today, we had a special synthesis session where all the first-year students were assigned a partner and asked to *synthesize* our knowledge from pcomp and icm—so, to make something that used arduino and p5. for most of us, this was our first time ever making these two platforms talk to each other.

my partner was ella dagan and we made this silly visual thing that’s controlled by a force sensor. we used the force input to determine the opacity of the circles. if you press really hard, you get a special message!

circles n squares

don and his partner also used a force sensor to make their hypnotic color-changing thing.


pcomp: servo motor

we’ve been talking about connecting analog sensors to servo motors. in class and in labs, tom uses a potentiometer to control the motor, but CONFESSION the starter kit i bought for class didn’t come with a potentiometer and i was trying to scrape by without one. so. i tried the lab using a force sensor. either my code or wiring is wonky and the video below shows how not to use a motor, but i actually liked the effect. when you touch the force sensor, the motor stops twitching. as someone who finds touch really calming, this interaction resonated with me.

i also find rain really calming and i’ve been wanting to make a rain sketch for my computational media class. i’m imagining a future project where i use the force sensor reading to control an illustration of rain in p5 and a servo motor. as you press the force sensor, it rains harder and the servo stops twitching.


using an analog sensor to control servo motor

very belated, mostly not useful notes on systems

Ed Shanken, intro to the book “Systems”

first wave of cybernetics: how systems can preserve homeostasis through feedback loops; self-regulation; bodily regulatory systems, home thermostats; artificial intelligence and robotics

second wave of cybernetics: reflexivity; scientists as active participants in their experiments;

third wave of cybernetics: emergent behavior of complex systems; self-replicating “live” systems; Turing machine; cellular automata

hans haacke as a third wave exemplar:

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the importance of art for thinking systemically:

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Gregory Bateson, “Style, Grace and Information in Primitive Art”

very freudian.

i’m for any and all mentions of procrustean beds:

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really into this (both under mary catherine bateson, “our own metaphor”):

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