MilkBar Summer Workshops – The Extended Now 2017
a workshop intensive using live media/video/sound for site-specific installation & performance
The Extended Now explores technical and compositional strategies for integrating live and interactive media in the composition of site-specific installation and performance along with an intensive course in the use of Isadora and related software / sensors. The 5 day workshop from Monday July 31st to Friday August 4th, 2017 is taught in tandem with Mary Armentrout’s Slow Motion Exploding the Live performance workshop and culminates in a shared workshop showing Sat August 5th.
part of the MilkBar’s 2017 Summer Workshop Intensive series.
Dates: Monday July 31st thru Friday, August 4th, 2016 – with workshop showing Saturday August 5th.
Times: 2:30pm to 9:30pm with dinner break.
Cost: $250, $175 current students, work study available. You can either mail a check or pay online via paypal.
Registration: email ian or call 510-205-7103.
location: The MilkBar, in Point Richmond. 241 S. 1st Unit A. easy access from 580 / bay trail, an short bike ride from Richmond BART. Rides available from BART if needed. Directions at milkbar.org.
The first half of the week we will focus on the development of technical skills with a focus on how to use live video / sound / sensors with Isadora. The second half of the week we will take that knowledge to create short site-specific interventions and hybrid media / performance / sound pieces in and around the giant industrial site, community and site-specific lab that is the Bridge Storage and the nearby San Francisco Bay shoreline. Mary and I are continuing our practice of encouraging cross-over between the workshops, and will be sharing class time Monday / Tuesday afternoons.
Many of the specific Isadora / technical topics will be shaped in part on the projects that take shape in the workshop. That said the first two evenings of the workshop will be an intermediate course in isadora / review of the basics. If you are not familiar with isadora, max/msp or a similar tool you are encouraged to take a basic workshop prior to the class. Some specifics to cover include:
• a review of the basics of using Isadora: playback of media, using live video / audio, etc.
• communicate with other programs/protocols such as Abelton, Max/MSP, MIDI instruments, etc.
• interactive controls such as motion and acoustic triggering and controllers such as the Kinect, sensors and related devices
• use of calculation & controls actors to generate more complex patches
questions / thoughts that inform the workshop: How long is now? What does it mean to listen to a site? What happens when the now of performance is extended through image, sound, light, and repetition / amplification / contrast? What are interventions that alter/disrupt/focus space? Can video & light be an abstract medium versus a narrative or emotional one? What is the lowest tech way to proceed? What does interaction mean in a sensor-driven world? How does this affect the quality of our attention and experience? What kinds of compositional strategies / tools / scores can be used to work across divergent media? Where is the body in all of this?
practical logistics: The first half of the workshop will be focused on exploring the MilkBar’s new location in Richmond next to the Bridge Storage and Art center, and nearby the bay shoreline is our giant site-specific laboratory. Bring good shoes and clothing for outside work and messy work.
Food: We have a small fridge, microwave and hot beverage options. We are in an industrial area of Point Richmond – cafes are a longish walk / short drive.
Showing: We will work all week and have an informal showing on Saturday night, August 5th at the space with a potluck before. You are encouraged – but not required to show work. The showing will combine work from this workshop with work from Mary Armentrout’s performance workshop.
assumptions: some background in performance, visual/media art or sound. a beginning knowledge of Isadora (or have taken the intro workshop the prior week) or similar tools like Max-MSP.
* Computer (preferable Mac OSX) capable of running Isadora. Students without a current Isadora license will get a temporary student license.
* Ideas for simple workshop project you’d like to realize
Equipment provided: Time-limited student license of Isadora, video projectors will be available for student projects and a set-up for 3-channel projection;
for demonstrations – audio, DMX and midi interfaces; an assortment of sensors, and other interactive devices, basic sound system and other tools.
suggested: * video camera for live capture (plus any capture devices needed),
* audio interface / audio source (if your work involves audio)
* any specialized sensors, lights, I/O devices, interfaces etc you’d like to play with or receive help with.