golan at the decode: digital sensations exhibition
golan levin describes himself as an artist and engineer. his work is part of a new discipline which is called digital design or interactive design. recently I have even heard it referred to as performance media.
I have read a lot about golinâ€™s work after I received his press release from the decode: digital design sensations exhibition at the v&a museum, but I have to admit that before that he was unknown to me. as I said, itâ€™s a fairly new disciplineâ€¦ even if computer aided art has been around for decades.
when I went to the decode: digital design sensations exhibition at the v&a, which opened last week, I was lucky enough to bump into him. he was standing next to the ‘opto isolator’, his exhibited work and was just finished talking to some journalist. I introduced myself, and pittsburgh-based golin was very welcoming. I told him about my drawn interview concept. he said â€˜it sounds like funâ€™ and started drawing. he told me about his eastern european wife and the fact that his beard isnâ€™t usually that long. he made me take a picture of his driverâ€™s license to prove this!
the â€˜opto isolatorâ€™ (see video below) is a mechanical eye. the object follows the gaze of the person that stands in front of it. basically the viewer directly influences the work. golin writes on his website â€˜what if artworks could know how we were looking at them? and, given this knowledge, how might they respond to us?â€™ I donâ€™t know the general answer but this one is blinking.
â€˜opto isolatorâ€™ and his creator
golan’s drivers licence. you can actually see his face :)
‘opto isolator’ 2007
the sculpture looks its viewer directly in the eye and responses
‘dialtones (a telesymphony)’ 2001
concert performance by ringing of the audienceâ€™s own mobile phones
describe yourself in one word
draw your favourite objects
golan likes surprises