Hacking and Meta-
Creativity
how open source, cheap electronics and online
communities are making it easy to add high tech...
David Gerhard
REACT:
Research into Art and
Creative Technologies
CTECH
Computer
Science
Fine
Arts
CTECH
The sea change
• Creative practice is starting to include
traditionally “by the book” media
• Electronics, Mechatronics, C...
(meta)
3 root causes
•Cheaper, better, easier-to-get stuff
•Accessible fabbing
•Community, including FOSS/OSHW
Hack
A quick, clever, or
unusual solution
(uninformed,
sloppy, ...)
“Professional”
Stable, well-tested,
predictable
creative?
Creativity = good?
“Creative
Accounting”
Four stories of
Metacreativity
•Electronics Prototyping
•Manufacturing
•Music
•Film
(look for the meta)
(look for the
hacking)
1. Electronics
Prototyping
for engineers only
Artists
Kinetic sculpture,
wearables, interactive
exhibits....
$
(meta)
arduino design
oomlout kit
Biggest problem of
engineering design:
Designed by
engineers
Designed for
engineers
Arduino is a hack
No engineer
needs the arduino
Circuit design as a
creative practice
(meta)
CS207:
Building Interactive
Gadgets
2. Manufacturing
Creating physical
stuff
Industrial
Prototyping
$1,000,000
$1200
Hack
(meta)
3. Music
Case Study:
iPad Orchestra Class
Topics
• History of Laptop Orchestras
• Improvisation and Experimental Sound Art
• New Media in Music
• What is an App? Hi...
Virtuosity
Barrier to Entry
Music on the iPad
is a hack
Case Study:
Musix and the Rainboard
(meta meta?)
4. Film
The Crane Shot
Robotic Motion Control
Only in
professional films
$$$$
there must be a
better way
Ardupilot
Brains for
helicopter
Aside: Wii Hacks
DIY drones:
a hacked-together
helicopter
GoPro on an
RC gimbal
Build a quadcopter
from scratch:
creative
Use a scratch-build
quadcopter for HD
video?
meta-creative
Hack → Consumer
Product
Demo
$2000
$3000
4 stories
•Electronics Prototyping
•Manufacturing
•Music
•Film
Recurring
Memes...
Meme:
Justin
“Just in time”
“Just enough”
Compare to traditional
professional degrees:
“Just in case”
Professional vs
amateur
Drawback of
“Justin” thinking:
Don’t know what’s
possible
Don’t know what’s
been done
Which comes first:
Ideas or Tech?
Cool Tech
Idea
What can I build with it?
Idea
Cool Tech
How do I make it happen?
Meme:
“ANYTHING IS
POSSIBLE”
Meme: Technology
removes constraints
3d printing: “you
can build anything”
Arduino: “you can
make any circuit”
Exercise: Let’s remove
some constraints!
Write the next
great novel....
GO!
tyranny of the
blank page
One final thought
Creativity ≠
no rules
Creativity = breaking
some rules in new ways
Go hack.
Learn just enough
to be dangerous
Questions
Hacking metacreativity: how open source, cheap electronics and online communities are making it easy to add high tech gadg...
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Hacking metacreativity: how open source, cheap electronics and online communities are making it easy to add high tech gadg...
Hacking metacreativity: how open source, cheap electronics and online communities are making it easy to add high tech gadg...
Hacking metacreativity: how open source, cheap electronics and online communities are making it easy to add high tech gadg...
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Hacking metacreativity: how open source, cheap electronics and online communities are making it easy to add high tech gadg...
Hacking metacreativity: how open source, cheap electronics and online communities are making it easy to add high tech gadg...
Hacking metacreativity: how open source, cheap electronics and online communities are making it easy to add high tech gadg...
Hacking metacreativity: how open source, cheap electronics and online communities are making it easy to add high tech gadg...
Hacking metacreativity: how open source, cheap electronics and online communities are making it easy to add high tech gadg...
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Hacking metacreativity: how open source, cheap electronics and online communities are making it easy to add high tech gadg...
Hacking metacreativity: how open source, cheap electronics and online communities are making it easy to add high tech gadg...
