Invited Talk at CSIS Colloquium Series

I am pleased to have been invited as the inaugural speaker for the YSU Computer Science and Information Systems Colloquium Series.

The talk is titled “Machine as Metaphor: Creative Computing to Understand Ourselves”, and presents a series of digital arts projects exploring the creative use of computation to gain insight into the intimate conditions of the everyday.    

  • CSIS Colloquium Series: Machine as Metaphor
  • Fri, October 27, 1pm – 2pm
  • YSU Meshel Hall, Room 337

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Abstract:

This talk presents a series of digital arts projects exploring the creative use of computation to gain insight into the intimate conditions of the everyday. It will survey a range of approaches to contemporary digital arts practice, describing artistic engagement with technologies such as speech recognition, computer vision, mechatronic automation, and ubiquitous wireless sensing. These efforts are framed in relation to the development of digital arts practice out of traditional arts disciplines, the history of art and technology, and emergent technical innovation.

Bio:

Robert Twomey is an artist and engineer exploring the poetic intersection of human and machine perception. He exploits the potential of new technologies while revealing their limitations. Engaged with the messy conditions of everyday life, his works ask questions about our technologies and ourselves to reveal moments of insight and points of failure. Twomey has presented his work at SIGGRAPH, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Seattle Art Museum, and has been featured by Microsoft and Amazon. He received his BS from Yale with majors in Art and Biomedical Engineering, his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego, and is a PhD Candidate in Digital Arts and Experimental Media from the University of Washington. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Youngstown State University.