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Want something to turn, but don’t know where to turn?

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Don’t know whether to go AC or DC? Want to take the first steps toward steppers?

Take our new Motors workshop, with Bill Gentles, Feb 15th, 7 to 10.

More details of the new workshop series here:

http://www.interaccess.org/workshops/series.php

(Photo by Rob Cruickshank, used under Creative Commons license. )

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Do you live in Parkdale? ME TOO! Read this!!

12th Annual Parkdale Film + Video Showcase
June 25-27, 2010

The Parkdale Film + Video Showcase is an annual summer celebration of the artists and audiences who live and work in the eclectic Parkdale neighbourhood. Now in its 12th year, this compact 3-day festival offers film and video screenings at the Revue Cinema (some with live music and other performance elements), outdoor screenings under the stars in Fuller Avenue Parkette, media installations in Gallery 1313, local homes, and storefronts, as well as community workshops and other events.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: May 21, 2010

The Parkdale Beauty Pageant Society seeks new, vintage or under-appreciated short films, videos and media installations made by artists living and/or working in Parkdale for the 12th Annual Parkdale Film + Video Showcase. Artist fees paid, short works preferred.
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Witness; it’s a lovely word.

In her introduction to Seven Days in the Art World, Sarah Thornton reflects  on the transcendental qualities on contemporary art and its potentials as a religious alternative. This really struck a chord with me, and I’m using it to enunciate certain key points in this blog. The high conceptual artist is arguably on “an existential channel through which they bring meaning into their lives (27).”  But any conceptual/pseudo-religious experience is methodical, organized and beyond its pomp and ceremony, we trust it can offer something more.

My post is about a TWO MONTHS after this event, and while I wanted to respond immediately I had to prioritize other deadlines, and this event was still able to resonant. I’m happy now to contextualize Speechcraft with the rest of Carey Young’s exhibit Counter Offer at the Power Plant. The show ends THIS SUNDAY MAY 18TH so you have one more chance to see it.

Speechcraft, by Carey Young, took place at the Power Plant  Sunday March 15 2009. I decided to go bear witness(this is our new word of the day). I was almost not allowed in for being late, not unlike other familiar Sunday rituals of my youth (the Catechism teacher never liked me) and I’m ever grateful that Helena Reckett took pity on me and let me in.

Speechcraft has been performed in several cities in collaboration with an organization called The Toastmasters. The Toastmasters are a bit like a book club for public speaking. Started in the basement of a YMCA in 1924 by Ralph C. Smedley, young men were introduced to some of the protocol behind making toasts, and the organization steadily grew to now be an international institution, with a newsletter, awards and national and international conferences.

The organization opened up membership to women in 1973, forty-nine years after its founding. Carey Young is a member. The event was structured as such. Members of the High Park toastmaster’s club would candidly present ideas around objects that Carey Young provided from her studio. A grammarian was designated to keep track of how many “umms” were uttered and the improper use of “and” and “like” to present ideas. The audience had to clap once when they heard the word of the day. In this case the word of the day was critique.
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Hating men, art and myself all at the same time.

I just finished a bodum full of coffee and a toasted bagel. I’m munching on an apple and I just finished washing dishes.  I’m kind of at this point in my packing where I’m SICK of seeing cardboard and can hardly see my floor to clean it. My new roommate did an awesome job helping me clean and unpack. I didn’t see him until Saturday night and when I tried to help he assured me, “no Laura, none of this mess is your fault….”

So yah, I missed everything on Friday. YYZ’s having a thirtenth party, MOCCA has Contact’s opening (man when did MOCCA change there website? Well about flippin’ time anyway), and come to think of it 401 had lots of openings that day. Plus the odd housewarming I said I would attend, rsvped via facebook. So I feel bad for not doing that. I was asleep by 10:30pm on May 1st. Right now my apt right now looks like a bad James Carl installation, I’m trying to not be grumpy and believe in art right now.

The best art experience I had in the last two weeks was treating my younger brother and his friend John Naro to a FADO performance called Not Waterproof by Julie Andree T. I admit I had never seen her work before that night, and the description sounded pretty straight forward, installation based set design, perhaps theatrical, etc, so I thought it would be pedestrian. Man, did I call THAT one wrong, and am I ever glad I did.

The performance started with the artist talking conversationally to the audience, and had to start the performance having a cigarette. She grabbed it  from the audience, took a drag or two and then taped it to a table, all while casually dropping anecdotes describing her practice. She made reference to previous performances where she urinates on the floor, at which some laughed nervously, and then drank a large glass of wine in one gulp. She then asks for another cigarette, does the same gesture, and swallows another full glass of wine, and I can hear my 18 year old brother muttering “Chug, chug, chug, chug!” After the fourth taped cigarette and before she sits by a stringed instrument, Julie runs to the nearby vase of water and vomits into it silently while the water inside turns a plum red. The tone changes quickly and my brother realizes this isn’t Janeane Garofalo.

another iteration of Not Waterproof performed at the Cardiff Art and Time (CAT) festival

another iteration of Not Waterproof performed at the Cardiff Art and Time (CAT) festival


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I got this song on repeat stuck in my head….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtUI5MC9tVM[/youtube]

I just posted this to refer back to this post from awhile ago. But it’s going somewhere….

