Makin’ Artwork: “Convivial Machines” on the Museum of Boulder – Information


This partaking exhibit explores the advantages and disadvantages of expertise.




Not too long ago, SparkFun sponsored an artwork exhibit on the Museum of Boulder, “Convivial Machines”, open now by way of February 6, 2022. The artists are native college students, scientists, engineers and creatives which are a part of the Boulder Experiments in Artwork and Know-how (B.E.A.T.) meetup. “Convivial Machines” goals to emphasise the strain between the advantages that expertise presents with its unfavorable traits similar to distraction, disruption, and environmental influence. The exhibit has a “gentle aspect” and “darkish aspect” (actually) and has facilitated initiatives through which individuals collaborate and join with one another, expertise and nature. It options interactive, digital artwork, kinetic sculpture, music machines and rather more. Let’s discover just a few of the displays.

Fantastical Tape Loop, Cha Cha & Jiffer Harriman, 2021 – photographs by Priyanka Makin

Dark Side

“Enter the Darkish Facet” Door – photographs by Priyanka Makin

One piece within the present is a collaborative music arcade constructed by Sean Winters, Chase Stewart, Jiffer Harriman, Torin Hopkins, Eric Atencio, and Spencer Arrasmith. “Galaga’s Ghost” permits viewers to take part and collaborate in producing music and visuals in a classic arcade-style format.

Galaga's Ghost 1 Galaga's Ghost 2

Galaga’s Ghost, Sean Winters, Chase Stewart, Jiffer Harriman, Torin Hopkins, Eric Atencio, & Spencer Arrasmith, 2021 – photographs by Priyanka Makin

“Bioluminescent Contact” by Mirela Alistar and Netta Ofer highlights residing dinoflagellates. Viewers are invited to work together with the algae and see them illuminate making a connection and intimacy between individuals and the microorganisms.

Listed here are just a few extra snippets from the exhibit:

Bytes of Humanity

Bytes of Humanity, Gail Folwell, 2021 – photographs by Priyanka Makin

Musical Dot Orchestra

Musical Dot Orchestra, Matt Moore, 2021 – photographs by Priyanka Makin

Listening Lanterns

Listening Lanterns, Jiffer Harriman with particular because of the B.E.A.T. Interactive LED Workshop contributors, 2021 – video by Priyanka Makin

The B.E.A.T. meetup, based by Jiffer Harriman, fosters explorations on the intersection of the humanities with expertise and science. The aim of the group is to share work, discover collaborations in the neighborhood and get impressed. Pre-pandemic, Jiffer hosted varied open mics and expertise workshops across the metropolis. All through the pandemic, the Zoom open mics have stored me sane and engaged with individuals. This gathering of artists and technologists presents fairly a little bit of overlap between the CU Boulder crowd and, extra particularly, individuals concerned within the ATLAS Institute.

Interactive LED Workshop

Interactive LED Workshop on the Museum of Boulder, 2021

B.E.A.T. Open Mic

B.E.A.T. Open Mic signage

Jiffer is a artistic technologist, musician and educator primarily based in Boulder. He runs the B.E.A.T. meetup and curated the “Convivial Machines” present. He teaches and develops programs for ATLAS and creates interactive methods for music, sound, and visible arts in addition to software program, PCB and embedded system design — precisely like what we do right here at SparkFun! He put a variety of work and thought into this exhibit that served as a artistic alternative and an avenue for human connection amidst a pandemic. In case you’re a neighborhood, be certain go to the Museum of Boulder within the subsequent few months and see this one-of-a-kind exhibit.

Nature Mobile

Nature Cellular within the Museum of Boulder window, Priyanka Makin, 2021 – photographs by Priyanka Makin


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