Spark Festival

Art(ists) on the Verge @ Spark Festival from Steve Dietz on Vimeo.

“Art(ists) on the Verge is the second iteration of a fellowship program run by Northern with the support of the Jerome Foundation. Five artists who do interesting things with new media technology were chosen by a jury to create new works, four of which then were exhibited side by side with artists chosen to represent the visual side of the Spark Festival of electronic music and arts. Altogether, 15 artists in the show at the Regis Center for Visual Art on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota presented a wide range of new media possibility, from film and video, to algorithm-generated sound routines, to interactive or responsive environments.”–Ann Klefstad​artists-on-the-verge-2010/​

Make Projects > Soft Circuits

Conductive materials such as inks, threads, and textiles are opening up a whole new world of possibility for crafting electronics into fabric. Circuits can be hand- or machine-sewn, woven, embroidered, inked, or knit.


Leah Buechley, creator of the LilyPad Arduino and head of the High-Low Tech group at the MIT Media Lab, published : LilyPad in the Wild: How Hardwareʼs Long Tail is Supporting New Engineering and Design Communities.

See more High-Low Tech Projects like textile-based sensors:

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Fashioning Technology by Syuzi Pakhchyan in Maker Shed


Smart Materials Kit in Maker Shed.

For more do-it-yourself ideas, be sure to visit the Craftzine Soft Circuits archive.

Chris Paine > Visiting Film Director

Extra Credit Op:

Chris Paine Director of WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? will present:

Mon. Nov. 29 7 pm, Weber Music Hall
“How many lightbulbs does it take to plug in an electric car?”

Tues. Nov. 30 11 am UMD Ballroom
“Science, change and the art of storytelling.”

Chris is a working film-maker, in the midst of post production on “Revenge of the Electric Car” in Hollywood. This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the art of filmmaking.