Since Tuesday, we spend most of our time on one of the terraces of the Dance Department of TNUA, in Taipeh.
Together with our participants, we have set up a nice surrounding under a huge tent. We run the “Launching a pico satellite workshop” at Playaround 2012
In intensive and fun discussions and debates, we talk about the space around and above us, and all sorts of information that come along with satellites, like: how can you pick up their signals? How to find them?
Our group of participants is very mixed, some have media art background, others are musicians. For all of them, it is new to hear and think about satellites.
This time, we have several days of diving into all these many topics that are related to satellites; one of them is the energy question: how much do we need to bring the satellites into orbit, how much energy does a satellite have for doing what s/he should do?
This brought some of the participants to the idea to create flying objects that can function with natural energy, like sunlight and warmth/heat, or wind. They have started building a solar balloon, and will also possibly use a kite, so they work with windpower.
And as usual, we also use the TLE->OSC-Pd patch written by Jogi to enhance the understanding about the world above us. We will have a Pd-Satellite-Orquestra at the end of Playaround, in the socalled OpenField, a series of presentations of all workshops. Our collective piece will be named PRISM, after the satellite that will pass over Taipei in the moment of our presentation.
Of course a lot of translation os going on the whole time, from technology to concept, from metophor to artistic idea, and from english to mandarin.