Golan Levin is Associate Professor of Computation Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also holds courtesy appointments in Computer Science, Design, Architecture, and Entertainment Technology. Since 2009, Levin has served as Director of CMU's Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, a laboratory for atypical, anti-disciplinary and inter-institutional research across the arts, science, technology and culture. Golan's pedagogy is concerned with reclaiming computation as a medium for personal expression and social study; through the STUDIO, Levin also organizes Art && Code, an approximately biennial series of educational conference events concerned with democratizing the cultural and aesthetic potentials of emerging technologies. A former member of the Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) Lab, and recipient of undergraduate and graduate degrees from the MIT Media Laboratory, Levin has been named one of "50 Designers Shaping the Future" by Fast Company Magazine.

Levin's research explores new intersections of machine code and visual culture, combining equal measures of the whimsical, the provocative, and the sublime in a wide variety of media. His work has spanned themes such as gestural robotics; the tactical potential of personal digital fabrication; novel aesthetics of non-verbal interactivity; and information visualization as a mode of arts practice. 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.

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Culture Machines, Machine Cultures

This talk considers machines for producing culture, and cultures of interactive machinery.