Arduino Blog Featuring Laser Equipped Annihilation Protocol!

Zoe Romano from the Arduino Blog featured The L.E.A.P. Engine on their official blog! We’re thrilled people are so receptive to this project, however, that’s just the start, and there’s much more of The L.E.A.P. Engine to come ;)

You can read the Arduino blog’s post here.

Post-Punk Article on Videodrome’s Legacy

We got a shout out in an article on Post-Punk by artist and musician Emad Dabiri entitled Videodrome A Lasting Legacy on Industrial Music & Outsider Art. Post-Punk is a site dedicated to news and information for Industrial/Post-Punk/New Wave/Goth musical genres. The article chronicles the history of Videodrome, an event in Toronto that highlights the genre of video-music which my solo work, as well as work under Hopkins Duffield has been involved with for numerous years!

We’ve been a part of this unique community for many years and it saddens us that this will be its tenth and final year.

Friday August 21, 2015, 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

952 Queen Street West, Toronto

Facebook Event Page

Price $10

Videodrome 2015

Friday August 21, 2015, 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

952 Queen Street West, Toronto

Facebook Event Page

Price $10

Videodrome 2015

Hopkins Duffield is going to have an installation this year as a part of Videodrome at at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art on Friday August 21, 2015 at 8:00pm.

Toronto’s foremost hardcore A/V event returns for it’s 10th and final installment, the last event before the closing of the MOCCA’s Queen St location.

Live A/V performances and screenings on multiple projections and 4000 watts of sound. Video party / Party video.

The Videodrome event developed by multi-media collective FAMEFAME in 2004, evolves out of the Cronenberg concept of high intensity sex and death video signal used to bio-electrically mutate viewers, this Videodrome transforms the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art into an eye-popping, raving chaos of audio-visual media excess.

“Bridging the gaps between the sofa, the club, and the gallery.”

– dropFRAME Video

“The battle for the mind of North America will be fought in the video arena, the VIDEODROME”

– Brian Oblivion, 1983

Running concurrent with the MOCCA exhibition “Queen West Yacht Club” by Dean Baldwin.

Live A/V

Tasman Richardson
Jubal Brown


Babylon Dimanche
Bad Credit
Brett Despotovich
Clint Enns
Daeve Fellows
Dona Arbabzadeh
Dr. Neptune
Graham Kartna
Istvan Kantor
Pete O’Hearn
Video Samurai


Analog Preservation Network
Mark Bland
Hopkins Duffield



Make Change Conference

Make Change Conference

Sunday July 26, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


720 Bathurst Ave, Toronto


Hopkins Duffield will be doing a talk for the Make Change Conference, kicking off Maker Festival 2015. We will go through our portfolio and discuss our creative objectives, technical processes, design challenges, and our relationship within the local Maker, Hacker and DIY communities who have helped us through various projects.

Excerpt from Make Friends Monthly – “Make Change is a one day conference for professional makers, makerspace organizers, educators and enthusiasts presented by Little Dada. We are exploring the growing influence of maker culture as a force for change in Toronto. How has it changed our lives, the way we work, and our communities.” See the full list of speakers here.

Make Change is a great place to meet cool people, learn new stuff, and become part of the community!

Featured in Vice – Motherboard / Shake That Button

Our piece, Itagaki Interface was  featured in Vice’s Motherboard in an article called Alternative Video Game Controllers, From Bras to Head-Mounted Pinball Machines.

However, our piece was found through this super awesome site created by Pierre Corbinais called Shake that Button, which featured us amongst other alternative video game controllers / installations. We just thought we would spread the love about this website as alternative and physical gaming experiences is becoming a focus of our creative career!Daniele and Kyle wearing PS1 controller bra and bro

TEXT TONE Documentation!

Documentation of our project TEXT TONE at Hamilton Winterfest 2015 Kick-off Event curated by Tara Bursey entitled On The Waterfront! TEXT TONE was on display on February 7th, 2015, at Pier 8 in Hamilton!

TEXT TONE is an interactive mobile phone based sound sculpture created out of broken and obsolete telephone technology. The piece decodes text messages sent by the audience into touch-tone keypad audio compositions that are played through the sculpture and displayed graphically on a screen within the room. The sculpture contains twelve audio channels and runs off of an Arduino Uno with the GSM Shield and Max 7.

Fun Fact: The decoded text in the video says: “Hello, my name is TEXT TONE. I’m a cybernetic organism. Living tissue over a metal endoskeleton. Thirty-five years from now, you re-programmed me to be your protector here, in this time. Beep Beep Boop Boop Beep Beep!”

From rotaries to push-button touch-tone keypads, to touch-screen smartphones with keyboards, these interfaces have undergone many changes over the years. Due to the phone’s origins as a speaker and microphone device, the touch-tone keypad‘s primary function was almost exclusively to input phone numbers for voice calling. As the phone has evolved into a form of mobile computing, the incorporation of a keyboard has become essential, and components of older forms of this technology have lost their necessity, such as the sounds of numbers being pressed while creating letters during the spelling of words or texting. In commemoration of the evolution of the function and accessibility of these technologies throughout the years, TEXT TONE invites its audience to participate in examining how once-familiar communication behaviours are becoming lost languages to be unlearned through obsolescence. TEXT TONE explores how obsolescence is created by the needs of our evolving communication habits, and correspondingly, how advances in these technologies have the power to influence our habits all on their own. We would like to thank the following people for their help and support through the development of this project: Hamilton Winterfest, Tara Bursey, Dann Hines, Active Surplus, Creatron, Steve Hopkins, John Scarpino, David Braun, Mike Duffield, Kathryn Duffield,  Luis Hernandez, Steve Hopkins, Walter Lai, Marc Reeve-Newson, John Scarpino, Randy Singh. Photos by Tyler Tekatch and Jeff Tessier.

L.E.A.P. in Make: Article!

Donald Bell from Make: did an awesome article about Laser Equipped Annihilation Protocol called Relive Your Favorite Heist with this DIY Laser Dodging Game.

If you’re already making tech projects, you probably know who Make: is, but for those who don’t, Make: is an awesome publication that focuses primarily on DIY, maker, and creative hobbyist tech-based projects!

Laser Equipped Annihilation Protocol


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