Researcher invited in 2014
Simon Penny is an Australian practitioner in the fields of Digital Cultural Practices, Embodied Interaction, Art and Technology and Interactive Art. He is also a researcher and a professor at the University of California, Irvine. His practice includes : artistic practice, technical research, system design, theoretical writing, pedagogy and institution building. Trained in sculpture, he has engaged electronics, robotics and computing in the pursuit of embodied interaction and an aesthetics of behavior. In parallel he has maintained an active theoretical practice in related fields.
His current theoretical focus is on application of post-cognitivist theories of cognition to theorization of art, design and cultural practices. He makes interactive and robotic installations utilizing novel sensor arrays and custom machine vision systems.
These works address the issues arising around enactive and embodied interaction, informed by traditions of practice in the arts including sculpture, video-art, installation and performance ; and by theoretical research in ethology, neurology, ethnology, situated cognition, phenomenology, human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, robotics, critical theory, cultural and media studies. Informed by these sources, he designs and builds custom technologies with custom code, electronic, electro-mechanical and structural components.