Installing Learn to Play

The lovely and talented JP Bruneau installs games on donated computers for Learn to Play

The struggle is to give the space a feeling that is inviting for people to play the games in, but to accommodate all of the games as well.

Playability is key here, and we have our layout for the preview, note the cool classic videogame accents by graffiti artist Rigo.

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this weekends workshops

Okay, if you haven’t been to the Out of the Garage workshops get your butt down there, this is the most amazing maker community of artists I have ever seen.

Just watching the evolution of these artworks is fantastic and the workshops have all kicked ass:

build paper viruses and have them loaded into the trojan horse for the San Jose Museum of Art!!  Scott and Victoria took the horse from Second Life to Sketchup to Real Life(tm)!

http://01sj.org/2010/attend/workshops/virus-paper-sculpture-assembly-workshop/

become a flight attendant, well train to use the zipline and get free rides:

http://01sj.org/2010/attend/workshops/imaginary-airforce-flight-attendant-training/

build a fucking barn based on what the internet says (starts at 11am):

http://01sj.org/2010/attend/workshops/all-raise-this-barn-west-performance/

make a hoodie for zombie tag, this one ain’t free, but includes an arduino lillypad and an LED hoodie!

http://01sj.org/2010/attend/workshops/project-hoodieplay-workshop/

So jump on board, it is not too late to soak in this amazing scene.

Out of the Garage

On the first public day of Out of the Garage which also happened to be a Sunday, I attended an Open Solar workshop by http://opensolarcircuits.cc/ as part of #01SJ. Here is a link, there are like 8 more days of it http://01sj.org/2010/artworks/opensolarcircuits/.

Cut and sanded the boards (thank you TechShop), scrubbed them. Printed the traces and mixed the acid.  Laminated the traces and dissolved the paper before dropping the boards into an acid bath.  The “white paper??” actually preserves the traces better than without, but is optional. Drilled holes after the acid bath and we have PCBs.

Using open source designs or worked out designs, I can see this being a really easy way in to electronics. Of course if the hardware is common it will likely be cheaper to just buy the boards (or the finished product : ) but that defeats the porpoise.

The materials used for this have ecology and kitchen science in mind as well and can be bought locally, well except maybe for the board materials.

As far as empowering students and teaching electronics, I think this is pretty astonishing.  I never thought I could make my own PCB and here I did it in a few hours.

Open Source, Spanish language, DIY, physical electronics, with green materials run by women.  YIKES this is unstoppable.

I am asked for a complete list of materials, I think this can be integrated into the curriculum along the lines of basic physical computing.  I shall post it as soon as I get it.

small call for graffiti / mural artist who loves games

Call for Graffiti/Mural artist to create G-PG rated murals to support
http://learn.toplay.us at the Euphrat Museum of Art.  Please see the

list of artists http://learn.toplay.us/?page_id=15 for inspiration.

The scale of the Mural(s) and artistic interventions will depend on

the individual artist’s desires in conversation with the museum staff

and curators.  We have a LOT of wall space and a window that can
potentially be included.  We have no budget, we can cover reasonable
materials costs but are really looking for someone who shares our
passion for games and art.  For more information contact
info@toplay.us

note to students

Dear DMA Student,

I know this is a lot, but there are HUGE opportunities coming up. Please read the whole email before you forget everything.

It was great to see everyone at the gathering on Saturday, and quite a lot of fun to have a guest artist of Miguel Palma’s stature to add to the conversation.

First Friday – Friday September 3, street fair and all galleries are free. My posse will be trolling and you are invited. http://www.southfirstfridays.com/

Zer01 – Get involved! Volunteer! I cannot emphasize enough that this is an opportunity to jumpstart your career and to meet people.  You NEED a plan to attend.  I shall be posting to the nlist but I think this can be massively socially awesome. Connect with me to connect to opportunities, this only happens every other year. http://01sj.org/programs/events/

Global Warning Symposium – CADRE is sponsoring a symposium that includes artists and scientists considering the issue of global climate change and responses.  We need to turn out for this event as it is also quite reasonably priced. There are still volunteer opportunities as well that will get you in for free (Thu Sep 16 and Fri Sep 17).  http://01sj.org/programs/symposium/

Workshops – the number of workshops is dizzying and they all look great.  Meet artists who are part of the biennial and learn skills!  Most of them are free.  I will be posting the ones I am going to and invite everyone to do this as a great activity. My classes will also be going to these. http://01sj.org/attend/workshops/

BFA meetup – it looks like more advising related to the BFA and considering projects is in order.  We will be forming a BFA meetup group to talk about issues and plans AFTER 01.  Stay tuned for more info.

Movie Night (after 01) – In an attempt to foster some community and have some fun we will also have a movie night in rm 241.  I am partial to Sci Fi, but this can really be anything and will be a chance to mix with other majors.

Wedding Game II : October 30 – As you know we DMA and Spatial are coming together.  What could be more fun than a wedding at an art gallery in costumes on Halloween? What could be more fun than a game too?

Nlist – The nlist was started a while ago to help us keep connected and has a lot of alumni and current students on it.  I reccommend that everyone sign up.  It is a pretty low traffic list too. http://cadre.sjsu.edu/mailman/listinfo/nlist

Twitter & FB – lastly I wanted to let you know that I am pretty chatty and pretty socially available.  You are welcome to connect via twitter http://twitter.com/rubaiyat or via Facebook (Rubaiyat Shatner).

Office Hours & Advising – This semester I shall have office hours from 1-5pm in Art 233, feel free to drop by. You are also welcome to make an appointment.

As always if you have any questions you may reach me via email as well.

James Morgan
CADRE Laboratory for New Media
Sculpture and Experimental Media