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21 August 2011 | 11:00 - 18:00 | Workshop | €65

Circuit Taco Workshop by LoVid

Skin voltage analog sensor workshop

Original annoucement:

This workshop is part of the STEIM Instrument Lab curriculum. Preference is given to Instrument Lab residents but limited reservations are available for the general public.


Want to get plugged in? Come build an instrument that amplifies your body’s own electrical signals to control sound and visuals: The Circuit Taco.


On Sunday August 21 experimental audiovisual hackers LoVid will lead a workshop where you will build the Circuit Taco, a device that converts electrical signals from your body’s surface into signals that are suitable for controlling other electronic instruments. During the workshop you will assemble the sensor hardware from a custom printed circuit board using some simple soldering, and create a casing for the electronics using recycled materials. Following this we will have a discussion and instruction session explaining to you how the electronics work. Once everyone understands the technology and has their Circuit Tacos operational, we will connect our new sensor instruments up to other electronic devices such as sound and video synthesizers.

Once our Circuit Tacos are hooked up, we will rehearse together and give a collaborative audio-visual performance at a public fiesta in the evening. If you have any synthesizer components that can accept a control voltage bring them along for use in the performance. If you don't have any control voltage devices don't worry, additional synthesizer modules will be provided for those who don’t have them.

Materials costs will be €15 (included in the workshop fee); materials provided will include electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, and chips (also non-electronic chips, with salsa!) as well as the printed circuit boards.  Additional recycled construction materials for casing will be provided, including cardboard and colorful fabric.



Date: Sunday August 21, 2011
Time: 11:00 - 18:00
Cost: €65 (includes €15 materials cost)
Location: STEIM, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam
Number of participants: 15 (7 spots available to the public)
Reserve a spot online through the registration link above no later than one week before the workshop!

This workshop will run at a relatively basic level and does not require prior soldering, electronics design, programming, or sculpting experience. Participants will gain electronics knowledge, develop soldering skills, and enjoy the Fiesta while developing a tool that they will keep (the Circuit Taco) that they may use in their future music and art making.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own design materials for case assembly and customization to enhance the cardboard and fabric provided.  Also, participants who have synthesizers that accept control voltages are encouraged to bring them, though some modules will be available for use in performance for participants who do not have their own.

Also feel free to bring cerveza, nachos, salsa, or whatever Mexican snacks you'd like to contribute to the fiesta.


LoVid is an interdisciplinary artist duo composed of Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus. Their work includes live video installations, sculptures, digital prints, patchworks, media projects, performances, and video recordings. LoVid combines many opposing elements in their work, contrasting hard electronics with soft patchworks, analog and digital, or handmade and machine produced objects. This multidirectional approach is also reflected in the content of their work: romantic and aggressive, wireless and wire-full. LoVid are interested in the ways in which the human body and mind observe, process, and respond to both natural and technological environments, and in the preservation of data, signals, and memory.


LoVid - portrait. Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus

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