Sunday 3 November 2013


Ever wondered how artworks or installations such as Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley's Life Model 2012 pisses into a bucket or Random Internationals Rainroom work?

Come and find out how you could make your work interact, move etc using micro controllers such as Arduino, which can be used to create kinetic, interactive artwork, in the Spring Term 2014 we will also be exploring wearable technologies.

You will need a computer, but we will be providing all electronics and discussing how to add interactivity, kinetic/animation through electronics to your artworks and ideas for future works.

The sessions will be held in the SEMINAR ROOM on Thursdays from 2pm-5

Autumn Term 2013

Subject to change

7th NOV

Introduction to Arduino
1. Some examples of what you can do with Arduino (cushion, loaf, potato battery if ready)
2. Plugging in and setting up Arduino, installing the software on the laptop
3. Using the Arduino IDE and creating a first script. Compiling and uploading a script to the microcontroller. Dealing with errors (which WILL happen!)
4. Making an LED flash
5. Using the breadboard and inserting components.
6. Controlling a collection of LEDs (candle effect), changing flicker speed, etc.
If time, create the keyboard with foam.

21st NOV

Using sensors with Arduino
1. A simple switch to control Arduino. Try multiple switches too.
2. Controlling Arduino with a light sensor.
3. Creating a simple stroke sensor with a contact mike.

WS3 2pm
28th NOV

Making a squeeze sensor/touch sensors
1. Making a foam based squeeze sensor to control Arduino.
2. Making a slide sensor (I'd like to create a group activity here to make a multi0input synth controled by lots of sensors)
3. Adding a shield to Arduino to extend the capabilities. Possibly use a wave shield here.

WS4 2pm
12th DEC

Integrating circuits into your own artwork.
Look at the possibilities for making kinetic, interactive sensory objects.

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