Realizing Digital Artworks

  • Colin Machin


Artists who aspire to using digital techniques in their artworks often require assistance from electronics and software engineers. The artist’s desire to produce an artwork that, in some way, portrays motion or even reacts to its environment requires controlling electronics [1]. The simplest solution is to provide the artwork with intelligence through the use of a computer system. It is the job of the electronics and software engineers to collaborate in order to provide two elements that will provide this intelligence. First, and rather obviously, the electronics engineer must provide the computer-based hardware that will control the artwork and, if the artwork is to respond to its environment, the sensing electronics also. It is a relatively straightforward task to design and build a controller based upon microprocessor technology. The techniques are well established and are indeed merely simple manifestations of the type of solutions applied to industrial control applications. Typically a micro-controller would be used as the computing element. Once the hardware is available, the software engineer can provide the embedded software required in order to control the artwork.


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    COSTART Project Artists-in-Residence, Loughborough University, England
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