Motion Triggers – Interactive Sculpture with Jennifer Sykes

Saturdays | 1030 – 1400

1st & 8th June


Using simple motion sensors Motion Triggers aims to explore more detailed methods of triggering lighting or sound via movement that could be applied to installation and performance practices.  Over two sessions you’ll experiment with various interactions such as; distance sensing, gestural sensing and creating interactive zones.

As part of this workshop, you will assemble a bespoke printed circuit board which includes a micro-controller and motion sensor (the cost of which is included in the course price). You’ll then get to keep this one-off circuit and parts at the end of the workshop for future use.

This workshop is aimed at an intermediate level taking practical methods into more detail than our Interactive Sculpture evening classes. As such participants are asked to have either already completed one of these courses or to have had an initial familiarity with software such as Arduino or Processing. You don’t need to be a programming whizz to get the most out of the workshop but the Arduino environment shouldn’t be brand new to you either. If you have any doubt about your level of experience, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Jen Sykes is a Glasgow based visual artist working with analog technology, computer code andelectronics. She graduated from Goldsmiths University’s Computational Arts MFA in 2014 and is an alumni of the Glasgow School of Art Environmental Art department.

Jen Sykes creates electrical hardware and interactive installations exploring logic, machine learning and how our relationship to materials changes with the addition of computation. Her current research into biometric sensors and machine learning concepts has previously led her to develop her own hardware in the form of mechanomyography sensors, reflecting realtime changes of performer’s bodies by translating muscular oscillation into the mechanics of analog film technology.

Alongside her practice Jen teaches Interactive Prototyping at the Glasgow School of Art and is regularly commissioned to produce technical elements for other artists and designers. Recent works and commissions include BBC Listening Benches (2016-17), Glasgow Doors Open Days and RapidMix research at eNTERFACE 2017.


Discounts 20% Discounts are available for students and GSS members. 10% discounts are available for TWB tenants and benefits claimants.

Conditions  Participants must be a minimum 16 years of age.

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