May 11, 2009

End Of Semester Clean Up

Thank you all for a wonderful semester. It was a treat to work with you all.

As you may have noticed from the signs around Regis, you have until May 15 to get all of your stuff out of the building; on that date, all that is left will be recycled/trashed.

Please make sure to come by Regis and
1) clean up the shelves the metal shop
2) take apart and clean up the final installation in the sky way
3) set aside all motors, all solenoids, and all wires that are not yours. Most of that material is my personal belongings, and the rest will be recycled to be used again in future Kinetics courses.
Please leave all the motors/solenoids/wires on the shelves in the metal shop.

Thanks and enjoy your summer,


April 11, 2009

Preparation for Tuesday's Crit

Due to unforeseen events, only Monday and Tuesday are possible for extra prep-time.

Chris and/or I will be in Regis E134, our installation room, on

Monday: 10am-12pm
Tuesday: 11am-1.30pm

Please be sure to join us during those time (or at least one if that's the only possibility) to get ready for our critique on Tuesday.


March 19, 2009

Kinetic Installation Part 1

March 12, 2009

More Kinetic Artists

Theo Jansen: walking beasts
Ned Kahn: Large scale architectural/wind driven
Godfried-Willem Raes: Musical Automatons
Adriana Salazar: small scale kinetics
Daniel Rozin: Mirrors!
David Byrne: Playing the Building
Robin Mandel: kinetic domestics
Ali Momeni: Smoke and Hot Air

March 11, 2009

Mechanical Orchestra Part 2

Media Mill Video

March 6, 2009

Mechanical Orchestra

Yes mon.

February 15, 2009

Spark Festival 2009

Spark is upon us!

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February 3, 2009

Where to buy supplies in MPLS

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Making Things Move

Flying Pig Movements and Mechanics:
Animated index of motions and translations of motions

Cornell Kmoddl library
Movies of many kinetic mechanisms that produce more sophisticated, gestural motions

January 31, 2009

Peter Fischli and David Weiss: The Way Things Go

"Der Lauf Der Dinge (The Way Things Go)" by Peter Fischli and David Weiss (Matthew Marks Gallery, Wikipedia, Tate Modern (2006)): a masterful example of how to translate various forms of energy (potential/gravity, chemical, heat...) to various forms of movement (slide, turn, walk, rise, launch, ...).

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Arthur Ganson: Kinetic Sculptures

Arthur Ganson's work regardless of what you may think of its aesthetic value, is an exceptional reference for making things move.

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January 28, 2009

Laban Movement Analysis

Laban Movement Analysis, named after French/Hungarian dance artist and theorist Rudolf Laban.

The diagram below outlines the Laban categorizations of movement analysis.

January 19, 2009


This class introduces students to the diverse practices of movement and rhythm applied to sculpture. Instead of a literal translation of kinetic sculpture as sculpture that moves, we seek to deconstruct presuppostions about the limits of this practice and its history. By exploring notions of the body, movement, function, gesture and the relationship between objects in motion we will find expansive ways to collaboratively redefine this medium.

As an advanced class, the class will be primarily fueled by the personal artistic interests and directions of the participants. Evaluated projects will be mostly very free in their constraints and are geared towards helping each student develop his/her personal voice.

Throughout the semester, we will review and analyze contemporary works of sculpture and installation. In addition to this regular practice, we will consider three different genres of theoretical work with movement and rhythm:

1) Body in Motion: styles of gesture, from modern dance and hip-hop, to table tennis and sumo, and the movement in the animal kingdom
2) The Jungle: inspired by the work Rain Forrest by David Tudor, we will collaboratively work on a large scale kinetic sound installation
3) Musical Time and Rhythm: we will do close listening and analysis of music from the east and the west that gives particular attention to its treatment of time and rhythm

There will be three evaluated and equally weighted projects. At the completion of each project, we will conduct critiques in order to give each student critical feedback. One of these three projects will be our collaboration on the Jungle. Grades will thus be calculated as follows:

%25: Project 1
%25: Project 2
%25: Project 3
%25: Participation and Attendance

Attendance is mandatory. Missing more than 2 classes without formal and serious notification and justification will lead to failure of the course.