The Flow of Emerald by Miha Godec

The idea is to use the new 360 video filming techniques and embrace them with inspiration and the essence of eco cinema. To emerge the viewer into the emerald experience of flowing down one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, the river Soča. Amidst Triglavski national park, the river is flowing with its own pace and rhythm. A 360 camera is submerged under the water to give the viewer a unique experience. The result will be an immersive poetic journey through the never-seen river landscape.

Miha Godec graduated in 2014 from the Academy of Arts of the University of Nova Gorica, and soon after began his professional career as a photographer. During his studies, he upgraded his knowledge at the Portuguese school ESAD (College of Art and Design). In addition to his photographic and artistic practices, he is also a lecturer for photography and virtual reality, while he independently conducts regular educational, scientific, and artistic workshops. In his artistic practice Godec, who works at the intersection of art, science, and new technologies, focuses on the development of new media projects, in which he researches the consequences of anthropogenic impact on aquatic ecosystems, experimenting with water acquisition, purification and researching the sonification properties of water.

PCB Memes for DIY Teens

Calling all meme enthusiasts and circuit designers who will be attending PIFcamp! There will be an open, on-going DIY meme project where campers can design functional circuits that look like popular memes & etch their designs onto copper PCB boards – courtesy of the PIFcamp acid etching station & project leader Maggie Kane. This will be a very DIY and not so serious operation – so feel free to share ideas or favourite memes if you can’t assist directly with the designs or etching processes. If you are interested in learning how the process of acid etching PCBs works, you can also hang out with Maggie while they design and etch some of the circuit meme designs they’ve been prototyping before camp.

If you have any questions or would like to reach out before camp, hit Maggie Kane up on Instagram to say hello – !!

Brewing Beer for Hackers


Experimentation, maths, science, tech geekery and data collection that is only possible by drinking lots of beer… All this makes brewing the perfect hobby for the hacker! Hackers make great homebrewers! 

In this workshop you will learn how to brew a beer and get all the information you need to know to get started making beer at home. You will learn about equipment, recipe design, cooking processes, sanitation, water chemistry, fermentation, packaging and tasting,  and of course the open source technologies to help you brew!

A Pale Ale takes about one month from grain to glass, but in this workshop we will attempt to create a beer in five days! With the help of some Norwegian farmhouse yeast we hope to have a hazy New England style IPA on tap and ready for everyone to enjoy by the close of PIFcamp party. This is our challenge!

The workshop will be conducted over two days. The first, on the evening of day one, will be 5 hours in duration. We will cook beer into the night (with plenty of downtime where you can get back to your own projects). The next section will be on the penultimate morning of the camp when we will explore the magic of getting the bubbles into the beer and packaging it ready for drinking the next evening!

In the true hacker spirit, this workshop will only use free and open source software which we might also contribute a few bug-fixes for :)

August  8 | 17:00 – 22:00
August 13 | 08:00 – 10:00

Brewing and Fermentation workshop is a Zavod Rizoma project led by Rob Canning, assisted by Meta Živa Canning and Monika Pocrnjić. 

Dr. Rhythm’s new brain!

Doctor Rhythm 110 (DR-110) was the last completely analog rhythm machine made by Roland. It was released under its subsidiary company BOSS in 1983. The sound is completely analog and somehow comparable to its TR-808 predecessor, and the sequencer is digital. The performance of digital devices at the time was very limited compared to today, and it’s the same with the functionality of the DR-110: excellent analog sounds can’t be formed into more complex rhythms. Therefore Dr. Rhythm needs a new brain!

Mitja Cerkvenik created an interface with a very powerful STM32 brain of the H7 family, for connecting the Launchpad mini and DR-110 together. With the help of the Launchpad, rhythms will be introduced to the new brain, which will send rhythmic pulses to the DR-110. The procedure on Doctor Rhythm will be very invasive. The Voicing Board will remain original, and the CPU Board and chassis will be discarded.

Once the Doctor Rhythm patient is undergoing the surgery, it will be a great opportunity for an additional procedure: replacing certain resistors with potentiometers and adding capacitors on the Voicing Board. These modifications will add sound design capabilities that the DR-110 did not originally have.

The operation will be performed by Mitja Cerkevnik aka jesusonecstasy.

Wavescope v2.0

Wavescope, the lighting project by Janez Grošelj, deals with an abstracted visualization of lightwaves as a phenomenon that can transfer energy, light, sound and information through space. The specificity of various forms of waves, all kinds of oscillations around a stable equilibrium are reflected, in spite being generally omnipresent, in the fact that they are unavailable and inaccessible to human senses. The wavescope thus attempts to bring the viewer closer to the invisible world: a set of light rings arranged in space creates a lighting abstraction whose purpose is to raise and stimulate human awareness and admiration of this interesting phenomenon through a simple but visually effective form.

The projects was developed as part of Lightning Guerrilla Festival.

DIY Laserworkshop with Lissajous

It was the mid 19th century, when a relatively young physicist from Versailles tried to impress the ladies of his entourage by attaching two tiny mirrors to tuning forks and drawing knotlike shapes with light against the wall. The dames of his time were hardly impressed.

Little did the physicist know that in the 21st century he would be regarded as a vector synthesis nerd.

