During this three-part workshop, former Tech Resident Ed Bear will guide inexperienced and skilled participants through the step by step process of coding a DIY peer-to-peer video (ex. Skype, Hangouts, or Facetime) with custom visuals, audio, and UI. Using corporate code and infrastructure, participants will build simple local and remote software. Then, the class will culminate in a discussion of the social, economic, environmental, and cultural ramifications of pervasive and invisible “cloud” computing infrastructure.

Date: This three-part workshop meets on Saturday, May 30 from 1-3pm, Saturday, June 6 from 1-3pm, and Saturday, June 13 from 1-3pm.

Price: Free with RSVP. ($10 Suggested Donation)

Audience: Open to all.

Materials: Participants must have a working debit or credit card.

Ed Bear is an American performing artist, educator, and engineer. His work with robotics, sound, video, transmission, and collective improvisation investigates the questionable calibration of social relationships with material technology. As an educator and designer committed to an equitable, open source world, he researches and practices material reuse as a civil and professional responsibility. He has toured extensively in the Americas, Asia, and Europe as a musician, technologist, and teacher, and is currently working with littleBits, Inc. to revolutionize modular electronics.

About Fruits of the Pluralist
Encouraging non-binary perception and embracing contradiction broadens communication to the world and to ourselves. Would it be possible for the real and the imaginary, start and finish, the articulate and the inarticulable, to not be oppositional?

Fruits of the Pluralist is a program series that explores technological systems and practices that recognize many different kinds of identities, structures, and forms of communication. The series will showcase workshops and activations centered in spatiality and non-binary complexity.

For more information, readings, and related materials, please visit https://www.are.na/fruits-of-the-pluralist