Archive: Issue No. 80, April 2004

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Physical computing workshop at Wits

Ralph Borland, a graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, as well as Michaelis where he is currently teaching will be hosting a three day hands-on introductory workshop to physical computing, at Wits in Johannesburg.

This discipline makes use of sensors, mechanical and electronic devices, and computers to activate objects or environments in the physical world, making interactive artworks, installations and performance devices.

Amongst the various activities, the three-day workshop will explore examples of physical computing work by contemporary artists, suggest some of the possibilities for tracking information from the physical world through various sensors, and also look at particular software available for manipulating audio and video.

Basic computer literacy and an interest in making things are the only requirements. There is an attendance fee of R700, plus an additional materials fee of R150.