Golan Levin

Golan Levin is a Professor of Electronic Art at Carnegie Mellon University, where he encourages students to reclaim computation as a medium of personal expression. Golan'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 the critical potential of digital fabrication; gesture in robotics; 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, Golan 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. For the past decade, he has sought to nurture improbable directions in new media as Director of CMU's Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, a laboratory for atypical and anti-disciplinary research across the arts, science, technology and culture. 

Cultivating the Improbable

I will discuss a few things:

My experiences running the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, including some great projects we've supported by diverse folk

A deep dive on my lab's work using machine learning to help annotate the Teenie Harris Archive at the Carnegie Museum (60,000 photos documenting the African-American experience in Pittsburgh during the Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras)

My forthcoming book with Tega Brain, an educator's guide to computational media arts Telescopic perspectives on media arts and design: where we were 10 years ago, where we might be 10 years from now