Sculpture II, Spring 2009
VIAR R3331.001 SCULPTURE II
313 Prentis Hall (125th st)
Prerequisites: Sculpture I or permission of instructor
We did it! Thanks again for a super fun class!
Some pics and vids from the final presentations
the light mechanism improvisation
jk342 at columbia edu
Computer Music Center
Office: 318 Prentis
douglas at music columbia edu
Jessica Segal (jts2129 columbia edu)
Naama Tsabar (nt2246 columbia edu)
This course explores multi-media installation art methodologies, including digital and analog
solutions for creating sound, light and mechanical components. We will use technology as a common
theme as we explore contemporary and historical multi-media artworks and learn the tools and
techniques needed to integrate the strategies into our own work. The projects are expected to have
an engagement with technology that is physical, not purely virtual. We will cover theoretical and
historical materials as well as practical, hands-on topics.
In addition to their own artwork, students will be asked to do several research presentations
during the term.
Each class meeting will be divided into two parts: classroom meetings in the morning and shop work
in the afternoon. Our classroom will be room 313 in Prentis Hall. The shops are the woodshop
(3rd floor Prentis), metal shop (5th floor Prentiss), and electronics shop (324 Prentis).
Tentative Class Schedule
Jan 23: Early multi-media and historical machines; Intro to shops
Jan 30: The Switch: electricity, switches, motors; Scary shop tools
Feb 06: Art and the spectacle, early photography and film; Student
Feb 13: Repurposing & reuse; Intro to motors; Taking things apart
Feb 20: Sound art; Arduino basics
Feb 27: "You're Doing It Wrong" screenings; Physics of Sound; Building an Oscillator
Mar 06: Mechanical systems; Improvised mechanical sculpture
Mar 13: Improvised mechanical sculpture; Field trip to Neuberger Museum
Mar 20: SPRING BREAK!
Mar 27: Improvised mechanical sculpture
Apr 03: Final project meetings; General shop work
Apr 10: General shop work
Apr 17: General shop work
Apr 24: General shop work
May 01: Final project presentations!
CMC room 324 has electronics bench, basic tools & supplies for electronics, as well as lockers and
a little room for storing projects and working. It's a shared space, so it can't be insane.
Students have normal access to wood & metal shops, with monitors for non-SoA MFAs.
Potential use of equipment (Video cameras, computers, flat screens, monitors, etc.) from the DMC.
Physical Computing by O'Sullivan & Igoe
Robot Builder's Bonanza by McComb and Predko
507 Mechanical Movements by Henry T. Brown
Machine Shop Essentials by Frank M. Marlow
Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook (3rd Edition)
by Sclater, N., Chironis, N.P. (free PDF text!)
Welding Essentials by William L. Galvery
The Woodworkers Visual Handbook by Jon Arno
The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide by Monona Rossol
Herbach and Rademan: surplus motors, mechanical components,
All Electronics: surplus electronics, small motors,
McMaster-Carr: new mechanical components, tools