Overall Recap Video from the Month!
Here’s some video footage of the final presentations from the class!
Here are some photos from the Chalk Walk we did today!
A Chalk Walk is a provocation in public space that highlights hidden spaces, objects, locations, or social cues. Walk around the block, draw these on the sidewalk, take a photo, and post it
to the blog.
Here are some photos and videos from our circuit bending activity.
Today we built contact microphones using piezio-electric transducers, headphone jacks, and Plasti-Dip to seal them up once soldered together!
This is the class blog for Scrapyard Challenge @ Digital Day Camp at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology!
This 4 week course examines the practice of recycling and sound production through exploration and hacking of found materials and junk. As the world’s landfills swarm with millions of tons of discarded electronics, the examination of the critical and creative use of recycled materials becomes ever more important. The Scrapyard Challenge summer program is a subset of the Scrapyard Challenge workshops that have been conducted 58 times around the world since 2003 in 14 countries, on 5 continents. This class examines interventions in planned obsolescence through sustainable technological practice and will tackle the issues of recycling, art making, and sustainability.
Students will explore new ways of working with trash and recycled electronics and other materials to create new work and present projects such as digital musical instruments and recycled artworks. They will collaboratively introduce each other to methods of recycling digital materials for creative exploration and produce art projects made from found or rescued waste. The Scrapyard Challenge course provides an exciting opportunity to learn and develop frameworks for communities and individuals working with issues of sustainability and waste reduction.
There are four major overlapping themes we will work with throughout the month and their intersection with recycling, re-use, and sustainability. The class will culminate on August 1st with an in-class final presentation and jam session.
FOUR CLASS THEMES:
Low Technology – the opposite of high technology. simple, or seemingly non-technological solutions, or working with outdated technologies.
Dead Technology – things that no longer “work”, or are quickly being put out of use. Quite of bit of “dead” tech is available in the streets and in the junkyard. How do we bring it back to life?
Lost Technology – things we are losing because of technology – the emotional, social, and psychological dimensions of what is discarded and “lost.”
Found Technology – things we “find” when working with what is low, dead, and lost. New “discoveries” amongst what was previously regarded as worthless.