David Rokeby

David Rokeby

David Rokeby is one of the world's pioneering interactive sound and non-linear installation artist. Based in Toronto, Rokeby studied experimental art at the Ontario College of Art from 1979 to 1984 and has been creating interactive installations since 1982. He has focused on interactive pieces that directly engage the human body or involve artificial perception systems. Rokeby's best-known series of installations, Very Nervous System (1986 to present), was first displayed at the Venice Biennale in 1986 and has since been consistently shown around the world. Rokeby won the first Petro-Canada Award for Media Arts in 1988 and the Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for Interactive Art (Austria) in 1991, 1997 with Paul Garrin and again in 2002. This same year, Rokeby won the Governor's General Visual and Media Arts Award. His current work, 'Through the Vanishing Point ' (2010) in collaboration with sound artist and media sciences researcher Lewis Kaye was commissioned by the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival and the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, Coach House Institute, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. This site specific artwork, using McLuhan's archive of teaching and educational works, will be adapted to and installed in the Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Embassy of Canada in Berlin during the summer of 2011.

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