Today was a full day of experimenting with arduino boards and a wide variety of input sensors, including light, pressure, movement, temperature etc. The morning was a step by step introduction with some challenges like trying to remember stuff about electrical circuits at school! The workshop was expertly led by Romain Meunier and the afternoon included lots of experiments with each group of students managing to produce some effective interaction.
For most students this was simply about exposure, exploring something outside of their normal experience. For other students these lessons will feed directly into their practice as their MA course develops.
A remarkable element of the digital environment is the open source movement, most commonly associated with software, where everyone is free to use, copy or change the software in any way, with the source code openly shared. Open source hardware is also increasingly available and they arduino is a perfect example. A relatively inexpensive piece of hardware that creates an interface to a computer allowing the exploration of interaction. Today we had a workshop exploring this interface using pressure and infra red sensors.
The evening saw the opening of an interim exhibition for all the MA students at Camberwell. More than 130 students filled the Brixton East Gallery. MA Fine Art Digital students included paintings, photography, film, animation, and installations. The interim show has been a huge learning experience particularly for those involved heavily in the organising of the show.