Golan Levin’s work 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, 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 communication and interactivity.
As an educator, Golan’s pedagogy is concerned with reclaiming computation as a medium of personal expression. He teaches “studio art courses in computer science,” on themes like interactive art, tactical media, generative form, digital fabrication, information visualization, and audiovisual performance. At Carnegie Mellon University, Golan is presently Associate Professor of Electronic Art, with courtesy appointments in Design and Computer Science. Since 2009 he has also served as Director of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, a laboratory dedicated to the support of atypical, anti-disciplinary and inter-institutional research at the intersection of arts, science, technology and culture.
Golan has spent half his life as an artist embedded within technological research environments, in places like the MIT Media Laboratory, the Ars Electronica Futurelab, and the former Interval Research Corporation in Palo Alto. He has been named one of the 50 most influential “Designers Shaping the Future” by Fast Company magazine; one of the world’s “Top Innovators Under 35” [Technology Review]; and “one of the most brilliant figures in contemporary audiovisual art” [El Pais]. A frequent speaker, Golan has presented on computation arts at TED, Pop!Tech, the Entertainment Gathering, and the World Economic Forum