Haptic interaction workshop

RITMO will hold two workshops on force-feedback haptic interactions by the musician and academic Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos.

Haptic Fader is a force-feedback sliding potentiometer which offers a way of integrating the sense of touch into digital musical instruments and a more organic connection with electronic sound equipment. After years of academic and artistic research, the haptic fader was designed and developed for introducing musicians, sound artists, media artists, and interaction designers to haptics, a field which only very few institutions had access to before.

It is the only general-purpose cost-effective force-feedback device based on open-source hardware and open-source software elements for creative communities. Dr. Edgar Berdahl and Dr. Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos, creators of the device and framework, have held talks and workshops on international conferences, Universities and for wider audiences such us at the Ableton’s Loop festival. Over the years, different versions of the device have been used in compositions and audio-visual performances in the US and Europe. In the workshop, participants will assemble a haptic fader and learn how to program simple force-feedback haptic interactions in the visual programming environments of Max and Pure Data.

Workshop 1

Time: Wednesday 22 May 2019 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00
Place: meet up in RITMO's kitchen area, first floor Harald Schjelderups hus

In the workshop, participants will assemble a haptic fader and learn how to program simple force-feedback haptic interactions in the visual programming environments of Max and Pure Data.

The participants are not expected to have prior experience in electronics and digital fabrication. Some experience in programming would help but is not required. The participants should bring their own laptop to program the device, and pre-install Max (free for 30 days) and Pure Data.

Max participants: 5

Workshop 2

Time: Thursday 23 May 2019 14:00-18:00
Place: Meeting room N202 (behind the canteen), Harald Schjelderups hus

In this workshop, participants will learn how to program force-feedback haptic interactions in Max visual programming language. During the workshop the participants will borrow a custom designed haptic device and will explore and modify models developed by the instructor and his collaborators.

This workshop aims to get participants easily up to speed by examining simple example haptic interactions in the familiar Max programming environment. Many of these examples are based on physical models and are represented intuitively the visual programming paradigm context of Max. More advanced examples will be presented in order to offer insight into how haptics can be integrated creatively into novel music compositions and sound art. Several music compositions will be used as examples.

The workshop has been taught for consecutive years at a University level, at the international conference of New Interfaces for Musical Expression NIME and at Ableton’s Loop festival. The target audience includes musicians, artists, designers and the general public interested in the application of technology for creative projects.

The participants are not expected to have prior experience in programming, and electronics or digital fabrication.

Max participants: 10

About the mentor

Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos is an academic, musician and artist, conducting transdisciplinary research and creating work at the intersection of art, science, and technology. He has equally a scientific, engineering and musical background which is reflected in the nature of his creative practice and his techno-scientific exploration. After completing his Ph.D. in 2008 in France, he joined Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD) at Cardiff Metropolitan University where he is currently Senior Lecturer in Sound and Media Art. His artistic work, which includes audiovisual performances, installations, and compositions, has been presented in Europe and in the US. As an artist/researcher he often develops his own software and hardware and explores novel technical, conceptual and artistic approaches.

He is currently partner coordinator of the EU funded EASTN-DC European Art Science Technology Network - Digital Creativity project. He is also co-founder of stiwdioEverywhere, an art & design studio that travels around the world following the digital nomad's lifestyle, and oneContinuousLab, a transdisciplinary art-science studio-lab based in Athens, Greece.

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Published May 16, 2019 2:30 PM - Last modified May 16, 2019 2:32 PM