Intro to Programming I: Fall 2018
September 19, 2018 - October 10, 2018

About the workshop
Introduction to Programming I is the first course in a two-part series that introduces students to basic programming concepts and prepares them for intermediate and advanced programming instruction in Fuse Factory classes and workshops, or elsewhere. Introduction to Programming I covers the concepts of types, values, expressions, conditional execution, looping, and functions. Students will explore and practice these concepts using JavaScript to write simple numerical applications. Some creative graphical programming will also be introduced using P5.js.

There are no prerequisites for this course. Students are not be expected to have any prior programming experience. Students should bring their laptops to class. Otherwise, all materials and tools required to complete the course will be provided.

For a complete introduction to programming, it is recommended that students follow this course with Introduction to Programming II. Fall 2018 Intro to Programming I will meet for four one-hour sessions (September 19, September 26, October 3, October 10). Students will be expected to complete some light homework assignments between sessions.

About the instructor
Michael Perkins is a technologist, musician and philosopher with special interests in Buddhist philosophy, discrete mathematics, data science, contemporary jazz, and algorithmic music. He is a graduate of Georgia State University where he studied music and philosophy and The Ohio State University where he studied philosophy and computer science. He completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy at The Ohio State University in 1983. For 35 years, Michael has developed advanced software systems for some of the world’s leading software vendors. He has designed and implemented special-purpose programming languages, data management tools, application generators, cross-platform networking software, and IT systems management software. Currently, Michael is Chief Scientist for Prosper Technologies, where he designs and implements software systems for integrating, analyzing and visualizing complex sets of data.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please register using the link below:

Intro to Programming I
Registration for one
$40.00

Workshop: Introduction to Wearable Technology with the Flora Microcontroller
October 04, 2018

About the workshop
This beginner-friendly class will introduce participants to the popular microcontroller Flora. Designed with wearables in mind, Flora is a small but powerful platform that makes integration of technology, lights and electronics into fashion and art possible. The class will cover Flora operations and design, basic Flora programming, and student will create their own wearable creation. We will be using conductive thread to sew Light emitting diodes (Neopixels) onto fabric to create a light changing bracelet or broch that they will program to change colors or blink in a pattern of their choice. We will also use conductive paint and conductive tape to add an extra dimension of creativity to their project. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to integrate lights and technology into wearables and fashion but didn’t know where to start – this class is for you.

About the instructor
Alexandria Kalika is a database analyst/Hadoop admin at OCLC. She loves art, math, science, programming and economics and is always looking for interesting ways to combine all of these interests.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please reserve one or more spots by using the link below:

Wearable Tech with Gemma
Reservation for one
$65.00

October 2018 Frequency Fridays: An evening with Adi Newton (UK) w/special guests Circuitry Room (CMH)
October 05, 2018

Our October 2018 Frequency Fridays show features Adi Newton performing solo, with special guests Circuitry Room (CMH). Accompanying Circuitry Room on visuals are Columbus-based video artists Matt and Nicolette Swift. Date: Friday, October 5 2018. Location: It Looks Like It’s Open (13 E. Tulane Rd., 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. BYOB, all ages. Our Frequency Fridays 2018-2019 season is supported by grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Columbus Foundation.

About the performers and artists:

Adi Newton is the founder of industrial post-punk group Clock DVA and the ANTI Group, an industrial jazz and visual arts project created in tandem with engineer Robert Baker. He is also the director of ARMComm Anterior Research Media Communications, the production arm for ClockDVA/TAGC.

Circuitry Room is a think tank for audio exploration. The founding members are Andrew Izold, Jeff Chenault and Dan Rockwell. They have been playing together on and off since 1989. Their combination of old-school electronics and high tech digital applications culminate into a wall of sound that is beyond categorization. Based in Ohio, Circuitry Room seek out new forms of expression while maintaining a dark mischievous edge. Their sound is constantly changing and evolving while their “live” sonic improvisations provide a unique and challenging listening experience.

Matt Swift is an all-around visual artist living in Columbus, Ohio. His work is not limited to any one medium or mode including photography, painting, video, digital compositions, mixed media and anything else that may be a source of inspiration. With an education in Art History, Film and Media Studies, and Library Science, the majority of his work stems from a deep connection to the historical avant-garde and experimental movements of all art forms. Juxtaposition of styles to find new abstract connections is where most of his work begins. Every piece is scientifically and creatively an experiment with a hypothesis that is tested and either is proven or disproven. What engagement occurs when you mix meditation and action painting to create a wall scroll combining the styles of Jackson Pollock and Zen Buddhist painters? What about the combination of purist structuralist cinematic techniques with the motivations of Norman McLaren’s frame by frame hand etched animations inspired by music? The end result encompasses a documentation of the experiment fit for a postmodern world, updating and educating about the styles of old through the lens of the plethora of information that is at the fingertips of our ever shrinking but also expanding digital world.

