Aaron Koblin  

Aaron Koblin

Aaron Koblin is an artist and designer specializing in data and digital technologies.

Aaron's work uses real-world and community generated data to reflect on cultural trends and the changing relationship between humans and the systems they create. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. His projects have been shown at international festivals including TED, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, OFFF, the Japan Media Arts Festival, and more. He received the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Interaction Design and the National Science Foundation's first place award for science visualization. Two of his music video collaborations have been Grammy nominated. He received his MFA in Design|Media Arts from UCLA. In 2010 Aaron was the Abramowitz Artist in Residence at MIT and he leads the Data Arts Team in Google's Creative Lab.

TED Talk
Creators Project
Future of Storytelling

 

 
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Selected Exhibitions

"Talk To Me" MoMA New York
"Collections Contemporaines" Centre Pompidou Paris
"Design and the Elastic Mind" MoMA New York
"Decode" V&A London
"Data+Art" PMCA Pasadena
"Creativity and Cognition" Berkeley Art Museum
Gray Area Foundation for the Arts San Francisco
Center of Contemporary Art and Media Art Lab Kiev
"Let There Be Light" Gazelli Art House, London
net.culture.space Vienna
Science and Technology Museum Shanghai
IEEE "Golan Levin - InfoVis:Data Art" Sacramento
Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial Gijon Spain
Apex Gallery New York
Lumen Eclipse Harvard Square
Victory Plaza Dallas
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center Los Angeles
Z33 Belgium
New Wight Gallery UCLA
Maryland Institute College of Art
Sesnon Gallery Santa Cruz
Projections on Lake Pasadena


Permanent Collections

Centre Pompidou Paris
MoMA New York
Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) London
Art Institute of Chicago

Festivals/Awards

National Design Award 2014
Emmys 2014
Grammys 2009 2011
TED 2007 2011 2014
Sundance 2011 2014
Tribeca 2013
SIGGRAPH 2005 2006 2009 2013
Ars Electronica 2006 2008 2011 2012
Design Indaba 2012
South by Southwest 2007 2009 2011 2012 2014
Art Directors Club 2012
Cannes Lions 2010 2011 2012
Japan Media Arts Festival 2005 2006 2008 2011
IDSA IDEA Award 2011
Webby Awards 2010 2011
D&AD Black Pencil 2011
TED Global 2009
TED Active 2010
Clio 2011
Alpha-ville 2011
One Show 2009 2011
ANDY Awards 2011
UK Music Video Awards 2010
Transmediale 2010
FutureEverything 2009 2010
Coachella 2008
Zero1 SJ01 2008
Shanghai eArts 2007
iDat Singapore 2007
Microwave International Hong Kong 2007
NetSci 1st pl. 2007
Media Art Friesland 2007
Animpact Korea 2007
Boston Cyber Arts 2007
National Science Foundation SVC 1st pl. 2006
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2006
ElectroFringe 2006

Jury

IADAS (Webbys) 2013
D&AD 2013
Architizer A+ 2013
Cannes Lions 2013
Gates Foundation/Cannes Chimera 2012
The Economist-Nielsen Data Visualisation Challenge 2012
Ars Electronica 2011
Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund 2011
One Show 2011
DataVizChallenge.org 2011

Talks

TED - Long Beach
World Economic Forum - Davos
DLD - Munich
South by Southwest - Austin
Sundance New Frontier - Park City
Serpentine Gallery - London
Transmediale - Berlin
FID - San Jose, Costa Rica
O'Reilly ETech - San Jose, CA
WebbyConnect - Laguna Niguel
PICNIC - Amsterdam
Web 2.0 Summit - San Francisco
Social Technology Summit - Manchester
OFFF - Lisbon, Barcelona
Design Indaba
Science and Technology Museum - Shanghai
Dazed Live - London
TEDxAmazonia - Manaus
MediaMatic - Amsterdam
CCA - San Francisco
Today's Art - Den Haag
Database Aesthetics - UCLA
Spacial History Planning - Stanford University
<tag> Information Aesthetics Symposium - Den Haag
Network Science Center - Indiana University
SEE - Wiesbaden
Transmedia - Syracuse Univeristy
Palomar 5 - Berlin

