Energy Harvester Bugs – Workshop by Ioana Vreme Moser 


12h-14h /break/ 15h-17h
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During this workshop, we will explore how to create autonomous sound instruments that feed on the energy in their surroundings. The workshop aims to introduce the participants to the area of self-powered devices and off-grid electronic machines.

Through a historical lens, we will look back at anachronous technologies such as Crystal Radios and other domestic devices that do not need more than they can harvest from their habitats. The workshop aims to introduce the participants to the basic notions of radio technology, electronic transmission, reception and amplification.

The theoretical part will be preceded by a practical exercise in which each participant will be guided after a diagram to solder and customise an instrument. The Harvester Bugs instruments capture Electromagnetic and Radio-magnetic waves that they can find in their proximity and amplify them using solar power. Their sounds are sensitive and interdependent to their external environment. Through a collective sound walk, we will discover and gather inconspicuous noises from our urban habitats.

*Prior experience in electronics is welcome but not necessary.
*This workshop is aimed at beginners (age 16+).
*Please bring a of pair wired headphones with you.

Registration is done by filling out the online form here.

Limited spots are available: 10 participants

Participation fee: 100 Lei. This fee includes the costs of the electronic components used in the construction of the sound instrument in this course. The instrument built by the student remains his after the completion of the workshop.

Energy Harvester Bug
photo: Dasha Ilina

This workshop is part of the educational component of PROGRES. Paradigm Shifts – a project with a cumulative and multidisciplinary character, open to several fields of humanistic and scientific practice/research.

PROGRESS. Paradigm Shifts is developed by the Simultan Association, part of the program – Addictive Lights – Timișoara 2023
Financed by the Municipality of Timișoara, through the Project Center