Welcome to the 2nd issue of AMOK News!
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Lyder Vildt-festival. We had a blast, and we're looking forward to a fall filled with new, crazy AMOK events.
We have a lot of great events coming up these next few weeks. You can read about them below.
Hope to see all of you IRL.
In July 2016, the last company in the world, Funai, ceased the production of VHS equipment. Making the widespread casette format irrevocably obsolete, the VHS is now freed from the hands of the media industry, and a video ecological crisis has emerged where we must re-use casettes and repair machines, until the last magnetic tape wears out.
Friday at 12.00 (noon), we press REC on our VCR and we will record non-stop until six E240 VHS-tapes have been overwritten and re-recorded (approx. 24 hours later).
The location is VHS-fabrikken's studio space in A:M:O:K, Rosenkrantzgade 1b, 8000 Aarhus C.
You can come and go as you please, bring your own food and drink, participate or perform for the tapes, and even bring a sleeping bag if you want to stay overnight.
you like stuff but are tired of how it affects your
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A humorous zine is about affordance theory and using hacking/circuit-bending to deprogram the influence that devices have on your artistic engagement. It's disposable purpose is to educate in chance electronics, as well as cultivating anti-authoritarian approaches to creative practices. It's inspired by Vilem Flusser's book 'Towards a Philosophy of Photography', concerning the apparatus' effect on the behavior of the individual interacting with it, but written with accessabillity in mind. This means that the zine doesn't prepare one to indulge in advanced engineering, nor highly academical discussions, but instead it's fun, chill and creative.
It features 22 pages of:
- Tutorials, graphics and poetry
- An interactive step-by-step guide on how to ditch your prior understanding of a device and giving it new purpose
- A recipe for a circuit-bending stripboard tool
The guide also features a blank page for each step, intended for note-taking and mapping out your process.
What is circuit bending: Circuit bending is the creative, chance-based customization of the circuits within electronic devices such as low-voltage, battery-powered guitar effects, children's toys and digital synthesizers to create new musical or visual instruments and sound generators.
Emphasizing spontaneity and randomness, the techniques of circuit bending have been commonly associated with noise music, though many more conventional contemporary musicians and musical groups have been known to experiment with "bent" instruments. Circuit bending usually involves dismantling the machine and adding components such as switches and potentiometers that alter the circuit. (Wikipedia.org)
In the spirit of this zine, however, circuit bending doesn't just apply to
electronic devices. It applies to your neural circuits as well. Circuit
bending as a practice is experimenting, rewiring a signal path, and that
signal path may have been inside you all along.
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