Selected Mentions

NPR
NY Times
CNN
WIRED
Adult Swim
Science Magazine
BBC
Discover
National Geographic TV
Dazed and Confused
Forbes
ABC News
CNET
Creativity
Art Lies
LA Times
Bright
Salon
Art Review
AD: Architectural Design
Sterotype
New Scientist
El País
Der Spiegle
SEED
Esquire
GQ
American Scholar
MSNBC
The Economist
Fast Company
Neural

Teaching/Advisory

New Frontier Story Lab - Sundance
Floating Pixels - MIT Senseable City/Media Lab
SXSW Film Mentor
Visualizar - Media Lab Prado Madrid
Creative Applications Workshop - OFFF Barcelona
Visual Music collaborative - Eyebeam
Game Design For the Web - UCLA
3D Design of Virtual Form - UCLA

Publications

CV

Google Creative Lab
Yahoo! Design Innovation Team
MIT SENSEable City Laboratory
Stanford Spatial History Lab
Center for Embedded Networked Sensing UCLA

 

 

 

Updates:

11-3-14 - Gates Foundation/Cannes Chimera

10-9-14 - National Design Award

10-1-14 - White House Luncheon

9-29-14 - Wired Design Conference

7-2-14 - Barbican: Digital Revolutions

5-18-14 - OFFF Barcelona

4-23-14 - Moogfest

4-3-14 - Resonate Belgrade

3-16-14 - TED Sculpture with Janet Echelman

3-8-14 - SXSW Panel

2-1-14 - Super Flying Tokyo

1-15-14 - AIGA centennial "100 Years of Design"

