Intro to Programming II
May 09, 2018 - May 30, 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: Make an arduino etch-a-sketch
May 12, 2018 - May 26, 2018

[NOTE: This is a 3-session workshop. The first session takes place from 10am - 2pm on Saturday, May 12. The second and third sessions also take place from 10am - 2pm, on May 19th and May 26th.]

In this beginner-level workshop, participants will create a toy that functions like an etch-a-sketch, in that this toy draws with the help of an arduino microcontroller and two stepper motors. In the process, participants will learn how stepper motors work, and how they can be controlled with an arduino. They will also learn the basics of microcontrollers, and how to create simple arduino sketches. This workshop is made possible with support from the Ohio Arts Council.

About the Instructors
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.

Jesse Hemminger is a true renaissance man, jack of all trades master of none. Jesse received his BFA in Art and Technology from OSU in 2001 and his MFA in Public Art from the Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany, in 2008. He is also a self taught computer programmer and when Jesse is not at his day job programming databases and websites you can find him building Sauerkraut Powered Robots or making Glowie Monsters at his studio at ILLIO.

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

Make an arduino etch-a-sketch (student price)
Reservation for one
$45.00
Make an arduino etch-a-sketch (regular price)
Reservation for one
$75.00

Lustmord at COSI Planetarium
May 26, 2018

In his very first planetarium show, Lustmord will be performing live, accompanied by visuals created by artists including Meats Meier and Teun van der Zalm

Active since the 1980s, Lustmord (born Brian Williams) is known for the superior quality of his immersive audio productions, as well as for the equally immersive visuals that complement his music during his live performances. September 2016 saw the release of his latest record “Dark Matter”, the result of his 25-year-long in the making collection of sounds recorded by from deep space by NASA, The Very Large Array, and The National Radio Astronomy Observatory, among others.

Williams is also professionally involved in the creation of sound effects and music for motion pictures, video games, and advertising. In his capacity as a sound producer and a musician, he has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including  Throbbing Gristle, SPK, Robert Rich, Clock DVA, Biosphere, Melvins, Puscifer and Tool.

This show is made possible with support from the Ohio Arts Council.

[NOTE: There will be two performances, one at 7pm and one at 9pm. If you wish to attend both performances, you must purchase a separate ticket for each - one ticket will not get you into both shows. Thank you!]

Tickets to the 7:00 pm performance can be purchased here: http://lustmord7pm.bpt.me
Tickets to the 9:00 pm performance can be purchased here: http://lustmord9pm.bpt.me

June 2018 Frequency Fridays: Witches of Malibu (LAX) + Tashi Dorji (NC) + Ka Baird (NYC) + Jeff Chenault (CMH)/Knox Mitchell (DET)
June 01, 2018

Our June 2018 Frequency Fridays show features Skott Rusch’s noise/drone solo project Witches of Malibu (LAX), experimental guitarist Tashi Dorji (NC), multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Ka Baird (NYC), and experimental electronic musician Jeff Chenault’s solo project Central Inhabitants (CMH). Date: Friday, June 1 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 2017-2018 season is supported by grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the performers:

Tashi Dorji grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Residing in Asheville since 2000 and soaking up a vast array of music. Along the way, Dorji developed a playing style unbound by tradition, yet with a direct line to intuitive artistry. His recordings feature improvisations that spasmodically grow along tangential, surprising paths. All references break loose during a composition, as Dorji keys into his own inner world. His compositions drag the listener into a labyrinth of warbling tones, where each sound seems to jump out and replace the eerie silence that would otherwise occupy the atmosphere. The textures remain sustained in the reverberation as the vibration of the strings dwindle and ascend. After a handful of releases on various labels since 2009, Dorji presented his debut LP on Hermit Hut, the label created by Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) in 2014. And since Tashi has released music both as a soloist, and with duo projects, notably with percussionist Tyler Damon and MANAS (w/ Thom Nguyen) on labels like Bathetic Records, Cabin Floor Esoterica, Blue Tapes, Marmara Records, Feeding Tubes, UNROCK, VDSQ, MIE, Ultra Violet Light, Family Vineyard and Astral Spirits.

