Blended Intensive Programmes (BIP), Erasmus+ short term mobility – May 16-20, 2022
The workshop series will explore the term interface from the perspective of art, digital media technologies and experimentation. The interface is commonly understood as the interface between a user and a device. A book, a game arrangement, a mirror or a character can be described as an interface in an extended sense. Among the first and still common technical interfaces are the remote control, the computer mouse and the keyboard. A touch screen, mobile devices (mobile phone, tablet computer), voice control devices (Amazon Alexa, Google Smart Home, Apple Home Kit), Arduino / Raspberry PI, virtual reality headsets and augmented reality devices are current possibilities that connect and relate us to the digital world.
A special focus in these workshops will be placed on developments in the area of augmented reality „interfaces“ and „applications“. In the current media discourse, technologies such as VR and AR are taking us into the „hyped“ and so called metaverse. Promising a new era in the development of digital media technologies, the metaverse is being aggressively pushed by Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple and other notable platforms. The Metaverse is ultimately intended to bring together the physical real world with the digital / virtual world and to dissolve the boundaries between the two spheres. Together we want to research the points of contact between real and virtual space.
We want to ask important questions regarding the construction, relevance and impact of these new forms of reality. These questions will lead to concrete artistic-technological project implementations, which the participants will realise together in interdisciplinary project groups – a total of 5 to 6 groups will be formed. Starting on a virtual workshop basis, this will be followed by a workshop week from 16 to 20 May at the St. Pölten UAS. During this workshop week, the individual teams will realise their projects in the laboratories of St. Pölten UAS – Interactive Media Lab, E-Lab, Maker Lab, Video Studio, Photo Studio and Future Lab. At the end of the workshop, the projects will be presented in an „Interface | Metaverse Exhibition and Party“ in the Future Lab of St. Pölten UAS and as AR artworks on www.articialmuseum.com and made accessible to the world.
The workshop topic „Interface | Metaverse – Experiment in Art, Design & Technology“ will be
(1) from the perspective of digital media technologies: Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Arduino / Raspberry PI, 3D Printing, Hard- and Software Tooling, Circuit Bending, AR / VR.
(2) from the perspective of digital arts and experimentation: Installation, Interaction, Sound, Sculpture / Object, Space-Time Stage, Speech and Performance- Motion Capture & Tracking, AR / VR.
(3) from the perspective of product and graphic design: Design process (scribble, sketch, drawing), layout and poster, animation (2D/3D), storytelling AR / VR. will be dealt with.
Furthermore, questions of meaning, aesthetics, usability, social integration, impact and accessibility of the interface | metaverse will be reflected and integrated into the project implementation process. The workshop programme is divided into 5 – 6 workshop modules, each dealing with a thematic focus on the topic of „Interface | Metaverse“.
Lecturers / Leaders / Partners:
Programme head: Markus Wintersberger
Workshop leaders: Markus Wintersberger, Christian Munk, Jacob Suess, Litto Daniel Weiss, Jascha Ehrenreich
- St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences
- Artificial Museum (artificialmuseum.com)
- Pjait Nema Warschau
- University of West Attica
- Universitatea Politehnica Timisoara
- Polytechnic Institute of Setubal