Thursdays 6 — 9PM
from April 4
to May 16
$300 course fee + $35 Materials fee
for 7 class sessions
+ Student Exhibit on June 1, 2019
2015 East Riverside Dr.
Austin, Texas 78741
HARDWARE HACKING AND CIRCUIT BENDING
In the spirit of legendary hardware hackers such as Nicolas Collins, Reed Ghazala, and Alvin Lucier, this course encourages students to explore the bending, hacking, and breaking as a creative practice
Learn to hack everyday electronics into creative objects
REPURPOSE: Hardware Hacking explores the practice of recycling and repurposing consumer products for multimedia and sound performances. Through bold experiments, dismantling and reconfiguring appliances, tools, toys, musical instruments, and electronics, participants develop the skills and experience to make expressive devices out of everyday objects. Class projects include circuit bending, hacking controllers, constructing kinetic art with found mechanisms, and designing contact-mic-based musical instruments. Through hands-on experiments, students learn reverse engineering, basic electronics, basic construction, mechanical engineering, how to integrate found devices with controllers (Arduino/Teensy), and how to source materials.
WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR
This workshop is for
Artists and musicians with an interest in making new media, kinetic, or electronic work.
HARDWARE HACKING EXAMPLES
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
Electronics and Soldering
Design and construction
Sound/Video Art history and theory
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
No electronics experience required
No programming experience required
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Students Must Have: Laptop (Mac or Windows)
“I’ve created these tools, these toys, and have had time to play with them.”
Matthew Steinke is a composer, artist, and educator. His sonic narratives and musical experiments take the form of audio recordings, videos, performances, and installations. His invented instruments combine electromechanical engineering and acoustic design for both composed and improvised performances.
Over the past two decades, Steinke's robotic installations and performances have been presented in museums, galleries, and festivals across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
He holds an MFA in Art and Technology Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been featured in Wired, Artweek LA, The Village Voice, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Spin, Rolling Stone, Keyboard Magazine, Drum Magazine, Hackaday, and on the cover of Tape Op.
Currently residing in Austin, Texas, Matt divides his time between music composition, performance, installation, acoustic research, and experimental musical instrument design.