ARTTECH 3024 | DIY Broadcast

This course explores the genre of transmission arts through a process-based study of radio, light and sound as artistic/activist media. This course takes a hands-on, do-it-yourself approach to these media, providing a basic background in electronics theory and practice, programming and the use of microcontrollers. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to, low-power radio, locative media, hacking / hactivism and culture-jamming. Some examples of activities include the construction of audio oscillators, AM/FM radio transmitters and receivers, persistence-of vision displays, mobile rigs, and software defined radio. A survey of the artistic significance of these media will be conducted throughout the course, and emphasis will be placed on the use of these media in the context of installation, performance and community involvement. Students are required to conduct and present research as well as to produce a final project that augments their own practices by employing the knowledge gained in the course.