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Artist to visit for 'Very Nervous System'

Fri, 04/25/2014

LAWRENCE — Toronto-based installation artist David Rokeby will be in residence at The Commons from Monday, April 28, through Thursday, May 1, in conjunction with Data & Democracy, the programming theme for the year. Rokeby will install a portion of "Very Nervous System," which converts the gesture and motion of viewers into sound.

The public is invited to view and interact with the piece Tuesday, April 29, preceding the Artist Talk. During the week, Rokeby will give a formal talk about his work, lead a Coffee @ The Commons conversation, work with students and participate in a dialogue about cross-disciplinary research with faculty.

Rokeby has been making art for more than 30 years. He is most well-known for his interactive work that engages the human body directly and for his work that utilizes artificial perception systems. More information about his oeuvre can be found at his website.

Scheduled events:

Tuesday, April 29

  • 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Installation viewing for 'Very Nervous System'
  • 5:30 p.m. Artist Talk

Wednesday, April 30

  • 10 a.m. Coffee @ The Commons
  • 3 p.m. Faculty roundtable: How do research questions develop across disciplines?

All events associated with the residency are free. A full schedule of events can be found online.



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