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Workshop: Electronic Art with the Arduino

November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Registrations are closed.

About the workshop

Participants will learn to create kinetic and interactive elements in artwork using the Arduino platform. The arduino is a small open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. By connecting various sensors to motors and lights, students will create dynamic relationships between inputs and outputs. No prior knowledge of electronics or software is required. Come learn how to program the Arduino to create interactive objects or environments!

This workshop is supported by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Space for the workshop is being donated in-kind by the Ohio State University Department of Art.


No previous experience with electronics, microprocessors, or the arduino is necessary.

About the instructor

Jessica Ann is a visiting lecturer in sculpture and 4D at the University of Tennessee. She received her MFA from The Ohio State University, Columbus in 2016.

Ann works across a variety of media, including organic material and living organisms, video, code, electronics, and the internet. She aggregates these media via eclectic forms that often take shape as kinetic sculptures and interactive installations. The resulting work reflects a desire to subvert ideologies of difference, by engaging the audience in new and strange relationships with the devices, bodies, processes and networks she weaves together in her work.

Her work has exhibited internationally, at venues such as the MediaLab-Prado in Madrid, Spain, the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA, the Anthology Film Archives in New York City, the Aurora Picture Show in Houston, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Modern Art in Oklahoma City. She received the T.G. Mays Purchase Award from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman, OK for her work Coordinate Retriever. The work is now a part of the museum’s permanent collection. This past summer (2016), Ann spent one month in Xi’an, China, developing a modern day toolkit for dérive; a way to effectively map and travel the city via snail logic.

Workshop location

The workshop will take place in 156 Hopkins Hall, which is located on the South Oval mall on the Ohio State University campus.