lwolff [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu
Spike Wolff is Curator of the School of Architecture Lecture Series and Executive Director and Curator of the wats:ON? Festival Across the Arts. Spike was instrumental in the revitalization of both of these programs, which bring an eclectic and diverse range of internationally acclaimed artists and architects to CMU’s campus and the Pittsburgh community. Recent highlights of the two series include a lecture by Pritzker Prize laureate Thom Mayne and an artists talk and installation of a Solid Light Film by Anthony McCall.
Spike is Director of the Pre-College program in Architecture, and has taught a range of courses in Architecture including a project based seminar workshop, a studio based course for non architects, first and second year undergraduate design studios, as well as acting as an advisor for independent study and thesis project work.
Spike’s work and interests are transdisciplinary in nature. Recent projects include ‘Shadow’ an installation at the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘The Hurricane’ a temporary jazz club for the Hill House of Pittsburgh, and exhibition design for ‘Contrarreloj, Felix de la Concha’ at the Frick Art Museum. Professional experience includes work on the historic restorations of the Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra and the Loewy House by Albert Frey with Marmol+Radziner Architecture, exhibition design for ‘Blueprints for Modern Living’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles with Hodgetts+Fung Design and Architecture, and presentation models for The Getty Center with Richard Meier & Partners.
Spike holds a Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.
golan [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu
Golan Levin develops artifacts and events which explore supple new modes of reactive expression. His work focuses on the design of systems for the creation, manipulation and performance of simultaneous image and sound, as part of a more general inquiry into the formal language of interactivity, and of nonverbal communications protocols in cybernetic systems. Through performances, digital artifacts, and virtual environments, often created with a variety of collaborators, Levin applies creative twists to digital technologies that highlight our relationship with machines, make visible our ways of interacting with each other, and explore the intersection of abstract communication and interactivity. Levin has exhibited widely in Europe, America and Asia.
Levin’s work combines equal measures of the whimsical, the provocative, and the sublime in a wide variety of online, installation and performance media. His work has been exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, the Neuberger Museum, and The Whitney Biennial, all in New York; Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan; The InterCommunication Center in Tokyo, Japan; and the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany, among other venues.
Levin received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the MIT Media Laboratory, where he studied with John Maeda in the Aesthetics and Computation Group. Between degrees, he worked for four years as an interaction designer and research scientist at Interval Research Corporation. Presently Levin is Associate Professor of Electronic Time-Based Art at Carnegie Mellon University.
Pablo Garcia is an artist and designer working in the spatial arts (architecture, design and the visual and performing arts). His work focuses on the intersection and overlap of art and technology, obsolescence and the cutting edge, the analog and the digital, the real and the virtual. Combining contemporary technology and historical scholarship, Pablo produces both experimental art pieces and traditional research in a nondisciplinary practice based in Chicago.
Pablo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Previously he served as the Lucian and Rita Caste Chair in Architecture and Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University from 2008-2012 and the 2007-2008 Muschenheim Fellow at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning. From 2004-2007 he worked as an architect and designer for Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Pablo has also taught media and representation technologies at Parsons The New School for Design and Princeton University. He holds architecture degrees from Cornell and Princeton Universities.