April 18th, 2013

sensing sensor

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Art and Common Space workshop “Sensing Emotional Infrastructure of the City”

Intermedia studio, KIT, NTNU Trondheim;
Thursday April 18th and Friday April 19th, 2013

The workshop instructed by artists Nomeda (NTNU) and Gediminas Urbonas (M.I.T.)
and David Robert, an artist and programer (M.I.T.)

The workshop examines how the responsive technologies could be deployed for speculative reasons to detect affect, breath, motion, pressure, acoustics and other senses, translating them into a  series of alternative operations.

The workshop is planed for 2 days: Thursday and Friday: morning session 9:00-12:00, lunch break 12:00-13:00, afternoon session till 13:00-17:00 pm.

Participants should work in groups of at least 2 students on a project together so they can engage in peer-to-peer learning and figure it out.

Workshop agenda:

1. Gediminas + Nomeda : Intro: Critical framework of sensory workshop, senses.

2. Short walk through built and natural environment nearby:
Students bring pen + paper, take digital pictures if possible;
– students to take notes on what sensors they see around them AND:
– note what each sensor needs to function properly (e.g. power supply, something to sense, sunlight);
– note what happens along sensory pathway: where does the sensed information go? how is it used?

3. Group discussion on sensors found during walk;

4. Intro to sensor hardware: Arduino setup:
-An Overview of Arduino Hardware micro-controller;
-Installing Arduino Programming Environment:
-Writing your first line of code;
-Where to look when you are stuck and need to learn…

5. INPUT: Three sensors and Arduino:
-Preparing your sensors, wiring sensors to hardware;
-Starter code for each sensor example;
-The ecology of Arduino-compatible “shields”.

6. OUTPUT: Make a tool for graphing and visualizing sensory stream:
-How does seeing your sensor’s data over time help you understand patterns?

7. OUTPUT: Make a servomotor move:
-What is a servomotor – how to select one.

8. Initial Discussion re: problems you will eventually need to solve:
-How do I power my setup?
-How do I make my setup wireless?
-Do I really need to leave my laptop with the electronics all the time?

9.  Field test AS-IS:
-Test your sensor in a first prototype of your intended piece;
-Choose your own research method and protocol;
-Document/take notes;

10. Generate “practice-led research report” documenting:
Intro
Project Goals
Motivation
Art Historical Context
Project Description (as-executed)
Participant/Observer feedback
Experiment Results
Future Work:
How you plan to develop your piece
Theoretical / critical issues you would like to further address
Technical challenges you want to overcome
Conclusion / Discussion
Acknowledgments
References

11. Gediminas + Nomeda : feedback session with students on experience

12. Possible Assignment: Research Abstracts from students:
RESEARCH ABSTRACT = 1 paragraph and should include:
One to two sentences on Motivation.
One or two sentences on project description.
One sentence on research method chosen.
One or two sentences on results of experiment/findings and summary of discussion.

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