Arthur Ganson is an artist that intrigues my mechanical (versus electrical) mind. He mostly creates Rube Goldberg machines (which I’m a sucker for) with poetic and sublime results.
Also Ken Rinaldo, a huge name in robotic art and director of the Art and Technology Dept. at Ohio State, is teaching a class here, is presenting his work at the ROSSUMS meeting this Friday, and giving a lecture in a bit (Nov 13th). If you’re interested in ROSSUMS, a robotic art club, email me and I can send you info.