His current work is a conversation with alternative methods of landscape and portrait painting as performance to overcome his physical disability using various digital technologies. His recent work explores the intersection of human interaction and programmed robotics. His paintings embody the artist’s movements, application of paint, and interference with a robotic vacuum cleaner which through random object avoidance and rotating brushes serves as the mark making tool.

Since her teens, Columbus video artist Nicolette Swift has been capturing life in her videos. In 2005 she graduated from The Ohio State University with a double major in Art History and Film and Media Studies. While in her undergrad she discovered a love for working with archival materials. She obtained a Masters of Library and Information Science with a focus in multi-media access from Kent State University in 2007. Since then she has worked with many individuals as well as The Ohio State University, Columbus International Film + Video Festival, Independents’ Day Festival, PPG, and Hammond Harkins Galleries to create multi-media content. With the help of her husband and the support of OSU’s Film Studies Program she co-founded The Columbus Moving Image Art Review, which has been holding quarterly hour-long screenings since 2009. Currently, her personal projects include avant-garde video essays that incorporate found, archival, and cultural materials.

Make a Mini Glowie Monster
October 13, 2018

In this fun, hands-on workshop participants make a small felt monster with LED eyes that light up when you squeeze its tummy. In this workshop, participants will Learn some basic electronics and soft circuits concepts. No previous experience with electronics or sewing is required. This workshop is fun for all ages. This is a great DIY gift!

This workshop is being held in partnership with the Cultural Arts Center as part of the exhibition “Hypothesis”.

About the Instructor
Dr. Alison Colman’s first venture into new media and digital art was as an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University. She continued on this path as a freelance computer animator and graduate student at The Ohio State University, where she received her MA and Ph.D. Most of her coursework was through the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design at The Ohio State University, where she developed a strong interest in 3D animation, digital art, cyberculture studies, art criticism, and education. She has published scholarly articles on digital art and theory in journals such as Visual Arts Research, Studies in Art Education, and the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, written artist reviews for the Tate Gallery Online and Furtherfield.com, and has lectured on digital art and art criticism nationally and internationally. Her work has also been screened at Siggraph, the Parsons School of Art and Design, and the Big Muddy Film Festival.

After teaching in the School of Art at Ohio University, Athens from 2002-2007, Dr. Colman founded the Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts, where she has served as its founding director up to the present. Under her direction, the Fuse Factory has served hundreds of new media and sound artists and experimental electronic musicians from around the U.S. and Ohio, along with thousands of people around central Ohio, through its performances, exhibitions, and workshops.

Workshop fees
Registration fee for the workshop is $10. To register for the workshop, please follow the following link, which will take you to the Cultural Arts Center’s online registration system: https://apm.activecommunities.com/columbusrecparks/Activity_Search/57889

Intro to Bacteria as Art
October 13, 2018

Back by popular demand! Art and microbiology come together in this fun, unique hands-on workshop, held in partnership with Cap City Biohackers. Participants will use color-producing microbes to create a ‘living’ work of art. They will learn about 4 pigmented bacteria, Micrococcus luteus (yellow), Rhodococcus rhodochrous (pink), Sarcina aurantiaca(orange-yellow), and Rhodospirillum rubrum (purple) and will have the opportunity to “draw” with them on a petri dish. Attendees will learn to culture non-pathogenic, naturally colorful bacteria, then “paint” these bacteria onto agar plates in their own designs. Traditional scientific techniques for growing bacteria will be demonstrated. As the bacteria multiply, creations literally come to life over time. This course uses the visual arts as a vehicle to introduce STEM concepts such as the bacterial growth cycle, sterile culture technique, and protein synthesis. Participants will experience a new artistic medium while bringing a concreteness to subcellular mechanisms that are often abstractly presented. This workshop is suitable for kids aged 12+ and adults.

This workshop is being held in partnership with the Cultural Arts Center as part of the exhibition “Hypothesis”.

About the Instructors
Dr. Jessica Fleming, co-founder of Cap City Biohackers, is a postdoctoral researcher with the Ohio State University Medical Center, where she earned her doctorate in Molecular Genetics. She is currently focused on identifying prognostic and predictive molecular biomarkers in CNS tumors.

Dr. David Taffany, co-founder of Cap City Biohackers, is a project manager for Fuse Health. He received his doctorate in Molecular Genetics from the Ohio State University.