MGMT seems to be the choice music for performance artists and politicians and it’s become kind of my personal soundtrack for the last couple of weeks. Seriously though, look at this:

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Current events

Lately I’ve been playing with some high-intensity LEDs.  Now, you’ll remember that LEDs have some pretty specific requirements. You want to be able to limit the current through the LED, which has a fixed voltage across it. Now normally for small currents, we use a resistor, or a series/parallel array of LEDs and resistors. This online calculator helps you figure it out But with some of these newer parts, it’s not practical.  This LED for instance, has a forward voltage of 2.85 volts, and requires a current of 350mA.  If you wanted to run this off of a 5 volt supply, with a dropping resistor, you would have 5V-2.85V=2.15V across the resistor, so for 350 mA , R=2.15/.350A or 6.14 ohm The power dissipated in the resistor would be the current through the resistor times the voltage across it, or .350A*2.15V=0.75 watts.  Not the greatest idea, particularly if you are running off batteries. Also, it’s hard to get precise values of high-power resistors, and you don’t want to overdrive the LED, since you will shorten its life, and underdriving it wastes the good money that you spent on a super-bright LED.  Fortunately, the manufacturers of these  LEDs also make power supplies which are constant current sources,  designed to output a set current irrespective of the load resistance.   Similar drivers are available to drive long series  strings of LEDs without complicated resistor networks- the voltage is increased by switching circuits to be able to cover the forward voltage requirements of the string, and the current is limited  to the point required for the LEDs. You can make your own current source using an LM317 regulator for only a dollar or two.  Constant current sources are also of great use in battery charging circuits and audio amplifiers.

(Currant image by Vladimer Shioshvili, used under Creative Commons license)

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  • Upcoming Workshops and Events

    • Events on April 17, 2014
      • Motors
        Starts: 7:00 pm
        Ends: April 17, 2014 - 10:00 pm
        Description: Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/motors-workshop-tickets-11025454431

        In the first of two motor workshops, we'll deal with simple motors that don't require complicated circuits to control them: DC motors and AC motors. We'll start by explaining how motors work, how to select the right kind of motor to do the job, and finally, how to mechanically connect the motor to whatever it is you want to move.
        Then we'll get our hands dirty, trying out some different motors and mechanical components like gears, cams and couplings.

        BONUS: COMES WITH EXCITING MOTOR FUNPACK!
        This workshop costs more than our regular offerings because we give you some awesome and useful stuff to take home with you. Your registration fee includes the cost of:
        A DC Hobby Motor
        A Gearbox kit for added torque
        A selection of pulleys and shafts
        A selection of SPDT microswitches
        Batteries included!

        About the instructor:

        Bill Gentles has worked for the past 30 years as a Biomedical Engineer. He has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He has recently been shifting careers as he has discovered that what he really wanted to be when he grew up was an artist. He previously presented the motors workshop at Interaccess in 2011.

        Refund and Cancellation Policy:

        Refund requests are granted if received 10 business days or more prior to the workshop date. Exceptions to this policy will be clearly stated.
    • Events on April 23, 2014
      • Open Studio
        Starts: 7:00 pm
        Ends: April 23, 2014 - 10:00 pm
        Location: 9 Ossington Ave, Toronto ON
        Description: Hang out with some like-minded artists, technicians, and nerds. Bring projects and share them, or get help with problems.
    • Events on April 24, 2014
      • Motors
        Starts: 7:00 pm
        Ends: April 24, 2014 - 10:00 pm
        Description: Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/stepper-motors-workshop-tickets-11025869673

        In this, the second of two workshops based on different types of motors, we'll work with stepper motors. Steppers are powerful motors that provide precision control over the rotation speed or exact position of the motor shaft; they also require electronic circuits or microcontrollers to operate them. We'll talk about how to choose the right stepper motor for the job. We'll build a control circuit based on a 555 timer and a special power driver, connect our motor and start playing. We'll also discuss how to use the Arduino microcontroller to control speed and direction of DC motors, servomotors and stepper motors and look at some alternative Arduino-compatible motor controller boards.

        BONUS: COMES WITH EXCITING MOTOR FUNPACK!
        This workshop costs more than our regular offerings because we give you some awesome and useful stuff to take home with you. Your registration fee includes the cost of:
        A stepper motor
        A stepper motor driver circuit, breadboard-ready
        Assorted electronic breadboard components

        About the Instructor:
        Bill Gentles has worked for the past 30 years as a Biomedical Engineer. He has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He has recently been shifting careers as he has discovered that what he really wanted to be when he grew up was an artist. He previously presented the motors workshop at Interaccess in 2013.

        Refund and Cancellation Policy:

        Refund requests are granted if received 10 business days or more prior to the workshop date. Exceptions to this policy will be clearly stated.
    • Events on April 30, 2014
      • Open Studio
        Starts: 7:00 pm
        Ends: April 30, 2014 - 10:00 pm
        Location: 9 Ossington Ave, Toronto ON
        Description: Hang out with some like-minded artists, technicians, and nerds. Bring projects and share them, or get help with problems.
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