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Kinetic art installation workshop to open Aug. 22

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By Yali Chen

 
Do you know how to make an interactive kinetic art installation using Arduino IDE? The Digital Art Center, Taipei (DAC, Taipei) will hold a workshop on August 22 to walk you through how to make your own kinetic installation using this open-source electronics platform.
 
DAC invited local artist Lin Shu-yu (林書瑜) to serve as the workshop instructor. Lin, born in Yilan County in 1988, specializes in interactive installation and image art. He majored in optoelectronic engineering and graduated from the Taipei National University of the Arts with a master’s degree in new media arts.
 
Kinetic art, or kineticism, is an international movement created between 1920 and 1970. It refers to real and apparent motions created by artists.
 
When a body enters a specific space, it triggers a gradual change of light, causing subtle changes in the spatial information received by our senses.
 
“If we stop to consider, this makes us dwell on the relationship between a subject (for example our human bodies) and the space we occupy,” said Lin who will show visitors how microcontrollers and computer programs control lights, motors, and other devices. When a body occupies a certain space, a sensor produces changes in light and shadows, breaking the usual visual experience of perceiving the emergence of light.
 
Abstract Expressionism is one kind of kinetic art. In the late 1940s and early 1950s Jackson Pollock, an American Abstract Expressionist, placed his canvases on the floor to pour, drip, and splatter paint onto them and to work on them from all sides.
 
By the 1940s, new styles of abstract expressions, sculpture and paintings, incorporated the electronic inputs from the audience.
 
Today, kinetic art installations mean that three-dimensional art objects such as sculptures could have some movements that are powered by the wind, motors, machines, electrical systems, and even the movements of the audience.
 
The open-source electronics platform Arduino IDE is based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino IDE boards have sensors that can read inputs, such as light, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message, and then turn it into an output that activates a motor or turn on an LED. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board.
 
Lin Shu-yu’s creations are inspired by his personal experience and observation of natural and scientific phenomena. Lin shapes his own creative style through a wide variety of art forms, such as sensory interaction, mechanic dynamics, and kinetic installation art. One of his works won the first prize at the Digital Art Awards Taipei in 2016.
 
During the 7-hour session, Lin will teach participants to make their own kinetic installations by using microcontrollers and programming language to control light and motors. Workshop attendees could make the installations produce changes in light and shadows.