In the module you will learn how to build an electronic instrument and explore and present it audibly. You will learn how to work with tools and equipment through group exercises during various inputs. Through self-study and research, you examine artistic positions, that are then discussed and debated in the group. The focus is on supporting autodidactic learning as well as peer learning (e.g. with skill shares) in order to acquire special skills and to encourage the exchange among one another (network thinking).
DIY (do it yourself), Appropriation as well as Trial & Error are taught as methods for advancing their individual work in the creative process. You are then in a position to use these strategies themselves. In combination with hands-on skills, you’ll also acquire skills in presentation and performance.
The "SoundLab" module consists of different parts:
1) An electronic "instrument" is built, physically or digitally, or a combination of both, and is constantly being developed.
2) In parallel to this, they research the prototype acoustically, by recording and developing sounds. The participants should mutually inspire each other in how they create the instruments and perform with them.
The module conclusion can take different forms e.g. installation, performance or the presentation of audio tracks.
An introduction to electronics, soldering, Arduino, programming, tools etc. are taught in smaller teaching blocks. In addition to the practical introductions, various artistic positions will be worked on by the students in short presentations and presented to the others. This forms the basis for the joint analysis and discussion of various works. The students decide how they want to present their "instrument": as an installation, performance or audio track. The proportion of instrument building and development and sound design/performance is 50:50.
Chris Obrist and guests