UCSB, Media Arts & Technology Program
I am a media arts researcher and practitioner based in Santa Barbara, California and affiliated with the Media Arts & Technology program at UC Santa Barbara. As a researcher in various aspects of visualization I gather inspiration from different places. I am particularly inspired by the self-organization of the natural world: the rule that governs how the trunk of a tree branches off into limbs; the turbulent system underlying a stream before in collapses into a series of tight whirlpools; the algorithm that describes how insects collaboratively forage for scarce resources. Much of my artistic work aims to combine technology with these types of processes. In particular I am interested in creating spaces where multiple people can simultaneously use the installation to interact and explore in new expressive ways.
Visualization techniques are often categorized into art or engineering roles based upon their perceived use. If it fulfills a clearly defined task then it can be framed as a potential scientific or information visualization contribution. However, many visualization techniques first arise as ideas without a particular problem to solve. It is the role of the artist to explore possibilities rigorously with the freedom of not having a specific goal in mind. In the case of my artwork, I focus on issues of design, experience, aesthetics, and complexity and try to frame these concerns so that it generates new interactive possibilities.