Artists and scientists tend to live and work in very different worlds. In major cities across three continents, the question is being asked: “Is there something to be gained in our understanding of humankind by encouraging scientists and artists to share their ideas?”
This series of salons bring guest artists, Puget Sound faculty members, and others together on the free Third Thursday of each month at Tacoma Art Museum or on campus. Events typically run from 6 to 8 p.m., with food, mingling, conversation, and more.
6:00 p.m. Food, drinks, and mingling
6:30 p.m. Presentation and Q&A
7:30 p.m. More mingling
Biomimetic Insectoid Mechatronics, Combining Open Source Technology with Entomology
December 5 from 6-8 pm in Kittredge Gallery
John Espey '01 builds robotic creatures inspired by insects. After studying Biology at the University of Puget Sound, he spent 10 years working in video production and striving to become a professional artist. John merges digital design technologies with arts and crafts, to educate and inspire audiences on the anatomy and physiology of insects. John will present his research on insect kinematics, biomimetic robots, and his ambitions for insectoid sculptures. You can see more of his work on his website.
Workshop (time & place TBD): Join John Espey in a workshop using the free and powerful Blender software to explore, model, and animate insect physiology and movement. He will show you how to mimic insect appendages and animate their motion with simple drivers. Some experience with Blender is a plus!