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Mechatronic Art at Iceland University of the Arts

Teaching period: 11 – 21 March 2019 (travel days excluded)
Language: English 
Location: Room L191 “Finnland” at IUA Laugarnesvegur 91, Reykjavik 
Number of incoming KUNO students: 4 
Teacher: Áki Ásgeirsson 
Level: BA
ECTS: 2 

How to apply: What do you seek from Mechatronic Art; Answer in no more than 50 words + 3 images of your work.  Send application to:
Application Deadline:  17 feb 2019 

A two week (6 day) workshop investigating how artists can utilize the Arduino platform for the creation of electro-mechanical artworks. Fundamentals of electronics will be introduced and students will learn how to write simple computer programs for the Arduino microcontroller. Mechanical movement, interactivity and artistic use of electric equipment will be explored. At the end of the course, participants will have produced a new art piece and gained understanding of the possibilities of computer code, mechanics and electronics in today's technological environment.


Material: The Iceland University of the Arts will provide a limited amount of Arduino boards and electrical components during the course. Students that own Arduino boards or electronic components are encouraged to bring what they have.  Students should bring their own laptops. Students that want to continue to explore the Arduino or use it in future projects are adviced to buy their own boards before or during the course (ca 35€ in Europe or ca 6000ISK/50€ in Iceland).  

Electronics assignment = 10% 
Programming assignment = 10% 
Final project = 30% 
Report and documentation of final project = 30% 
Attendance = 20% 
Grades: (pass/fail) 

Week one:

Mon 11.3 13:00-16:40  Finnland (classroom)
Tue  12.3  13:00-16:40 Finnland
Thu  14.3  13:00-16:40 Finnland
Week two:
Mon 18.3 13:00-16:40 Finnland
Tue  19.3  13:00-16:40 Finnland
Thu  21.3  13:00-16:40 Finnland - Exhibition of results