Robert Twomey (b. 1979) is an interdisciplinary artist exploring questions of embodiment, cognition, and identity through installation, performance, and interactive artwork. His approach is to identify key social structures, cultural narratives, and material realities as sites of engagement, developing them into projects that value experiential complexity over pointed, didactic statement. Past efforts have taken the form of an interactive simulation of a grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease, a suite of works exploring the fantasy of an imaginary daughter, and a bonding performance with a rifle.
Robert received his MFA from the University of California, San Diego (2007), and BS from Yale University (2001) with majors in Biomedical Engineering (medical imaging concentration) and Art (painting concentration). He has shown his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts, and galleries in San Diego and Los Angeles. After a number of years as an adjunct professor in the Visual Arts Department at UCSD and a researcher with the Experimental Game Lab at the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, he began his doctoral studies at DXARTS in fall of 2010.