6th INTERNATIONAL HACKER/MAKER CAMP & A-I-R

ART+TECH+NATURE
RENDEZ-VOUS

ART+TECH+NATURE
RENDEZ-VOUS

22–28 7 2024 / BAŠKE OŠTARIJE / KAMP VELEBIT

About the Camp

Electric Wonderland is a 7-day international maker/hacker camp in Croatia combining art, technology, culture and science with DIY (do-it-youself), DIWO (do-it-with-others), DITO (do-it-together) cultures.

International and domestic guests are invited to teach, collaborate or do a residence during the camp, BUT the participants of the camp can also take their part in leading workshops, facilitating OFF the Grid Labs, guiding a hiking or field trips, or do what they think might be interesting to the camp participants. Lectures, presentations and public small talks around the campfire are also an important part of the program, as well as mini ambient sound performances, installations and spontaneous jamming. We also do night skywatching.

PEOPLE + STEAM + NATURE = ELECTRIC WONDERLAND

Applications
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Program

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~ master class ~

Salon of Open Secrets

Stefanie Wuschitz

It is an open secret that the hardware in our smart devices contains not only plastics but also conflict minerals such as tungsten, tin, tantalum, silver and gold. Hence, technology is not neutral. In this workshop, developed by Patrícia J. Reis (PT/AT) & Stefanie Wuschitz (AT), we investigate alternative hardware from locally sourced materials, so-called ethical hardware, to develop and speculate upon renewable practices for the benefit of both nature and humans.

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Photo and Video Lab

Dimitra Barouta, Tomislav Mikić, Tomislav Tukša

Gathering photo and video documentation of each day in one place, selecting video and photos to be deleted, preparing material to be published in some form - photo posts for social media or video editing. Creating a repository of photos and video materials per day.

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Meme Lab

Deborah Hustic, drop-ins

Everyday we gather at some time together (30 minutes max) and play around the funny moments during the camp: hilarious moments, funny images, lucid sentences you have heard by campers while passing-by and similar. What we gather, we are trying to make a meme around it. We will also have few games if we get stuck in the process of creating a meme.

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WIFI FOX HUNT

Tomislav Tukša

Use your phone to search for hidden WiFi transmitters around the camp area. When you find one, sign your name onto a piece of paper at the transmitter (like a geocache). On the last day of camp, we’ll gather all the caches and make a scoreboard!

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Hobbits & Lasers

Goran Mahovlić

Preparing and cutting tasks on a portable laser cutter during the camp. Mini crash courses about how to use the laser cutter.

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Hobbits & Cutters

Damir Prizmić

Preparing and cutting tasks on vinyl cutter during the camp. Mini crash courses about vector graphics and how to prepare and cut stickers or artworks for DIY silkscreen printing.

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Hobbits & 3D printers

Ivor Vračević, Paula Bučar

Preparing and cutting tasks on 3d printer during the camp. Mini crash courses about 3d modelling and preparing models for printing.

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Synth soundbath

Tomislav Tukša, drop-ins

One of the main benefits that sound bath fans rave about is that it can put you into a relaxing state, where your body releases endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and norepinephrine. These feel-good chemicals make us happy and help move us out of the fight or flight stress response. Put on your yoga pants and bring your yoga mats, as you will be lying on the floor, immersed in the ethereal sounds.

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Citizen Science – DIY Genealogy

Deborah Hustic

The workshop will be a crash course on how genealogy, DNA sequencing and a detective approach to data could be connected together for a higher cause. We will go through different methods and softwares for tracing genealogy, approaches to researching your family history and diverse ethnographies that we can use as citizen scientists. We will also reflect on the history of the cult of the amateurs whose valuable feedback and online work was necessary in diverse science research over the last decade.

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PCB drawing basics in KiCad

Igor Brkić

The workshop will cover using KiCad for making PCBs. We will start with the basics and the workflow for drawing PCBs and preparing the files for the production and, depending on the interest (and available time), cover the “more interesting”/unconventional PCBs (unusual shapes, artwork, …).

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Off-grid pharmacy

Vito Menjak & Tomislav Tukša

We’ll be foraging plants that contain useful ingredients like salicin (a precursor to aspirin). We will process the plant material to extract and filter the active ingredients and make home-made off-grid medication.

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Natural swimming pool (small-scale model)

Tomislav Tukša

A natural pool is a swimming pool that uses plant life to maintain the water instead of chemicals. NSPs are comprised of two separate parts - swimming zone and a regeneration zone. Regeneration zone contains water plants, some of which grow under water, and some float on the surface. The swimming zone is clear of all plants and entirely looks like a traditional swimming pool. For practical reasons, we will be building a small-scale model, but the same principles can be applied to a large size pool.

