Register Now for Co.Open Workshops in Electronic Music, Data Mapping, and Video Production


Co.Open is excited to open registration for its fall digital media workshops in Audio/Electronic Music Production, Video Production, and Data, Mapping and Research Justice. Co.Open is a media-making cooperative that provides design services, training, and professional development for freelancers and media makers in Detroit.

Classes start on October 8 and will meet one day a week for four weeks at Allied Media Projects, 4126 Third St, in Detroit.

The cost to register is $100 per four-week workshop. Limited scholarships are available. If you have questions about the Co.Open workshops, email

Electronic music

Audio/Electronic Music Production

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays: October 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th


This class will focus on electronic music production. In this class we will explore computer software, midi controllers, tape recorders and electronic hardware instruments. Using these tools, we will attempt to break down a wide range of methods used in electronic music production. Take this class if you are interested in understanding how different electronic musical styles are made on a theoretical and practical level.

Instructor: Ben Christensen

Ben is a Detroit-based musician and producer. He composes music for TV, Film, animations and advertisements. He has taught electronic music at Youthville Detroit, People in Education, and Detroit Future Media.

Data mapping

Data, Mapping, and Research Justice

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Mondays: October 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th


Maps and data can be used to better understand where inequality exists, to look at possible correlations between environmental risk factors, or even to visualize community responses to social issues. Working within the framework of research justice, we will be using open source tools to learn about and work with maps and data. Our goal will be to successfully understand equitable data collection, data management, and basic map visualization techniques. Do you want to use maps and data to further your social justice cause? Then this is the course for you!

Instructor: Alex B. Hill

Alex has been trained in social justice movement building and has supported the efforts of numerous social justice organizations and causes. He is currently an Epidemiologist with the Detroit Health Department and brings 7+ years of experience in community engagement, conducting research, and mapping. Check out some of his work at DETROITography!

video production

Video Production Workshop

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays: October 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st


With new technology making films and video has become cheaper than it has ever before. Using new techniques and smaller budgets, Cy will teach students how to get the most out of their current equipment and show them the power of story telling through picture. The course will discuss the beginnings of video, film, and motion pictures in a brief history followed up by how it applies today. Also included will be a 101 on composition, framing techniques, and basic exposure lessons. Students will use this knowledge to create and finish a video project of their choice from beginning to end. Understanding Conceptualization, Pre-Production, Post-Production, and Distribution. Creativity is the key and constraints will only push an artist to be even more witty with the uses of their resources.

Instructor: Cy Abdelnour

Cy Abdelnour is a cinematographer from Ann Arbor, MI and now works continuously in Detroit, MI. Cy finished Undergrad School at the University of Michigan, where he also is currently employed. He works for Academic Innovation as a Media lead on various online courses that go onto EdX (MIT) and Coursera (Stanford). Cy has a wide background of experience from Documentary, Music Video, Experimental, Fine Arts, and Commercial work. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, USA Today, the Daily Show, and much more. Cy is passionate about video as a medium, and wants to teach others how to use it to progress their missions in life.

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