Alex Nathanson is a multimedia artist, engineer, and educator whose practice is presently focused on exploring both the practical and experimental applications of sustainable energy technologies.

His work has been presented at Issue Project Room (USA), The Climate Museum (USA), Anthology Film Archives (New York, USA), Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York, USA), Dome of Visions ( Denmark), and the Art Prospect Festival (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 his multimedia performance collaboration with Dylan Neely, called Fan Letters, has been awarded multiple residencies at The Watermill Center.

He has a M.S. in Integrated Digital Media from NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Tandon and writing a book on the history of solar power art and design, which will be published by Routledge in 2021.
Workshop
WORKSHOP: DIY Solar Panel Design

MONDAY, JUNE 8th • 9:00AM • WALKER ART CENTER



This workshop will give participants insight into the possibilities and challenges for electronic art in the context of the climate crisis.



OVERVIEW

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to creating solar powered electronic art. Over the course of this workshop, we will cover basic electronic knowledge, methods for upcycling solar cells, off-grid solar circuit design, and ways to incorporate photovoltaic solar power into kinetic, sound, and light art. We will also explore a variety of techniques for working with photovoltaic cells as sculptural material. Participants will build a solar powered art piece and have new insight into the challenges and possibilities of incorporating alternative energy into our daily lives through both practical and experimental uses.



SKILL LEVEL: Intro



WORKSHOP OUTLINE:
- Intro to creative applications of photovoltaic solar power
- Intro to soldering solar cells and building small kinetic solar bots.
- Design and build sound based solar powered artwork.


WHAT TO BRING:
• Pens/pencils & paper

• Bringing a computer may be helpful if you want to look at some of the additional web-based resources that be mentioned in the workshop.



SOFTWARE TO HAVE INSTALLED:
• None



REGISTRATION FEE: $315
MATERIALS FEE: $45