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Saturday, October 23, 2021 | 1-4pm | $20 | Indoors at Vox
Solar Power for Artists: Kinetic Sound Sculptures
Led by Alex Nathanson
3 interactive photovoltaic installations, created for The Climate Museum. Left: solar powered zoetrope. Center: BEAM-style bots. Right: Solar Chimes.

Solar Power for Artists: Kinetic Sound Sculptures

Led by Alex Nathanson
Saturday, October 23, 2021 | 1-4pm | $20 | Indoors at Vox
Limit to 10 Participants | Masks & Proof of Vaccination Required (more info below)

Presented in tandem with the exhibition Future Ecologies and led by Alex Nathanson of Solar Power for Artists, participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to work with photovoltaic solar cells to create moving and noise making sculptures. Participants will learn basic electrical principles and simple circuits that will enable them to explore the aesthetic and poetic opportunities for working with solar power. Additionally, the class will discuss the history of artists making sound with solar power.

Special thanks to Vox Member Maddie Hewitt for coordinating this event!
All materials provided! Limited to 10 participants!

About the Instructor

Alex Nathanson is a multimedia artist, designer, technologist, and educator. His work is primarily focused on exploring both the experimental and practical applications of sustainable energy technologies, particularly photovoltaic solar power. He runs the design studio and education platform Solar Power for Artists. His work has been featured at Issue Project Room (NYC), the Climate Museum (NYC), Film Society of Lincoln Center (NYC), Aros Art Museum (Aarhus, Denmark), and the Art Prospect Festival (St. Petersburg, Russia), among other venues. He was one of the long-term artists in residence at Flux Factory, in Queens, NY from 2012 to 2016, and in collaboration with his multimedia performance group Fan Letters was awarded residencies at The Watermill Center in 2017 and 2019. In 2020, Solar Protocol, a project he co-leads with Benedetta Piantella and Tega Brain, was awarded a fellowship from Eyebeam. Most recently, his book A History of Solar Power Art and Design was published by Routledge.
More Info: alexnathanson.com / solarpowerforartists.com

COVID-19 Safety Information

All participants will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon entering the workshop space, and should anticipate wearing a mask that covers the mouth and nose for the duration of the event. The workshop will be presented indoors within the Collective Studio at Vox Populi, which is ventilated with three open windows and fans. Up to 12 individuals (including instructor and assistant) in total will be present for the workshop, working in relatively close quarters over a period of 3-hours.

Please ensure you are in good health before you arrive. If you have COVID-19, are asymptomatic, experiencing cold symptoms (coughing, sneezing, congestion, elevated temperature, etc.), or have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the past week, you will not be permitted access to the event. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. We cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during this event. Those attending do so at their own risk of such exposure.

Solar Power for Artists
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