Learn about conductive embroidery and e-textiles!
Catch invites artists, designers, musicians, technologists and other creative minds to join our 2020 Summer Camp – Soft Electronics, led by creative technologist, writer and artist Mirabelle Jones. No coding, electronics or previous microcontroller experience is needed.
When we think about hardware we think about wires, fibreglass, plastic enclosures and metal. But what if hardware was a little more soft? Catch summer camp lets you explore the exciting, rapidly developing world of soft electronics and creative computing, including a look at conductive embroidery and e-textiles. Mirabelle Jones will introduce you to some amazing artists working at the intersection of art and technology, sharing creations such as wearables, products, and installations built using the same tools, techniques and materials we’ll be exploring in the workshop to give you the inspiration to create your own projects during our camp. All you need to participate is your own fabric and creative ideas!
During the camp, you will learn how to work with microcontrollers, sound, LEDs, sensors and actuators. Mirabelle will introduce you to the Circuit Playground: a microcontroller with endless application possibilities such as light animations, sensors for detecting motion, temperature and brightness, buttons and slide switches, a piezo speaker, and a microphone. You will learn how to write basic programs in C++ code to control inputs and outs and build up your own interactive projects.
There’s no need to worry if your knowledge of electronics is null. Over the course of the week you will be given the guidance and inspiration needed to envision and develop your own ideas for creative electronic projects. The summer camp will provide you with electronic materials, space and support to work on projects that utilise the ideas and technologies presented in the workshop.
The summer camp is for artists, designers, technologists and creatives who wish to get inspiration on how to approach physical computing in an artistic way using conductive embroidery and e-textiles and wish for guidance on where to start when exploring the vast world of technology projects. Because the summercamp is hands-on and focused on learning through practice, the summer camp can accommodate both beginners and intermediates in both their technological and artistic practices.
Other than creating a space to explore the world of creative electronics, this summer camp is an opportunity to expand your artistic network and meet new people from the artistic community. The camp will host an afternoon session with artist and technologist Helen Leigh who will talk about her practice and projects with electronic embroidery and wearables, as well as give a short workshop. This will be followed by a round table discussion about artistic and design practices within technology. The joint discussion will be facilitated by Majken Overgaard who is program manager at Catch and Deborah Hustic Artistic Director at Radiona who is also hosting a summer camp in Croatia at the same time as part of the European network Feral Labs.
The camp will culminate in an exhibition of the work produced during the camp, participants are encouraged to share their design and development processes including insights and plans for future advancements.
To attend Catch Summer Camp – Soft Electronics, you must write name and address to Julie Østengaard at firstname.lastname@example.org, followed by a bank transfer of 500 dkk (bank information will be sent to you personally by email). This fee covers materials used for projects created during the five days of summer camp, and participants are provided drinks and snacks during the day.
There are a limited number of spots in the summer camp and you are only secured a spot after paying the fee and receiving email confirmation (a Facebook “attendance” is not equal to a spot in the camp).