Physical Controller Workshop

Physical Controller Workshop

Title: Physical Controller Workshop
Location: MadLab
Description: Learn how to rapid proto and hack your images and video using physical computing and software.
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2011-10-02
End Time: 17:00
Booking Essential: Get a spot HERE

This free workshop is part of Madlab’s exhibition 38° of Separation, Korea : Time and Generation part of Asia Triennial Manchester 2011.

Let’s make a physical controller for your images in 4 hours!

- Stop clicking or dragging to navigate your images.

Learn how to rapid proto and hack your images and video using physical computing and software. Bring along photos, illustration, and videos. We will hack these contents to create interaction with sound and images with physical computing.


Hack keyboards and other input devices to use them in another way

Hack a mouse to change the function

Track images with a camera to change positions and movement

Use and ardunio or other analogue sensors to collect and control data

Use a microphone to use sound as a data source

Use various data to manipulate video and image

Isadora is the main programme we will be exploring. Isadora is a graphic programming environment for Macintosh and Windows that provides interactive control over digital media, with special emphasis on the real-time manipulation of digital video.

Who is this for?

Have you wanted to create interactive projects but have no experience?

Have you used MAX MSP, Isadora or Processing and wanted to add an element of physical interaction?

Are you a performance artist wanted to work with digital sensors to control images and video?


  • 2:00-3:00 Basic intro to Isadora, working with microphones and cameras.
  • 3:00-4:00 Hacking keyboards and sensors
  • 4:00-5:00 Using arduino to connect to Isadora
  • 5:00-6:00 Work on personal projects
  • What you need to be familiar with

    You should be proficient with computers.

    Any experience with graphic application is helpful.

    If you are familiar with Max/MSP/Jitter or ISADORA, it’s PERFECT!

    But if you don’t know them, it doesn’t matter.

    Software and costs

    max/msp/jitter – 1 month free

    arduino – free

    isadora – free witout save function

    Equipment you’ll need

    You will need to bring a laptop with:

    • Mac OS X 10. 5 and higher installed.(or Windows XP/Vista/7 with Quicktime installed.)

    If you have some of these, please bring it.

    • An arduino board

    • A web camera (camera built in laptop is ideal)

    • A microphone

    • useless keyboard, mouse (we will break this)

    • some switches (push, tact, etc.)

    • some analogue sensors (like flex sensor, push sensor, turn sensor etc.)

    * If you don’t have these, we will prepare some.

    Tutor Biography

    Hyojung SEO is a professor at the Samsung Art and Design Institute. She mainly creates interactive installation using digital technology.She also collaborates with many choreographers and musicians for media performance. Her works were exhibited in many exhibitions like Kobe biennale, Siggraph, Media city Seoul, INDAF, Ogaki Biennale, Kwangju Design Biennale and so on. Now, she is translating the book of Arduino board – [Prototyping LAB] and preparing the exhibition and workshop for two residence program in Japan.

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