This is an advanced course in Do-It-Yourself Electronics for students who have successfully completed "We Make Machines Not Art I" ("formerly Machines of Perception"). It builds on techniques and concepts from the previous course and focuses specifically on sound, electromechanics and fabrication techniques. This course proposes an approach to art-making where concepts and aesthetics emerge through a bottom up approach to the electronic medium and looks at how this methodology resonates with broader themes in individual practices.
This course is structured for students that are committed to independent research; open to collaborative exchange and receptive to mentorship. Along with the creation of artwork and the completion of weekly assignments, students must read and discuss pertinent texts and develop methodical portfolio documentation.
Why is called We Make Machines Not Art?
Because you are going to be mainly building and making machines. The title is borrowed from a blog titled We Make Money Not Art. We will be doing some readings here. This is a bit of an experiment with Régine Debatty the blogger of this site. More about this in class.