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Physical Computing + Collaborative Practice
with Benjamin Gaulon & Niamh Shaw
Continuous Professional Development interdisciplinary workshop

Date: Wednesday 6 February
Time: 9.30 – 16.30 (Lunch provided)
Venue: The Hacklab, Dunlop/Oriel House, Corner of Westland Row & Fenian St. Dublin 2

Who should attend? Artists interested in embedding technology into their practice. This is especially designed for beginners.

Cost: 30 euro

Note: This Master Class is open to participants from cross artform backgrounds and no programming or electronics experience is required.   Lunch is provided.


During this Master class participants will become familiar with basic hardware and software design while at the same time gaining hands-on experience making interactive art projects, digital art performances, installations, interactive events using moving images and sound.The workshop covers the basics of Physical Computing using Arduino, Pure Data and Processing. Participants will be able to control sound and visuals in Pure Data or Processing by using a variety of Sensors (distance sensor, light sensor, temperature sensor, potentiometer, etc). Each participant will have use of a starter kit (Arduino, bread boards, basic tools and sensors) for the day.

Places for this CPD session are limited and we anticipate a high demand, so we are seeking an up to date CV and a 250 word expression of interest stating your interest in the area and how you feel it may impact upon your practice.

Please forward current CV by email to info [at] no later than 23 January [*deadline extended*].

Additional Information

Technology is increasingly supporting new and exciting modes of interactivity and participation across artforms.  Artists across disciplines are increasingly collaborating with technologists and investing in their own professional development to build new and innovative models of engagement.

The applications are boundless, enhanced sound and lighting control, seemingly inanimate objects becoming active and limitless interactivity are just some of the possibilities for creative exploration.  Are you interested in knowing more? This CPD opportunity will provide attendees with practical examples of how physical computing has been used to critical effect across art-forms as well as giving hands on experience in testing the possibilities of how it might impact upon your own practice.

This opportunity is geared towards artists who work collaboratively and priority will be given to artists with a background in collaborative art-making.  It is essential that you are able to bring your own laptop – PC or MAC

Benjamin Gaulon

This course is run by Benjamin Gaulon, an artist and lecturer at the National College of Art and Design. Since 2005, Benjamin has been exploring Circuit Bending and Hardware Hacking. He has also been running similar workshops in Europe and the US. He created the Recyclism Hacklab in 2011,

Niamh Shaw

Niamh is a theatre maker, performer and science communicator, with two degrees in Engineering and a Ph.D in Science.  She is particularly interested in cross-pollinating science with live performance.  Most recently for  ANU Production’s ‘The Boys of Foley Street’, 2012  Dublin Theatre Festival, she designed and installed an integrated Arduino-controlled sensor system, inconspicuously nested within the production, created specifically to extend and support the existing work rather than functioning as a separate standalone piece.  Niamh will be sharing this experience.

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