Micah Elizabeth Scott

Micah spent her childhood making the languages and worlds of technology her own, as an alternative to the isolation of suburban life and gender dysphoria. She followed this path to a career in the software industry, then a second career in art. Now she explores the boundaries between technology, society, and creative expression, using her unique perspective to try and help illuminate what makes us human.

Micah's work focuses on applying new media techniques with a careful eye to the details of how the underlying technologies work. She often creates new technologies for a particular project, and she prefers not just using the technology to tell a story but making the technology itself and our relationship to it part of the story.

Her recent interests include interactive light sculpture, control loops, emergent behavior, unconventional human interfaces, therapeutic art, abstract impressionism, and making art accessible for everyone.



Workshop: Intro to Interactive Light Art

Workshop Fee: $300.00
Materials Fee: $100.00

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This is a hands-on class where you're creating a physical object you can control with code! With over 100 individually controlled full-color LEDs, it's like you can create virtual light sources that move around your work any way you like. You'll even create lights that respond directly to a visitor's motion, using simple computer vision techniques. This workshop is all about giving you the electronics, software, and fabrication skills you need to start working with interactive light art as a creative medium.

• Learn how to solder
• Learn enough about electricity to safely power your LEDs
• Learn to use Fadecandy and Processing to animate your LEDs
• Animate your light art using images, video, sound, and motion
• Create a small piece of light art that doubles as a construction kit for further experimentation


Skill Level: Intro

Overview/Outline
• Short introductory lecture
• Learn to solder
• Assemble the electronics
• Intro to Processing and Fadecandy
• Creative time: programming and crafting

What to Bring
• Bring a laptop!
• For the full experience, you'll need two free USB ports.
• Mac OS 10.6 or later / Windows 7 or later
• We'll have software available in-class, but you can save some time by installing Processing ahead of time.
• Aside from your laptop, all tools you need will be available in class: but if you have your own favorite soldering iron, crafting tools, or materials, feel free to bring them.


Session: Broken Glass

Destruction leads to emptiness, which makes room for regrowth. If you survive the process, you witness how growth starts, and begin to understand the process from a distance. My recent career transition from systems software to art and education has led me to projects that celebrate disorder paired with structure, and interaction as a feedback loop. I'll talk about two recent projects in detail, and the story behind them.