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judsoN makes art that requires live engagement and is programmed for a playful experience". The best method for creating these systems is interactivity. The best method for executing complex interactivity is with formally coded instructions. And by far, the best tool for executing custom code efficiently is the computer.

His investigation has lead to studying the inter-relationship between art (making and experiencing), behavior, and cognition. Cognition is, of course, a broad category, encompassing human, nonhuman and synthetic (computer) development. Regarding behavior, linguistics includes nonverbal communication and music theories. Computer processing is subsequently related to behavior thru Assessment Theory and perception, which brings us around again to evolutionary development.


In 1992, he graduated from Brown University. As an undergrad, he took classes at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), studied music under a former student of Stockhausen, studied acting, the history of the circus, and created some music for the Computer Science people there.

In 2007, judsoN completed a Faculty Fellowship at ITP (Interactive Telecommunications [MPA] Program) at New York University/Tisch. There, he wrote his thesis on neurology, shamanism, psychoacoustics and the effects of sensory stimuli on brain waves.

Residencies include the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo for art, and the Field in the Chelsea art district (New York), under Doug Elkins at Atlantic Center for the Arts for choreography.


In about 1995, he started poking the buttons on computers. In 1996, he programmed interactive artwork with one of the first online galleries, Ädaweb, and later with the (now pretty much defunct) MoMA's web art collection.

Among published papers, interviews, books and articles mentioning his work (see his bibliography for details), he has presented at ICMC (the International Computer Music Conference; on a panel called 'Language, Neurology and Acoustics'), and Leaders in Software Art (LISA). He is also an ad hoc editor for the Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies.

His wife is an award-winning art teacher (currently preK-5th) and has been a major influence on his work, particularly regarding human development and cognition. She holds an MA in art education from Teachers College/Columbia University and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts.


Installation works have appeared at the Armory Show (New York), the 809 Art District (China), Hipersonica (Brazil), the Chang Mai ICECA Museum of Art (Thailand), for the Arts Council of Mildura Australia, UVAM's best of FONLAD (in Portugal), and the Smithsonian International Art Gallery (Washington DC).

Musical pieces have been performed/presented at IMEB (l'Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges), at the 809 Art District (China), the Kennedy Center (Washington DC), and the Planetario (Rome).

Work for performance has been featured on stages, under circus tents (the Czech Republic and Poland), the Public Theater and St. Ann's with avant garde theatrical legends Mabou Mines, with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and composer Eve Beglarian at the Brooklyn Museum, the Kitchen with multicultural group Shadow Casters (in New York), and at the Judson Church (quite an honor!).

Net art pieces include work a survey of 9 internet artists at DC's Union Station, ISCAM (Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum), the Liverpool Biennial (as part of "The Cyber Kitchen" and "Violence Memorial"), Turbulence (as part of "Iconography"), as the (web celeb) guest "reBlogger" at Eyebeam.

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