Sensors Probes and Detectors II
In this level II course, we will broaden our understanding of digital sensors. We will extend our understanding of sensors by building simple biological sensors. In this class, we will also explore techniques of visualising data from the sensors.
In the context of art, sensors are important because they form a bridge between the natural world and the digital. From a design perspective, they are vital to creating interactive objects. Sensors, Probes and Detectors I is the pre-requisite for Sensors, Probes and Detectors II. 6 March - 07 April 2017.
These are the participants during the 6 week class. Click on their names to find out their reflections on their experience of the course.
The concept was to create a device to allow café and pastry chefs to do smaller decorations within cups and mugs or even to round off smaller cream domes. The simple mechanism involves a motor with a regulator that can be held easily to allow various orientations as well as speeds. The prototype involves:
- DC motor
- The code regulates the output to the motor.
We (human and non-human) all sense our environments, without the mediation of electronic instruments.
What if our sensors, probes, and detectors are alive?
We set out to explore on a more conceptually expanded scale, what it means to sense, probe, and detect our environments and the inhabitants within.
What is a Biosensor?
Some ideas on definitions:
« Something biological / living that responds to the environment »
other terms Bioindicator
- Time to Response
- Location / Containment
- Sustainability / Safety /
Sensing, Probes, Detectors Some Examples
- Smog Tasting by The Center for Genomic Gastronomy - "Smog Tasting uses egg foams to harvest air pollution. Smog from different locations can be tasted and compared."
- Moist Sense by Lifepatch - "an installation that tries to present the health of plants from their supply of water"
- Camera Obscura et les artefacts de l'invisible by Vanessa Lorenzo - "By merging electronic media and citizen science, this research and interactive installation uses bio reporters as a tool to gain understanding of a microbe’s perception of the Anthropocene."
- Bio-Dis-Plays by Richard Lowen and collaborators from the 70s - "bio-electric sensing/transducing of the human body and other living systems, and art-science collaborations", and a 2011 interview by Data Garden, who also works with interspecies communication
- E. chromi by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & James King - a conceptual piece of using bacteria (synthetic biology) that are engineered so that for example, "indicate whether drinking water is safe by turning red if they sense a toxin".
- Emmanuela Ascari's work from Utopiana residency - Circular Chromatography in biodynamic soil analysis - for a protocol circular chromatography
Identifying living organisms in water
- Microscopy4Kids - Examining a pond ecosystem
- Pond Life Identification Kit
- Pond Water Critters that you can see with a microscope
- DIY turbidity meters by hackteria
- Turbidity 001 by Public Lab
- A more academic paper: Turbidimeter Design and Analysis: A Review on Optical Fiber Sensors for the Measurement of Water Turbidity Omar and Matjafri Sensors, 2009.
- article on Beer's Law
Rivers and Lakes
- Guardian article 2017.03.01 City of burning lakes: experts fear Bangalore will be uninhabitable by 2025