[microsound-announce] Hackteria & Labhacking Workshop with Dusseiller & Koenig May30-June3 Berlin NK

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Wed May 13 09:25:24 EDT 2009

H a c k t e r i a & l a b h a c k i n g with Marc R. Dusseiller & Kaspar
Saturday 30 May - Wednesday 3 June 2009, 12.00-18.00 daily 

Location: NK / ElsenStr. 52 (2.Hof) Berlin, Germany 
Telephone: +49 (0)176 20626386 

Course Participation fee: 100 euros

Registration is required for this workshop and can only be done via 
email to: enka_nkATgmxDOTde

Please register early to ensure a place. Places are limited to 16.  
For Workshop leaders Biographies and full description and additional
reading go to myspace.com/enka52 
Overview--Experimental make-workshop with multilayered outcome for people
interested in sound, DIY-biology, 
microscopy and interaction of living microorganisms. Knowledge in physical
computing, video and sound 
processing, electronics and puredata is welcome, but not compulsary. 
Description--In this workshop the experiments will take place in close-up
view of microorganisms (e.g. water bears 
aka tardigrades,amoebae and collected organisms from urban environments),
which appears to be a world by itself. 
Maybe due to the scaling and the amplification of a microscope, but maybe
also due to all parameters of imagination 
that the microcosmos provokes. Growth and behaviour of these microscopic
animals remind us of our own micro-
macro-development. With the image and the movement of the organisms, the
participants are encouraged to collect 
 inspiration and bridge video and sound to what they experience with these
small „animalcules“, as termed by 
their first observer Leeuwenhoek in 1677. 

The participants will learn:
How to work with the usb-microscopes and hack webcams to be used as
microscopes, observe the behaviour and 
motion of the waterbears and other microorganisms, find sounds from the lab
equipment, hack into electronic 
devices to integrate into bioelectronic culture devices and build habitats
for the animals. Also they will discover 
sounds from the different instrumentation and utilities of the laboratory.
Recycle and compose arrangements for 
Lab-visual and Lab-sound scapes and benefit from a cross fertilization
between the whole (scientific) equipment 
(you can bring your own too!) and an artistic metaphorical language.

The outcome can be a video with a microscopic soundtrack, a living object
with singing waterbears, a performance 
with laboratory sounds, or an openLab Hackteria installation.

Material needed:
The participant should bring their own laptop/computer, a webcam with an
adjustable lens and some general lab 
stuff they have access to.

Material available:
various labware, glassware, petri-dishes, usb-microscopes, microorganisms,
soldering stations, electronic parts, 
arduinos etc..


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