Artists create aesthetic problems and solve them. When an artist creates a problem which is technical in nature, but for which no commodified solution exists, a solution must be invented. This is the realm of "making". Making often represents novel unions of sensible phenomena, information, and dynamic objects. 

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ArtBus boards back from the factory

Submitted by Ed_B on Sun, 12/06/2009 - 16:24

Well, here it is. I'm embaressed to say that the design worked the first time. That never happens! But it is a relief.


If there's any single trick to getting a board so that all the parts fit, it's the paper model trick. Here's the almost last revision before going to press.

Modular synthesizer, smells great but no sound.

Submitted by zipTieIII on Wed, 11/25/2009 - 02:39

I'm building this modular synthesizer as a commision for a guy in Connecticut. I'ts housed in an old hardback suitcase with a wooden control panel, the legend of which is "printed" using the laser cutter and some crafty color filling.

ArtBus board with Arduino code

Submitted by Ed_B on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 19:36

This is pre-alpha code for the four-channel H-bridge controller which is the subject of the earlier postings on Kicad. When it gets more to late alpha (hopefully in the next day or two) it'll look rather different.

morse code

Submitted by jsebur on Thu, 11/19/2009 - 21:54

i am trying to write a code that will type out individual letters in morse code at random, i have a morse code code for the arduino, which works through the serial port.  i.e, i type HELLO WORLD, it spells that out in morse code through pin 13.  this works great, but i would like to retro fit that code, so instead using the serial port, the program just generates letters.  I would like it to randomly choose a letter, and randomly choose a pin to print that letter(in morsecode).  here is my current program:

Using OpenCV face tracking to move motors

Submitted by Alex_Simes on Wed, 11/18/2009 - 14:09

Ed asked me to post the steps for making this project for future people to reference.

 I am building a project that is a mask placed near a wall at roughly eye level. The mask needs to be able to identify people and look at them when they look at it.

need processing coding help! collaboration???

Submitted by jkim58 on Wed, 11/18/2009 - 12:40

I'm jongock Kim, and 2nd year grad student in Fiber Department. I am working on my final project for E-textiles and the coding is a bit complicated to tackle on my own. For my project, I would like to make an interactive weaving where the user can draw graffitti on my woven wall imagery. It is going to be hand woven fabric, with a photographic wall image in gray scale. At the moment I have this system working with a little green laser pointer:

Alternative Energy for artworks

Submitted by Ed_B on Wed, 11/18/2009 - 00:24

I was asked to do a survey of possible alternative energy sources for powering electronic art. The scope of the terms was wide open, so of course a comprehensive overview was in order! Follow the link below to Alternative Energy Sources for Powering Electrically Activated Artworks (AESPEAA).

tinkering makes a comeback WSJ article

Submitted by mbenitez on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 16:01

tinkering makes a comeback WSJ article

Spider web gun using Co2 to supply the air pressure

Submitted by mkastn on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 15:44

I have been working on a piece that creates realistic looking spider webs across an open space using motors, a hacked glue gun, microcontroller and Co2 for air pressure. The documentation below shows the hook up from Co2 cylinder to gun.

Co2 cylinder with regulator and hose

hose to quickrelease tube connection

It worked for a minute!

Submitted by glenna_opt on Mon, 11/09/2009 - 09:24

Here is the real thing:


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