Poetics of Circuitry Workshop
*Poetics of Circuitry Workshop* proposes how technical actions such as making an electronic circuit and programming constitute a form of artistic expression, namely poem writing. The workshop tries to inform the public of the fact that a computer, though regarded as incomprehensible despite its universal usage, is actually a device made by applying simple logic. A kit for this workshop was developed specifically for Making Lab, based on the materials adopted at an alternative educational institute of New York called SFPC. With basic electronic parts, the kit helps the understanding of the computer’s core structure. In the workshop, the participants connect electronic parts—integrated circuit of TTL NAND, transistors, resistance, LED, and capacitors—with a bread board to make adder and memory. The participants first wire each circuit; then, connect each electronic part together to construct a sequential and combinational circuit. Through this process, even users with little experience in electronics and programming can gain knowledge about principles underpinning binary calculation and programming, as well as higher level C language and computers. Users with programming background will discover that structure of program language and composition of circuit are similar to each other. They will also discover that entering command and running programs are similar to operation of circuit, while making their own circuits.
Also, *Poetics of Circuitry Workshop* gives a brief introduction about the history of computers. Earlier computers included Alan Turing’s Universal Machine and Charles Babbage’s mechanical computer with gear and axis. Around World War II, analog and digital computers were developed. More progress occurred as transistors by Bell Labs were used, along with the formation of large-scale markets around Silicon Valley, which was named after the main material of direct circuits. In this context, the *Poetics of Circuitry Kit*, in essence, is quite similar to Homebrew computer—a computer made with extraordinary imagination by hackers, before an era of mass production of personal computers. However, the kit goes beyond retro computing since it fosters one to imagine new ways of computing.
Participants of all ages can simultaneously take part in the workshop. First, each participant draws a simple picture depicting his or her version of understanding about principles of computer operation, referring to them as basis of self-introduction. Then, he or she explains about ways to use a nipper and an iron and safety principles associated with them, while providing additional information about each electronic part through pictures and photographs. Although the kit manual includes the most effective mode of wiring, the participants are encouraged to follow their own methods. Once a logic gate is completed, each participant then recycles everyday objects such as cardboard papers to finish the outer parts of his or her self-made computer. After the completion of the entire process, the participants draw the second version of principles of computer operation, in order to compare from the initial drawing.
Poetics of Circuitry Workshop Anyang Pavilion
12/12 - 12/14
시적연산학교 (SFPC) School for Poetic Computation ∙
School for Poetic Computation is an alternative education project and artist collective that was launched in Brooklyn, New York in 2013. A four-member faculty and 15 students per semester work closely to explore the intersections of code, design, hardware, and theory. A hybrid of residency and research group, the 10-week program was created to overcome the limitations of conventional education programs on media technology. Its members are co-founders Zach Lieberman, Taeyoon Choi, Amit Pitaru, Jen Lowe, and the students who are newly selected every semester.
For: Anyone in his/her teens or older
Fee: Non-resident adults, KRW 20,000 / Adult residents of Anyang and non-resident teens, KRW 10,000 / Teen residents of Anyang, KRW 5,000
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180 Yesulgongwon-ro, Manan-gu, Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do