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Embedded Systems and Kinetic Art: A Natural Collaboration

Speaker  Erik Brunvand

Affiliation  Univeristy of Utah

Host  Rick Szeliski

Duration  01:06:51

Date recorded  30 October 2012

There is an explosion of interest currently in exploring arts and technology connections: new media, digital media, kinetic art, new frontiers, emergent media, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary are only some of the terms used to describe this fusion of disciplines. In this talk I will describe an ongoing collaborative course at the University of Utah called Embedded Systems and Kinetic Art. The course involves Computer Science / Computer Engineering students and Art students working together to design and create computer-controlled kinetic art. Students in the course explore interfacing of embedded computer systems with sensors and actuators of all sorts. They also explore physical and conceptual aspects of machine-making as a fine-art sculpture process. Our goal is to enhance the educational experience of both groups of students. We believe that both student groups gain significant and unusual benefits that they can apply in a variety of ways in their respective disciplines.

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