Intro to Programming II Fall 2018
October 31, 2018 - November 21, 2018

About the workshop
Introduction to Programming II is the second 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 II covers the concepts of data structures, higher order functions, and recursion. Students will explore and practice these concepts by implementing some interesting graphical programs in JavaScript using P5.js.

Introduction to Programming I (or equivalent elementary programming experience) is a prerequisite for this course. Students should bring their laptops to class. Otherwise, all materials and tools required to complete the course will be provided. The class will meet for four one-hour sessions. 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 II
Registration for one
$40.00

Workshop: Intro to Video Glitching with the Vidiffektor
November 17, 2018

About the workshop
In this workshop, participants will learn about analog video and construct a Vidiffektor, a device designed by computer programmer and electronics aficionado James Schidlowsky in 2011. The Vidiffektor generates imagery by slicing up a composite video signal that has been fed into the box and adding several divisions of the signal back into it. To see additional examples of the Vidiffektor, please visit: https://vimeo.com/tag:vidiffektor. While some video sources and displays will be available, participants are encouraged to bring their own, i.e., VCRs, DVD/media players, and security/video cameras with composite outputs, and small TVs/displays with composite inputs.

Please note that the Vidiffektor is not a “hi-fi” video synthesizer – this is a decidedly lo-fi, “glitchy” video mangler, intended as an introduction to analog video. It does not support HDMI or other modern digital video connections. It will probably work best with an older analog television – newer displays and projectors will work to some extent, but may lose sync more often than an analog television.

No prior experience with video, electronics, or soldering is required.

About the instructor
bbob drake is an improvising musician and electro-acoustic luthier from Cleveland. He designs, builds, and plays electronic instruments in the tradition of Don Buchla and David Tudor, performing on these electroniums plus electro-acoustic and extended-technique traditional instruments. His performances span free and structured improvisation, new music composition, noise, and minimalist “lowercase” musics. He teaches sound art, media installation, and electronics at Cleveland Institute of Music.

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

Intro to Video Glitching - student price
Reservation for one
$45.00
Intro to Video Glitching - patron price
Reservation for one
$65.00

December 2018 Frequency Fridays: Benjamin Bennett (PA)/Charmaine Lee (NYC) + Margaret Rorison (BALT) + Amanda Rosanne Howland (CLE) + Sun Trash (CMH)
December 07, 2018

Our December 2018 Frequency Fridays show features experimental duo Benjamin Bennett (percussion) and Charmaine Lee (vocals) (NYC), experimental filmmaker Margaret Rorison (BALT), experimental musician/noise artist Amanda Rosanne Howland (CLE) and Caleb Miller and Nick Weckman’s experimental multi-instrumental duo project Sun Trash (CMH). Accompanying Sun Trash on visuals is Columbus-based video artist/filmmaker Cameron Granger. Date: Friday, December 7 2018. Location: 13 E. Tulane Rd. 43202. Admission: $10 for one, $15 for two. Doors open 8pm. All ages, BYOB. 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:

Charmaine Lee is a New York based vocalist from Sydney, Australia. Her music is predominantly improvised, favoring a uniquely personal approach to vocal expression concerned with spontaneity, playfulness, and risk-taking. Beyond extended vocal technique, Charmaine uses amplification, electroacoustic feedback, and microphones to augment and distort the human voice. She has performed with leading improvisers Nate Wooley, id m theft able, and Joe Morris, and maintains ongoing collaborations with contemporaries Lester St. Louis, Conrad Tao, Zach Rowden, Leila Bordreuil, and Ben Bennett. She has performed at venues such as the Met Breuer, Roulette, the Stone, and Experimental Sound Studios (Chicago). As a composer, Charmaine has been commissioned by the Wet Ink Ensemble (2018), and has a forthcoming commission with Spektral Quartet (2018).

Ben Bennett has developed a unique and highly physical approach to percussion which takes the lineage of jazz, free-improvisation, and extended technique as its foundation. In searching for an expanded sonic palette, and more fluid movement between various timbres, he has distilled the drumset into a compact assortment of drumheads, stretched membranes, and other objects which offer a wide variety of unconventional sounds from few materials, which can be rearranged into different combinations during a performance. Bennett has played across the US and abroad as a soloist and with many high-level improvisors, including long-running collaborations with saxophonists Jack Wright and Michael Foster. Recent projects include a quartet with Michael Foster, Brandon Lopez, and Nate Wooley, site-specific performances with dancer/choreographer Jung Woong Kim, and a duo with vocalist Charmaine Lee. Bennett is also a performance artist known widely for his YouTube channel, Sitting and Smiling.

Margaret Rorison is a filmmaker and curator from Baltimore, MD. Her works often develop from explorations through rural and urban landscapes, combining language, sound and imagery to create installations, films and live 16mm projections. Her recent films explore the visceral nature of memory and its dialogue between space and experience. She is interested in the potentials of storytelling through the use of 16mm projection and sound. Her work has been exhibited at Anthology Film Archives, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Images Festival, Miami PULSE Art Fair, Mono No Aware VI & VII, Microscope Gallery, The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. She currently teaches at The Maryland Institute College of Art and conducts workshops in various cities.

Sun Trash is process music/ friendship duo of Nick Weckman and Caleb Miller based in Columbus, OH. We strive to make something together.

An award winning filmmaker & video artist currently based in Columbus, OH , Cameron Granger fell in love with video because it was the one thing that let him tell stories to anyone that would listen. His recent work revolves around notions of blackness as they relate to the ‘American Dream’, representation in film and media. He is a founding member of MINT, a Columbus based art collective and project/gallery space and a 2017 resident artist at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. & he is very thankful to say that his work has screened and been exhibited in galleries and festivals both nationally and internationally.

Workshop: 16mm Projection: Machine, Performance & Instrument
December 08, 2018

About the workshop
In this workshop, participants will learn about the mechanics of the 16mm projector, optical sound (how density in light is translated into sound waves) and various method of presentation. We will discuss how various contemporary artists work with this machine to manipulate sound and image, using it as a instrument for performance. Participants will learn the basics of projection and how one can approach this machine using it in more experimental ways.

About the instructor
Margaret Rorison is filmmaker and curator from Baltimore, MD. Her works often develop from explorations through rural and urban landscapes, combining language, sound and imagery to create installations, films and live 16mm projections. Her recent films explore the visceral nature of memory and its dialogue between space and experience. She is interested in the potentials of storytelling through the use of 16mm projection and sound.

Her work has been exhibited at Anthology Film Archives, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Images Festival, Miami PULSE Art Fair, Mono No Aware VI & VII, Microscope Gallery, The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. She currently teaches at The Maryland Institute College of Art and conducts workshops in various cities.

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

16mm projection
Reservation for one
$35.00