Harmonograph by Seth Augustine & Christina La Sala

Presented as part of the 2015 AICAD Symposium
November 5–8, 2015
Nave Alcove, San Francisco Campus

Free and open to the public
Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 6, 6–9 p.m.
Gallery hours: Thurs. & Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
More info: Christina La Sala, clasala@cca.edu

The harmonograph is a kinetic device that diagrams sound waves through the movement of pendulums. Harmonographs were  popular investigative tools and dramatic demonstrations of mathematical and physics principals in the 19th century.

To contemporary eyes the harmonograph is part of the technological evolution that led to rapid prototyping and plotting devices. The harmonograph is installed in the Oliver Art Center as part of the Individualized Program exhibition On Edge and will be available to First Year program courses for experimentation and interaction for the next two weeks.

The harmonograph will move to the San Francisco campus in November as part of the AICAD Conference.

The CCA Harmonograph is a collaborative project between students, faculty, and staff from the First Year and Individualized Major programs. The following CCA Programs and departments supported this project and we are grateful for their generosity:

  • Fine Arts Office
  • Student Affairs Office
  • Office of Student Life
  • Chimera Council
  • Office of Facilities

The Harmonograph team is Seth Augustine, First Year shop manager; Christina La Sala, Individualized Major program chair and First Year program faculty; seniors Klea Bajala, Jacob Stillwell, and Adan Romo (Individualized MajorSenior); junior Nicolas Cilloniz Tanji (BArch); and math and music consultation from Lauren Wooley (Individualized Major program chair and First Year program faculty).

About the 2015 AICAD Symposium

About the 2015 AICAD Symposium »

More than 250 educators from across North America will participate in the 2015 AICAD Symposium: Exploring Science in the Studio November 5-7 in San Francisco. Hosted by California College of the Arts (CCA), the symposium examines the role of science in contemporary art and design education.

The symposium is sponsored in part by a National Science Foundation grant and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).

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