Sculpture II, Spring 2010
VIAR R3331.001 SCULPTURE II
313 Prentis Hall (125th st)
Prerequisites: Sculpture I or permission of instructor
jk342 at columbia edu
Computer Music Center
Office: 318 Prentis
douglas at music columbia edu
Julia Sherman (jbs2184 at columbia edu)
Christine Rebet (cfr2110 at 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 22: Art and the spectacle, early photography and film;
Intro to shops
Jan 29: The Switch: electricity, switches, motors; Big shop tools
Feb 05: Early multi-media and historical machines; Artist
presentations: Apolinario & Brie
Feb 12: General shop work
Feb 19: Mechanisms; Artist presentations: Adam & Nadja
Feb 26: snow day
Mar 05: Repurposing & reuse; Taking things apart;
Artist presentations: Ji & Isla
Mar 12: Big Improvised Sculpture!
Mar 19: SPRING BREAK!
Mar 26: Arduino/Processing introduction; World's simplest oscillator;
Artist presentations: Pooneh, Cat
Apr 02: Final project proposal presentations;
Artist presentations: Nora & Van
Apr 09: Studio visits/field trip
Apr 16: General shop work; Artist presentations: Anna, Nick, & Samuel
Apr 24: General shop work: Artist presentations: Thea & Arinn
Apr 30: 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