Eric FormanAlumni, Class of 2002
Eric Forman is a New York-based artist working with interactive installations and responsive sculpture. He develops his own circuits and software to create objects and spaces that are aware of their environment and can dynamically respond to it. His work crosses boundaries between fine art, design, and robotics – combining the technical rigor of engineering with the open-ended exploratory nature of the art experience. Eric’s creations employ modalities of interactivity not found in dominant forms of new media: subtle, slow, thoughtful, perhaps disturbing. His work gives us the magical and exhilarating qualities of the new, yet also plays on our uneasy fascination with the intersections of human and technology.
Eric has worked professionally with digital media for over 20 years. He started programming in the early 1980s, was an early member of the groundbreaking online media entity Pseudo Programs in the mid 1990s, and in 2006 founded the creative technology collective Klank Studios. Klank currently has spaces in Chelsea and the Brooklyn Navy Yard as part of the New Lab and specializes in the latest interactive experiences and fabrication techniques for artists, designers, architects, and museums. Eric is also the co-founder of BioArt New York, a collective pairing artists and scientists for unusual collaborations.
Eric currently teaches in the graduate Digital+Media department at RISD, and the Interactive Arts MFA department at Pratt Institute. He has also taught at the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University, Parsons The New School for Design, the Sculpture MFA department of the Maryland Institute of Art, and many others. He received his Masters in 2002 from ITP at Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), and his B.A. from Vassar College in 1995 where he developed his own interdisciplinary program called “The Philosophical Ramifications of Computer Technology.” He also likes to ride a bike.
|City of Origin:||Philadelphia, PA|
|Current residence:||Brooklyn, USA|