Carnegie Mellon University

Golan Levin

Golan Levin

Co-Director, Associate Professor of Art, Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Golan Levin is associate professor of computation arts at Carnegie Mellon University. Appointed in the School of Art, he also holds appointments by courtesy in the School of Computer Science, the School of Design and the Entertainment Technology Center. Since 2009, Levin has also served as director of CMU's Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, a laboratory for atypical and antidisciplinary research across the arts, science, technology and culture. A two-time TED speaker and recipient of undergraduate and graduate degrees from the MIT Media Laboratory, Levin was named one of "50 Designers Shaping the Future" by Fast Company magazine in October 2012. He has exhibited widely in Europe, America and Asia.

Levin's research explores new intersections of machine code and visual culture, combining equal measures of the whimsical, the provocative and the sublime in a wide variety of media. His work has spanned themes such as gestural robotics; the tactical potential of personal digital fabrication; novel aesthetics of non-verbal interactivity; and information visualization as a mode of arts practice. 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.

As an educator, Levin's pedagogy is concerned with reclaiming computation as a medium of personal expression. He teaches “studio art courses in computer science,” on themes like interactive art, generative form, digital fabrication, information visualization, and audiovisual performance. Levin has spent half his life as an artist embedded within technological research environments, in places like the MIT Media Laboratory, the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology in New York City, and the former Interval Research Corporation in Palo Alto.