"A Dime a Dance"
Museum Of Neon Art
October 2004 - April 2005
This is a spooky-funny piece that requires you to
insert a dime into a
coin box mounted to the wall near the piece. The performance begins
with the instrumental surf tune "Pipeline" by the Chantays. The 4ft tall
figure moves up and down to the music, then begins flailing it's arms
in rhythm to the music.
Jim built a very clever mechanism that animates this
What he asked me to do was to put the music in a chip,
and then program timings to choreograph the performance
by switching the motor and a clutch. I programmed a microcontroller
chip with the timings that match audio cues Jim specified in the
music timeline. Here's the electronic controls:
See a QuickTime movie (780K) of it in action!
(download the QuickTime player here)
Jim teaches art at Cal State
Fullerton in California,
contact him at: email@example.com
See more of Jim's work on his web
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