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Humans & Machines. auLAB 2017

2017.06.18 // Workshop

Humans & Machines. Experimental Laboratory of art & Technology.

Design of the contents and teaching at auLAB 2017, an innovation teaching project by LABoral Centro de Arte in cooperation with the Education and Culture Council of the Principality of Asturias.

Video-summary of the students works at "Humans & Machines" at LABoral Centro de Arte. Gijón. Spain

Humans & Machines is the experimental laboratory in art and technology that María Castellanos and Alberto Valverde have designed and taught at auLAB 2017, at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial. Spain

The workshop has taken place during six work sessions, with students from 15 to 17 years old. It consisted in an approaching to the intersection between art, science and technology through the view of examples of artists, scientific milestones etc.
The wearable concept was introduced from an artistic approach, thanks to an practice exercise DIY that allowed students to experiment with sensors and actuators. It was possible thanks to a kit based on arduino developed by the artists María Castellanos and Alberto Valverde, a kit created specifically to teach and allow us to show students the possibilities of the technology. In this way, at the end of the workshop the students were able to produced their own wearable tech project

Sensors and actuators Kit based on arduino for the workshop “Humans & Machines”

Some pictures of “Humans & Machines”

Post on Adafruit blog related to our kit: "How to make the perfect kit for teaching wearable tech"
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Our work as art group brings together a collection of works and projects in which we study the interrelations and intersections that occur between machines and the human being.

We approach these issues in different kind of pieces: Interactive installations, sound interventions, multimedia pieces, etc. However, the support is not more than one channel that canalize the project itself.

A transversal and interdisciplinary research where the machine, far from a cold body, acts as an integrating factor, multiplying human capacities for equal us to other living beings or mechanical things already equipped with them.

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