Piezoelectricity: from Transduction to Transmediality
A workshop by Viola Yip
Feb 2-3, 2023 15:00-19:00
Labor Neunzehn Kiefholzstraße 19/20, hinterhof, 4.OG 12435 Berlin https://www.laborneunzehn.org
Admission: 25€, workshop materials included.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Piezos (piezoelectric ceramic discs) have been widely used among artists, instrument builders and makers alike, ranging from using it as a speaker, a microphone to a sensor. The piezoelectricity of the discs turn mechanical energy, such as pressure and sound, into electricity. While it scientifically is a process of transduction, which converts from one form of energy to another; it affords artists to make connections across media in their work.
This workshop will first investigate various kinds of piezoelectric materials and delve into the principles of piezoelectricity. The second part of the workshop will focus on making Rochelle salt, a piezoelectric crystal, on site. Through understanding the inner workings of piezo crystals and a hands-on making process, the workshop aims to create an initial road map for possible uses of piezo crystals, and facilitate an in-depth artistic discussion and exchange on multifaceted meanings that emerged from piezoelectricity as well as its affordances for transmedial art making.
**This workshop is made for adventurous beginners who like to explore the use of piezo crystals in artistic practices, as well as professionals who are keen on revisiting the process of piezo making and engaging a further discussion in transmedial art.
***Participants are welcomed to bring one existing work that incorporates piezos of any form, for show-and-tell purposes.
Admission: 25€, workshop materials included
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Viola Yip is an experimental composer, performer, improviser, sound artist and instrument builder. She has been interested in creating new self-built instruments and sound works in the intersection of composition, performance, improvisation and sound art, exploring various relationships between media, materiality, space and our musical bodies in experimental music.
Her instruments and sound performances have been presented in music festivals and venues such as Issue Project Room (NYC), The New School (NYC), Look and Listen Festival (NYC), CNMAT at UC Berkeley (Berkeley), CCRMA at Stanford University, Center for New Music (SF), Constellation (Chicago), Cycling ‘74 Expo, Hong Kong Arts Center (HK), Klex Festival (Kuala Lumpur), Sonic Arts Research Center at Queen’s University Belfast (UK), QO-2 (Brussels), Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Kunst Station Sankt Peter (Köln), A L’arme! Festival (Berlin), DARA String Festival (Berlin), Seanaps Festival (Leipzig), Festival für Immaterielle Kunst (Hamburg), Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (Karlsruhe) and Pinakothek der Moderne (München).
She recently received an Honorary Mention from Giga-Hertz-Preis 2021 at ZKM, Künstlerhaus Villa Waldberta stipendium in Munich as well as an residency at Studios für Elektroakustische Musik, Akademie der Künste Berlin.