Programmable Kinetic Sculpture Class with Kim Bernard and Physics Labs Staff

January 12, 2016
Bardo State, Kim Bernard's kinetic sculpture

Kim Bernard, Bardo State, 49 cement balls and 3' springs, 144x144x144. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

What: Do you want to make moving art? Are you curious about making things move with simple computer programs? Come to the Physics teaching labs, and create interactive kinetic sculpture programmed with Arduino microcontroller boards. No previous programming or electronics experience is necessary - we will have parts and programs to get you started so that you can concentrate on whatever aspect of this activity inspires you. If you do have such expertise, there are still plenty of learning and collabopportunities for you as well.

Kim Bernard, visiting artist in the Physics department, will work with us to provide inspiration and practical ideas from the world of kinetic sculpture. Members of the Physics instructional lab group and fabrication lab users will help with electronics and programming expertise. We hope to involve some of our colleagues with experience in soft robotics as well.

The group, limited to about twenty, will meet on Tuesday morning for a two-hour introduction, demonstrations, and idea generation. By the end of the first day, participants will define a project, to be carried out individually or in a group. The lab will be open for the rest of the week, with mentors on hand to advise and help. Students will have supervised access to a range of fabrication tools, including laser cutter, 3D printers, CNC milling machines, electronics components and circuit board fabrication. On Friday afternoon, we will come together again as a group to show and discuss what has been done.

When: Tue 1/19, 10:00 – 18:00
Where: Science Center 302

Contact: Robert Hart, 617-495-2039,
Sponsored by: Department of Physics
Enrollment Conditions: Enrollment is limited; advanced registration required
Enrollment Limit: 20
Deadline to RSVP: 01/15/2016
Attendance: Multi-session event: participant should attend ALL sessions