The sessions were led by resident artists Radamés Ajna and Thiago Hersan, who prepared an introductory crash course on the history of media and electronic/digital art. The sessions then continued with a couple of hours of hands-on exercises, where the students were introduced to the Linux operating system and the principles of networking, programming and physical computing, using the RaspberryPi platform.
Taking a hint from Marshall McLuhan, who said that "all media are extensions of some human faculty - psychic or physical", the exercises were organized to expose the poetic and psychic possibilities of everyday technologies and provoke the students to think about how technologies like a web camera, or the internet, are potential manifestations of some greater human desire for supernatural powers.
These induction sessions are part of a greater collaboration between Liverpool Hope University and FACT, which will continue throughout the year with residencies and other activities designed to expose students to different creative practices in the intersection between art, media and technology.
If you'd like to get involved with the free technology courses and workshops we have on offer as part of FACTLab, click here to book your place. FACTLab and its' events are supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union and Connecting Cities