Sensory Engagement Lab Lecture: Embodying Data: Environmental sensors and kinetic sculpture as a working method.

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About the Artist: Cy Keener is an interdisciplinary artist focused on creating field recordings of natural phenomena and experiential representations of these recordings. Recent projects have measured rainfall on a per drop basis, recorded moments of turbulence in a river of wind with an array of 60 sensors, and deployed ocean drifters to report wave and sky conditions in the North Pacific. His gallery representations are often at the installation scale – coaxing strings of numbers into immersive light, space and sound.  Cy is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Emerging Technology at the University of Maryland’s Department of Art.


The Sensory Engagement Lab fosters collaborations between performers, artists, technologist, and other thinkers to produce interactive and experimental art works. The SEL is part thought experiment, part collaborative making session, part research lab. We look at how novel combinations of materials and embedded electronics contribute to sensory experience.

The Sensory Engagement  Lab holds bi-monthly meetings on Tuesday nights from 7-9pm.

At our meetings we share projects and topics of interest, talk about current work, and collaboratively problem solve technical and design issues.

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