Sheldon Brownbrown


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Sheldon Brown holds the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in Digital Media and Learning. He is the Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and is UCSD Site Director of the NSF Sponsored Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research (CHMPR). He is the former Director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) and is a Co-PI and founder of New Media Arts for the California Institute of Information Technology and Telecommunications (Calit2). In the Visual Arts Department his undergraduate teaching is in the Computing in the Arts area and with the Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts major. His courses focus on the engagement of real-time computer graphics, media and electronic controls for installation works. At the graduate level, his teaching is across all disciplines. His artwork examines relationships between information and space, which manifest as public artworks, and installations that combine architectural settings with mediated and computer controlled elements. Recent projects include: The Scalable City an interactive game installation, 3D movie and other artifacts show at venues including the Shanghai MOCA, The Exploratorium, The National Academy of Science, Ars Electronica, and many others. StudioLab, 2003 installation at Image/Architecture, Florence Italy; Smoke and Mirrors, 2000-2002 an installation at the Fleet Science Museum, and a touring environment; Istoria, a series of sculptures; Mi Casa es Tu Casa/My House Is Your House, 1997 - 2000, a networked virtual reality installation between the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City and the Children's Museum of San Diego; In the Event, 1995, at the Seattle Center Key Arena, Seattle WA, 60ft. x 8 ft. x 2 ft., 28 video monitors, 9 computers, video disk, 3 live feeds, 70 cast aluminum panels; The Video Wind Chimes, 1994, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, four video projectors, electronic controls, aluminum, plastic; and Apparitions, 1994, a virtual reality environment, at the University Art Gallery at UCSD. Brown has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Science Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Seattle Arts Commission, the Hellman Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, AT&T Foundation, Intel Corporation, IBM, nVidia, Sony, Silicon Graphics Inc., Sony Corporation, and others. He has previously been on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Kansas City Art Institute. His current work, Istoria, is a set of tableau sculptures, developed with visualization software he is developing through a residency at the Institute for Studies in the Arts at Arizona State University.