MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: Whether their media is traditional, interactive, computer-based, or otherwise, what artists influence and inspire you as a maker?

I have made many projects based on audiocassette tapes, and Nam June Paik was one of the first to implement this material as a medium in art. He created “tape wallpaper” that the user could interact with using a handheld box with a tape head on it.

Michael Colombo

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

  • Kai

    Stelarc has definitely impacted me, with his many technological and transhumanist performances, also Arthur Ganston’s kinetic sculptures.

  • Cate

    Rube Goldberg!

  • chuck

    M.C. Escher, David Macaulay, J.K. Potter, Hokusai, Banksy, Ray Harryhausen, Frank Ching

  • CamDAX

    Many artist inspire me. I can only name two; George Rhoads with his Rolling Ball Sculptures and Alexander Calder with his moblies.