Scrapyard Challenge Workshops – 2003 to Present

Hardware hacking workshops held around the world since 2003
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Group picture from Scrapyard Challenge Workshop at Sentient City, NY, NY.

Description

The Scrapyard Challenge Workshops are intensive workshops where participants build simple electronic projects (both digital and analog inputs) out of found or discarded “junk” (old electronics, clothing, furniture, outdated computer equipment, appliances, turntables, monitors, gadgets, etc..). So far the workshops have been held 47 times in 14 countries, on 5 continents with 3 different themes including the MIDI Scrapyard Challenge where participants build simple musical controllers from discarded objects and “junk”, DIY Wearable Challenge where they create wearable tech projects from used clothing, and the DIY Urban Challenge where they work on public space interventions and other projects. The MIDI Scrapyard version includes a mini workshop where participants build simple drawing robots or “DrawBots” with small, inexpensive motors, batteries, and drawing markers that can also be connected to Serial or MIDI interface. At the end of the day or evening, the workshop participants have a small performance, concert, or fashion show (depending on the workshop theme) where they demonstrate and present their creations together as a group. No electronics skills or any experience with technology is necessary to participate in the workshops.This is an interactive map of everywhere we have run the workshop:


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Video Documentation of the Workshops:

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Credits:
Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Katherine Moriwaki. If you are interested in having the workshop at your event, please contact us. jonah at coin-operated.com and kaki at kakirine.com
Main Scrapyard Challenge Website:
Scrapyard Challenge Workshops Website.
Workshops:

2014

Parsons MFA Design and Technology, New York, NY, 10/2/2014.

 

2013

 

Parsons MFA Design and Technology, New York, NY, 9/28/2013.

 

Cooper Hewitt Design Studio, New York, NY, 7/24&26/2013.

 

LOAD OUT!, Fourth Arts Block, New York, NY, 4/6/2013.

 

Habits of Living, Brown University, Providence, RI, 3/21/2013.

2012

GE Garages, NY, NY, 10/21/2012.

Parsons School of Design, MFA Design and Technology, NY, NY, 9/15/2012.

USA Science and Engineering Festival, Washington, D.C., 4/28-29/2012.

Institute for Multimedia Literacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2/28/2012.

gadgITERATION, Ridgecrest Intermediate School, Palos Verdes, CA, 2/28/2012.

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Redesigning Reality
Visions and Voices, University of Southern California, University Park Campus
USC School of Cinematic Arts Building (SCA), Los Angeles, CA.

 

2011

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Mobility Shifts Conference, October 10, 2011, New School, New York, NY.

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Parsons MFA Design / Technology, September 25, 2011, New School, New York, NY.

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
R.I.P. Workshop, July 8, 2011, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
May 7, 2011 Baruch College, NYC, NY, USA.

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
April 16th, 2011 Eco-Arts Festival 2011, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA.

2010

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
October 3rd, 2010 Parsons School of Design, MFA-Design Technology, NY, NYC, USA.

Drawbot Workshop
Teachers as Makers Professional Development Academy
October 2, New York Hall of Science, Queens, NYC, USA.

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
TechCrunch Disrupt Hackday,
May 22-23, 2010.

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Revolution: Technology as Change,
Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, Connecticutt College
March 4-6, 2010.

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Beyond the instrument metaphor: new paradigms for interactive media event
February 20,
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.

2009

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Art And Code,
Carnegie Mellon University, College of Fine Arts
November 6-8, 2009, (day / time to be announced)

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Old American Can Factory organized by Sentient City.
September 26, 10am to 7pm

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Parsons School of Design, MFA-Design Technology.
September 19, 10am to 4pm

Scrapyard Challenge meets E-Waste Workshops
ReFunct @ ISEA 2009
Irish Museum of Contemporary Art
Dublin, Ireland, August 22, 2009, 11am-6pm

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Ormeau Baths Gallery
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
August 15, 2009, 11am-6pm

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Maker Faire Bay Area
San Mateo Fairgrounds
May 30/31, 2009, 10am to 7pm

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Palais Du Tokyo
Paris, France
April 23, 2009, 10am to 7pm

