Conceptual Information Arts (CIA)
Links: Physical Computing, Electronics, Motion Detection, Alternative
Stephen Wilson, Professor, Art, Conceptual/Information Arts Program,
San Francisco State University
Information about the
Arts program firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilson web page
Guide to Artists
- Stephen Wilson book Information
Arts:Intersections of Art, Science and Technology - MIT Press,
- Chapter - Art exploring alternative interfaces and device control
gesture, activated objects -Chapter 7.4 Information Arts
- Chapter - Research Themes in alternative interfaces - Chapter 7.1
- Chapter - Theorists reflecting on digital culture - Chapter 7.2
- Chapter- Art exploring integration of physical world and the web
6.4 Intormation Arts
Physical Computing Courses
Tom Igoe (NYU)
Do It Yourself Culture DIY, Hacking, Open Source, Open Culture
Interface Box Resources - Arduino
(Arduino is an opensource hardware/software system for creating self
contained microcontoller events and sensor/control interfaces for
See EZIO and other interfaces in section below
Programming environments that allow use of sensor and control
- NET Connect - A open source system that enables people to create
physical computing projects without any programming. Provides a
Flash components that give a graphical interface to microcontrollers,
sensors and effectors, as well as all the media capabilities of
Electronics Tutorials & Resources
how to solder (aaron cake) http://www.aaroncake.net/electronics/solder.htm
soldering guide (electronics club) - http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/solder.htm
Electronics Project Information
- Tom Igoe & Dan O'Sullivan - Physical Computing
- Forrest Mims III - Getting Started in Electronics
- Forrest Mims III - The Forrest Mims Engineer's Notebook
- Paul Scherz - Practical Electronics for Inventors (Paperback)
- Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots by Gareth Branwyn (Solarbotics.com, $19)
- Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots Parts Bundles
(Solarbotics.com, $32 for Walker, $21 for Mousey)
Electronics and Robotics Supply Sources
Surplus and Hobbyist Sources
Bay Area Stores
Interesting Sensors/Devices - Technical Information
Sensor Wiki - http://www.sensorwiki.org/index.php/Main_Page
NYU Reports on sensors - http://itp.nyu.edu/physcomp/sensors/Reports/Reports
Other Interface Boxes for sensors,actuators
EZIO Board Information (EZIO was developed by
Rodemer (U. Michigan) and used by many artists for installations)
Interface boxes of defunct companies - some out of business - no longer
(Track them Colors is an add-on to Director that allows video tracking
and motion detection)
How to Information, Software, Hardware
Topics in Electronics
What is electricity, voltage, amperage, resistance, watts, power,
What is alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC)?
How does one work safely with electricity?
How do batteries , transformers, rectifiers, voltage regulators work?
How do power supplies work?
What are analog electronics? How do tubes work?
How do transistors work? What are emitters, collectors, bases,
What is the difference between a NPN and PNP transistors?
How do switches work? What kinds are available?
How do relays work? What so relay ratings mean?
What is an optoisolator? How does it work?
What is a triac?
How do digital electronics work?
What is a truth table?
How does an AND, OR, NAND, and NOR gate work?
What is the difference between TTL and CMOS chips?
How does a multiplexer work?
What kind of other digital chips are available?
How does one work with breadboards? How does one solder?
What is a multitester?
How do motors work? What kinds of lights are available?
What is an LED?
How does one interface with a computer?
What special considerations must one be aware of?