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Coded Cultures Workshops
To convey ideas, concepts and projects in the media art related field at the intersection of media, art, society and technology is one of the main objectives of CODED CULTURES. Having this in mind, workshops are an integral part of the Festival with a focus on participatory presentation formats, and meeting places for artists, software developers and digital tinkers. This module offers the opportunity to learn about production environments, enhance development skills and to design new projects with experts in the field.

CODED CULTURES features several workshops ranging from low-threshold starter curses to advanced workshops, that require a substantial knowledge of software design or electronic engineering. A workshop, as we understand it, is not a frontal presentation on the topic, but a “hands on” event, in which participants work on their projects, develop software and tinker with electronics under the supervision of an experienced artist. The Workshops cover the fields from DIY development over software bending to signal analysis and modification, in accordance with the Festival theme “City as interface”. A majority of the Workshops aim at the development of media art artifacts, that interact with or intervene in urban structures and encourage the usage of results in the designated environment of the urban public space. The local of the project group This.Play provides optimal premises for the participants and holds most of the workshops taking place within CODED CULTURES.
VRMC - Beta - Vireal Rebel Mobilecycle Club / Urania / 22.09, 15:00
VRMC is a mobile artistic application (mobile app) which focuses on the blending of real and virtual space. Using digital media, data is deposited in local (real) space, creating new virtual contexts in the urban environment. VRMC playfully communicates new forms of applications for urban communication and enables new viewpoints on virtual and real space. In parallel, artistic methods are used to demonstrate the virtual information overflow.
Mobile Music Workshop / Donaukanal / 22.09
The Tingel Tangel cart (a Piaggio APE van modified with a DJ-console) will be transformed into a musical interface resp. a master clock for sync-able mobile devices. Everything revolves around mobile synthesizer applications that are played on various platforms, as many as possible, fed into the central music equipment and played back via the TT cart’s sound equipment. In the course of the day workshop technology is being simplified and the goal of a “multi-user final concert” is pursued.
Open Frameworks / PS ArtSpace / 24.09, 14:00 - 20:00
Over two days we’ll walk through complete examples introducing the OpenFrameworks system. Together we’ll build a simple drawing application, do image processing, learn how to network an installation using OSC, and program interactivity using real time face detection. The second day will be an open coding jam where participants will be free to begin pursuing bigger projects. We’ll be there to debug and give guidance on tackling your ideas.
Paranoid Steganography -or- Credulous Reverse Engineering / This.Play Space / 25.09, 12:00 - 18:00
Paranoid Steganography is an intentionally naive approach to interpreting signals and symbols. It combines the techniques of cryptographic analysis and reverse engineering with the premise that there are secret messages everywhere. Workshop participants will build simple antennae to capture ambient electro-magnetic signals. These signals will be fed into a laptop which will then translate them based on our paranoid mapping to sound or images.
MISS BALTAZAR’S LABORATORY / This.Play Space / 27.09, 12:00 - 18:00
Invisible censoring urban space makes marginalized artists disappear, in particular female developers. Coded Cultures offers a platform to share skills and practices and take space to celebrate free access to tools of expression and production. If you love to make things, rather than consuming them, meet up at Mz Baltazar's to share your skills.

Viennese Symptoms / This.Play Space / 28.09, 12:00 - 18:00
Activities will include the dowsing, scrying and divining of buboes on the skin of the city, the rubbing, tracing and excavation of these sites (inscription and playback of the stone tape using self-built apparatus) towards the collective production of a strange hybrid of archaeologists/ forensics report, an essay in self-observation and social questionnaire.
Sound Tossing / This.Play Space / 29.09, 12:00 - 18:00
Sound Tossing is an alternative type of street art that uses sound as a medium of creative expression in a public space. As the streets belong to the people, the intention is to appeal to anyone who wants to shape their acoustic space. While street art has a rich history in terms of the formation of the urban landscape, mainly through the appropriation of wall space, Sound Tossing offers a way to play with urban aesthetics through filling space with unique acoustic input. It provides new ways of adding meaning to public spaces.
The 120days of *buntu / This.Play Space / 30.09, 12:00 - 18:00
The 120days of *buntu is a mash-up of 120 different Ubuntu operating systems (OS). It works from the source code of popular Linux/GNU and redistributes modified software through the Internet and through a new distribution model, the so called Street-Sneaker-Net inspired by the illegal CD/DVD sellers in the streets of São Paolo, Brazil. Computer operating systems are imposing many rules and dogmas onto the ordinary user; thus an OS becomes an inescapable device of our control-driven social environment.
Reactable meets Theremin / PS ArtSpace / 01.10, 12:00 - 14:30
Martin Kaltenbrunner, one of the Reactable inventors, will perform on the original instrument together with the experimental thereminist Günther Gessert, playing one of the oldest electronic musical instruments. Within an electro-acoustic performance, the physical interface of the Reactable will contrast with the intangible interaction on the Theremin. Before the actual evening concert, participants will have the opportunity to try both instruments in an afternoon workshop.
Today 30.9.2011: 19h
Urania Wien
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