Internationally known artist Jen Lewin added a human touch to technology with her interactive “MOTH” installation on display during the spring of 2008 in the ATLAS Institute lobby.
The installation featured three silk-winged moths suspended from the ceiling. The moths moved when a person touched orbs that were wirelessly linked to the robotic artworks.
“Through my art, I play with the relationship between the physical and the digital; the virtual and the real,” Lewin said. “In this interplay, the user and the piece participate in a unique ‘moment’ that is often unpredictable and spontaneous. Some of my pieces seem to exist only in their interaction.”
Lewin is a Boulder-based artist whose work has been shown throughout the country, including exhibits at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Lincoln Center, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Wired NextFest in New York and Los Angeles and the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea.
She has worked as an adjunct professor teaching advanced multimedia, interactive design, sculpture, three-dimensional modeling and microcomputing at CU-Boulder and NYU.
Her design and multimedia work has appeared in National Geographic, proceedings of Siggraph 1998, Computer Assisted Architectural Design Futures and Automation in Construction.