Mar 072016
 

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I’m ridiculously happy to discover that there’s a circuit bending workshop happening in Nashville on Sunday, March 13th at 2 p.m. Little Harpeth Brewing is hosting “Circuit Bending: Exactly What Your Mom Told You Not To Do As A Child.” The workshop is led by multimedia artist McLean Fahnestock and presented by Gallery Luperca.

If you want to attend the 3-hour event, order your tickets now. Space is limited, and they need time to know how many parts to order.

Here are the details from the event page.

Circuit bending is the creative, chance-based customization of the circuits within low voltage battery-operated toys and gadgets to create new musical or visual instruments and noise-makers. Bring an old, used toy that still works, open it up, and learn how to make it into your own sound machine.

This workshop will get you started. We will cover the basics of circuit exploration, soldering, and switches. The $25 class fee covers an assortment of parts for you to try. Basic tools will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own kit if you would like. Bring a toy or two and make sure you have batteries!

Circuit Bending: Exactly What Your Mom Told You Not To Do As A Child
Sunday, March 13th, 2 p.m., 3 hours, $25 in advance
@ Little Harpeth Brewing, 30 Oldham St, Nashville, TN 37213

Feb 062015
 

I’m really happy to announce Modular Art Pods happening Saturday, February 7th during Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston 6-10 p.m. at abrasiveMedia inside Houston Station (438 Houston Street, Nashville, TN). MAPs is the open-source community art tunnel that I’ve been working on for over a year, and it features 30 individually-curated pods. None of this could have happened without the hard work and creativity of the participating artists, which include:

  • Adrienne Newman
  • Alison Rinner and Becky Matthews
  • Andee Rudloff
  • Andri Alexandrou
  • Arthur Kirkby
  • Ava Marie Puckett
  • Beth Reitmeyer
  • Brandon Donahue
  • Brandon Greer
  • Brian Somerville
  • Courtney Adair Johnson
  • Dig Deep Light Show
  • Dylan Ethier and Molly Lahym
  • Emily Holt
  • Evelyn Walker
  • Gordon Roqué
  • Joe Clemons
  • Kayla Saito
  • Kyle Baker
  • Kyle Numann
  • Lauren Kussro
  • Luke Rainey
  • Matt Fox and Ben Clark
  • Matthew Jernigan
  • Megan Kelley and Stephen Zerne
  • Morgan Higby-Flowers
  • Patrick Stefaniak
  • Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship
  • Secret Friends
  • Tony Youngblood

Modular Art Pods will be unlike other art exhibitions you’ve attended. You could call it an “art haunted house,” and like haunted houses, you will have to wait in line to get in. So allow time for waiting. And wear comfortable clothes for crawling. If you are unable to crawl through, we also have a backlot walking tour that lets you peer in on the crawlers and see the behind-the-scenes magic.

MAPs isn’t the only show happening in the Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood Saturday night. Also check out Tom Shinness, Tony Gerber and Kirby Shelstad performing at Noteable Blends (also inside Houston Station) at 8p.m. and lots of other gallery openings, including Andrew O’Brien’s Talking Talking House at Seed Space, Fort Houston’s 3rd Birthday Bonanza, Ariel Lavery at The Packing Plant, the opening of Cumberland Gallery in Track One, and lots more. Also, MAPs participant Kayla Saito has a solo show at the WAG Gallery in the Arcade downtown. Joe Nolan has the details on these events and more at the Nashville Scene’s Crawl Guide.

Find out more about Modular Art Pods here.

Check out some pictures and videos of the pods in progress!

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

AlisonRinner & Becky Fox Matthews

Alison Rinner & Becky Fox Matthews

Andee Rudloff

Andee Rudloff

Kyle Numann

Kyle Numann

Courtney Adair Johnson

Courtney Adair Johnson

Courtney Adair Johnson

Courtney Adair Johnson

Joe Clemons

Joe Clemons

Lauren Kussro

Lauren Kussro

Lauren Kussro

Lauren Kussro

Matt Fox & Ben Clark

Matt Fox & Ben Clark

Brian Somerville

Brian Somerville

Brian Somerville

Gordon Roque

Gordon Roque

Dec 022014
 
Erica and Billy in a pod.

Erica and Billy in a pod.

Some of you who know me may have heard on this strange art exhibit idea I’ve been working on called Modular Art Pods. Basically, it’s a linear art tunnel comprised of individually-curated 4′ cubes. Each micro-gallery holds only one person, so you can confront the art without the distractions of free wine and conversation.

We just launched the MAPs site and announced the call for artists. If you’re interested in making a pod, apply here. The exhibition happens February 7th at abrasiveMedia, a wonderful new art center in Wedgewood/Houston.

Oct 302014
 

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Calling all hackers, makers, science nerds, and 3D printing enthusiasts! The newly-rebooted PhreakNIC technology conference kicks off today and runs throughout the weekend. Head on over to the con website to register and check the schedule.

Don’t miss Circuit Benders’ Ball participant Arnie Holder (Abandoned On Fire) give a talk on making music with a Gameboy. I’m also excited about tonight’s listening/call-in party for Over the Edge radio’s Halloween episode (hosted by Negativland’s Don Joyce). Other highlights include presentations on planetarium techhow 3d printers will be the death of us all, starting a hackerspace by a Freeside Atlanta member, and confessions of a Black hat hacker by Alex Berta. And then, for the truly adventurous (and/or brave and/or foolhardy), check out panels on DIY nuclear fusion experiments and 3D-printed gunmaking (yikes). 

It all goes down at the Millenium Maxwell House hotel Thursday, October 30th through Sunday November 2nd.

And now, here’s a video from PhreakNIC 13 of a tesla coil playing the theme to the Addams Family.

PhreakNIC 18
October 30th – November 2nd
@  Millenium Maxwell House
2025 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard