Shared adventure of making a creative tool

osmo/za, Ljubljana
17 May – 30 September 2021

Artist in residence with Vaclav Peloušek: how to turn your DIY idea into a finished product!

In the course of a 2 months-long residency at osmo/za, artist and synth developer Václav Peloušek will work closely with the local community while facilitating the process of developing a creative tool – from ideation to the final product. The aim of the residency is to actively involve a group of participants in a comprehensive, bottom-up process of tool development, which will not only enrich the artistic practice, but also sustain the community by using the product as a potential source of its income.

The process will cover the following steps: tool ideation, interface design, prototyping, drawing schematics, making and ordering circuit boards, making bills of materials, writing Arduino library, testing, DIY kit making, documentation, designing a workshop format and product presentation.

Václav’s proposal is to develop a sensoric tool based on Arduino called The Sensor Synth, which can be used for several purposes – from sound generation to interactive installations or theater performances. However, this is just an initial idea and you are invited to join him on a kick-off event, where we will be discussing our needs and interests and see if there is a better idea out there that we could work on together during Vaclav’s stay in Ljubljana!

The Sensor Synth could take several sensor inputs (3 to 5), calibrate them without need of any coding and turn them directly into synthesized sound. While synthesizing sound directly on the unit is great for initial testing, the Sensor Synth could also turn those signals into control voltages or MIDI to control other synthesizers, effects or simply anything from wearables to interactive installations. The open ended design in a form of open source Arduino shield will inspire advanced users to hack the inner mechanics to fit even more custom purposes and complex behaviours.

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Zavod Projekt Atol & konS Platform.

Project konS ≡ Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art is a project chosen on the public call for the selection of the operations “Network of Investigative Art and Culture Centres”. The investment is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union.


Václav Peloušek is a musician, educator, artist, and founder and lead designer of the synthesizer company Bastl Instruments. He studied in Brno and at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. With Ondřej Merta, he started the art and education project Standuino (2011), which later evolved into Bastl Instruments. Since 2013, the company has developed and produced many desktop synthesizers, effects, samplers (microGranny 2, Thyme, Kastle) and a whole range of Eurorack modular synthesizer modules. The company also collaborates with Peter Edwards (Casper Electronics) on several modules and instruments, for example the softPop and the bitRanger. Coming from a D.I.Y. artistic background, Peloušek’s conducted many workshops and happenings at festivals, universities and other venues (STEIM – Amsterdam, The Cologne University of Music, Superbooth and Loop – Berlin, MuseumsQuartier – Vienna, MENT – Ljubljana, PIFcamp – Soča, Shape Platform – Meetfactory Prague, Synthposium – Moscow, Fold – London). The company has also initiated countless local community activities, organised shows and even set up the Noise Kitchen store in Prague. From 2017 to 2018, Bastl ran the venue Herna in Brno. Since 2018, Peloušek’s been developing his solo musical project Toyota Vangelis under which he’s released several singles and EPs, and performed at events around Europe (Lunchmeat or Meetfactory – Prague, Synthposium – Moscow, Modular Day – Barcelona, CV Freqs – London, Klunkerkranich or Humboldthain – Berlin). He was artist in residence at Locatie Spatie in Arnhem in 2011 and at Opekta Studios in Cologne in 2012.

Václav Peloušek