simple 2D LED project (LED embedded drawing)

Hi -

I have a new piece in the Collision Collective show which opens this week at MIT. Nothing "high tech" - the challenge was more to keep it simple.

Indicator 0x01 (Petal) 2007 ? 28” x 28”, paint + electronics on paper

Indicator 0x01 is the first in a series of works that will explore the integration of simple embedded electronics in paintings and drawings.

Drawings function aesthetically in ways which are not clearly defined by any rules external to the drawing. A drawing can set its own rules and “work” in complete and exclusive reference to itself. It has no dependencies. A circuit, on the other hand, functions electronically in clearly delimited ways. The way in which a circuit is designed and the graphical patterns which result are not intended to mean anything aesthetically or visually – they are the result of efficiencies, the laws of physics, and the process of production. The visual aspect of a circuit is irrelevant to its electronic function.

In this series I am exploring these two very different forms of “function” – with programming as the bridge – and attempt to tie the “functions” of the drawing and the circuit together.

COLLISIONtwelve (C12) will take place at the MIT Stata Center Balcony Gallery 3rd floor up stairs from main entrance, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA USA Nov 31 - Dec 16, 2007, weekdays 9-5, weekends 12-6pm Opening Fri Nov 30 6-9pm