Assistant Professor | Digital Media | Launch Lab
Robert Twomey is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the poetic intersection of human and machine. Trained as a painter and engineer, he integrates traditional forms with advanced technologies to create hybrid interactive artworks. He has created a computer simulation of a grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease, a body of work exploring the fantasy of an imaginary daughter, and a recreation of John Seattle’s Chinese Room as a translation between synthetic child voice and robotic child drawing.
Twomey has worked in a range of research centers throughout his career, notably the Center for the Study of Learning, the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, and the Experimental Design Lab with Natalie Jeremijenko. He has used neuroimaging to explore the basis of reading and language perception, built pollution-hunting Feral Robotic Dogs, created experimental game interfaces and 4K stereo animation. He is currently completing his dissertation on the home, A Machine for Living In, at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media at the University of Washington.
Twomey received his BS from Yale University with majors in Art and Biomedical Engineering and his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Currently he is a PhD Candidate in DXARTS at the University of Washington. He has shown his work in the US and abroad.