Golan Levin is an artist and engineer interested in exploring new combinations of computation, interaction and culture. Through performances, digital artifacts, and virtual environments, Golan 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 non-verbal communication and interactivity. Golan has exhibited and performed widely in Europe, America and Asia.
At Carnegie Mellon University, Golan is Associate Professor of Electronic Art, with courtesy appointments in Computer Science and Design. As an educator, Golan'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.
Since 2009, Golan has also served as Director of the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, a "meta-laboratory" within CMU dedicated to supporting atypical, interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research projects at the intersection of arts, sciences and technology. Golan has spent half his life as an artist embedded within technological research environments, in places like the MIT Media Laboratory, the Ars Electronica Futurelab, and the former Interval Research Corporation in Palo Alto.