--term used to describe
a variety of techniques for orchestrating the movement of machinery
and objects. "Robotics," "CNC," and "automation"
all fall under the motion control umbrella.
The purpose of this site
is to suggest that motion control is also an emerging medium for artistic
Despite the universal use
of motion control in industrial settings, its use by artists has been
hampered by the enormous cost of commercial equipment. Because access
to the tools of this medium is crucial for its exploration, one strategy
open to motivated artists, is building their own equipment from scrapped
components flowing out of industrial sources. I have spent the past
15 years pursuing this goal. In so doing, I find myself on an unpredictable
path winding through three landscapes: science, art, and education.
It is my hope that these
pages may provide both inspiration and directly useful information to
others wishing to explore this new medium.