School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe

School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe


Announcing our event Ars Electronica 2021:
10 September

As our lives are taking more and more place online, digital rights are important. But what are our online rights? How can we influence policies? 📲

CODE (i.c.w. School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe) brings together artists, non-artists, politicians and policy-makers in a dialogue that is aimed at the implementation of laws and legislation that will protect our rights as digital citizens and online consumers.
After 5 months of working together, at Ars Electronica we will present the results of the project + a talk by Frederike Kaltheuner!⁠

Check out the teaser below! 🎥
Register for the free event at
Open call CODE NL-D | Reclaiming Digital Agency

Denk je graag na over digitale burgerrechten, data, privacy en de macht van big tech-bedrijven? Wil je meedenken over betere wetgeving met betrekking tot technologie? IMPAKT [Centrum voor Media Cultuur] in Utrecht en School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe uit Berlijn een organiseren dit jaar een bijzondere serie events: CODE NL-D.

Met twee workshops, twee symposia, een sociale hackathon en een online tentoonstelling in Utrecht en Berlijn, brengt CODE NL-D kunstenaars, politici, beleidsmakers en journalisten samen om met elkaar in gesprek te gaan over hoe we wet- en regelgeving kunnen verbeteren om ons als digitale burgers en consumenten beter te beschermen.

Lees meer over het project en de open call op de website van IMPAKT:
Zajímáš se o práci s drony? Baví tě zachycovat svět z ptačí perspektivy?🦅 Chceš se v této oblasti přiučit něco nového?

Pokud sis aspoň jednou odpověděl/a ano, tak čti dál! Máme pro tebe supr příležitost podívat se na práci s drony pěkně z blízka. 👁 Stačí, když se přihlásíš do kurzu V4 Videodrones, který se koná v červnu v Bratislavě. Tento projekt je nabitý informacemi, ale nenech se zmást, čeká tě taky praktické cvičení s drony!
A je toho ještě mnohem víc! Nevěříš? Čti zde: 👈🏼

Are you interested in working with drones? Do you enjoy capturing the world from a bird's eye view? 🦅 Do you want to learn something new in this area?

If you answered yes at least once, read on! We have a great opportunity for you to take a closer look at working with drones.👁 All you have to do is sign up for the V4 Videodrones course, which takes place in June in Bratislava. This project is full of information, but don't be fooled, you will also find practical exercises with drones!
And there is much more! Don't you believe? Read here: 👈🏼

Sensorium Festival, Fundacja Kukatko, Ziggurat Project, School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe, International Visegrad Fund
Pushing the limits of what games are and where they can be
One of the goals of Berlin is to highlight groups and collectives that develop counter-strategies against platform monopolies, growing financial inequality and social injustice. Especially day 3 is dedicated to organizations such as Economic Space Agency, Berlin Tech Workers Coalition, Deutsche Wohnen & Co Enteignen, School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe and the work of . Check out the program of day 3 here:
Open Call for Artists - What can drones and videography tell us more about our history and ourselves? 🎥🤔

🟣 The workshop program is for artists, photographers, creative directors and technologists, filmmakers, and anyone with an interest and passion in learning to work with and capture drone video footage for artistic and commercial purposes.

📅 Apply by April 12, 2021

👉 Wanna know more? Follow the link:

The project is organised by Sensorium Festival in collaboration with Fundacja Kukatko, Ziggurat Project, School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe and Zlin Design Week - Tomas Bata University in Zlín
Last year's events spreaded all over Slovakia had created this wonderful atmosphere, which we, hopefully, will be able to experience this year as well. Record amount of audiences gathered in Bratislava, Trnava, Žilina, Banská Bystrica and Košice thanks to the amazing co-organisers: Creative Industry Košice, Fest Anca, Stredoslovenská galéria / Central Slovakian Gallery, SNG – Slovenská národná galéria, Lovely Experience, Nádvorie and PechaKucha Night Bratislava. We are grateful and inspired. 🙌

Thank you all for these magical moments, especially our guests Carmen Aguilar Y Wedge & Romy Gad El Rab (Hyphen-Labs), Ferdi Alici & Eylul Duranagac (Ouchhh), Evelyn Bencicova, Bernhard Breuer, Safa Ghnaim (Tactical Tech), Maria Judova, Michaela Musilova, Freya Murray, Constantine Nisidis, Ivana Palečková, Irini Papadimitriou, Jonatán Pastirčák (PJONI), Lukáš Pilka, Peter Purg, Saša Spačal, Jan Sicko, Lucia G Stach, Lukas Truniger, Claire Tymon, Rachel Uwa (School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe), Michal Vaľko, Samuel Velebný and Bruce Yoder.

