Sensitive environments: using and exploring networked wireless environment sensors

© J. Bell, 2012

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© J. Bell, 2012

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Sensitive environments: using and exploring networked wireless environment sensors

Workshop
October 27-28, November 3-4 and 17-18, 2012, from 10 am to 5 pm

Registration
September 25 to October 25, 2012

Spread out over three sessions, this workshop will deal with configuring a network of wireless sensors, as well as the visualization and sonification of the data generated by this network.

The three sessions will be held over two days. During the first session, participants will be given an introduction to wireless sensor networks, including light, temperature and movement sensors, as well as an overview of how set up a network. Recent art projects using this technology will be examined, and participants will be invited to build a network adapted to the workshop.

The goal of this exercise is to expose artists to the basic concepts and techniques necessary for the realization of a successful project. The second session will focus on fine-tuning the network. After all the necessary components are installed, the artists will be introduced to methods of testing and making the network function properly, followed by a presentation on ways of compiling and utilizing the data generated for use in the creation of an artwork. In the third session, participants will develop their knowledge of data processing and refining techniques for transforming the generated data into visual and sonic formats.

Some relevant web resources:
http://www.apo33.org/fr/?page_id=132
http://www.meetup.com/sensemakers/
http://sensestage.hexagram.ca/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_lzXsXTLLM

*This workshop will be conducted in English by a bilingual instructor.

Prerequisites
- Familiarity with mulitmedia programming softwares (MaxMSP; Processing; Pure Data…) is not essential but would be helpful for the participant;
- Be a professional artist, creator or cultural worker;
- Be a self-employed worker or a salaried employee in an enterprise not subject to 1 % Training Investment*;
- Attend every workshop session.

*Any enterprise whose total payroll is $1.000.000 or more is subject to 1% Training Investment. (Emploi-Québec Program)

Number of participants: 10 people
Registration period: September 25 – October 25, 2012
Call or email the New Media Lab: 514 844-3250, ext. 230 or lab@oboro.net.
Cost: $120
Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays, October 27-28, November 3-4 and 17-18, 2012, from 10 am to 5 pm

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Workshop Cancellation
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Jim Bell

Jim Bell is a professional artist, audio/visual technician, interaction designer, and programmer living and working in Montreal. Jim recently graduated with distinction from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the InterMedia CyberArts program. His work is mostly focused on audio/visual installation, with sculptural and interactive components, exploring correlations between natural and constructed worlds, obsolescence and novelty, science and the paranormal. Jim has exhibited, performed, attended artists residencies, and taught workshops in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, and North America.