Design and Technology Learning Centre, Ex-Umberto Calosso Premises, Triq il-Kbira San Ġużepp, Santa Venera. Parking is available on site.
Day 4: 21 September – anytime throughout the day
- ‘Performative Machines’ is a workshop around the development of novel digitally-controlled mechanisms that will be part of in the Każin Barokk performance in September 2018. The workshop will combine a wide range of disciplines that include visual arts, digital fabrication, craftsmanship, performance art, and computer science.
- Taking inspiration from baroque stage mechanisms, we will be exploring the performative nature of machines. Participants will be working in small groups to design, develop, and test a number of mechanisms using both digital and analogue prototyping techniques. The workshop will encourage a free-flowing approach, and will bring together different practitioners from the fields of design and technology.
- We will be collectively designing, prototyping and programming a device which can manipulate miniature models on a micro-stage. The purpose of the device is more of a performative nature, rather than a pragmatic one – therefore whirling gears and graceful linkage movement are more important than a functional approach. We will be repurposing analogue craftwork into the digital, working with laser cutters, 3D printers, arduino and other digital toolsets – together with input from experienced fabricators, machinists and mechanical engineers.
- Entrance is free of charge. Doors open at 10:00 on Monday 18 September with an introductory session, participants are welcome to join as they are able or wish. Transport may be provided, depending on participation.