Take care. 🧡

Sensorium Festival 2020 and Sensorium: Beyond the Sound 2020 were funded from public funds by Slovak Art Council (Fond na podporu umenia) - main partner.

Thank you for the beautiful video by STarts & Erik Čermák. Stunning music by Jonatan Pastircak.
Visual identity 2020 was orchestrated by the awesome Andrej Barčák & Andrej Čanecký.
V partnerstve so Stredoslovenská galéria / Central Slovakian Gallery vám v Banskej Bystrici prinesieme konferenciu Sensorium Festival 2020 X Stredoslovenská galéria, kde sa vďaka online prenosu spojíme so zahraničnou hostkou Rachel Uwa a osobne privítame vizuálnu umelkyňu Máriu Júdovú, ktorej VR inštaláciu Kykeon, ktorú vytvorila spolu s umelcom Constantine Nisidis budete môcť okúsiť priamo na vlastnej koži.

Rachel Uwa je zakladateľkou School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe. Táto neformálna škola kombinuje technológie, dizajn a umenie, a je čerstvým držiteľom ocenenia Ars Electronica pre Digitálne komunity. Rachel za posledných viac ako 15 rokov organizovala komunity a podujatia bojujúce za sociálne a spravodlivé technológie.

Vizuálna umelkyňa Mária Júdová už vyše desať rokov skúma kreatívny potenciál technológií. Zameriava sa najmä na skúmanie stretu digitálneho a performatívneho umenia, pričom jej tvorba siaha od interaktívnych inštalácií a umeleckých zážitkov vo virtuálnej realite až po audiovizuálne predstavenia.
Zakladáme novú celoeurópsku sieť Connected Digital Europe – CoDE! V spolupráci s FutureEverything, IMPAKT (Holandsko) a School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe (Nemecko) budeme vytvárať podmienky pre inklúzivnosť, rozmanitosť, rovnosť a udržateľnosť.

Umelci, technológovia, dizajnéri a všetci kreatívni odborníci hrajú kľúčovú rolu pri rozhodovaní o našej budúcnosti – budúca podoba práce, vzdelávania, komunikácie, klímy, dokonca aj nových výrobkov či nových technológií závisia práve na nich.

Cieľom CoDE je testovať nápady a zdieľať poznatky a skúsenosti umeleckých partnerských organizácií prostredníctvom diskusií, podujatí či workshopov. Tie otvoria príležitosť učiť sa jeden od druhého, podporia medzisektorový dialóg a spoluprácu, a zabezpečia smerovanie našej budúcnosti k lepšiemu. Viac info nájdete tu: ➡️ (Foto: 108 Steps, Matthew Rosier)
Seems like we may have had this discussion before...or wait, I'll create a video proving that we did... :-)
Rachel Uwa talks at ThoughtWorks Arts in about the origins of her technology school: School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe - where they work with , , to explore the intersection of tech and human connection.
Biological intelligence will always outsmart artificial intelligence...with much less carbon emmissions ✌️🤖

(stolen from School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe)

We are an independent school hovering at the intersections of art, technology, design, and human con Sign-ups for online classes are now open!

Independent school hovering at the intersections of art, technology, design, and human connection. Current courses focus on #touch #care #machinelearning #audiovisuals #3D #speculativefutures #designingsociety #UX #UI #interactivetechnology #IoT #connecteddevices #designfiction #voiceinterfaces #transhackfeminism #wearables #biotextiles #generativeart #artisttoolkit #apocalypse #electromagnetism #coils #hardware #datapractice #physicaldata and being human.

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Berliners, come join us tonight for another edition of Cereal Party: 5 strangers, 5 minutes, and a bowl of cereal over deep conversation at the Opening Night 2023 event at !!!

