Golan Levin-Center for the Arts in Society - Carnegie Mellon University

Golan Levin

Associate Professor of Art, School of Art

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: CFA 405
Phone: 412.268.3659


Golan Levin [b.1972] is an artist, composer, performer and engineer interested in developing artifacts and events which explore supple new modes of reactive expression. His work focuses on the design of systems for the creation, manipulation and performance of simultaneous image and sound, as part of a more general inquiry into the formal language of interactivity, and of nonverbal communications protocols in cybernetic systems. Through performances, digital artifacts, and virtual environments, often created with a variety of collaborators, 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 abstract communication and interactivity. Identified by Technology Review as one of the world’s “Top 100 Innovators Under 35” [2004], and dubbed by El Pais as “one of the most brilliant figures in contemporary audiovisual art” [2002], Levin has exhibited widely in Europe, America and Asia.

Levin’s work combines equal measures of the whimsical, the provocative, and the sublime in a wide variety of online, installation and performance media. He is known for the conception and creation of Dialtones [2001], a concert whose sounds are wholly performed through the carefully choreographed dialing and ringing of the audience’s own mobile phones, and for The Secret Lives of Numbers [2002], an interactive online data visualization featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Previously, Levin was granted an Award of Distinction in the Prix Ars Electronica for his Audiovisual Environment Suite [2000] interactive software and its accompanying audiovisual performance, Scribble [2000]. Most recently, Levin and collaborator Zachary Lieberman premiered Re:mark [2002], an interactive installation, and Messa di Voce [2003], a new-media performance. These projects use augmented-reality technologies to create multi-person, real-time visualizations of their participants’ speech and song. Levin is now in the preliminary research phase of a new body of work, which centers about interactive robotics, machine vision, and the theme of gaze as a primary new mode for human-machine communication.