Special Event: ITP Alumnus, Ed Purver

October 1, 2010
6:30 pmto8:00 pm


Ed Purver (ITP ’07) is an interaction designer and artist, whose work focuses on the integration of digital media into physical space, ranging from site-specific video projections to touch screens to LED sculptures.  Having worked as a digital designer with leading companies in the fields of lighting, architecture and theatre, Ed will be presenting his recent experiences as an artist in creating a public art commission for the Liverpool Biennial (UK).

This project took the form of a large-scale, site-specific video installation which was installed in a series of abandoned houses in an area of urban decay.  Ed will be discussing the various issues that arise when creating digital art in collaboration with a local community, the challenges of site-specific digital art, light pollution, and what he has learned about navigating concepts of ‘participation’ and ‘interaction’ when creating temporary and permanent artworks in the public realm. He will also be discussing how someone with relatively little experience landed a public art commission.


Like many other students, during his time at ITP Ed found his attention drawn to the mediums of light and video.  Ed graduated from ITP in 2007, and foolishly decided to pursue his thesis interest of interactive digital media installations.  Since that fateful day, his digital design work has appeared in MOMA, the World Science Fair, the Seoul Institute of the Arts, the Museum of London, Liberty Science Center, the Walker Arts Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Wexner Center and BAM.  His artworks have been exhibited nationally and internationally.   He has worked with companies such as Leni Schwendinger Light Projects, nArchitects, the Builders Association and the Light Surgeons.

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