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Weekend Specials. The Maker Gene: Arduino

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Arsenale-Corderie, September 5 and 6, stage E
09 | 05 | 2014

Arduino and other open-source digital tools

Curated by: Enrico Bassi. Coordinated by: Cristina Mauri
In collaboration with: Fablab Torino, Officine Arduino, Treviso AUG, Torino AUG, MEG, WASProject, Michele Lizzit, Primo, Smart Citizen Kit, Bare Conductive Touch Board, littleBits Arduino Module, and Cromatica. With the support of: Arduino
The new appointment with the Weekend Specials is titled The Maker Gene: Arduino. The Arduino space in the exhibition Monditalia, essential part of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, has been conceived to inspire visitors to rediscover their “maker gene”: the impulse to learn and make things by yourself. It includes responsive installations and hands-on demos to encourage visitors to interact and better understand the creative, transformative potential of Arduino and other open-source digital tools. The event will take place at the Corderie of the Arsenale on September 5th and 6th, stage E.
The open-source movement has had an increasingly significant social and technological impact over the last few decades. People are more and more willing to learn to independently adapt products and software to their needs, and eager to share their knowledge. Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform, is playing a crucial role in this phenomenon. Over the years it has offered a guided, creative experience with programming and electronics, mainly through the huge contribution of its community. The use of Arduino inspired and allowed the creation of countless interactive objects and environments, available for a non-tech-savvy audience to experiment and play with.
The first section of the exhibition focuses on the history, development and applications of Arduino. It features a glance at the evolution of the board, alongside an illustration of how it can enable an easy, direct approach to electronics and programming. In a dedicated area, the Treviso Arduino User Group, a local community of makers, engages visitors in a two-day hackathon on biometric and environmental sensors. The mezzanine level offers a playful and immersive take on what Arduino can bring to light installations.
A second section explores the impact of Arduino on a variety of innovative projects and businesses. If features a selection of items from Arduino AtHeart, a program designed to support and promote independently developed Arduino-based products: Primo, Smart citizen Kit, Bare Conductive Touch Board, littleBits Arduino Module, and Cromatica. In the Italian innovation area, a special focus in granted to outstanding examples of how Arduino fosters creativity and tecnhnological development in its country of origin: WASProject, a research initiative on architectural 3d-printing; MEG, an innovative open source home greenhouse; Light Cryptalk, an Arduino-powered rectreation of the WW2 Enigma cipher machine.
Ironically extending the maker approach to other, broader parts of society, a set of videos in the final section of the exhibition compares the effects of the closed and open-source philosophy in sectors ranging from the auto industry to architecture, suggesting the possibility of a radical, pervasive transformation.
The Weekend Specials, together with the Freeport, are conceived as essential part of the Meetings on Architecture organized by la Biennale di Venezia. The calendar of all the meetings, timing, guests and info at
The Meetings are open to the public visiting the 14th Exhibition in possession of a valid ticket.
Ticket price 25,00 Concessionary Ticket Price 22/20 Students/Under 26 15,00. Tickets are valid for one admission to the Arsenale and one to the Giardini.
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