It’s always great to see all the unexpected projects our community creates using the Touch Board Starter Kit. The ”Remix Collage” is on of those.
The project was created by Kristin Osiecki, a professional designer and educator. We wanted to learn more about this interactive project and Kristin kindly agreed to share her experience with us.
The collage was created in response to an assignment for a course called Design For Learning By Creating. The assignment simply asked that students create a remix.
Kristin has always been a fan of surrealism and felt this would be a great opportunity to create a photo montage. She’d just recently bought herself a Bare Conductive Touch Board Starter Kit and she really wanted to use it. She figured why not make this an interactive piece that allows the viewer to remix sounds?
Copper sheeting, conductive thread, and Electric Paint were used to create the interactive elements of this sculpture. Kristin incorporated them into both the stalagmite-like shapes growing out of the head and the triangular shapes behind the subject’s shoulders.
The copper sheeting is connected to conductive thread, which she fed through the wooden backing of the piece. These threads allowed her to easily clip the piece of art to the Touch Board. The lights that run behind the head are Chibitronics circuit stickers. They are connected using copper tape, and also wired to the Touch Board for sound.
This project was finished the same day it was due, Kristin told us that she didn’t think there was any way she’d have it up and running in time for class. Thankfully, she was able to use the pre-programmed board to get her collage working in no time!
She swapped out the sound clips for the surf beats she wanted to use and was ready to go. The preloaded code makes it easy to test out your creation and make sure that all of your connections are working.
As a teacher, this is an especially attractive feature. Students can test their work quickly throughout the design process. Another great feature is the headphone jack on the touch board. This, along with the portable speaker that comes in the starter kit, allowed Kristin to display her piece without attaching it to a computer.
As an artist, Kristin is usually using materials and technology in ways that they were not created for. What she enjoys most about Bare Conductive’s products is that they are incredibly flexible. She can work creatively with them as she would any other fine-art material. In addition to using the paint in creative applications, she often uses it to reinforce weak connections in other projects. It’s been a lifesaver on many occasions.
Kristin told us that she’s planning to do more projects with the Touch Board, something that makes us very happy and excited to see what she’s got in her pipeline!
Images & Video: Kristin Osiecki
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