Under the title “Technology meets Art – Making Sensor Technology an Interdisciplinary and Interactive Experience”, the project was awarded a 5,000 Euro prize for the summer semester 2019 by the Innovation Fund of the Coburg University of Applied Sciences.

Art & Sensor Technology – how can these opposing disciplines be combined? At ISAT, students of technical physics and electrical engineering, together with the external artist, will apply their knowledge of sensor technology and electronics acquired in the lecture to non-technical objects in a unique form of project work. For this a cooperation with the renowned glass artist Susan Liebold is planned, who wants to extend a 3D glass art and teaching object (biological brain) by sensor technology for interaction with the visitor. The students independently develop a sensor concept for the glass object and convert this into an interactive glass model of the brain together with the artist. Through the integration of touch-sensitive sensors and associated electronics by the students as part of the project work, brain processes on the glass model are to be made comprehensible and tangible, so that an interactive “art & learning object” is created.

The focus is on a new form of project work for technical courses of study, in which students test new application possibilities for sensors together with artists/designers and learn the practical application of their knowledge & interdisciplinary cooperation. A core element of the new form of project work is to make the potential of technical developments comprehensible/usable for other disciplines (art, design) and to learn from each other’s viewpoints and working methods. The model is to remain at the HS for learning purposes for students of design & technology, but will also partly be exhibited internationally.

In cooperation with the glass artist Susan Liebold (www.glaswerk-atelier.de), the ISAT project will be led by Prof. Dr. Klaus Stefan Drese, Prof. Dr. Maria Kufner and Sandro Krempel.