Misha Rabinovich

Biography

Misha Rabinovich Playing with Sod

Misha Rabinovich is an artist, developer, and educator investigating the idea of waste as a cultural construct and is interested in making ecology legible through multi-player gaming. His research interests include art, social practice, data visualization, and ecology design. He was recently growing plants using only the dynamic light and sound of projected Internet video to create a web-enabled alchemical installation that transmutes cultural waste into fertilizer. As co-founder of the DS Institute he collaborated to build a mobile sauna and took it on a tour that culminated at the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival. Together with the DS Institute he charged cell phones at the Cleveland Institute of Art using the sweat of the Unruly Engagements conference goers and recently collaborated with artist Caitlin Foley to install an arcade game training people for a simultaneous worldwide jump at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, and GameOn! Festival in New Haven, CT. Misha Rabinovich was born in Moscow, Russia and worked between New York and Los Angeles before settling in Lowell, Massachusetts where he serves as Assistant Professor of Interactive Media at UMass Lowell. He holds a BS in Electronic Art from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MFA from Syracuse University. His work has been exhibited in North America and Europe and he held residencies at such places as the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Flux Factory in New York, McGill University’s Centre for Intelligent Machines in Montreal.

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