The ‘Art-RePublic series’ is inspired by contemporary psychogeography, a concept originally developed during the 1950s by a Paris-based collective called the Letterist International. Founding member Guy Debord described psychogeography as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals” (Debord, 1955). A more contemporary definition of psychogeography includes any combination of playful and inventive strategies for exploring the urban environment that inspire renewed critical awareness of our cultural, mental and urban landscapes.Through the Solar Graffiti Workshop led by David Darts and Jason Eppink, participants will be introduced to public space art and will work together to transform Eindhoven into an urban laboratory for creative experimentation. Participants create site-specific solar-powered installations of light and projection. Using inexpensive off-the-shelf electronics and other household items, participants will design and produce light projections and sculptures, and install them in the urban environment. As part of the workshop, a dedicated artwork will be developed for the new gallery space MU at Strijp-S.The focus will be on producing light installations for display in and around the city. Specific topics of study will include circuit bending and basic electronics and design work. Participants will experiment with the creative customization of electronic devices and will explore the interplay of darkness and light, and image and text. Public space installation techniques will also be demonstrated and discussed.
Suitable for: beginners to intermediate. Past experience working with electronics or public space art is encouraged but not a requirement. Workshop materials and tools will be provided though attendees should bring a laptop. Check our website for updates! baltanlaboratories.org
About the artists:
David Darts daviddarts.com is an artist, designer, and creative coder. He is Associate Professor and Chair of the New York University Art Department. His work focuses on the convergences between contemporary art and design, technology, and democracy. Darts is Curatorial Director of Conflux , the annual art and technology festival for the creative exploration of public space in New York.
Jason Eppink jasoneppink.com engages in public space magic, open source scheming, moving image mischief, photon reappropriation, and linguistic subterfuge. Eppink creates interactive experiences, curates exhibitions, and throws raging art parties as the Assistant Curator of Digital Media at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.