Ruairi Glynn practices as an installation artist and directs the Interactive Architecture Lab at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He has exhibited internationally with recent shows at the Centre Pompidou Paris, the National Art Museum of China Beijing, and the Tate Modern, London. His interactive installations reflect on rapid developments in robotics, material science and computational technologies exploring the emerging aesthetics of behaviour permeating across art, architecture and design.
Drawing influence from the fields of psychophysics, cybernetics, and performance his recent work has looked at the uncanny sensation of life (anima) present in interactive objects and environments. Projects such as Fearful Symmetry commissioned for the inauguration of the Tanks at Tate Modern examined the very human impulse to anthropomorphise and build emotional relationships with things that move and interact with signs of intelligence.
He has worked with leading cultural and research institutions including the Royal Academy of Arts, the Medical Research Council and BBC and built public installations for commercial clients including Twitter, Nike, Arup, Buro Happold, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He often works collaboratively with artists, architects and choreographers including Shobana Jeyasingh, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Studio Roso, onedotzero, Tellart, Haptic and Alma-nac Architects.
In his academic practice as director of the Interactive Architecture lab at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, he has developed a masters programme and an anti-disciplinary research group interested in the behaviour & the interaction of things, environments & their inhabitants. For more information visit www.interactivearchitecture.org
Ruairi Glynn has biannually organised conferences and curated exhibitions on the driving influence of computation in design recently hosting Smart Geometry (2013), Fabricate (2011), Digital Hinterlands (2009). He has co-authored two books on the subject, Fabricate: Making Digital Architecture with Prof. Bob Sheil and ‘Digital Architecture: Passages Through Hinterlands’ with Sara Shafiei. He was previously an Associate Lecturer of MA Material Futures & MA Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins College, University of the Arts London and has acted as visiting tutor at leading European schools of design including the Angewandte Vienna, ETH Zurich, CITA Copenhagen and TU Delft. This personal portfolio website shares his installation work but more information about what motivates his work can be found in his publications.