Robert Twomey is an artist and engineer exploring the poetic intersection of human and machine perception. He exploits the potential of new technologies while critically revealing their limits. 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.
He has created a computer simulation of a grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease, a body of work exploring the fantasy of an imaginary daughter, and recreated John Searle’s Chinese Room as an exchange between synthetic child voice and robotic child drawing. His dissertation, A Machine for Living In, embeds machine observers in domestic space to study the home as a complex system and intimate site.
Twomey has worked in a variety of research labs throughout his career, notably the Center for the Study of Learning, the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts with Sheldon Brown, the Experimental Design Lab with Natalie Jeremijenko, and the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media.
Twomey has presented his work at SIGGRAPH, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Seattle Art Museum, the Athens Digital Arts Festival, and has been featured by Microsoft and the Seattle Times. His research has been funded by NVIDIA 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 his PhD in Digital Arts and Experimental Media from the University of Washington. He is currently a postdoc with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, and a Lecturer in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Data Science, and Visual Arts at UCSD.
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