What Does New Media in Art Look Like?
During the planning stages, we decided that the following tools would be a good place for students to
start exploring this.
Electronics in art is all about simple machines and how to incorporate motors, batteries, or LEDs into the
piece to support the students’ message. Similar to the flying curtains example, a few students used a
motor to symbolize the rotation of time. One student attached a motor to a circular piece of cardstock
board and placed doors made with cardboard that represented the range of socio-economic disparities
seen in Mumbai. The rotation of the motor represented two sides of the same coin of Mumbai.
3D Modeling and Printing
3D printing in art is more about modeling your piece
through a software such as Blender or Google
Sketchup and then setting it up to print through a 3D
printer. The process of 3D modeling can be
challenging and requires persistence. However,
watching the model print is rewarding! The art
happens in the modeling, and students are only just
being exposed to that concept. About half the group
explore 3D modelling. One of them modeled her final
art piece and printed it on the 3D printer.
A machine that uses a laser beam to cut through various materials with precision, the laser cutter
opened up endless possibilities for the students. Similar to 3D printing, the laser cutting part wasn’t
tricky, as much as figuring out what you wanted laser cut, and if the idea was going to be enhanced by
this specific tool. One student etched and laser cut parts of photographs she had taken the first day
during the field trips around Mumbai. Her piece was primarily on women in India and the challenges
they face in their day-to-day experiences.
Aside from these main elements, students also had access to Arduino programming boards, stencil
cutters, 3D pens, and all other art supplies like paints, glue, and cardboard.
The student attaching a motor to her art piece The student’s end-product using a motor
A student talking about her 3D model
with her 3D printed car