Open Hardware Workshop

by Silvia Binda Heiserova
Workshop capacity: 10 people Date: 18 May 2024 (Saturday) Time: 14:00 – 17:30

About the workshop

During the Open Hardware workshop, we will construct functional technological objects from scratch. For this, we will use open-source 3D prints of various colours and shapes, microcontrollers, sensors, displays, modules and other components that participants can choose from. After a brief overview of practical electronics and basic components, we will solder pins to a microcontroller and wire it to the chosen elements. Once all parts are assembled, we will write a code to control the behaviour of our hardware and upload it to the microcontroller.

Upon completion of the workshop, each participant will take home their own functional artistic hardware artefact. Participants will gain an understanding of some of the most commonly used electronic components and their functionalities. Furthermore, the workshop aims to empower participants in their technological creativity and insight, fostering a proactive attitude towards scrutinizing the hardware devices they interact with daily.

Contents

1. Brief introduction and explanation of open hardware principles 2. Designing the open hardware artefact and its functionality
3. Some basics of electronics
4. Soldering and wirin
5. Assembling
6. Writing the open-source code 7. Testing the hardware
8. Documentation and discussion

About the artist

Silvia Binda Heiserova is a visual and multimedia artist, researcher and creative coder. Her artistic practice critically explores power dynamics in the digital era through a gender perspective, aiming to subvert stereotypical and biased gender representations in social and virtual spaces. Silvia earned her Doctoral Degree in Fine Arts: Practice and Research from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, where she was part of the Art and Gender research group. She holds an MFA title in Visual and Multimedia Arts and an MFA in Artistic Practice from the same institution. Silvia is the founder of offDAC, a multidisciplinary platform for exploring the intersection of feminism, art and technology.

Artist web: https://www.silviabinda.com
Artist Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/silvia_binda_heiserova/ 
offDAC web: http://o:dac.com
offDAC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/o:dac/