Archive : ‘Hybrid workshop’ Category

Nathalie’s wearable breast! What is the breast to choose?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008


Nathalie has made interactive bra and wig which allow her to trigger music from a myspace playlist and images from a Google search using the word “breast”. The bra and the wig are activated by a hand device creating a switch by electric conduction. She made a special performance out of her cybernetic outfit which becomes a corporal interface for web communication.



Pascale’s teddybear

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Pascale has made an interactive teddybear which control sounds while playing with his paws and eyes. She is able to control volume with photoresistors integrated in his eyes; and triggers soundtracks when she connects the conductive fabric used for his heart, lungs and paws.



Stephane’s little square world

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008


Stephane has built a Copernican world where people loves, lives and fears… and just made out of scraps! He made a web interface where you can interact with this little world and trigger “a fire camp, and a guitar”, ” an earthquake”, ” a good war” or just “let it go”. The wireless communication between his computer and his little square world is made with two ArduinoXbee’s.

Check his codes (Arduino, Processing, html) , he also wrote a post on his blog.



Rudi’s sound machine

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008


Rudi has developed a sound control interface out of an old recorder. He dismantled all the parts and started to connect some of them to the arduino board. The datas are hijacked by Max-Msp and used to control programmed sounds. He also developped a web interface to change the sample when you are really bored…



Michel’s radio frequency

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008


Michel created an on/off switch out of his jacket, simply by closing or opening one button. This wearable switch button will activate a mechanical system and load a radio frequency on a transistor. The wireless communication between the button and the little motors is made by ArduinoXbee’s.



Tom & Luca’s SOS machine

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008


Tom and Luca have developed a very useful tool. By activating the telegraph, you can trigger a SOS in Morse code translated in black & white signal on your computer screen.

Luca has developed the remote-control that puts external light intensity into his computer’s screen. But the usefullness of it is that when he activates Tom’s SOS telegraph machine, his computer becomes a much-needed amplifier of that signal. Helping a “help” become a “HELP”.


There is also a little colored helix that switches on.

Come and play with us!

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

During the public presentation on this Saturday evening you can interact with different projects.

If you want to move the world of Stephane, go to:

If you’re really bored and you want to change Rudi’s sample go to:
Stephane’s computer (he will show you)

If you want to activate Jonah’s turntable refresh his webpage:

So, if you’re missing this event because you prefer to keep your slippers, join us on the web and trigger something at iMAL! (a bit ghostly isn’t it?)

Looking for some material?

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

If you are looking for some Arduino breadboard and Xbee’s, you can order them at Libellium.

During the workshop, we have worked with the Arduino Diecimila, which can be order in a kit with a ZigBee communication module (ArduinoXbee). Libellium provides also Arduino with Bluetooth and GPS modules.


We have also used conductive textiles and sewing threads that Katherine has brought from the US. Here is her purchase list:


Let’s get hybrid!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Here we go, the hybrid scrapyard workshop has begun! After a short introduction, participants already started doing some switches with a simple goal: create communication between the physical and the virtual. Katherine brought some conductive textiles and Pascale already made a nice pillow out of it. You create the on/off switch by needling in it.

After doing some shopping at the Brussels flea market, everyone came back with some junks (teddy bear, plastic plants, toys, telegraph,…) and started dismantling, connecting, patching,… We have already some nice proposals as a teddy bear (seeking for some hugs) connected to a chat room, an interactive planetary system made of plastic toys, an analog synthesizer made of an old recorder, interactive motors controlled by a photoresistor and shirt buttons,… Let’s see what will happen on Saturday!





more pics on iMAL’s Flickr!

Hybrid Scrapyard workshop participants

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Pascale Barret, visual, media and performing artist, Belgium

Luca Bertini, media artist, Italy

Michel Cleempoel, visual and media artist, digital art teacher, Belgium

Nathalie Fougeras, media artist, France

Rudi Giot, engineer in computer science, Belgium

Tom Heene, media artist, Belgium

Stéphane Noel, bidouilleur, digital art teacher, Belgium