His name was Jules Antoine Lissajous and to this day he ceases to impress and influence audiovisual artists with his findings, the Lissajous figures. 

At this years PIFcamp Bernhard Rasinger and Václav Peloušek will worship Monsieur Lissajous and rebuild the principle of his original contraption. They will treasure his legacy by developing a laser projector based on deflection mirrors attached to any speaker cones. Join them on the quest of revealing the beauty of two signals in harmony and participate in this community projects on developing a DIY kit, set of instructions (tutorial) and a workshop.

The idea project is part of Hyper Global/Hyper Local exchange, supported by MAX (Makers’ eXchange), a pilot policy project, co-funded by the European Union.

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Music from the Retrofuturist Universe

At PIFcamp, beepblip (Ida Hiršenfelder) is going on an expedition to the vast universe of retrofuturist sound with the extensive construction of a do-it-yourself analogue synthesizer —The Music from Outer Space Sound Lab ULTIMATE. The synth contains all the basic and some extended building blocks for modular synthesis. The project is a tribute to the legacy of the late Ray Wilson, who generously shared his circuits and knowledge with the DIY and DIWO community, while maintaining the ethics of non-commercial and attributed work. He published a detailed description of the Music from Outer Space Sound Lab ULTIMATE construction from soldering to calibration. During PIFcamp, we will follow in his footsteps and try to venture into a retro analogue sound nebulae.

With surgical precision, calibration and selection of rare and accurate electronic elements the synth contains threemusically punctual voltage controlled oscillators (VCO), white noise generator, active mixer, voltage controlled low voltage filter (LP VCF), voltage controlled amplifier (VCA), attack release envelope generator (AR Env Gen), two low frequency oscillators (LFO), repeat gate generator, sample & hold and attenuator bank.

In times when projections for the future are becoming increasingly dystopian, when time has shrunk to the immediate reality, which is doubtful in itself, I wonder what kind of projections a retrofuturist sound will produce combined with an idyllic natural environment along the emerald green Soča river. Retrofuturism is not nostalgic, but requires a reassessment of technological development.

“By assembling modules, source elements, and elements for treating sound (oscillators, generators, and transformers), by arranging micro intervals, the synthesizer makes audible the sound process itself, the production of that process, and puts us in contact with still other elements beyond sound matter. … The synthesizer, with its operation of consistency, has taken the place of the ground in a priori synthetic judgment: its synthesis is of the molecular and the cosmic, material and force, not form and matter, Grund and territory. … to make thought travel, make it mobile, make it a force of the Cosmos (in the same way as one makes sound travel).”
— Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari. A Thousand Plateaus. Capitalism and Schizophrenia

DIY Microbial Fuel Cells

This is an ongoing project by Julian Chollet fuelled from a deep fascination with microbes and a hacker style approach to technology. The integration of multiple scientific disciplines (microbiology, chemistry, electronics, etc.) is a great starting point for the PIFcamp style of open collaboration and it is not clear at all what will come out of it.

What is a microbial fuel cell?
Microbial fuel cells convert the chemical energy derived from bacterial metabolism into electrical energy that can be measured and used to power low-voltage devices. Electrogenic (electricity generating) bacteria can be found in almost all terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, where they perform key functions in organic matter degradation, nutrient cycling and biofilm formation.

An exercise in muscle powered sound synthesis

We will convert hand-crank powered flashlights to off-grid sound machines. What could be the hurdy-gurdy of a post-apocalyptic world, will be built from used electric torches and scrapped electronics. The outcome of this endeavour will be situated anywhere between musical instrument and ritualistic artefact of cacophony.

When playing the sound tool, the movement of the hand directly translates to the voltage the synthesizer receives, enabling the musician to explore soundscapes at the fringe of a working circuit.

The project imagines a world without batteries, where hand-held devices only receive power generated in situ.

An exercise in muscle powered sound synthesis is a project by Thomas Preindl.

Tattoos&&Tales from the Making

This is a project by a small group of Spiel&&Object humans, who are coming to PIFcamp to tattoo and tell stories! Join the tattoo artists Leoni Voegelini, Rodolfo Costa Castro, Julian Jungel and Hannah Perner-Wilson!

Tucked away under the shade of a tree, a pop-up tattoo studio by day, at night transforms into a stage for telling tales from the making. The Headless Pin Tattoo Studio is open to all, and is always hiring. Come by and let them temporarily tattoo you with a design that captures your current project. While they work on you, lay back, relax, tell them about your practice. What are you making? Why are you making? Open up to them, tell them more, what ideas are you chasing? What ideas are chasing you?

Want more than a tattoo? Enticed by the idea of becoming a temporary tattoo artist yourself? Apply to work with them! They will introduce you to their tools and techniques, you’ll become part of their family, tattooing by day, storytelling at night. Helping them collect, write and perform the other stories they care to tell.

And what are the other stories they care to tell? To them makers/hackers the world is a malleable place, full of materials and tools that they can use to realise their ideas and shape their surroundings. But what about how they are equally remade in their collaborations with other materials? If their tools and materials could talk, what stories would they tell of “their” making?

As the sun sets, the tattoo studio transforms into a stage for telling tales from the making. They make sound, they make light, they make up, they jump down… they make all kinds of spectacular technological things to help them get at our inner workings.