2013 Workshops at The Edge

posted 09 Feb 13

I've been invited back to The Edge again this year to present more *electrically charged* workshops.

This year I'll continue presenting the Introduction to Electronics workshop, which if you don't know is a 2 hour round trip of basic electronics, resulting in the creation of a small sound toy.  

Also this year I'm hosting the Intermediate Electronics workshop. This workshop, conducted over 4 hours takes what we learnt in the introduction workshop and beef it up a bit: creating a multi-oscillator, four button playable synthesizer. This workshop moves on from the prototyping stage where we use a breadboard, trying our hand at soldering, and using new components.

Visit the The Edge website for bookings and other workshops.

The dates for my workshops are:

Date Workshop
February 3 Intro to Electronics
February 25 Intermediate Electronics
March 23 Intermediate Electronics
March 26 Intro to Electronics
April 23 Intro to Electronics
May 11 Intermediate Electronics
May 28 Intro to Electronics
June 25 Intro to Electronics


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2012 Brisbane Artist Run Initiative Festival

posted 20 Oct 12

The Brisbane Artist Run Initiative (BARI) Festival is on across Brisbane, with 15 arist run galleries and pop-up spaces showing work throughout the month long program.

My interactive projector work Audio Reactive Particle Generator will be shown at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts from Friday 26th until 8pm the following night as part of the showcase curated by Jenna Baldock and Meagan Streader from InHouseARI.

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Blog interview about Social Fragments

posted 02 Aug 12

My new work Social Fragments is up and tweeting away at The Edge. I was interviewed about this work here on the The Edge website. Below is a copy of the interview:

What is the Tweet phone (does it have another name?)
I've called this work Social Fragments. It's an interactive installation that learns how to put together tweets using the words people use when having a conversation with it.

Where did you get the idea from?
Last year I was asked to consider ways people could announce to others their arrival in a space; in the same way you can  announce your arrival by checking in on Facebook, but on a much smaller and more local way. I thought at the time social media would be a good way to do this. But I also realised not all people use Twitter, Facebook or Foursquare, so using these services exclusively would exclude people.

At the time I was also playing around with an idea I had proposed for Experimenta's current exhibition "Talk to me". Experimenta were looking for works that explored the idea of how we communicate with each other at this time. So I proposed an interactive work that let people hear and respond to tweets using speech synthesis and recognition. My proposal would have filled a room, so it was a little ambitious. Although I thought it was a good start, the idea matured into what it is now, but much smaller.

What clever and crafty things did you have to do to put it all together?
The installation is part software, part physical object. The object part is a wall mounted, pixelated circle, with strip LED lights illuminating through clear resin, with a red retro telephone handset hung in the centre. Embedded inside is a Google Android Nexus S handset running custom software written in Java.

The software I wrote uses the Nuance Mobile Developer SDK. This is the same software used on the iPhone that makes Siri. With this I'm able to convert speech to text, so that when you talk to it I can get a transcript of what you say. Likewise I'm able to produce a script and questions that is converted to speech and spoken by a synthesised voice, with a peculiar take on an Australian accent.

With the transcripts of answered questions, I analyse these using a Markov process, which allows me to guess potential word structures based on the way a person answers the question. For example it collects information such as starting words, ending words, words that go before and after certain words. With this information I play a game of chance, essentially rolling for the next word until I reach 140 characters, then tweet the results.

Is this a one off or something that you are developing for ongoing uses?
I would like to make a series of them, given the opportunity. The software supports multiple languages, multiple voices and accents, and different personalities.

More broadly I'm interested in ways we interact with our built environment, how we engage with computers and how they engage with us. My ongoing experiments in this area may bring up different objects over time, I hope this is the start of further investigation and exploration in this area.

What’s the @address for punters to follow?
You can follow the tweets on @SocialFragments

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Introduction to Electronics workshops at the Edge

posted 02 Jul 12

Starting this July 2012 I'll be hosting the introduction to electronics workshops at The Edge. The workshops are geared to introduce people to electronics, giving them some skills to understand circuit design, prototyping, reading schematic diagrams and introducing components such as resistors and capacitors.

The outcome of the workshop is a simple single oscillating sound toy - a component in analog/analog modelling synthersizers. The workshops will be held until November 2012, more details and information on how to attend can be found on the Edge's website.

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