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.
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.
./ Make Me! Festival | Napravi Me! Festival
⇒Belgrade, Friday 10th – Monday 14th of June 2011
⇒Cultural Centre REX, Jevrejska 16
⇒TEACH YOU, TEACH ME:
A RESEARCH ON THE PRESENCE AND POTENTIAL
OF ALTERNATIVE USES
OF TECHNOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE,
ON THE STREETS OF BELGRADE
register for the workshops at email@example.com
all workshops are free of charge
Make me! festival will feature a series of workshops on building and using different DIY devices, with a critical reflection on the presence of technology in public space.
The workshops are intended for tech-savvy women and girls but also enthusiasts of all genders with no previous knowledge. Artists and activists gathered around independent, self-organised initiatives from the Netherlands, Austria and Serbia will teach a wide range of subjects, from listening to electromagnetic waves and analysis of wireless Internet traffic to the use of satellite signal for GPS and solar energy.
The attendants will learn how to make and modify devices for receiving and storing the data they gather. Through one and two days workshops where “everyone teaches everyone”, we will explore the presence of technology on the streets of Belgrade. We will play with the potential of alternative uses of technology in everyday life.
The main goal is to question what is given and imposed by the technology, through an approach on the intersection between technology, art and activism. The workshops are meant to enable and encourage the participants to work with everyday technology and adapt it to their needs. They are not expected to show high technical literacy but curiousity to get to know and possibly modify technology that is available to everyone.
The target group are primarily girls with an experience in some kind of activism and an interest in art and technology. It is expected from the participants to share the interest in ‘breaking the box’ and ‘looking inside’, and to have an affinity towards learning new skills. One of important outcomes of this programme will be to create and strengthen a network that would connect the ones who are active on this scene. Through this network, we expect to be able to can support each other even long after the events have ended.
The workshops will take place over the course of 4 days, with two or three workshops sometimes running in parallel. The main programme is meant for women only. It is thought of as a ‘women for women’ exchange of knowledge. The programme would be open for participation of everyone interested, with the idea to open up our activities and content to everyone we are sharing our environment with.