12-05-13 - Art Basel/Wolfsonian Miami

1-21-14 - Sundance Panels

11-19-13 - Think Google Singapore

10-26-13 - Sundance Story Lab Advising

10-23-13 - Educate to Innovate DC

10-02-13 - Future Of Storytelling

09-22-13 - USC Innovator in Residence

09-06-13 - Station to Station launch

07-21-13 - Exquisite Forest at SIGGRAPH

05-15-13 - Cannes Innovation Lions Judging

04-25-13 - Tribeca Storyscapes

04-15-13 - D&AD Judging

04-10-13 - Talk at CMU

03-07-13 - SXSW Film Advisory

02-24-13 - TED - Knight Foundation

01-20-13 - DLD Munich

11-13-12 - Gates/Cannes Chimera

10-25-12 - Art Institute of Chicago

10-21-12 - Sundance Story Lab Advising

10-02-12 - Human Face of Big Data NY

07-19-12 - Exquisite Forest opens at Tate Modern

06-05-12 - eyeo Festival

05-22-12 - Seoul Digital Forum

04-06-12 - USC/UCLA transmedia panel

03-12-12 - SXSW WebGL panel

02-29-12 - Design Indaba

11-29-11 - Creators Project

10-27-11 - Sundance New Frontier Story Lab

09-23-11 - Alphaville London

09-21-11 - Tribeca New Media Fund jury

07-19-11 - MoMA exhibition - Talk To Me

06-27-11 - eyeo festival

06-23-11 - Cannes Lion Grand Prix

06-11-11 - OFFF Barcelona presentation

06-16-11 - D&AD Black and Yellow Pencils for WDT

06-09-11 - OFFF: Workshop

04-11-11 - Enter: Datapolis Prague

04-09-11 - Dazed Live festival

04-06-11 - Bicycle premieres at Pompidou

03-01-11 - TED

02-13-11 - Grammys

01-25-11 - Speaking at Davos

01-18-11 - Sundance New Frontier installations

12-03-10 - Speaking at Stanford

11-25-10 - STRP Festival

11-25-10 - Esquire Best and Brightest

11-16-10 - TEDxAmazonia

10-16-10 - Serpentine Gallery Mapping Marathon

09-27-10 - MIT Artist Residency

08-30-10 - Launched Wilderness Downtown

08-05-10 - Gallery show at W+K

07-19-10 - Visual Music at Eyebeam along w/ Aaron Meyers

06-11-10 - Chelsea Art Museum: Data Poetics

06-10-10 - Hans Ulrich Obrist interview in DU

06-10-10 - Re:Group exhibition at Eyebeam

05-26-10 - Fast Company Most Creative People in Business

05-26-10 - Google IO Ignite

04-23-10 - BMW Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

04-22-10 - Print Magazine New Visual Artist 2010

04-22-10 - Rhizome 7x7 at the New Museum

03-27-10 - NYC - Resistor show

03-19-10 - Talk with Max Mathews at GAFFTA

02-20-10 - Transpose show at GAFFTA

02-19-10 - Multiplex Transnational Amsterdam

02-17-10 - Stanford Arts talk

02-09-10 - TED Active

02-06-10 - Transmediale Award ceremony

01-24-10 - DLD Munich

01-07-10 - Harvard/Stanford Law cyber law course

01-07-10 - Arkitip No. 0053X

12-17-09 - SIGGRAPH Asia Art Gallery

12-08-09 - V&A Decode

11-21-09 - Palomar 5

11-12-09 - Visualizar '09

10-28-09 - Berkeley Art Museum - C&C

10-20-09 - Web 2.0 Summit

10-01-09 - NSF NY Hall of Science workshop

08-20-09 - Google Creative Sandbox Sydney

08-06-09 - SIGGRAPH DIY Media panel

07-23-09 - TEDGlobal with Scanners

07-19-09 - Beautiful Data in Stores

06-28-09 - Z33 Work Now exhibition Belgium

06-03-09 - Speaking at CAT Creativity and Technology

05-27-09 - Chrome Experiments at Google I/O

05-13-09 - Speaking at FutureSonic Manchester

05-07-09 - Ten Thousand Cents One Show Pencil

05-07-09 - Presenting at OFFF Lisbon

04-26-09 - Processing.org Interview

04-18-09 - Presenting at SEE conference Wiesbaden

04-02-09 - Speaking at Google Creative Sandbox NY

03-30-09 - Speaking at Indiana University

03-18-09 - Chrome Experiments launched!

03-13-09 - South by Southwest Web Awards

03-11-09 - Launched Bicycle Built For Two Thousand

03-10-09 - Speaking at O'Reilly ETech

03-05-09 - Speaking at CCA

02-23-09 - Wired Flight Map

02-11-09 - Creativity 50

02-08-09 - House of Cards Video Nominated for Grammy

01-25-09 - Visualizations in SEED Magazine

01-24-09 - Data + Art Exhibition: PMCA

11-08-08 - SFMOMA: Art of Participation Catalog

10-23-08 - Speaking at WebbyConnect

10-13-08 - Exhibition Multiverso Torino

09-24-08 - Speaking at PICNIC

09-07-08 - Live Visuals for Bruckner Orchestra

09-04-08 - 10,000 Cents at Ars Electronica

07-14-08 - Radiohead Video/App released on Google

06-17-08 - Digital Senses Kiev

06-16-08 - SJA Airport install prototyping

06-11-08 - CNET Interview

06-04-08 - ZERO1 SJ01 Future Films

05-29-08 - Flight Patterns added to the MoMA Collection

05-06-08 - Interpol video

04-30-08 - Gray Area San Francisco gallery show

05-18-08 - NYTE in Processing Exhibition

05-09-08 - OFFF Lisbon panel discussion

04-25-08 - Work on the big screens at Coachella

04-22-08 - Exhibition at Gray Area Gallery

04-22-08 - Work at Web 2.0 Blogtropolis Lounge

04-17-08 - Sheep Market at Media Art Lab in Kiev

04-01-08 - Art Lies magazine

03-18-08 - net.culture.space in Vienna

02-24-08 - Design and the Elastic Mind at MoMA (NY)

02-20-08 - WIRED

02-18-08 - MIT Spotlight

01-07-08 - Best Practice: The Pros on Flash

12-05-07 - iDAT Singapore opens

11-24-07 - Sheep Market in Processing Exhibiton

11-21-07 - Added gallery more prints for sale soon.

11-21-07 - NY Times Dot Earth article

11-19-07 - Pasadena Projections on Lake

11-13-07 - NPR interview

11-02-07 - Y! Work at DUX 2007

10-28-07 - InfoVis 2007 Art Exhibit installation

10-13-07 - Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

10-01-07 - IDEA Conference in NYC

09-17-07 - To the Netherlands for Today's Art and more

09-12-07 - Wired NextFest in LA

 
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