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Touchstone is a device for performers and activists. Actors equipped with a TS transmit audio by touching objects in their environment.
Touchstone is a device for performers and activists. Actors equipped with a TS transmit audio by touching objects in their environment.
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Touchstone: Workshop at ISEA2011

This September we are leading a workshop to build open source audio tools for artists, activists, and performers at ISEA2011 in Istanbul. 

Our goal is to create socially engaged work and performances and open up this prestigious community to a wider cross section of participants who wouldn’t normally have access or interact with ISEA.

Touchstone: the Tool

The platform we are building is a hack on a widely available inexpensive hardware. The workshops are geared to build a community versus a product. We want to see the Touchstone used as a platform for community building and empowerment versus a product. Our project is an advocacy of the open source, DIY, community art movements and the program will share valuable methods with anyone who wants it.

  • the Touchstone is a mobile and tactical media broadcast platform worn on the hands of performers and activists which transform the hands of an agent into broadcast transmitters
  • the technology of Touchstone is built upon audio exciter circuits embedded in gloves
  • Touchstone is a strategy for contesting the urban/performance landscape and community building rather than a product 

Follow this link for a slideshow which will help illustrate our project and the Istanbul workshop plan.

Touchstone: in Istanbul

Our workshop will consist of demonstrations, discussions about strategies for use, and most importantly a hands on workshop to build Touchstone devices. The workshop is open to all levels of experience in electronics (beginners are very welcome). The workshop will conclude with a performance that is designed by the participants further supporting the fundamental philosophies of open source and DIY. 

As long term adopters and advocates of these movements, we are open sourcing our hardware design, making it freely available and modifiable by users to keep the project low cost, open source/DIY, and inherently community based. In addition to these plans, we will also be producing video documentation of the project available online free of charge and a supplement to the community that wishes to work with or develop the Touchstone platform.

Touchstone: Funding

We are looking for support for the materials, tools, and a few expenses to present the workshops. The $2000 we want to raise on Kickstarter is a component of our overall fundraising strategy and it represents 22% of our overall budget of $9000. 

It would be awesome to achieve 'over fund' this campaign so it can reimburse us for other expenses, but regardless of outcome of our fundraising we will be going to Istanbul to begin development of this community. We really appreciate your support. Thank you.

-Thomas & James

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    Limited Edition Touchstone Collectible Token plus a personalized tweet thanking you for your support. Includes shipping within the USA. (Shipping to Canada add $5, International add $10 to pledge amount).

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    DIY Touchstone Components Kit to build you own Touchstone with Autographed Manual and Guide (note: this a passive unit and doesn't include the amplifier circuit).
    Plus the Limited Edition Touchstone Collectible Token and a personalized tweet thanking you for your support. Includes shipping within the USA. (Shipping to Canada add $10, International add $15 to pledge amount).

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    Deluxe DIY Touchstone Components Kit: This kit with Autographed Manual to build your own also includes a DIY battery powered amplifier kit to improve performance with your small audio device like an mp3 player or mobile phone. Also you will get the Limited Edition Touchstone Collectible Token and a personalized tweet thanking you for your support. Includes shipping within the USA. (Shipping to Canada add $15, International add $20 to pledge amount).

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    A 220V soldering iron used at the ISEA2011 workshop (we will even autograph it if you want) and a Deluxe DIY Touchstone Components Kit (includes amplifier kit) to build you own Touchstone with Autographed Manual and Guide.
    Plus the Limited Edition Touchstone Collectible Token and a personalized tweet thanking you for your support. Includes shipping within the USA. (Shipping to Canada add $15, International add $20 to pledge amount).

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    Tactical Media Mogul Kit: Listed conspicuously as an Open Source Hero ( Sponsor) on the Mr. Bricolage website and Touchstone Manual, 5 Deluxe DIY Touchstone Components Kit (includes amplifier kit), an Autographed Manual and Guide, a Limited Edition Touchstone Collectible Token and a personalized tweet thanking you for your support. Includes shipping within the USA. (Shipping to Canada add $25, International add $30 to pledge amount).

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    Workshop Package: The Mr. Bricolage team will lead a workshop and jam session in-person at your institution for up to 20 participants. Tools, kits, and travel expenses to be paid by the institution. Plus conspicuous listing on the Touchstone Manual and Mr. Bricolage website as an Open Source Demi-god (Major Sponsor).

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