2008

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Sang Sang MaDang Gallery
Seoul, Korea
November 27-29, 2008, 10am to 7pm daily

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
London Science Museum
London, England, UK
October 28-29, 2008, 10am to 7pm daily

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA
August 11-15, 2008, 10am to 7pm daily

Hybrid World Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Interactive Media Arts Laboratory
Brussels, Belgium
May 19-23, 2008, 10am to 7pm daily

 

2007

Scrapyard Challenge
BLIP!, Telefonica Foundation
Lima, Peru
November 5-12, 2007

Scrapyard Challenge
BBC Blast Bus, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
September 22nd, 2007

Scrapyard Challenge
Urban Learning Space, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
September 21st, 2007

Scrapyard Challenge
ZS Associates, Chicago, IL
August 10, 2007

Scrapyard Challenge
Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, NYC, NY
June 30, 2007

DIY Urban Challenge
Intermediae, Madrid, Spain
June 14-22, 2007

Scrapyard Challenge
Six Cities Design Festival, Stirling, Scotland, UK.
June 2, 2007, 10:00am to 7:45pm
7:30pm Final performance is open to public!

Scrapyard Challenge
GEL2007 Conference, NYC, USA.
April 19, 1pm-5pm. 5:15 Performance Open to Public @ SPARK Art Space, 161 w.22nd. st. (bet. 6-7 ave).

Scrapyard Challenge
Viral:Culture Design Symposium: Columbia College, Chicago, IL, USA
April 7th, 2007, 9am-7pm
7:30pm Final performance is open to public!

Scrapyard Challenge
Distance Lab, Forres, Scotland.
January 19, 10am-5pm.

Scrapyard Challenge
Urban Learning Space, Glasgow, Scotland.
January 17, 10am-5pm.

2006

Scrapyard Challenge
Stetson University, Deland, Florida.
October 13, 10am-5pm.

Scrapyard Challenge
OBORO, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
September 8, 10am-5pm.

DIY Urban Challenge
San Jose, California
ISEA 2006
August 5-13, 2006.
Signup for this workshop here.

Scrapyard Challenge
Machine Project
Los Angeles, CA, USA
July 9

Scrapyard Challenge
STEIM
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Organized by Virtueel Platform, June 22

 

2005

DIY Wearable Challenge
Workshop co/leader with Katherine Moriwaki
December 10 @ Glowlab: Open Lab
Art Interactive Gallery
Boston, Massachusetts

ANAT New Media Lab
Workshop co/leader/facilitator with Katherine Moriwaki / Adam Nash
Oct 1-15 @ ANAT
Melbourne, Australia

Scrapyard Challenge
Workshop co/leader with Katherine Moriwaki
Sept 24 @ Parsons MFA Design and Technology
NYC, USA

DIY Wearable Challenge
Workshop co/leader with Katherine Moriwaki
August 1-3 @ SIGGRAPH 2005
LA Convention Center (Guerilla Studio)
Los Angeles, CA

Scrapyard Challenge
Workshop co/leader with Katherine Moriwaki
July 15-17 @ Artbots
Saints Michael and John Church
Dublin, Ireland

MIDI Scrapyard Challenge
Workshop co/leader with Katherine Moriwaki
May 29
Aesthetics Technology Lab
Athens, Ohio
2004

Drawbot Modding Competition and Workshop
Workshop Leader
Sept 17-19th @ ArtBots, NYC, USA.

DIY Wearable Challenge II
Workshop Co-Leader w/ Katherine Moriwaki
August 18th @ ISEA, Tallin, Estonia.

DIY Wearable Challenge I
Workshop Co-Leader w/ Katherine Moriwaki
August 14th @ Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallin, Estonia.

Drawbot Workshop
Workshop Co-Leader w/ Brian Duffy
August 11-13th @ The Ark, Dublin, Ireland.

Hacking The Street
Workshop Co-Leader w/ Katherine Moriwaki
June 14-15 @ Outside In, Goteborg, Sweden.

