Programmable Paintings by Jie Qi | [New] Media Art Education & Research |

Jie Qi, from the High-Low Tech Media Group, took a traditional Chinese paper painting of a dandelion field and made it interactive...

blow on the white puffs (backlit by LEDs) and the seeds fly off to make new flowers. The piece, called Pu Gong Ying Tu, is part of Qi's Programmable Paintings series.

Underneath the painting is a layer of circuitry, comprising microcontrollers, LEDs and microphones, that "listens" for the wind. The circuits also look like a work of art: "I created the electronics based on the painting," Qi says. "Basically, I tried to draw as much as possible with the circuitry, to make the electronics match the aesthetics of the painting."