Electronics & Kinetics Labs at SAIC

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 Electronics and Kinetics labs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Kinetic art is art comprised of moving parts and often incorporates light and sound. Wind, a motor, or the viewer can power the moving parts of a kinetic artwork. The term kinetic sculpture initially referenced sculptural forms with moving parts made in the 1960s. The sculptors Naum Gabo and Antoine Pevsner first used the term "kinetic art" in their Realist Manifesto issued as part of a manifesto of constructivism in 1920 in Moscow. "Bicycle Wheel," of 1913, by Marcel Duchamp, is said to be the first kinetic sculpture.

Contemporary kinetic and electronic art takes many forms and generally integrates custom electronics and/or specially milled 3D components. The newer works often rely on collaborations with engineers and are focused on exploring social themes and biological form with cutting-edge technologies deployed experimentally.

The Electronics and Kinetics area is configured to provide curriculum, dialogue, and resources to students pursuing interdisciplinary art projects that incorporate kinetics and electronics into sculpture, installation, and mixed media projects. Many students choose to incorporate kinetic art with custom software (via Processing, Flash or MAX/MSP), microcontrollers, and/or rapid prototyping.

A variety of courses are offered in this area including:

Electronic Theory
Light Experiments
Fabricating for Motion
Actuator Design & Integration
Interactive Installation
Rapid Prototyping for Art and Design
Wearables and Soft Computing