workshop #6

Date: 26th-27th of May
Time: 10.00h - 18.00h.
Place: Steim

Subject: Forth TV
This workshop will stand in the light of the forth interpreter on the pic chip. Forth enables you to program your pic life and thus edit and see the changes in behavior right away. By learning to control tv tubes with forth this workshop will cover..

  1. introduction forth, the forth toolchain.
    1. interactivity, giving commands and updates to a live system
    2. modularity, solve problems in pieces and interactive testing
  2. technical applied,
    1. electronic 2 bit DAC with resistors for 4 levels (sync,b/w,grey)
    2. logic, PAL sync & stuff
    3. software, interrupts (hsync timer) & multitasking
  3. individual project, build some pic powered visuals with the knowledge gained.

Forth on Wikipedia.

Teacher: Tom Schouten
Tom Schouten is an independent software developer and artist based in Leuven, Belgium. His main interests are in generative systems, more specificly programs and devices that produce artistic works. His current efforts are concentrated on creating a series of special purpose programming languages. One of them is based on FORTH and runs on a pic microcontroller.
Tom at goto10


  1. Niels Wolf
  2. Heerko van der Kooij
  3. Marc Boon
  4. Joost Broersen
  5. Sylvain Vriens
  6. Rick Companje
  7. Kwon Byung Jun
  8. Dirk van Oosterbosch
  9. Jan-Kees van Kampen
  10. Aymeric Mansoux
  11. Pieter Heremans
  12. Roger Muskee
  13. Sander Trispel
  14. Marloes de Valk
  15. Bart Gloudemans (brings own USBPICStamp)

ForthTVCode produced during the workshop.


Unofficial flyer:

workshop #4

Date: 10th and 11th of February.
Time: 10.00h - 18.00h.
Place: Mediamatic.

Subject: Programming The Microcontroller.
During this workshop we will build a led-flipbook. It will make use of a rotary encoder to teach about finite state machines and a small led display (5x7) to talk about multiplexing.
Next to the hardware side of this project, there will be a focus on firmware, meaning programming the picchip in C. For this we advise you to bring your own windows machine (dual boot wte) if possible.
The picusbstamp from workshop#2? will be used in this workshop to work with.
Teacher: Johannes Taelman
Johannes Taelman is part of the art group code31 with their headquarter in Brussels. He studied electronics engineering and worked together with many artists and he is a teaching assistant in electronics at the GroepT Leuven Engineering School.


  1. Heerko v/d Kooij
  2. Niels Wolf
  3. Joost Broersen
  4. Kai Ting-A-Ling
  5. Dirk van Oosterbosch
  6. Mannie Krak
  7. Selby Gildemacher
  8. Nadya Peek

Workshop #3

Date: 2nd/3rd of December 2006
Place: Mediamatic
Teacher: marc boon
Subject: Enlightenment. Basic knowledge & basic formulas
Organized by: niels wolf

Saturday, Dec 2:
10:00 Setting up
10:30 Basic theory (Ohm's law, Kirchoff's laws, voltage/current/resistance/power)
11:30 How to design a simple circuit, using formulas (transistor current source)
12:30 Lunch
14:00 How to use a multimeter (hands-on)
14:30 Application of theory (building the transistor current source and using measurement tools)
16:00 Q & A
17:00 wrap up
Sunday, Dec 3:
10:00 Coffee
10:30 Microcontroller I/O ports (0/1/hi-Z)
11:00 Theory of AC-signals (frequency/impedance/inductance/waveforms)
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Using the 555 timer to build an oscillator (hands-on)
15:00 Other circuits using the 555
16:00 Demo of the Java circuit simulator
17:00 Q & A
18:00 wrap up

Click here for the pictures on flickr

Workshop #2

Date: 21st/22nd of October 2006
Place: EdosAtelier
Teacher: Johannes Taelman
Subject: Interfacing Microchips
Organized by: niels wolf


  1. day: Introduction into Microships. Surface Mounting, boolean logic, weak/strong high/low etc..
  2. day: Reading sensors from microchips

Click here for the pictures on flickr

Workshop #1

Date: 24th/25th of June 2006
Place: EdosAtelier
Teacher: Jeroen Heerings
Subject: Basic Electronics
Organized by: niels wolf


  1. day: Introduction into basic descrete electronic and basic IC's.
  2. day: Reading schematics and building a circuit (oscialtors, mixers and ampilifier).

Click here for the pictures on flickr