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Mobile holder monsters

Sandra Maglov

Impro workshop for making temporary phone stands that can stand in space, be tied to body parts, or hang from walls, with the purpose of creating shared lighting during nighttime events in the dome.

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LetsPrintOurselves!

Radiona peers

Screen Printing technique is popular because it represents the do-it-yourself philosophy of printing. It is used for printing posters, clothing and various materials in the non-commercial industry or underground scene. Participants will go through all the stages necessary to get the finished product: technical preparation - preparation of printing equipment; sieve preparation, creative preparation - selection and production of motifs for printing, paints and emulsions, printing - selection of materials (textiles, T-shirts, bags) and the whole printing process with inks and emulsions up to the screen cleaning stage.

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Body Landscaping

Monika Pocrnjić

Embed simple tech and the local ecology directly onto the body and tell us a story! Are you looking to boost your energy by connecting with your environment? We will take you on a mindful guided session to explore ways to engage with everyday nature in order to support your camp adventures. You will begin this workshop by walking in the surroundings of the camp, and discovering different natural materials that can be used to make a “temporary body landscape”. Foraging a few of anything from berries to leaves, from soil to stones, from branches to bark, moss, Band- Aid, eyeliner, batteries, LED's, findings... For the body- landscapes you will try to work with the morphology of the material and storytelling. We will experiment with tools and techniques on how to embed the local ecology directly onto the body and try to document the integration and transformation with photo collage.

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The Basics of Photography for Campers

Dimitra Barouta

A hands-on workshop designed to train campers on fundamental phone photography. The participants will learn about different techniques, the essential settings, and how to compose and light their shots effectively. Through the interactive workshop, the campers will gain practical skills to improve their photography and capture better images. Suitable for beginners or people looking to refine their knowledge, this workshop offers valuable insights and tips and tricks to enhance their photographic skills.

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All the freaks among music composers

Ana Horvat

In this lecture Ana will present us how a specific abstract and experimental piece of music was actually made in contemporary classical music.

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Ultimate Food Hacking

Ana Stuparić & Mitja Greifoner

On the 7-day workshop entitled ‘Ultimate Food Hacking – On the Frontiers of Citizen Food Science’ participants will learn how to hack natural food and flavours making only the best recipes. The workshop leaders will guide its participants through the processes of natural preparation of the food (meat, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free) with an aim of preparing a lunch and dinner for the camp participants. Each day will have its covered topics and colours to be served on the table. The aim of the workshop is to present diverse ways of food hacking, flavour mixing, the use of spices from nature and to teach you to cook if this is your first time.

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A hacktonaut is a person interested in matters of make shifting and reverse engineering, using high and low technology. Hence, hacktonautics is the art of navigating and tinkering through DIY, DIWO, and DITO approaches to the cultures of making and hacking (non-)electronic devices and objects, as well as creating them. It also includes citizen science and innovation through smart and meaningful improvisation techniques.

Stefanie Wuschitz (AT)
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[she/her] is an arts-based researcher investigating strategies to decolonise technology. Her activism, publications and workshops evolve around feminist hacking and open source culture. In 2009 she founded the collective and feminist hacklab Mz* Baltazar’s Laboratory, which she co-organised until 2023. Her animations, drawings and interactive art installations have been presented at international venues and art festivals.

Zoe Romano (IT)

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[she/her] holds a MA in Philosophy and Media Science and Technology. She's a craftivist, lecturer and consultant working on EU-funded projects mixing social ecologies, digital fabrication technologies and smart textiles. She developed her skills in hackerspaces and makerspaces in Milan and, while working for Arduino, she co-founded a fablab called WeMake, focused on fashion and design. She's been activating various artistic projects like Obot (Our bodies our Tech) in 2020, Melma Crew in 2022, and lately loves to dedicate time in artistic residencies and camps in Italy and abroad.

Alex Piacentini (IT)

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[he/him] Milan based artist, designer and creative developer working with graphics, sound and code. He uses the web and other digital media as multidimensional materials where space, time, data and interactivity fuse to create generative design, dataviz and interfaces and occasionally installations, visuals and sound. BA in communication design from Politecnico Milan and Master of European Design (KISD, ENSCI Les Ateliers). Loves misusing technologies and exploring unexpected outcomes.

Giacomo Silva (IT)

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[he/him] 1988, Italy. Lives and works in Milan. Lecturer in the Independent Publishing course at IED Milan, freelancer in the field of visual communication and editorial design, his personal recent research focuses on the temporal layering of landscape. A landscape-mind, vast and tiny, sincere interlocutor, ironic and ruthless.A landscape-body, striped by the past, on which the present flows and through whose veils the future shimmers. A landscape-territory, suffering the advance of deterritorialized tribes. A landscape-infinity, rewriting the predetermined.

