Intro to Circuit Bending with Pete Edwards: A BENT Workshop
Introduction to Circuit Bending Workshop
Circuit bending requires not formal technical training, but even still, it may be intimidating to approach electronics alone. Here to guide you through the wires and solder smoke to teach you the basics is expert circuit bender, artist, and electronics guru, Pete Edwards! In this total sensory immersive, hands-on workshop, you'll dig right in and learn the basic theory of circuit bending, how to use the tools, what toys are good for bending, how to turn those toys into playable instruments, and where you can take your craft beyond the realm of the short circuit! All materials are provided (even keyboards to bend!). Feel free to bring your own tools (though label them clearly) and your own toy to bend if you have something totally rad you'd like to open up.
Peter Edwards is an American artist, musician, and teacher. He has been exploring the field of circuit bending and musical electronics since 2000 through his business Casperelectronics. He performs regularly under the same name.
Edwards received a BFA in sculpture from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2000. Since then he has taught himself electronics and strives to find ways to help creative thinkers take control of the medium.
In 2005 he developed the creative electronics department at Hampshire College. He currently teaches circuit bending classes at New York City's new media arts center, Harvestworks, and writes electronics tutorials for American DIY tech magazine Make.
Edwards has performed, taught workshops and spoken on the topic of circuit bending and creative electronics at MIT's Media Lab, Hasbro Toys, Hampshire College, Skidmore College, New York University, Bloomfield University, Long Beach University and at new media festivals around the world including The Piksel Festival (Bergen, Norway), The OFFF Festival (Paris, France), Sequences Festival (Reykjavik, Iceland) and Bent Festival (New York & LA, USA).
Edwards' sculptural work has been shown at the Tang Museum (Saratoga Springs, NY), Green Gallery (YALE University, New Haven, CT), West Hall Gallery (RPI, Troy, NY) ABC no Rio (New York, NY), Lost Horse Gallery (Reykjavik, Iceland), Hans Wies Gallery (Manchester, CT) and more.
Peter currently lives in Troy, New York where he operates casperelectronics and curates the performance space Casper Land.
about BENT FESTIVAL 2011
The Bent Festival is an annual art and music festival celebrating circuit bending and its related creative practices: DIY electronics, hardware hacking, glitch, software art, abstract video. Each year artists are welcomed from across the country and around the globe to share their craft through performances, workshops, video screenings, art exhibitions, and installations. The festival, as a whole, showcases the state of the art in DIY electronics and circuit bending culture.
About The Tank
Founded in 2003, The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter whose mission is to provide a welcoming, creative, collaborative, and affordable environment for artists and activists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas. Through a wide range of low-cost, high-concept arts and public affairs programming, The Tank seeks to cultivate a new generation of audience for live performance, civic discourse, and the work of emerging artists. Follow The Tank on Twitter (@thetanknyc)
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