About the workshop
This introductory level class introduces participants to electronic circuits and coding for the Arduino. We will learn how to flash the Arduino with custom code, explore built-in examples, and practice using its digital and analog inputs and outputs. Using switches and sensors, we will create an interactive project with a multicolored LED.
No experience necessary and all ages are welcome!
About the Instructor
Robbie Lynn Hunsinger had an illustrious career as a classical oboist before becoming a cutting edge interactive artist and multimedia performer. She was an obbligato soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, toured France as an oboe d’amore soloist with The Robert Shaw Institute and toured Europe with the Chicago and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. Hunsinger dove into Chicago’s free jazz experience in the 90’s. She added Chinese and Indian oboes to her quiver as well as single reeded and invented horns. She studied composition and improvisation with Roscoe Mitchell as a Resident Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and was featured in duets with Evan Parker at Chicago’s Empty Bottle Festival and FMP Festival. She played the Chicago Jazz Festival and World Music Festivals with Tatsu Aoki and performed with Pauline Oliveros, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Kent Kessler, Davu Seru, Avreeayl Ra, Harrison Bankhead and Fred Lomberg-Holm. Her “Trio” recording with Tatsu and legendary Art Ensemble member Joseph Jarman garnered a 4 star review from Downbeat Magazine and was featured on several top 10 playlists.
Hunsinger has taught for decades and held positions at Fisk University, Watkins School of Art, Northern Illinois University, Elmhurst College and North Park University. She has taught students of all ages and has been a visiting teaching artist at University of Tennessee, Tennessee Tech and Georgia Tech. She has presented creative code sessions at ITP Camp at New York University, at the Performing Arts Exchange in Orlando and will be presenting at Chamber Music America’s Conference in 2020.
Her interactive installations have been exhibited at ISEA Chicago, Chicago’s Thomas Blackman Gallery, and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Hunsinger’s immersive audiovisual experience “Blue-Yellow-Red” at Nashville’s Frist Center for Visual Art won a “Best of Year” acknowledgement from Burnaway Magazine and was written up in Make Magazine. Her trans-media chamber music and installations include robotics, live projections, hacked game controllers and audience participation. Recent work includes “Constellation,” commissioned by Nashville’s Metro Arts and partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, and “Eclipse,” a sound-responsive multimedia chamber work commission by chatterbird.
The workshop fee is per kit, not per person. More than one person can work on a kit at a time. Arduinos have been ordered and will be made available at the workshop.