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Email alex@solarpowerforartists.com for more info about scheduling a workshop, lecture, consultation, etc. at your art venue/ community space/ university/ non-evil company, etc.

We do not want to turn anyone away for lack of funds. Need-based/ sliding scale discounted admission is available by request. Email info@solarpowerforartists.com to request discounted admission. Please let us know what price you think is fair and affordable for you in your email.

February 12 : Sustainable Energy for Artists and Arts Organizations Workshop

This workshop is an introduction to sustainable energy designed specifically for artists and arts organizations. We will discuss the opportunities for incorporating sustainable energy into art contexts, with a particular focus on solar power. This will include using sustainable energy as both a power supply and as an integrated part of the work. Participants will be introduced to some basic concepts for determining if their project and/or location is suitable for incorporating solar power.

Workshop outline:

  • Contextualize the use of sustainable energy in artistic/ cultural environments and discuss conceptual approaches
  • Identify your values/ priorities for using sustainable energy
  • Outline technical possibilities and limitations
  • Basic guidance on PV system siting
  • Basic guidance on PV system sizing
  • Basic guidance on assessing whether your project might be technically and financially feasible

* 12pm - 1:30pm EST, on Zoom
* $75
* Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-energy-for-artists-and-arts-organizations-february-2023-tickets-517154893207

February 19: Energy and the Internet

In this workshop we will explore the relationship between internet infrastructure and energy consumption. The internet is often presented as removed from the physical world. Words like the “cloud” and “cyberspace” obscure its relationship to the environment and the physical world.

Participants will learn about internet infrastructure and they ways in which it consumes energy. We will look at a number of projects exploring this topic. We will learn about tools for estimating energy consumption and carbon footprints online. We will discuss whether there is a relationship between the resource consumption of websites and the ways in which users interact with them. Additionally, we will identify opportunities for technical, artistic, and activist interventions in this space.

* 12pm - 1:30pm EST, on Zoom
* $75
* Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-and-the-internet-february-2023-tickets-517158183047

March 5: Solar Powered Sound Art Workshop

This workshop will introduce participants to a range of techniques for creating solar powered instruments. We will discuss the history of the field, common conceptual approaches, and a number of technical methods.

Three techniques for building instruments will be demonstrated.

  • Direct drive acoustic instruments
  • Solar powered analog synthesis
  • Sonifying light frequencies

* 12pm - 1:30pm EST, on Zoom
* $75
* Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solar-powered-sound-art-march-2023-tickets-517156608337

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