Alex Reben’s free class


This free course is designed to teach artists how to design
interactive systems using Arduino and Processing, culminating in a
working piece of interactive art.
The class assumes ABSOLUTELY NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE in programming or
electronics as these skills will be taught from the beginning.
Students will learn the basics of programming, beginning electronics,
sensing, kinetics, interaction design and systems and communications
within the context of artistic practice.
The course will focus on practical design and engineering which will
lead to the ability to quickly and efficiently take ideas into
Processing allows the artist to create dynamic media with which to
extend their artistic praxis while the Arduino platform allows the
artist to connect physical reality into the digital world.
Special attention will be paid to the specific needs of practicing
artists and the course will be flexible to accommodate specific needs.


Location / Times:

sprout & co.
339R Summer St.
Somerville, MA 02144

10am-1pm, 2pm – 5pm on April 9, 10, 16, 17, 23


Instructor bio:

Alexander is an engineer by day and an artist by night. He has a
background in robotics, interaction and tangible design.
When not working on robots and novel interfaces, Alex creates and
builds kinetic, robotic and interactive art.
He is a graduate from the MIT Media Lab and has taught courses at MIT
and workshops internationally.
Work Alex has done has been shown at Ars Electronica, MIT, Axiom,
EYEBEAM, The Whitney Biennial, the RISD Sol Koffer gallery and others.
Alex’s investigations into art and science have been published in
major proceedings and books.


Course requirements:

Please note that students will be required to buy one of the following
kits and have it for the first day of class (you will keep them): (suggested best)

While this course is free, accepted students will be required to pay a
$50 deposit to ensure their attendance.
Students will be expected to plan for and attend all scheduled class
times and will forfeit their entire deposit if a class time is missed.
This will be strictly enforced due to the nature of the class and
selection process.
The deposit will be returned after the conclusion of the course, with
the option of donating a portion of it to our host, sprout & co.

Students will need to be able to work on projects out of class and
develop a final project to be shown at the last session.



If  you would like to apply to be part of the workshop, please fill
out the form here:

Acceptance notifications will be sent at the end of March.