Servando Barreiro (ES)

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[he/him] Multidisciplinary, neurodiverse & nomad artist mostly focusing on experimental / electronic sounds and interactive/audiovisual installations. Puredata teacher and consultant. Certified Sports massage therapist.

Monika Pocrnjić (SI)

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[she/her] Intermedia artist. She works in the fields of do-it-yourself (DIY) electronics, drawing and puppet theatre. In her work, she focuses on concepts such as object as interface, robotic theater and the role of technologies in the modern world. In her works of art, she uses and combines various methods, media and techniques, including 3D technologies, hacking and creative coding. She displays these objects in performative events or theater performances.

Ana Horvat

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[she/her] Composer and teacher of electronic composition. Ana Horvat writes acoustic and electro-acoustic compositions, music for installations, film and performances, and is coauthor of several art installations. She is particularly interested in bringing together different areas of art and has been regularly collaborating with other artists and developers.

Paula Bučar

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[she/her] Art education graduate at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She organizes exhibitions and art workshops, but mostly her expression is on the area of installations, theatre set and light design. Paula has had several solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions. She experiments with different materials and media covering traditional arts techniques.

Deborah Hustić

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[she/her] Media artist, curator and leader of Radiona. Deborah is into hybrid arts, sound art and educational development supporting the STEAM concept. Regularly runs workshops on creative electronics, eTextile and design thinking for children, youth and adults. She has performed, lectured and exhibited in Croatia and abroad.

Igor Brkić

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[he/him] Electrical engineer and maker who has specialised in the area of digital processing of audio signals. He has created many robotic and electronic solutions for museums, exhibitions, theatre productions in Croatia and abroad as well as for television broadcasts. Has been leading numerous workshops over the past 9 years.

Damir Prizmić

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[he/him] Freelance designer working in a wide area of disciplines. From visual communication design, exhibition design, interaction and new-media installations and concepts to the product design and educational tools. He is active in the field of education and promotion of open-source culture, and regularly exhibits and leads workshops in Croatia and abroad.

Goran Mahovlić

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[he/him] Maker and hacker working in the areas of smart city technology LoRaWan and FPGA. In his work he promotes accessible and open internet and is the founder of Radiona’s SmartZG network. Goran has led a number of accomplished workshop in Croatia and abroad, and he exhibits his work within Radiona’s program.

Matej Domladovac

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[he/him] This year he enrolled in Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Zagreb. He was working for two years as educator and development of children's learning products for electronics and computing and is interested in robotics. Member of Radiona since 2019.

Tomislav Mikić

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[he/him] Tomislav is a freshman at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, majoring in Environmental Sciences. He is interested in anything related to hardware from old school logic chips to modern FPGAs. He has done a few software projects for his Athletic club. Other than his love for hardware and software, he adores nature hence why he chose to major in Environmental Sciences.

Sandra Maglov

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[she/her] holds MA in Product Design. In 2020, she launched the DKO project - Design Through Craft, an experimental project for development, design and manufacturing of small functional products using today's widely available devices such as desktop FDM 3D printers, CNC devices and lasers - all in a limited home environment. She independently exhibited her work at many design events in Croatia and abroad.

Vito Menjak

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[any] An amateur disciplinary artist, primarily focusing on visual, conceptual and performance art. A computer technician by profession, and planning to study biotechnology in university, science is another big interest and most of their current work is based on the intersection between the two. A self described jack of all trades, they spend free time trying out new things to DIY and repair.

Tomislav Zidar

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[he/him] Jewelry and installation designer, visual artist for more than twenty years. He exhibited his works at a number of art festivals and fairs and in galleries in Croatia and abroad. He likes to shut himself up with a cup of tea in his studio and create robotic creatures from discarded technology that then continue their lives in the hands of many satisfied lucky people.

Tomislav Tukša

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[he/xe] A queer dreamer, science lover, singer and AV production expert. SLP by trade. He has been taking apart devices since he was in kindergarten, and in elementary school he started programming and studying electronics so that he could make his own projects. Tomi is no stranger to digging into AV hardware and software tools. He is organizing events for the queer & neurodivergent community and he loves to jam on analog synthesizers.

Dimitra Barouta

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[she/her] also known as Mitchie, born in Greece, currently resides in Croatia, working as a system administrator. Enthusiast in photography, IT, gaming, and vintage movies and music. Nature lover and perpetual learner, with a keen interest in exploring new realms of knowledge and experiences.

