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Soft Sense Workshop

(Tone Arm - Andrea Pagan)

(Tone Arm - Andrea Pagan)

Soft Sense is a workshop that teaches you how to build soft, presence-sensing circuits and have objects respond. Soft Sense is also an intro to wearable and ‘soft’ computing as a vehicle for artistic engagement with the fields of art, design, and technology. It is designed to get you up and running with these technologies and techniques so that you can build weird wearable art, be a forward thinking fashionista or launch the next bio-tech garment startup. Or if you just want to make clothes that light up, that is awesome too!

In this workshop we will learn about techniques for working with soft conductive materials:
- We will learn about mapping values with a micro-controller
- We will learn about voltage division
- We will build a soft circuit for sensing presence!

This workshop costs $60 and includes a component kit for building our wearable circuit. The Kit includes:
- 1 Gemma(a tiny micro-controller designed for wearable projects)
- 5 sewable leds
- 1 #8 needle
- 1 Photo-resistor& 1 resistor 

You will also want to bring a garment or textile to modify, plus your laptop and a Micro-B USB cable for the programming portion of this workshop.

Liz Lessner is a sculptor and installation artist who uses technology to craft responsive and interactive objects and spaces.  Lessner has had solo shows at Big Orbit, a Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts Gallery Project Space, and The University at Buffalo Visual Studies Gallery. She has exhibited her sculptures and installations nationally and internationally including the Guapamacátaro Center for Art and Ecology in Michoacán, Mexico, A.I.R. gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and an upcoming exhibition at Everard Read’s Circa Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. She has an MFA in Media Study and Emerging Practices from the University at Buffalo’s Department of Media Study and has taught workshops and classes in a wide range of educational settings including the University at Buffalo’s Department of Media Study(Buffalo, NY), the Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago, IL), Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen, MI), andRenaissance Charter School for the Arts (Queens, NY).

WHEN: Saturday February 25,  12 -3pm
COST: $60 (includes all components and materials)