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Golan Levin (Artist Presentation) - Nick Gentle


Golan Levin is a new media artist exploring new modes of what he calls "reactive expression". Levin's academic credentials include a bachelors degree in Art and Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as a Masters degree in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab. The bottom line; he's a (very much so) tech savvy artist that enjoys the interactivity aspect of art.

"Golan Levin's artwork 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 formal languages of interactivity and of nonverbal communication 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".

I think Wikipedia explains his line of interest in his artist work the best. He's experimented with a number of different technologies, the most notable being his "Cell Phone Symphony" where he programmed thousands of cell phone ring tones to sound at his command, simulating an orchestral experience in an auditorium setting. This is a very unique take on venturing away from the primary utilitarian purpose of a cellular phone.

Here is a link to his website. A decent portion of his projects have been in collaboration with another artist in the interactive field.