Workshops from the Workshop on Workshops

Sunday, February 24th
Morning Section: 10 to noon
Afternoon section: 2 to 5pm

We just did a workshop on teaching workshops with a dozen brilliant UCLA grad students, out which came this bunch of one hour educational experiments.

If you’re a Machine member and would enjoy helping us test these out, send an email to m@machineproject.com with the subject line [I'd like to try learning something new]. We will do one session in the morning (10am to noon) and one in the afternoon (2pm to 5pm), so please include your choice of the morning or afternoon session.

Free (for Machine Members).

First come, first served (for Machine Members).

If all this talk of (Machine Members) is making you feel left out, join our pedagogical party train here.

Morning Session

10am:
Getting Started With Inflatables

Led by: Richard Wheeler

Have you ever thought about making inflatables, but didn’t know how to get started? Join us for an hour-long crash course that will teach you the basic skills you will need.. No experience is necessary, just a interest in learning and some patience for getting stuck in balls of tape! We’ll provide the supplies you’ll need. You’ll come away with new skills, new ideas, and some pointers on what to do next if you decide to continue your inflatable adventures.

11am:
Household Hardware Hacking

Led by: Chris Reilly & Dennis Rosenfeld

A crash course in hacking, modifying and customizing your household gadgets. This workshop is great for novices and those with intermediate hacking skills. Participants will engage with live hands-on demonstrations and get exposure to information sources for performing more advanced hacks. The following items and techniques will be covered:

1) Why hack things? Introduction to concept and reasons for hardware hacking. Benefits and Risks explained. 2) Cell phones. 3) Hackintosh: running OSX on non-apple hardware. 4) Wifi router. 5) Cameras. 6) Inkjet printers. 7) Crockpots.


Afternoon Session

2pm:
Microbial Aesthetics

Led by: Megan May Daalder & Eric Parren

In 1998, an American microbiologist worked out that the number of bacteria on Earth at that time was five million trillion trillion. In this workshop our goal is to curate a portion of this growing population. Participants will be introduced to the basics of growing their own bacterial culture. During the workshop the group will collect samples from their immediate surroundings and work together to explore the aesthetics of microbial cultures.

3pm:
Casual Circuit Workshop

Led by: Tyler Stefanich, Phoebe Hui & Gottfried Haider

Do you like to draw and have an interest in electronics? Then join UCLA graduate students Gottfried, Phoebe and Tyler to learn how to turn pencil-and-paper drawings from flat, static images into dynamic, electrical circuits. We’ll also try sketching circuits on the computer using a collaborative website.

4pm:
Video Mapping

Led by: Refik Anadol, Matthias Dorfelt & Kian Peng Ong

This workshop is an introduction to the concepts and techniques to 3D projection mapping, or more commonly known as Video Mapping. In the first part of the workshop, we will explain what mapping is all about with some historical precedent of mapping and students will then be introduced to the various processes to carry out a 3D Architectural Video Mapping. Different techniques will be introduced and we will show different examples of work done with that particular technique.

The second part of the workshop will focus on learning the tool that we will learn in this workshop, which is the Madmapper tool kit. We encourage students to download the demo software before the workshop at http://www.madmapper.com. Participants will first build a simple structure out of blocks that we will provide and learn how to map it with Madmapper, followed by creating simple animations using the built in animation tool in madmapper.

We will end the workshop with a short presentation of works done by the participants, followed by a short sharing session of questions related to what they have experienced in the workshop.