ESAPyrenees - Soft-Machine Studio

In the fall of 2017 I began work with the school of fine arts in the Pyrenees. With a minimal budget I put in place a fully functional environment for prototype experimentation of art and technology. The featured video presents the entry of the studio. The materials used here where harvested from retired machinery stocked away in a media closet at the school. These were finishing touches with a goal of making the space amusing to enter. Inspiring a sense of imagination in this case was a primary goal when inviting students into an electronics and prototyping studio.

Guest Workshops (interventions)

Among curricular activities taken place in the studio, guest artists are invited to give workshops with students. The following is documentation from a workshop at the studio conducted by visiting artist Niklas Roy in December 2018.

The featured video is an example project resulting from this workshop, created with found materials by design student Marie Foulatier. During an intensive week of introductory practices in “detournement” of technology, the students were encouraged to create objects as Christmas gifts. Prototyping with Arduino, electronics and common practices of construction were the techniques supplied to achieve their final goals.

Further documentation of workshops are provided below from sound artist Jankenpopp. Students from Poland participating in the Erasmus program at the school were invited to discover electronics and analog sound synthesis via an introductory practice of circuit-bending. The final results were presented in a concert session held before local students and faculty at the school.