The Plug-In Studio logo collaborations in art and technology
The Plug-In Studio collaborates with young people and adults in diverse Chicago communities.
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Two students demonstrate their interactive sound sculpture.
An artist-teacher consults with a student on his video game.
A explores inputs and outputs with littleBits.
Students created a collaborative piece using the IR capability of the PicoCrickets.
Exploring electrical circuits with Squishy Circuits.
A crowd gathers as the Street Arcade kicks off. Photo courtesy Robert Banke.
A student refines his character design for a video game.
A Squishy Circuit fish.
A student demonstrates her Dancing Doll kinetic sculpture.
Exploring Squishy Circuits at an ArtMakerSpace event.
Visitors played the games on custom-made arcade-style consoles.
A participant in an ArtMakerSpace event.
A student adds color to orignal artwork for his video game.
Background artwork for a video game.
A young participant explores the rgb LED.
Two students discuss the code for their video games.
Exploring littleBits.
An artist-teacher assists a young participant at an ArtMakerSpace event.
An artist-teacher discusses game design with a student.
A close up of a young player at the Street Arcade. Photo courtesy Robert Banke.
A young participant adjusts a littleBit.
Exploring electronics through Squishy Circuits.
A student demonstrates an interactive kinetic sculpture incorporating found objects.
A student builds an interactive kinetic sculpture.
Exploring Squishy Circuits.
A student programs a PicoCricket.
An interactive kinetic sculpture.
Artwork for a video game.

People

Co-Founders

Kerry Richardson and Steve Ciampaglia

Named 2015 Fellows by A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art


Kerry Richardson is a socially engaged artist and teacher with a long history in collaborative community-based media. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she teaches in the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation and the Department of Contemporary Practices.

Contact: kerry@pluginstudio.net

Dr. Steve Ciampaglia is a New Media community artist and an Assistant Professor of Art + Design Education at Northern Illinois University. His research areas are social justice and community arts, critical pedagogy, art + tech, and media arts education. He has presented his artwork and research at MIT, Stanford University, and Columbia University. He has been published in the Harvard Educational Review, Studies in Art Education, and the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education.

Contact: steve@pluginstudio.net

Artist-Teachers

Roosevelt Pittman
Roosevelt Pittman is a Senior Environment Artist for High Voltage Software going on 13 yrs. He has worked on over 20 commercial games on multiple platforms including the XBOX, XBOX 360, XBOX ONE, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PSP, Wii, and PC. Roosevelt worked on such titles as Iron Man 2, Conduit I, Conduit 2, NBA Inside Drive 2004, 50 Cent Bulletproof, and most recently Saint's Row IV and Saint's Row Gat Out of Hell just to name a few. As a video game environment artist, he creates the world that the game characters interact in, and is currently working on an unannounced secret project. Roosevelt holds an Associates Degree in Computer Animation, Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts focusing on 3D Modeling and Animation, and a Masters Degree in Art and Education.

Lindsey French
Lindsey French is an artist and educator whose research-based practice attempts new forms of communication through technologically mediated exchanges with plants and landscapes.

Anthony Ladson
Bio coming soon.