We are thrilled to announce our Spring 2018 Researcher in Residence, Daniel Pillis. Daniel Gene Pillis is a queer artist and media archaeologist who works with robotics, computer graphics and large scale installations. They make work about the technology of reality, investigating the phenomenology of computing, the metaphysics of mixed reality, and the contemporary nature of the human experience through a queer, technologically informed lens. Thinking about gender and robots, empathy and virtual reality, and the affective dimensions of artificial intelligence, they investigate the ontological status of objects, images, and data as they relate to time, identity, culture and community. They are a co-founder of Robot Museum, a virtual reality robotics environment and pop up exhibition program for “robotics as art” based in Pittsburgh, PA. Pillis hold a B.A. degree from Rutgers in Cognitive Science and English Literature, and an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University, where they worked under the supervision of Ivan E. Sutherland, considered the father of computer graphics and virtual reality. Pillis has exhibited work at the Warhol Museum, (Pittsburgh, PA) the Leslie Lohman Museum of LGBT Art, (NYC), Newark Penn Station, (Newark, NJ) and have performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, (Cleveland, OH), Open Engagement International Conference (Pittsburgh PA) and the Theatre for the New City in the East Village (NYC), as well as numerous other galleries and internet venues.
While a resident at the IMRC, Pillis will be tele-collaborating through virtual reality with engineers in Ahemedbad, India, to curate and design exhibits of robotics at the Gujarat Science Center. Pillis will also be collaborating with SoftBank’s Nao humanoid robot to create a short film and performance, and is excited about exploring the nature of humanoid robotics through a workshops, discussions, and studio visits. They are primarily interested in developing new projects using face swapping, computer vision for motion capture, holo-kits for mixed reality experiences, and object recognition for installation environments.
Daniel will be arriving on Monday, Feb. 19th and staying until late March / Early April. Stop by the IMRC and say hello and stay tuned for more announcements on Daniels workshops, artist talk and more.
Daniel’s Portfolio Website: http://www.danielpillis.com/