School of machines, making & make–believe

Interventions: Art, Technology and Social Practice

  • / 8 June - 14 August 2015

  • / ten weeks, full-time in Berlin, Germany

  • / Based in N.K.

  • / For more info see FAQ

How can you socially engage with the world in playful and disruptive ways? How can you use art and technology as tools to express who you are and what you care about? Find out in our next class session: Interventions: Art, Technology, & Social Practice, taking place June 8- August 14 in Berlin, Germany.

In our ten-week summer program, you’ll explore the intersection of technology and art, activism, and community-building.

Artists, complete beginners, and experienced coders are all welcome to apply. There will be new opportunities for artists and designers to learn to use technology and gain coding skills and experienced coders will engage with their craft in new, creative ways!

Together we'll conceptualise and create socially-engaged artwork and stories in both old-fashioned ways and through using code, electronics, and more. From the whimsical, to the thoughful, to the subversive, this course is set up to take you on an introspective journey that inevitably leads to discovering the world around you. It could even change your life!

Structure of the course

Individual and group explorations will challenge you to dig deeper into the creative and expressive possibilities of new technologies, digital tools, and sensors. (And while gaining a foundation in coding for interactive spaces or for the web!) Most days will begin with a group check-in, followed by a hands-on lecture, break for lunch, and then lab. There will be a weekly electronics & sensors course, and guest artist visits, studio tours and other events throughout.

At the end of each week we'll participate in atypical interventions, engaging with the public through humorous and profound provocation and social experiments led by inquisitive guest artists and lecturers intent on taking you off your computer and out into the streets!

This is not your average coding school. We encourage authentic connection, both between the students themselves and with society at large.

Our goals are lofty. Above all, we'll learn from each other and try to do good in the world, using art and technology in provocative and fun ways! Wanna join us?

Choose from two tracks:

Me and You and Everyone Who Codes

In this track, you'll explore sensors, inputs and outputs of all kinds, and create interactive installations to tell stories in the physical world. Are you ready to code each day
as if it were your last?

Learning to Love Web More

In this track, you'll explore sensors, inputs and outputs of all kinds, and create interactive stories in the browser using web technologies and frameworks like p5.js, three.js, node.js, etc.
Your first assignment: