Looking to get your geek on? What better way than to build you own “third eye” personal proximity detector.
From the Machine Project web site…
Sunday, October 21st
10am to 4pm
Instructors: Tim Perkis and Sara Roberts.
What if you could see if someone was behind you, feel how close they are to you? Would that change your notion of the borders of your body, change the kind of social interactions you have with people, open up new possibilities for group games and sports?
In the Third_Eye Workshop each participant will build and take home a 3rd_eye, a small device that can be clipped on a headband, hat or cap. The third_eye uses infrared light to sense your proximity to people or objects and buzzes more vigorously the closer they are. (Often people quickly forget they are wearing them and just incorporate them as a new sense, going from thinking “this thing is buzzing on my neck” to simply “someone is behind me” in less than an hour. )
First we’ll build the devices, a relatively simple process in which you’ll learn to solder and do simple electronic assembly. Then we’ll play with these gizmos in group improvisations and games. Participants should bring a headband, hat, or cap so they can wear their 3rd_eye comfortably.
Tim is an electronic musician who has worked for over 25 years with computer networks and improvisation; he is also a filmmaker (Noisy People, 2006)
Sara is into exploring sound and human dynamics with non-expert groups of people. Her best known tool is the “earbies”, a set of 50 handheld loop recorders. She teaches in Experimental Sound Practices at Cal Arts.