Portrait of Robert Twomey

Robert Twomey

Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts

Twomey is an artist and engineer exploring the poetic intersection of human and machine perception. He exploits the potential of new technologies while critically revealing their limits. Engaged with the messy conditions of everyday life, his works ask questions about our technologies and ourselves to reveal moments of insight and points of failure. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination (UCSD) and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University. Twomey has worked in a variety of research labs throughout his career, notably the Center for the Study of Learning, the Center for Research and Computing and the Arts with Sheldon Brown, the Experimental Design Lab with Natalie Jeremijenko, and the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media.

Twomey has presented his work at SIGGRAPH (where he won best Art Paper in 2017), the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Seattle Art Museum, the Athens Digital Arts Festival, and has been featured by Microsoft and the Seattle Times. His research has been funded by NVIDIA and Amazon.

Twomey received his BS from Yale with majors in art and biomedical engineering, his MFA in visual arts from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and his Ph.D. in digital arts and experimental media from the University of Washington. He comes to the Carson Center after being a postdoc with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and a lecturer in electrical and computer engineering, data science and visual arts at UCSD.

To see more of his work, visit www.roberttwomey.com.