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Past Events
August 02: Opening: TDAR Departmental Tea
Please attend the Departmental Tea/Opening for PIFAS’s Eric James Johnson Memorial Fellows for August 2008, THE TEMPORARY DEPARTMENT FOR ACADEMIC RESEARCH. Food and drink aplenty. Plus air-conditioning (really). Tea starts at 7pm sharp.

ABOUT TDAR The Temporary Department for Academic Research (TDAR) is a perpetually ad-hoc working group pursuing an investigation of academia, appropriating while at the same time acquiescing to the formalized parameters, institutional rituals, and conceptual boundaries of the classroom itself.

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July 22: Mononchrom

A gala without M. Night Shyamalan

monochrom ist durchaus eine international agierende, in wien, graz und bamberg situierte kunstneigungsgruppe, seit 15 jahren umtriebig, mit diversen volontariaten in zahlreichen realitäten: internationale kunstszene, apfelsortenzucht, powerpointoperetten, feldgottesdienste, beweisführungen, schirmherrschaften, soziale praxis, game- und schämshows, theorie, internet, dübel und schnittchen. v.a. das sammeln, gruppieren, registrieren und befragen (befreien?) von alltagskulturellen vernarbungen ist monochrom passion und quasi-ontologischer auftrag. kulturarchäologische grabungssondagen in ideologie- und unterhaltungsstätten. staatlich geprüftes rhizom. die schönheit der impliziten kaputtheit der selbstverständlichkeit ist anlass für phänomenologische wollust und (benutzer-)freundliche mikropolitische übernahmen. oder so. bildet to-do-stapel!

Donations welcome.


I'll walk you through simple paper construction techniques that will enable you to make some amazing, transforming models! Once you understand the basic principles it's entirely a process of discovery, so I'll be learning from you too.


Shortly after Planar Structures I, we will be continuing with a deeper investigation of kinetic geometry.Shortly after Planar Structures I, we will be continuing with a deeper investigation of kinetic geometry. We will be seeing what's possible with double sided machine scored paper, and pushing our own folding designs further.


July 04: Dearraindrop: Computer Game Blues.
Come celebrate July 4th at the Institute with the opening of Dearraindrop's Computer Game Blues exhibition at the Institute.


Dearraindrop Project Page

June 28: Investigations in Kinetic Geometry - Planar Structures
The first of two classes, Planar Structures teaches the simple techniques of cutting, scoring, and taping bristol paper to create folding forms, modules, and spaceframes. Includes a presentation on contemporary kinetic sculpture, and a brief overview of platonic solids and common geometric terms.

Because this is a workshop, there will be a $5 materials fee.

Begins at 3PM

June 25: Computer Science - Formal Language Theory

The study of well structured languages and the sentences they form, as viewed through mathematical constructs.

Prerequisites: Basic Set Theory.

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June 16: Pragtiss. Kate Ferencz. JV Basketball.
Donations Welcome
June 09: Philosophical Research Group: Clothing

The Philosophical Research Group will be meeting this time to discuss Clothing, in all its many aspects. Some talk has been made of Clothing as Language (in the manner of Roland Barthes), but the thread of discussion can be followed on the PRG FORUM:

Iced Coffee will be served.

Begins at 7:30PM.
June 08: Kites. Angeldust. Monolith. Howl.

Angel dust
Howl (providence metal)
Monolith (philly metal)
Drums like machine guns
The suicide magnets
Air conditioning

Begins at 9PM. Donations Welcome.
June 05: Computer Science - Basics of Programming

This event, beginning at 6pm, will be the introductory lecture of the PIFAS computer science course. The point of this lecture is to give a groundwork for further exploration. By the end, audience members should be able to understand pseudo-code examples presented later in the series, and hopefully be able to make their own.

We will also walk through the development of a very basic "list library" using newly learned pseudo-code knowledge, which will hopefully give a firmer base for everyone to move forward on.

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