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Digital Humanities Week: THATCamp on Unmaking Sound
Thursday, October 5, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Scientific progress is often seen by the lay person as an inevitable sequence of logical inferences, whereas in fact the history of science is punctuated by critical discoveries that were accidental or serendipitous, from anesthetic to the cosmic background radiation. Artists are experts in discovering through play and deconstruction, as exemplified by Nam June Paik’s 1963 work Random Access, which disassembled an audio player to grant the user more ways to listen to the same audio tape. This hackathon offers participants a chance to unmake audio equipment supplied by University of Maine’s Hackerspace and remake instruments of their own. Adam Paul of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and Steve Norton of the Intermedia MFA Program coordinates the workshop.