Scrapyard Challenge Workshops

Since 2003

People / Collaborators


The ScrapyardChallenge Workshops are co-developed and co-led by Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Katherine Moriwaki.

Jonah Brucker-Cohen 

Jonah Brucker-Cohen is a researcher, artist, and writer. He received his Ph.D. in the Disruptive Design Team of the Networking and Telecommunications Research Group (NTRG), Trinity College Dublin. He is an adjunct assistant professor of communications in the Media, Culture, Communication dept of NYU Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development. He has also taught at Parsons MFA in Design & Technology (2010, 2011), Parsons School of Art, Design, History, and Theory (ADHT) (2010), NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) (2007, 2008), and Trinity College’sMsC in Interactive Digital Media (2003, 2004). From 2001-2004 he was a Research Fellow in the Human Connectedness Group at Media Lab Europe and from 2006-2007 he was an R&D OpenLab Fellow atEyebeam Center for Art and Technology in New York City. He received his Masters from ITP in 1999 and was an Interval Research Fellow from 1999-2001. His work and thesis focuses on the theme of “Deconstructing Networks” which includes over 77 projects that attempt to critically challenge and subvert accepted perceptions of network interaction and experience. He is co-founder of the Dublin Art and Technology Association (DATA Group), recipient of the ARANEUM Prize sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Art, Science and Technology and Fundacion ARCO, and was a 2006 and 2008 Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellow Nominee. His writing has appeared in numerous international publications including WIRED MagazineMake MagazineNeuralRhizome.orgArt Asia Pacific,Gizmodo and more, and his work has been presented at events and organizations such as DEAF (03,04), Future Sonic / Future Everything(2004, 2009), Art Futura (04), SIGGRAPH (00,05), UBICOMP (02,03,04), CHI (04,06) Transmediale (02,04,08), NIME (07), ISEA(02,04,06,09), Institute of Contemporary Art in London (04), Tate Modern (03), Whitney Museum of American Art’s ArtPort (03), Ars Electronica (02,04,08), Chelsea Art Museum, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art (04-5),Museum of Modern Art (MOMA — NYC)(2008),San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) (2008), andPalais Du Tokyo, Paris (2009). His work has been reported about inThe New York TimesWired NewsMakeEl PaisGizmodoEngadget,The RegisterSlashdotThe WireRhizomeCrunch GearBeyond the BeyondNeuralLiberationVillage VoiceIEEE SpectrumThe Age,Taschen Books, and more.

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Projects and


Katherine Moriwaki

Katherine Moriwaki is currently an Assistant Professor of Media Design in the school of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons the New School of Design in New York City. Her work has appeared in IEEE Spectrum Magazine, and numerous festivals and conferences including numer.02 at Centre Georges Pompidou, Siggraph, Futuresonic, Break 2.2, London Science Museum, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Ubicomp, eculture fair, Transmediale, CHI, ISEA, Ars Electronica, and WIRED Nextfest. Katherine received her Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a 2004 recipient of the Araneum Prize from the Spanish Ministry for Science and Technology and Fundacion ARCO.

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For the MIDI Scrapyard Challenge workshop we usually collaborate with a local sound artist or musician who uses equipment with MIDI input. This person would provide either a sequencer for the sound output or has worked with MIDI/Digital Audio creation with computers. Below is a list of past collaborators for the workshops:

Location Collaborator
MSC @ IMOCA, Dublin, Ireland Ben Gaulon
MSC @ Urban Learning Space, Glasgow, Scotland David Bernard
MSC @ Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA Marc Nimoy

Marc Nimoy is a Composition-Experimental Sound Practices MFA student at CalArts and received his B.A. in Music Performance from UCLA. He is a working musician, teacher, and programmer and likes building things like electronic instruments and clean-looking software interfaces. He performs regularly in the Los Angeles area as a laptop rockstar and has only recently started focusing on sound sculptures and installations.

SIGGRAPH 2005 Ludica
Aesthetics Technology Lab, Ohio University, 2005 Drew Hudgins
MSC @ Transmediale 2004

Berlin, DE 2/04

Carsten Borchert

Carsten has been working with computers since the 1980s, atari, a little bit basic-programming and in early 1990s started to work with midi, cubase, atari, making some midi based music. He also is part of a project of an intermediation between artists and computers such as project oriented computer courses, workshops, consulting and agency @ zoomwerk.

MSC @ Electrofringe 2003

Newcastle, AU 10/03

Nik Wishart (ToyDeath)

Dublin, IRL 4/03

Ambulance are dunk+trev, dublin duo who have been collaborating in electronic music since 1997. With 5 singles and an upcoming album release on ‘planet-mu’, Mike Paradinas’ electronica label (often described as ‘warps r&d department), single and compilation releases on Dublin labels ‘frontend synthetics’, ‘lazybird’, ‘umack’, ‘synergia’ and ‘The fear’, remixed by decal, max tundra, and spectac as well as live appearances with sigor ros, squarepusher, and the ‘dublin electronic arts festival’, Ambulance are certainly an active force in the Dublin electronic music scene.