THUMBNAIL: Picasso's sculpture Head of a Woman
APR 26 / Princeton University Art Museum
Staff from the Princeton University Art Museum will discuss its web and kiosk projects. [ more ]
Golan Levin [b.1972] is an artist, composer, performer and engineer interested in developing artifacts and events which explore supple new modes of reactive expression. His work focuses on the design of systems for the creation, manipulation and performance of simultaneous image and sound, as part of a more general inquiry into the formal language of interactivity, and of nonverbal communications protocols in cybernetic systems. Through performances, digital artifacts, and virtual environments, often created with a variety of collaborators, Levin applies creative twists to digital technologies that highlight our relationship with machines, make visible our ways of interacting with each other, and explore the intersection of abstract communication and interactivity. Identified by Technology Review as one of the world's "Top 100 Innovators Under 35" [2004], and dubbed by El Pais as "one of the most brilliant figures in contemporary audiovisual art" [2002], Levin has exhibited widely in Europe, America and Asia.

Levin's work combines equal measures of the whimsical, the provocative, and the sublime in a wide variety of online, installation and performance media. He is known for the conception and creation of Dialtones [2001], a concert whose sounds are wholly performed through the carefully choreographed dialing and ringing of the audience's own mobile phones, and for The Secret Lives of Numbers [2002], an interactive online data visualization featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Previously, Levin was granted an Award of Distinction in the Prix Ars Electronica for his Audiovisual Environment Suite [2000] interactive software and its accompanying audiovisual performance, Scribble [2000]. Most recently, Levin and collaborator Zachary Lieberman premiered Re:mark [2002], an interactive installation, and Messa di Voce [2003], a new-media performance. These projects use augmented-reality technologies to create multi-person, real-time visualizations of their participants' speech and song. Levin is now in the preliminary research phase of a new body of work, which centers about interactive robotics, machine vision, and the theme of gaze as a primary new mode for human-machine communication.

Levin received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the MIT Media Laboratory, where he studied with John Maeda in the Aesthetics and Computation Group. Between degrees, he worked for four years as an interaction designer and research scientist at Interval Research Corporation. Presently Levin is Assistant Professor of Electronic Time-Based Art at Carnegie-Mellon University; his work is represented by the bitforms gallery, New York City.

THUMBNAIL: artwork by jennifer & kevin mccoy
Presented 11/16/04 - Jennifer & Kevin McCoy
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy are Brooklyn-based artists who make projects about how human thinking is structured through genre and repetition... [ more ]
THUMBNAIL: artwork by tony oursler
Presented 02/22/05 - Tony Oursler
It comes down to shining light. Light passing through objects, space, playing on a surface forming a new skin. Physics tells us this: we see light not objects... [ more ]
THUMBNAIL: artwork by george lewis
Presented 03/02/2005 - George Lewis
George Lewis is a composer, performer, and computer/installation artist and a recipient of several awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. [ more ]
THUMBNAIL: artwork by golan levin
Presented 03/09/2005 - Golan Levin
This work represents a personal inquiry into abstract communications protocols. In my process, I generally create new communications systems to explore such protocols... [ more ]
THUMBNAIL: artwork by paul lansky
Presented 03/24/2005 - Paul Lansky
A funny thing happened to Paul Lansky on the way to the computer... [ more ]
THUMBNAIL: artwork by justine cassell
Presented 04/14/2005 - Justine Cassell
Once machines have human-like capabilities, can they be used to evoke the best communicative skills that humans are capable of, the richest learning?... [ more ]