Ethereal Computing: Homemade Sensing Devices for Invisible Matter

Apr 23, 2008



Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


6:00 – 9:00 p.m.


While in residence at Western Front, Darsha Hewitt led a workshop that fostered a hobbyist approach to electronic experimentation. This workshop introduced basic antenna and radio theory and concepts like induction and electronic crosstalk—how natural phenomena such as skin resistance, body capacitance, and ethereal interference can affect and control electronics.  

Participants tapped into the ethereal realm by tinkering with radios, scrapped domestic electronics, and handmade audio generating devices using safe and practical discarded electronics salvaging techniques. The workshop concluded with participants piecing together their own amateur antennas to unleash the power of ungrounded electronics and pick up on the invisible information around them. 

No experience was required, but rather a curiosity about electronics, sound, or the invisible noise of nature.

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