Artist to install 'Nervous System' interactive piece on campus

Artist David Rokeby's installation “Very Nervous System” will be open to the public at Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd., from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Toronto-based Rokeby will be in residence at The Commons from April 28 through May 1, in conjunction with its exploratory theme of the year, Data & Democracy.

Rokeby is mostly known for his interactive work that engages the human body directly and his work that uses artificial perception systems. “Very Nervous System” converts viewers’ gestures and motion into sound; the public is invited to interact with the installation preceding the Artist Talk at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, where Rokeby will give a formal lecture on his 30 years of work.

During his time spent at Kansas University, he will also lead a Coffee@The Commons conversation at 10 a.m. Wednesday, work with students and participate in a dialogue about cross-disciplinary research with faculty at 3 p.m. Wednesday.


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