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  1. 1. Hacking and Meta- Creativity how open source, cheap electronics and online communities are making it easy to add high tech gadgets to creative practice
  2. 2. David Gerhard
  3. 3. REACT: Research into Art and Creative Technologies
  4. 4. CTECH
  5. 5. Computer Science Fine Arts CTECH
  6. 6. The sea change • Creative practice is starting to include traditionally “by the book” media • Electronics, Mechatronics, Code • Collision between established pro and self- taught amateur • Making these tools easier to use is itself a creative act • Hack
  7. 7. (meta)
  8. 8. 3 root causes •Cheaper, better, easier-to-get stuff •Accessible fabbing •Community, including FOSS/OSHW
  9. 9. Hack
  10. 10. A quick, clever, or unusual solution
  11. 11. (uninformed, sloppy, ...)
  12. 12. “Professional”
  13. 13. Stable, well-tested, predictable
  14. 14. creative?
  15. 15. Creativity = good?
  16. 16. “Creative Accounting”
  17. 17. Four stories of Metacreativity
  18. 18. •Electronics Prototyping •Manufacturing •Music •Film
  19. 19. (look for the meta)
  20. 20. (look for the hacking)
  21. 21. 1. Electronics Prototyping
  22. 22. for engineers only
  23. 23. Artists
  24. 24. Kinetic sculpture, wearables, interactive exhibits....
  25. 25. $
  26. 26. (meta)
  27. 27. arduino design oomlout kit
  28. 28. Biggest problem of engineering design:
  29. 29. Designed by engineers
  30. 30. Designed for engineers
  31. 31. Arduino is a hack
  32. 32. No engineer needs the arduino
  33. 33. Circuit design as a creative practice
  34. 34. (meta)
  35. 35. CS207: Building Interactive Gadgets
  36. 36. 2. Manufacturing
  37. 37. Creating physical stuff
  38. 38. Industrial Prototyping
  39. 39. $1,000,000
  40. 40. $1200
  41. 41. Hack
  42. 42. (meta)
  43. 43. 3. Music
  44. 44. Case Study: iPad Orchestra Class
  45. 45. Topics • History of Laptop Orchestras • Improvisation and Experimental Sound Art • New Media in Music • What is an App? History and Structure of Mobile Applications • Soundscape Composition and Found Sounds on Mobile Devices • The iPad in Music Production • New Media Musical Instruments and Interfaces • Immersive Soundscapes • iPad in Music Education • The iPad in Interdisciplinary Arts
  46. 46. Virtuosity
  47. 47. Barrier to Entry
  48. 48. Music on the iPad is a hack
  49. 49. Case Study: Musix and the Rainboard
  50. 50. (meta meta?)
  51. 51. 4. Film
  52. 52. The Crane Shot
  53. 53. Robotic Motion Control
  54. 54. Only in professional films
  55. 55. $$$$
  56. 56. there must be a better way
  57. 57. Ardupilot
  58. 58. Brains for helicopter
  59. 59. Aside: Wii Hacks
  60. 60. DIY drones: a hacked-together helicopter
  61. 61. GoPro on an RC gimbal
  62. 62. Build a quadcopter from scratch:
  63. 63. creative
  64. 64. Use a scratch-build quadcopter for HD video?
  65. 65. meta-creative
  66. 66. Hack → Consumer Product
  67. 67. Demo
  68. 68. $2000
  69. 69. $3000
  70. 70. 4 stories
  71. 71. •Electronics Prototyping •Manufacturing •Music •Film
  72. 72. Recurring Memes...
  73. 73. Meme:
  74. 74. Justin
  75. 75. “Just in time”
  76. 76. “Just enough”
  77. 77. Compare to traditional professional degrees:
  78. 78. “Just in case”
  79. 79. Professional vs amateur
  80. 80. Drawback of “Justin” thinking:
  81. 81. Don’t know what’s possible
  82. 82. Don’t know what’s been done
  83. 83. Which comes first: Ideas or Tech?
  84. 84. Cool Tech Idea What can I build with it?
  85. 85. Idea Cool Tech How do I make it happen?
  86. 86. Meme:
  87. 87. “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE”
  88. 88. Meme: Technology removes constraints
  89. 89. 3d printing: “you can build anything”
  90. 90. Arduino: “you can make any circuit”
  91. 91. Exercise: Let’s remove some constraints!
  92. 92. Write the next great novel....
  93. 93. GO!
  94. 94. tyranny of the blank page
  95. 95. One final thought
  96. 96. Creativity ≠ no rules
  97. 97. Creativity = breaking some rules in new ways
  98. 98. Go hack.
  99. 99. Learn just enough to be dangerous
  100. 100. Questions

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