2017-18 Viralnet Research Fellow – Tyler Calkin

Tyler Calkin is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited and performed in art and educational institutions around the world, including Cercle Blanc Gallery in Berlin, studio1.1 in London, Tsinghua University in Beijing, KUArt in Nepal, Tec de Monterrey in Mexico, Centre for the Living Arts in Mobile, AL, and Mitchell Gallery and LAMAG in Los Angeles.

His multi-modal practice examines social constructions, habits, and anxieties through play and improvisation. Drawing particularly from safety and hygiene products and evolving digital interfaces, Calkin rearranges material culture into social catalysts. The resulting situations propose new models for interpersonal and inter-object relations.

As an educator, Calkin teaches courses in the theory and practice of performance and interactivity, play as a conceptual strategy, VR methodologies, and algorithmic practices. Calkin is developing a virtual reality initiative for The Center for Integrated Media at CalArts, with the goal of establishing a method of critique, and a rigorous investigation, of rapidly developing VR and AR technologies.