Graham Smith is an internationally acclaimed Canadian artist/inventor who has been exploring the boundaries between art and science since the early 1980's through his robotic, virtual reality, photographic and telepresence artworks and research projects. Mr. Smith's work intersects the boundaries between the scientific and cultural worlds by mixing cutting edge university research, technological inventions ( he currently holds 5 patents) and innovative media artworks. From 1993 to 1995 he directed the VRAAP program (Virtual Reality Artist Access Program) at the world famous McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto where he explored the message behind this new medium and gave artists access to cutting edge VR technologies thus acting out McLuhan's theory that artists are like a cultural DEW Line (Distant Early Warning) for society. While at the program Mr. Smith combined videoconferencing and robotics and created the worlds first series of telepresence artworks at the Venice Biennale, in front of the White House in Washington and at the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Mr Smith's current projects include…
"CYBERCITY" A series of robotic telepresence artworks that will be exhibited as part of the Ruhr2010 in Essen Germany and in conjunction with V2 in Rotterdam for Expo2010 in Shanghai.
"EMOTION CHAIR" A 3 year research effort with Ryerson University in Toronto that simulates the emotional effects of sound for deaf people by utilizing a "multi modal" interface technique.
“LIBERATION” An art/science initiative created in conjunction with the Dutch firm Presence Displays and the European Space Agency to re-create experience of being weightless in orbit around the earth by projecting video to people who are underwater wearing scuba masks and snorkels
"INTERSECTION " An interactive "time machine" that recreates areas around the Berlin Wall from 1988 to 2009 that consists of a 36 meter long interactive video installation that will be premiered at Transmediale in 2010.