Ivor Vračević

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[hi/him] With a background in mechanical engineering and a passion for automation and electronics, I thrive on bringing ideas to life. Specializing in 3D printing and mechanics, I have a hands-on approach, reveling in making things move. Fuelled by a deep love for learning and discussing ideas and philosophy.

Zvonimir Domazet

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[he/him] A physicist with a huge passion for disassembling everything he can get his hands on, especially audio devices, such as synthesizers, guitar effects, etc. Since his student days, he has been working as a sound engineer and he switched to different types of devices, from power plants all over the planet to calculators or mixers, which he fixes/hacks. He has a black belt in lock-picking and is often technical support for guitar pedal workshops. He turned the kitchen table into a laboratory and is constantly covered with disassembled electronic devices, which is why he often has breakfast in his living room.

Aleksandar Vojnić

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[he/him] A programmer and developer who likes to build stuff, hack machines and design unusual devices. Very passionate about DIY and explaining complicated tech stuff through simple gaming solutions. His favorite place is the workshop area where he can freely saw a wooden board from which he will make the next gaming console. He has the ability to concentrate on his work fully, even if walls were collapsing around him and cataclysms were happening.

Advik Bahadur (IN/IR)

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[he/him] Currently a 4th Year Electronic and Computer Engineering Student from Trinity College Dublin. He is a Laidlaw leadership and research Scholar. His work so far has been involved in Robotics, Deep Learning Networks, Computer Vision Models, Autonomous Vehicles design, Microelectronics and Software Engineering. He has been involved in a robotics competition called Formula Student AI, where student teams develop a driverless formula-style race car and compete together. He is the captain of Trinity College’s Formula Trinity AI Team for the 2023-24 Year.

Goran Goldin

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[he/him] Programmer, VJ, 3D animator and educator with a long-standing field of interest in the fields of visual digital interactions, holds a black belt in TouchDesigner. He exhibited and participated at many exhibitions and international festivals. He regularly builds his own machines like a gigantic CNC or a 3D scanner he uses for projects with artists.

Una Mladenović (SR)

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[she/her] BA in new media arts from Academy of Arts - Novi Sad. Currently, she is pursuing her master's degree in Intermedia research at the same institution, where she also works as a teaching assistant. Her artistic work focuses on drawing, documentary photography, and the use of found objects, with an emphasis on spatial exploration. She has participated in group exhibitions.

Ana Stuparić

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[she/her] Culinary expert and a professional chef, profiled in vegan and vegetarian cuisine, and cuisine for people with special dietary needs. She specializes in creating menus and recipes, as well as running a kitchen and organizing culinary workshops. She has numerous collaborations with organizations that promote personal development, holistic living and yoga. Ana is the president of the Avocado Association for the Promotion of Plant Nutrition and Environmental Awareness.


Camp Guardians

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A badger named Ori, mascot and spirit animal of the Radiona organization.

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Participation

The participants are kindly asked to join the camp on 22 July and partake all seven days of the camp. Drop-ins will not be allowed. Spoken languages will be Croatian and English.

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Accomodation

Accommodation is provided in wooden Hobbit houses for 4, 5, 7 up to 11 beds. The participants can also bring their own tents. Facilities include in-house toilets, in-house and outside showers, in-house kitchen and outside kitchen.

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Cuisine

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided by the camp staff. Please contact us in advance if there is a need for a specific type of diet.

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Apparel

We advise the participants to bring warm clothes because the nights can be rather cold during nights in this part of Croatia in July. Hiking boots and clothes are also recommended.

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Insurance

Please take note that the insurance is not covered by the camp. The participants should bring their own health insurance cards or travel insurance. The participants from the EU are advised to bring their European Health Insurance Card.

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Sustainability

This is an eco-friendly camp. The goals will be to reduce waste as much as possible, use water and energy responsibly and buy groceries from local farms. The surrounding nature will be the perfect motivation for all of us.

Partners & Funders

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Domestic Partners

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International partners

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Get In Touch

radiona.org@gmail.com

Organisation team

Program coordinator and AIR guests: Deborah Hustić
Program coordination and AIR logistics: Monika Pocrnjić, Paula Bučar, Ana Horvat
Camp logistics on-site: Radiona peers
Camp facilities on the behalf of Kamp Velebit: Luka Žuženić
Coordinator for equipment & tools: Goran Mahovlić, Igor Brkić, Damir Prizmić
Coordinators for kitchen & food: Vito Menjak, Ana Horvat, Una Mladenović
Transport Coordination: Tomislav Zidar
Chef: Ana Stuparić (Association Avokado)
Design & Website Ivan Klisurić & Damir Prizmić
Photo, video and streaming: Dimitra Barouta, Tomislav Tukša, Tomislav Mikić