Spaces are first come, first serve but you can sign-up for a golden ticket to jump ahead of the line here: (Link also in bio).

School of Machines Cereal Party will run from 8pm - 9:30pm along with other fun and exciting character-themed events throughout the ACUD compound. Bring your friends and see you there! w/ Rita Eperjesi

Photos from School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe's post 05/04/2023

What can we learn from transforming small self-tracking datasets into creative computational sketches that explore our human bodies as complex systems? Our 5-week online program aims to bring a small group of thoughtful humans together to find out.

(Image 2) In a past course on self-tracking by the prolific multi-disciplinary artist and researcher, Kit Kuksenok {), participants from Radical Imperfection in Time Tracking started a Data Visualisation Exquisite Co**se during and beyond their class. It started with one person creating a data visualisation, which they passed onto the next person with no contextual information, who would then responds creatively to this with another data visualisation, before sending it onto the next email in the list. Like this, the chain kept growing with each response interpreting and building upon the last. Projects shown from

The conversations in class around what data is and isn't, and what we are and are not, are always thought-provoking and insightful! If this is an area you'd like to explore further, sign-up! Link in bio and:

Photos from School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe's post 31/03/2023

Interactive Berlin: Designing Interactive Artworks for Public Space
How does our message change when we take art out of the gallery and into public space?

Course description:

This program is about creating artworks not for the gallery but for residing in public space: it aims to produce collaborative public artworks to be displayed in Volkspark am Weinberg in Berlin Mitte. We will use electronics, various materials and fabrication techniques and explore how they can work seamlessly together to help students express themselves.

The goal is for students to develop ways to approach, navigate, and realize those ideas that just seem too big, too deep, or too powerful to become real. With some tools and guidance, any idea can be broken down into a process and series of steps to take.

Students will be introduced to:

_How to concretize ideas
_Basics of coding and sensors
_Building interfaces and circuits
_Creating interaction with sound
_Working with paint and other materials
_Installation and fabrication techniques
_Project management + Professional development
_Critical and conceptual development of projects
_An amazing network and community of like-minded creative beings and potential future collaborators
_With brilliant instructors and more!

This month-long intensive program will equip artists with the technical expertise and confidence needed to continue working on their own projects long after the program has ended.

More info and application on our website! Link in bio and

3. - 28. July, 2023
Based in Berlin, Germany
Four weeks, full-time
Small class of participants
Discounted rates till May 1st


Are you an artist, student, or educator interested in creative technology and code? Then join us for this free online event this Saturday! Repost from

Virtual CC Fest is back on March 25, Saturday at 12 pm EST (-5 UTC) via Zoom Events! 💜 Join us for a virtual creative coding festival with some amazing keynotes and sessions.

What is Creative Coding Fest (CC Fest)? Learn about this in-person and virtual event that welcomes students, educators, and others from and see our upcoming event 💜
🔗 Website:

On March 25, 2023 from 12 to 3 pm EST (-5 UTC) we’ll make interactive and engaging digital art, animation, games, work with AI or hardware, and explore other options in various workshops. Hear from our keynote speakers, Rachel Uwa and Neema Githere .back.theinternet on important and timely topics related to creative coding! We welcome students, artists, hobbyists, creatives, and tinkerers who are curious to learn, educators and community organizers who are looking for inspiration, and anyone who would like to learn more about creative code and our community!

Virtual CC Fest is organized by Saber Khan, Senior Director of Outreach and Partnerships at Processing Foundation, with support from Marie Claire Flanagan , Suhyun (Sonia) Choi , Raphaël de Courville , Tsige Tafesse , and Joo Park .io. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]!

Thank you Joo Park .io for these beautiful graphics ✨


We're excited to be working closely with and their international conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X taking place 5-7 July 2023, in Weimar, Germany.

one of the festival's brilliant co-founders attended our very first School of Machines program in 2014, one year after their festival was founded. And now it's 11 years old. Oh, how time flies! :)

Tickets to attend the conference are now available from our website. More info about the official program coming soon. If you plan to be in Germany this July, consider joining us!

Visit their site for more info:


Who wants to take a much deserved work vacation to come and learn and play this summer at School of Machines?

