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Arduino for artist filmmakers
Digital controlling Super 8 cameras

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October 11th 2014, 10:30 - 5pm. no.w.here first floor, 316 - 318 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AG. Price: £77 for members and £110 for non-members.
October 11th 2014, 10:30 - 5pm. Book online or call on 0207 729 4494

Arduino is used by artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

Practically we will look at creating your first 'hello world' moment in computer code, before looking at basic control using an Arduino board such as through lighting up LED's. This will culminate in us looking at how motion and sound can be used to physically control a Super 8 camera. ††

As well as providing a basis for practical experimentation, the workshop will look conceptually at coding and how the film artist can use platforms such as Arduino to move the relative certainty of analogue and digital image technology towards producing something with multiple outcomes or uncertain results. ††

Whilst dealing with these high minded concepts, the workshop will retain a sense of fun, adventure and a true spirit of DIY! †Please note that all hardware is included for use in the workshop will be retained for future workshops at the end of the day. You will however be provided with a list of kit and parts required..

For an example of a DIY Arduino controlled time lapse unit for a Bolex H16mm camera please click here, and for an example of a film installation which uses Arduino please see the link below: http://www.creativeapplications.net/processing/the-space-beyond-me-openframeworks-arduino-processing/

This workshop will involve some basic electronics and coding and is aimed at the beginner, no prior experience of either Super 8 filming or Arduino is necessary. Participants will need to bring a Mac or PC laptop, or be prepared to share one. Please ensure you download Arduino and Processing before the workshop. The link will be emailed to you on booking.

To summarise, the workshop includes:

- Thinking creatively through code and microprocessing
- Introduction to kit (this will be intertwined with the above)
- Influences and references
- Making an Arduino sketch
- Demonstration of the Super 8 camera in use with Arduino
- Introducing programming concepts
- Programming a basic Super 8 controller using Arduino
- Examples of what other artists have done with Arduino

This workshop is limited to 8 participants.


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