Ka Baird is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist living and working in NYC. She is one of the founding and continuing members of the long running avant psych project Spires That In The Sunset Rise. Since relocating to NYC in November 2014, she has set off in numerous directions apart from Spires with new collaborations as well as honing in on her solo work. She is interested specifically in performance/sound as a means to break reoccurring thought patterns and create passages into pure energy potential.

Ka has toured both nationally and internationally with performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), MoMA PS1 (Brooklyn), Roulette Intermedium (Brooklyn), Issue Project Room (Brooklyn), Fridman Gallery, Cafe OTO (London), and numerous festival appearances with Spires including TUSK (Newcastle, UK), Incubate (Tilburg, Netherlands), and Festival Of Endless Gratitude (Copenhagen, DK) and is currently an Artist-In-Residence at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, NY.

Jeff Chenault is a non-musician who has been recording in Columbus since 1983. He is a cassette culture guru who has released music on his Exoteque Music cassette label for just as long. An early pioneer in the Columbus electronic music scene, his many musical projects include 10-Speed Guillotine, Central Inhabitants, Resonance and The Weird Lovemakers. He is a true underground artist who also writes books and releases rare exotica music in his spare time.

Witches of Malibu is the previously anonymous noise project of Richard Skott Rusch. Originally from Port Huron Michigan, Skott has been making noise for over 35 years. From his Punk band in 1979, to moving on to the “more punk” sound of Industrial music and recording under the name Screw Machine from ‘81-’82. In 1982 he co-founded the pioneering American Industrial band Hunting Lodge and it’s label S/M Operations. In the mid ‘90’s Skott relocated to Los Angeles and joined the space rock band Farflung. Skott’s guitar treatments can be heard on LA’s ECOLi and Baldylocks releases as well as Lydia Lunch’s ‘Champagne,cocaine and nicotine stains’ release. He has toured and recorded with Nik Turner (Hawkwind) and basement jammed with Hans Joachim Roedelius (Cluster) and Helios Creed (Chrome).

Recording under the moniker Witches of Malibu began in 2012. WoM has released multiple tapes and vinyl releases including collab releases with folkcore artist Amps for Christ and noise legend Bastard Noise. “Witches of Malibu is a project comprised of violently psychedelic electronics, rhythm, noise and the American industrial power of suggestion through meditation and noise mongering. A concept only concerned with unlocking the ‘Hidden Secrets’ of deep space sonic exploration and mind bending psychotronics.” – Witches of Malibu

Workshop: Personal Digital Archiving for Media Artists
June 20, 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

Workshop: Introduction to Wearable Technology with the Gemma Microcontroller
June 21, 2018

About the workshop
This beginner-friendly class will introduce participants to the popular microcontroller Gemma. Designed with wearables in mind, Gemma 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 Gemma 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

Performance: Matthew Daher (DET) + TBD
July 06, 2018

On Friday, July 6th, we are proud to present Detroit based drummer/composer/producer Matthew Daher, who will be performing his electroacoustic solo set “The Wisdom to Know the Difference”. Additional performers TBD. Doors 7:30pm, cover $5. BYOB, all ages.

About the performances and performers:

Inspired by the Serenity Prayer, Matthew Daher‘s “The Wisdom To Know the Difference” is an exploration of control on both a sonic and a spiritual level. Using contact mics on each drum in my kit, a headset mic, and SPD SX sampler, and Ableton on my laptop, my vocals and improvisation on the drums are effected, blended with lush textures, and trigger other sonic events at varying degrees of randomness. A song-structured web of intended and unintended sonic consequences emerges, inspired by artists such as Mount Eerie, Björk, J Dilla, and Fiona Apple. This music is an inquiry into the limits of control, the ease/suffering that arise in clarity/confusion around those limits and the ever-shifting nature of those limits. It’s an analogy in sound for the human predicament that the Serenity Prayer illuminates and interrogates.

Intro to Programming I: Summer 2018
July 11, 2018 - August 01, 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. Summer 2018 Intro to Programming I will meet for four one-hour sessions (July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1). 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