How can we create meaningful experiences and tell stories by making things interactive? This course will focus on physical computing, interactivity, materials and fabrication, with the goal of creating a series of interactive public artworks by programs end. We will use electronics and various materials and fabrication techniques and explore how they can work seamlessly together to help you express the ideas inside your head now and in the future.

This program is geared toward anyone involved in creative fields (conceptual artists, architects, designers, makers, builders, visual artists, performers, production workers in theater, film, and tv, etc.) interested in expanding their creative practice into designing interactive artworks for the public domain. No previous experience necessary.

Photo from our 4-week summer program Waiting and Escaping in 2019 during 's short visit to the school. This summer he'll be with us for the month of July! 🎉 Can't wait! 🎉

🗓️Interactive Berlin runs 3. - 28. July, 2023
⌚️4 weeks full-time in Berlin, Germany
📌Participants will develop projects for public showcase at programs end
🕶Professional development for Artists workshop included
👾 Additional month-long residency (August) for those who join us

More info, link in bio and at:

Early fees until 1. May

Photos from IMPAKT's post 16/03/2023

Photos from IMPAKT's post

Photos from School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe's post 10/03/2023

Python for creative practices.

This course will take some time to review the basics of programming in Python before looking at a few interesting examples of how you can use Python to elevate, automate or activate your creative processes. There will be lots of time for questions and lots of opportunity to direct the examples together as a class.

In the first half of the course, instructor and students will review some programming basics and move on to some intermediate topics that will help get the most from Python.

The second half of the course will cover specific applications in response to the creative interests of the class. The intention is to show examples that will be most useful to students as they develop their own specific projects. For example, Python in relation to: Telegram bots, Large Language Models (LLMs) - e.g. GPT-3, working with hardware (rapsberry pi, sensors, etc.), data, Blender, TouchDesigner, OSC for communicating with other programs, and more.

If you have had experience with another programming language or worked your way through an “intro to python” class at some point within the last decade, you probably have the prerequisites for the course.

🗓️Starts March 14th
⌚️10 weeks

More info at


Many peeps write us to inquire about teaching at School of Machines. Now here is your opportunity to come get to know the community first and then submit your pitch, this Sat. 11. March!

You do not need to have a plan to pitch in order to join but we will only accept pitches from those who have participated. For more info, and to sign-up, visit:



Everyone talks a lot about making art but not enough people talk about how to make a living from art. If you have unanswered questions about the professional side of your art practice, from how to begin and beyond, we invite you to join our Professional Development for Artists class 25. - 26. March in Berlin!

The world needs more thoughtful artists realizing the true value of their voice and leveling up their art practice for all to see. We're here in support! If this sounds like your own interests and goals, come join us!

This weekend workshop will be led by the wonderfully inciteful human and profi artist manager, Michele Walther.

Raving testimonial:
"Working with Michele all these years has been a true godsend. She's the best! Don't miss out on the opportunity to glean her knowledge about being taken seriously in the art/digital art/new media art space. Seriously." - School of Machines :)

For more info and to sign-up, visit:


We are often asked about the possibility of exchanging work for participation in a class. This is one such (temporary) opportunity! If you're in Berlin next week and have some free time to help us out, have a look here:



Have you ever been been creating digital artwork with google colab and everything works great but the next time you open up to the notebook, you're confronted with an error message you have no idea what to do with? If so, our upcoming class, Python(for) “confuse{d” art):ists is for you!

We're super excited to explore this topic and more artist python woes in this online course being taught by creative technologist Meredith Thomas beginning 14. March.

A limited amount of solidarity tickets (€200) are available for women, BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ in need. Come join us!

For more info and to sign-up, visit:


We asked for an interpretive dance of "School of Machines" and this is what we received! Many thanks and hi-fives to robot whisperer Mario Guzman

Augmented reality headset enables users to see hidden objects 28/02/2023

Augmented reality headset enables users to see hidden objects

Augmented reality headset enables users to see hidden objects MIT researchers developed an augmented reality headset called X-AR that combines computer vision and wireless perception to find hidden objects in a room and then guide the wearer to retrieve the targeted item.


What can we gain from a deeper understanding of our physical bodies using technology as a critical lens with which to see ourselves? We are super excited to explore this and more in the online course, Algorithmic Bodies, by Artist/Designer/Educator Helin Ulas, beginning 16. March.

