Post-Pixelism: Designing Light with Digital Tools
Many workshops on electronics and computer programming aim mainly to increase students’ proficiency in STEM subjects. These are also the tools of artists and designers, however. Electronics is not limited to engineering any more than programming is limited to the computer screen. This master class uses lighting design as a means to introduce electronics and programming as additions to an art and design palette. In the workshop, you’ll learn what’s common in how designers and lighting engineers describe light. Then you’ll learn to build and program lighting fixtures using LEDs and digital electronics, with both practical and aesthetic concerns in mind. In the first session, you’ll learn to use the tools, then you’ll build an electronic candle, lamp, or lantern on your own. In the second session, we’ll review everyone’s designs and discuss what tips and tricks you learned along the way.
Tom Igoe is the area head for physical computing courses at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. In these courses, he teaches programming and electronics as tools for art and design, starting with how to sense and respond to human physical expression. His research interests also include networks, lighting design, the environmental and social impact of technology development, and monkeys. He is a co-founder of Arduino, and hopes to visit Svalbard someday.