Kawandeep Virdee

Kawandeep uses technology and art to explore ways we can create meaning and joy collectively. Currently, he is head of product at Embedly and a trustee at the Awesome Foundation. He co-founded New American Public Art to build interactive art that makes public spaces more communal and welcoming. Similarly, his internet art strives to encourage collaboration, play, and creativity.

His work has shown in venues including the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Boston Convention Center, Sculpture Visions in Chapel Hill, SFMOMA, Detroit Design Festival, Art & Sol in Saginaw, Suffolk University, Transmediale in Berlin, the MIT Media Lab, and EYEO/Northern Spark. Talks and workshops include MIT, International Conference on Complex Systems, Connected Communities Symposium in Newcastle, Art Institute of Boston, Tech@State, Betascape at MICA, A Better World By Design at Brown/RISD, Robotsconf, IstanbulHS, Makerland in Warsaw, and JSConf. His work has also been covered in publications including the Atlantic, Science, Vice, NewScientist, Make, Core77, the New York Times, the Globe, and Art Digital Magazine.

Session: Expression and Collective Joy

Love is the playful, joyful moments we share. It is the improvised rulemaking and creativity between us. You see me, and I see you, we both exist and we're laughing together. I make works to encourage these moments - be it between family, friends, or even strangers- in public space, on the internet, through our phones, in person, or solely digital. When we see each other in a piece, we both exist. When we can interact with each other, a whimsical experience can turn profound. I want to encourage the absurd, the ridiculous, the surreal, and the magical. There are new ways to connect with each other, to create contexts that are immensely creative, expressive, and meaningful.