In this course, we invite you to see your body anew, and to reclaim its possibilities, as we explore and collect memories of our selves through visual (footage) and textual means. will serve as a tool for better understanding the relationship between technology and physical form and exploring the potential for technology to enhance our self-expression. The hands-on nature of the course will give us a deeper understanding of how technology affects our bodies and how it can be used creatively to share the narratives we wish to convey.

In the photo, Helin was using Touch Designer for live performance in Berlin last summer via .lab

A limited amount of solidarity tickets (€100) are available for women, BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ in need. Come join us!


How a Drake concert showed up NYPD’s ‘arsenal’ of surveillance technology 05/02/2023

How a Drake concert showed up NYPD’s ‘arsenal’ of surveillance technology

How a Drake concert showed up NYPD’s ‘arsenal’ of surveillance technology Tens of thousands of cameras and facial recognition software police the nation’s largest city and its world-renowned performances halls. Watchdogs and lawmakers are calling on NYPD and billionaire-owned venues to hit pause, Alex Woodward reports


CODE panel at today, 12:30-14❗️Livestream info below. ⁠Repost from IMPAKT

Modelled on rules of computation, experiments with DAO’s, blockchains, and smart contracts all point to new possibilities for solutions to politics. On 2 February, 12:30 – 14:00, we talk about the opportunities and limitations of these decentralised technologies in the panel Proof-of-Scale at festival in Berlin. ⁠

The panel is part of CODE 2023, a programme bringing together artists, non-artists, politicians and concerned citizens around the theme of our digital rights.⁠

🎤 Speakers include: anthropologist Miriyam Aouragh, researcher Nick Houde, curator and researcher Paulien Dresscher, and political theorist at The New Institute and Humboldt-University of Berlin Rahel Süß ().⁠

You can visit the panel with a transmediale festival ticket or watch the livestream for free! or⁠


How can we help each other get on in this world? As we all know by now, human communication is complicated. As humans, at times we wanna open up and be more real with others but the opportunity rarely presents itself. And yet, communication is essential for our survival. So let’s practice this communication thing together this Saturday and enjoy some intimate conversations with strangers! Plus, there will be cake!

We will host two one-hour conversations* for six people at a time, one at 5pm and another at 8pm. Each group will be presented with a series of questions, and the possibility to discuss with other curious humans things you love/hate, how you experience the world, and what hopes and dreams you have for yourself and for others in this lifetime. You know, the easy stuff. The plan will be to be as open, thoughtful, playful, and as honest as we can be together, so please prepare yourselves! It will be lovely!

Cake and Vorspiel is a special event being brought to you by School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe and School of Humans as part of transmediale Vorspiel 2023 festivities.

School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe is an organisation born in 2014, dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind hands-on learning experiences at the intersection of art, technology, design, and human connection.

School of Humans, it’s sister organisation, is being brought into being with the idea that there are many important aspects of being human that should be explored which may have nothing at all to do with technology. It is dedicated to the imaginative and thoughtful exploration of humans and human experiences. We hope you’ll join us for this one! Link In Bio. Or copy this:


Wollen Sie Ihr Schule/Universität zum Top-Schule/Universität in Berlin machen?

Klicken Sie hier, um Ihren Gesponserten Eintrag zu erhalten.

Hello world!

School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe was founded in 2014 and has its homebase in Berlin. We are reimagining what education could look like in the modern world. We're an organization dedicated to the imaginative exploration of art, technology, design, and human connection. We’re passionate about interactivity and storytelling. We enjoy learning and playing with tools that make our brains and our dreams come to life.

Our philosophy is centred around the idea that we are all lifelong learners. We would like our students to leave the programs activated; not only equipped with technical and hands-on tools and skill sets, but also more critically-minded and engaged in their socio/societal surroundings. An assortment of individuals (artists, designers, technologists, makers and researchers) come to us to develop their practice, we also allow and encourage students who do not have any previous experience to apply. We believe in the formative qualities of what makes us each distinctive humans, our unique experiences, beliefs, attitudes and outlook on the world.

We curate experimental formats for learning, a creative work-holiday of sorts. We run several intensive full-time four-week programs in Berlin, Germany, each with well-known instructors and a unique topic and focus.




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