Skot Wiedmann

new media +


Artist/Designer Statement

Seven-tenths of a mile separate the Art & Design Building from my workbench in the Electrical Engineering lab, a short walk that has become familiar to me. With this familiarity has come opportunities to make things in response to these different vantage points, and share them with those working alongside me. The resulting conversations have led me through a number of different ideas and projects. Some of these projects propose new computing paradigms in order to point to the limits inherent in disciplinary thought processes. Others attempt to draw parallels between technological systems and the systems of nature. Still others are simply a struggle with contrasting methodologies. Ultimately, I have been doing art in the engineering labs, and engineering within the art department in an effort to understand the way we make things. Recently I have been making circuits that execute code written in the programming language C. Programming languages describe objective procedures that can be interpreted by machines. Additionally they exist in forms which are available to human readers and writers in many of the same ways as spoken languages. This series investigates the complexities of the objective and subjective expressions within programming language. These works are translations of poetry into C which get executed to translate them into audio.


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“Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus II, 1 for dsPIC30F4013”, 11”x24”, laser print, circuitry, speaker, 2009. A sonnet translated into programming language generates audio as it is executed on the microprocessor.