the basics of digital interaction in the physical world. Participants hack their bodies and their environment, turning them into the switches that activate and inactivate simple electronic circuits. A team of artists and designers guide them as they try and invent creative interactive gestures.

For beginners and pros

Switch On Switch Off is a interaction workshop for people of all ages, from all backgrounds, including absolute beginners and people who typically shy away from technologies. The main idea is to keep it simple —  not simplistic. More advanced practitioners can also get a lot from the simplicity of the workshop, being able to quickly iterate and try things. The constraint of  a very simple building block is in fact liberating, as you concentrate on the gestures and the scenario.

Bio
Joëlle is a new media artist, a human-computer interaction researcher and a traveller. She looks at the creative uses of technology and their potential social impact in the ‘Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy” (SiDE) research program at Culture Lab, Newcastle University. She pursued similar questions at Media Lab Europe in Dublin, between 2002 and 2005, in the research group “Human Connectedness”, with the projects “RAW” and “Passages”.
She co-founded in 2000 in Vienna an experimental collective “`Superficiel” in support of works that explore, among other things, the ideas of surface, screen, and body movement as interfaces.
In 1999, Joelle holds a postgraduate degree from the University of Sorbonne in History of Techniques. Her thesis, “Les Machines de l’Imaginaire” describes the impact of emerging technologies and networks on the 19th century European society.
She also co-organises Dorkbot Paris events.

Workshop in Taipei

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napravi me festival – saturday

some impressions from BELGRADE where MZ B’s LAB is co-hosting the festival ‘napravi me – make me’ together with WOMEN AT WORK belgrade and SELENA SAVIĆ.

yesterday we had 2 workshops about the navigation software NAVIT (ws from Darija Medić) and the first part of building electromagnetic cityscapes with Audrey Samson & Sabrina Basten

TODAY we will build ANGST DOLLS with Stefanie and  the ws of audrey and sabrina goes on. later we will du DATA CARVING with Danja Vasiliev & Gordan Savičić.

AND ITS AS INTERESTING AS IT SOUNDS.

see some pics .)

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Feminist DIY Kick Off Workshop in Frankfurt

A fine 4 days workshop in Frankfurt has ended with a fun spontanious noise instrument concert at the Kulturwaggon. We had a long discussion if non-experts should go on stage or not, but were all glad we did. The participants were students of the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach and got addicted to playing with circuits in no time. I hope we all stay in touch! Here some photos of the workshop and the link to the lecture as well as the performance:

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This coming Thursday Workshop by Hannah Perner-Wilson (pulsea.at)

Handcrafting Textile Sensors

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WHERE: Museumsquartier, Tagr TV / Transforming Freedom Space

WHEN: 7pm

WHO: women and trans only, free entry


This hands-on workshop introduces a range of low-cost materials and tools for building textile sensors. Participants will learn techniques for handcrafting textile sensors and circuitry that include sewing, knitting, crochet and embroidery.

The goal of the workshop is to familiarize participants with available electronic textile materials and introduce them to a variety of sensor and circuitry construction techniques.

Participants will also learn how to read the values of their sensors, using multimeters as well as Arduinos and Processing.


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The workshop in Berlin was pure divine fun – many, many people got interested in our group and it was booked out already 3 weeks in advance.

There was a journalist from Berlin’s TAZ and a Missy Magazine writer participating and the guy who makes the Arduino blog took an interview. He promised to add the tag “arduina” to the arduino website. I think, we should all post our thoughts on the arduino forum more, to start a discussion on these issues.

A journalist from dpi magazine in montreal took part in the workshop and will write about us. Also a dutch online magazine took an interview and the karlsruhe institute of technology as well as the Frankfurt visual arts department of the Goethe-Universität would like to host mz baltazar’s laboratory workshops.

I also gave a lecture at the panel Access Denied – DI_Yourself


Participants:
Carolyn Guertin (ca), Stefanie Wuschitz (at), Franca Formenti (it)
Moderation:
Verena Kuni (de)

The lecture was on hackerspaces and women only groups within these frameworks. Here are some pictures from my slide show:



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FM4 wants to do a radio report about mz baltazar’s laboratory, so they might even come to one of the next sessions. however, i really look forward to our linux (ubuntu) install session! if you want to change the operating system on your computer, please make sure to make a backup of all your data in advance! so i hope i see many of you on the 9th of february at 7pm at museumsquartier!

love,

stefanie

photos from our arduina workshop

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Delphine Mei took some pictures of us:

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NOVEMBER

This last month we had three workshops:
First of all Processing and how to connect it to Twitter or other RSS feeds. Then we enjoyed the silkscreen introduction by Zwax and talked about a concept to create interactive shoes.
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