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STEIM Micro Jamboree Blog
STEIM is organising a Micro Jamboree from Dec 11 - 14, bringing together specialists in the field of sensor systems and their applications. Posts to this blog are managed by STEIM. If you want to add an entry, you can do so by emailing the text to jamboree [at] steim [dot] nl.

"Hardware Meeting" Round Up and Thoughts

Despite the short time and little budget we had to organize with, the Micro Jamboree was a great success. My main role was to organize the "Hardware Meeting" on the second day. I wanted to reflect the current state of sensor interface platforms by involving both the designers and users in an intimate session of presentations and discussions. It was a humbling experience, especially for someone who is new to STEIM like me, to meet all of these experienced developers and to bring them together at STEIM which introduced this idea of interfacing to many in the 80's with its now legendary system Sensorlab. Each designer had a unique approach and technology but shared a common motivation; to help artists materialize new ideas and expression through technology. The easiness of Arduino was of course a shock to many, especially to the musician crowd who aren't too hip with physical computing or the whole MAKE phenomenon. We had a stimulating discussion during the round-table about the artist's involvement with technology and whether there are artistic benefits in the process. I really owe my current expression to the minds and communities that make technology accessible to the non-technical, so I am in complete support for high-level prototyping tools. However, I also believe that in the process of trying to understand fundamentals in the tools or medium you work with will always give depth to artistic expression. It's pretty clear in contemporary electronic music that the relationship the artist have towards his/her gear is much more important for expression than the different features each gear offer.
It was a truly inspiring week and I would like to thank all the participants that came in from around the world to make this happen.

posted by sniff 23:30  

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Condensed Micro Jamboree program:

Monday Dec 11: LiSa - current and future developments
Tuesday Dec 12: Hardware Meeting - Platforms for connectivity, creativity and community
Wednesday Dec 13: Applications Meeting - Presentations about the practice of using sensor systems

Wednesday Dec 13: Tom Verbruggen, Uli Böttcher & Paul Hubweber, Christine Sehnaoui & Michel Waisvisz
Thursday Dec 14: Taku Mizuta Lippit, Shackle, Atau Tanaka, Joel Ryan & Mazen Kerbaj

Monday Dec 11 - Thursday Dec 14: Locus Sonus & Tom Verbruggen

Full program

STEIM Open Days:
Saturday & Sunday Dec 16 & 17 from 11:00h-18:00h

Simon de Bakker, Frank Baldé, Massimo Banzi, CK Barlow, Uli Böttcher, Lex van den Broek, Emmanuel Flety, Robert van Heumen, Paul Hubweber, Voldemars Johansons, Mazen Kerbaj, Anne LaBerge, Takuro Mizuta Lippit, META (Making Electronic Thingies Amsterdam), Andreas Otto, Dan Overholt, Joel Ryan, Per Samuelsson, Christine Sehnaoui, Peter Sinclair & Locus Sonus (Brett Bhalogh, Nico Bralet, Lydwine Van der Hulst), Andrei Smirnov, Stock, Atau Tanaka, Tom Tlalim, Tom Verbruggen, Michel Waisvisz, Rene Wassenburg...


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