Communectivity Workshop
Workshop co-Leader w/ Amy Franceshini/Futurefarmers
May 10-14 @ Vooruit, Gent, Belgium.

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Workshop Co-Leader w/ Katherine Moriwaki
Feb 2 @ Transmediale, Berlin, Germany.

2003

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Workshop Leader
Oct 2-6 @ ElectroFringe, Newcastle, Australia.
pictures from workshop here: http://www.coin-operated.com/ef

Imagine Interface / Interfaces Imagined
Electronics Workshop Co-Leader w/ Katherine Moriwaki
Artist Talk
July 18-20 @ FoAm, Brussels, Belgium.


Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Workshop Co-Leader w/ Katherine Moriwaki
April 26 @ DATA:BASE, Dublin, Ireland.

Overview:
The Scrapyard Challenge Workshops are intensive workshops where participants build simple electronic projects (both digital and analog inputs) out of found or discarded “junk” (old electronics, clothing, furniture, outdated computer equipment, appliances, turntables, monitors, gadgets, etc..). So far the workshops have been held 45 times in 14 countries, on 5 continents with 3 different themes including the MIDI Scrapyard Challenge where participants build simple musical controllers from discarded objects and “junk”, DIY Wearable Challenge where they create wearable tech projects from used clothing, and the DIY Urban Challenge where they work on public space interventions and other projects. The MIDI Scrapyard version includes a mini workshop where participants build simple drawing robots or “DrawBots” with small, inexpensive motors, batteries, and drawing markers that can also be connected to Serial or MIDI interface. At the end of the day or evening, the workshop participants have a small performance, concert, or fashion show (depending on the workshop theme) where they demonstrate and present their creations together as a group. No electronics skills or any experience with technology is necessary to participate in the workshops.
Press/Media:The following links are to articles, press, as well as papers we have published about the workshops.

PUBLICATIONS Date
2010
Moriwaki, Katherine, Brucker-Cohen, Jonah
“MIDI Scrapyard Challenge Workshops”Published in the Proceedings of Revolution, Technology as Change, The 12th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology, Ammerman Center, Connecticutt College, New London,CT, USA.
March 4-6, 2010.
2008
Moriwaki, Katherine, Brucker-Cohen, Jonah
“MIDI Scrapyard Challenge” – Video ScreeningPresented in the Proceedings of The 3rd Annual Carnival of e-Creativity & Change-agents Conclave, New Dehli, India.
Feb.15-17
2007
Moriwaki, Katherine, Brucker-Cohen, Jonah
“MIDI Scrapyard Challenge Workshops”Published in the Proceedings of NIME 2007, NYC, USA, [PDF]
June 6-9
2006
Moriwaki, Katherine, Brucker-Cohen, Jonah
Lessons From The Scrapyard: Creative Uses of Found Materials Within a Workshop SettingAI & Society, Springer, Pages 1-20.
March
Brucker-Cohen, Jonah, Moriwaki, Katherine.”Hacking Creativity: Scrapyard
Challenge Workshops”About Face Interface: Creative Engagement in New Media Arts and HCI, (Workshop)Published in the Proceedings of CHI 2006 (PDF)
April 24-27
2005
Brucker-Cohen, Jonah, Moriwaki, Katherine.”Fashioning The Challenge: Do-It-Yourself Wearable Design”Published in the Proceedings of the 1st Wearable Futures Conference,
Newport, Wales.
September 14-16
PRESS Date
2011
New Media engages Baruch students in the Scrapyard Challenge“, The Ticker, May 10, 2011.
2010
Over 300 Battle At Disrupt Hackathon, TechCrunch. TC Disrupt Hackathon Gallery(pics of Scrapyard Challenge)Inside Disrupt Hackathon (video)Caffeine, Pizza And Glory: The TechCrunch Hack Day At Disrupt
May 22
2009
Scrapyard Challenge – Architectural LEague of New York
2006
Make Magazine Blog on DIY Urban Challenge August 8th
Boing Boing on MIDI Scrapyard Challenge July 7
Tinker and Tweak: Challenging networks Interview by Douglas Heingartner of Virtueel Platform, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. June 20
Dendrite May 25
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