Registration fee for the workshop is $10. To register for the workshop, please follow the following link, which will take you to the Cultural Arts Center’s online registration system: https://apm.activecommunities.com/columbusrecparks/Activity_Search/57888

Build Your Own Light Theramin with Moldover
October 20, 2018

About the workshop
Back by popular demand – space is limited, so please register early!

In this basic soldering workshop, Moldover will take you through the steps to build your own Light-Theremin CD case – http://www.instructables.com/id/Moldovers-Light-Theremin-CD-DIY-version/. Even if you’ve never soldered before, this workshop will give you the confidence in two hours. If you do have experience you’ll learn how to solder better, and walk away with a fun and unique instrument, plus a copy of Moldover’s album. After the workshop Moldover will give a presentation on the design of The Light-Theremin CD Case, along with his other circuit-board artworks. No previous experience with electronics or soldering is necessary. Participants do not have to bring their own equipment, as soldering stations and Light Theremin kits will be provided. This is an all ages, hands-on workshop.

About the Instructor
Moldover grew up in Rockville Maryland, patterning his earliest music after the rock, pop, and metal that spoke to him through radio, television, and his elder brother’s record collection. He wrote songs, played in bands, and taught himself the recording arts with a basement full of second hand instruments and a four track tape machine. In 1998 he moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music where he abandoned pop songwriting and shifted his focus to classical composition, jazz arranging, and electronic music production. Moldover graduated summa cum laude from Berklee and moved to New York City to work as a freelance musician. Intent on merging his love of playing in ensembles with his electronic compositions, he wove his way through a series of live-electronic bands, eventually becoming disillusioned with New York’s exclusive and socially complex live music scene. At the same time he began seeing his favorite electronic music artists play live, but found that their stage performances lacked the creative fire of their recorded works. Seeing an opportunity, he ventured out as a solo artist, relocated to San Francisco, and set about creating performances that would bridge the gap between traditional musicianship and modern electronic music culture.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please register using one of the links below:

Build Your Own Light Theramin (we keep the kit)
Registration for one
$37.50
Build Your Own Light Theramin (you keep the kit)
Registration for one
$67.50

Workshop: Personal Digital Archiving for Media Artists
October 24, 2018

About the workshop
This workshop aims to introduce basic principles and simple tools that artists and musicians can use to self-manage works for longevity. We’ll look at a number of description tools, archival platforms, and simple approaches to organize and maintain your own personal digital archive of work, towards longevity and long term storage.

Join the Fuse Factory and multimedia artist/information professional/digital educator Madeleine Fix for a workshop on personal digital archiving for artists. We sent out a survey last month, and have crafted a training that addresses the needs you responded to. This workshop will touch on metadata and description for multiple file types and art forms and a tour of current/common digital backup solutions, tools, and planning considerations to keep your work on track, and capable of revision and reformatting.

About the instructor
Madeleine Fix (aka Maddie Fix) is an information professional, instructional designer, and multimedia projects maker. She’s worked for and with many different kinds of organizations and institutions in the fields of higher education, finance/insurance, libraries, and the arts supporting digital education programs and digital stewardship. She has also made drawings, videos, and music that have shown, screened, and been performed (m.fix, Alma Garnett) at venues around the United States. Recent spots include: Pilates & Arts (Los Angeles, CA), The Columbus International Film & Video Festival; Paging Columbus (OSU Urban Arts Space; Columbus, OH); La Superette Affordable Art Sale (NYC); and PLGArts (Brooklyn, NY); Artists’ Television Access (San Francisco). She’s written two full-length albums (Turning a Helicopter and The Sliver of Light), and composed original music for Douglas Chang’s independent film, Absent Father (distributed by Vanguard Cinema).
Madeleine has a B.A. in Art-Semiotics (Modern Culture & Media; Brown University), an M.A., in Art Education/Policy (OSU), and an MLIS in Digital Libraries/Archives (Kent State University)

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please reserve one or more spots by using the link below:

Personal Digital Archiving
Reservation for one
$20.00

Performance: Jeff Carey (BALT) + Envenomist (CMH) + TBD
November 09, 2018

On Friday, November 9th, we are proud to present Baltimore-based interdisciplinary artist Jeff Carey and David Reed’s (CMH) dark ambient solo project Envenomist. Additional performers TBD. Doors 7:30pm, cover $5-$10. BYOB, all ages.

About the performances and performers:

Jeff Carey is an interdisciplinary artist creating radical computer music. He performs electro-instrumental synthetic noise with custom software controlled by a joystick and gamer keypad. His instrument also controls an array of strobe lights making shows totally immersive and visceral.

Some people equate Envenomist with science fiction film scores and others envision solitary nocturnal travels through bleak urban settings, but a fundamental strength of Envenomist is that these illusory backdrops remain open to interpretation.