MATTHEW STEINKE, INSTRUCTOR
Introduction to Robotic Art
sunDAYS 10AM — 1PM
from October 1
to November 12
7 class sessions &
$40 for class materials
east side collective
2400 E. Cesar Chavez #302
Austin, Texas 78702
THE RISE OF ROBOTIC ART
With the rise in electronic media and technology in art, robotics has become a popular medium of experimentation.
Build animatronic sculptures and robotic musical instruments for performances or installations.
Using standard MIDI controllers, software, and a custom MIDI Robot Controller Kit, we will control servos, solenoids, and motors with art-making as our primary goal.
How do you control motors in a meaningful way? What can you express with a servo? What is a solenoid?
Discover simple accessible ways to mechanize your creative projects. Make a robotic mechanical beatbox or a Futurist noise machine. Make kinetic sculptures that move to music and choreograph lights plotted over a MIDI score.
You will get introductory, hands-on training for building and programming mechanical objects to incorporate into your art and music projects.
WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR
This course is for sculptors, installation artists, sound artists, new media artists, and musicians to develop works that explore movement and sound within a physical space.
This 7-week course will focus on helping you develop a robotic art project through hands-on workshopping and in-class experimentation. The class culminates in a public performance and/or installation showcase with each student creating a solo or collaborative mechanical performance.
How this class is organized
WEEKS 1 - 3
The first three classes will be devoted to learning the key concepts of robotic design while developing programming, electronic, soldering, and mechanical construction skills through in-class collaborative projects.
WEEKS 4 - 6
In these two weeks, you will prototype and develop your individual project.
The final class will be spent composing the movements and the sound for your work in preparation for the student showcase.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Familiarity with any process of object-making (model making, sculpting, woodworking, etc.)
Basic understanding of music (familiarity with an instrument, composition, improvisation, working with timeline-based software, etc.)
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
+ Mac or PC laptop
+ Ableton Live or Logic Audio (free trial)
+ micro USB cable
+ sculpture materials specific to your final project
Your course fee covers a 12-volt power supply, motors, solenoids, and servos as well as electronics and some building materials.
Artists Working in this Medium
“I’ve created these tools, these toys, and have had time to play with them.”
Matthew Steinke is a composer, artist, and educator. His sonic narratives and musical experiments take the form of audio recordings, videos, performances, and installations. His invented instruments combine electromechanical engineering and acoustic design for both composed and improvised performances.
Over the past two decades, Steinke's robotic installations and performances have been presented in museums, galleries, and festivals across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
He holds an MFA in Art and Technology Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been featured in Wired, Artweek LA, The Village Voice, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Spin, Rolling Stone, Keyboard Magazine, Drum Magazine, Hackaday, and on the cover of Tape Op.
Currently residing in Austin, Texas, Matt divides his time between music composition, performance, installation, acoustic research, and experimental musical instrument design.