Screen Printing - October/November 2017 - 11
To his surprise, Stiles was shortlisted and won a grant to
build a standalone, touch-sensitive electronic poster. The
concept was to not only build a functioning piece that was
larger and more complicated than anything he had previously
tried, but also to have all the computing and power onboard.
This piece wouldn't rely on an external computer for processing or energy.
Stiles says the poster uses "a whole variety of different
technologies in order to operate. It has a drum pad,
an organ, and a variety of beats and loops that you can turn
on and off with the touch of a finger. It was a beast to
produce and never would have happened without Arrow
Electronics footing the bill. It became an obsession of mine.
For the Five Years Out Arrow Art Challenge, artist Dan Stiles took his
experiments incorporating conductive inks and microprocessors
into posters to the next level, moving all functionality onboard. It
was certainly a challenge that turned into an obsession, even taking
over Stiles' dining room table for a time.