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About Scott Kildall

Scott Kildall is a new media artist who looks at the interplay between territory and technology. He sees this as a dynamic relationship, which changes as the dissemination of new inventions shift and then resettle structures of power.

His work often spatializes data to create experiences where viewers can move and interact with the data itself. Because data has physical consequences, his work generates meaningful real-life experiences for the viewer. Recent artworks range from stone tablets etched with meteorite impact data to interactive sound installations based on water quality to virtual reality installations where viewers can fly around data involving the artificial construct of the nation-state.

Scott has been working with art + technology + education for over 15 years. In 2017, he worked as an American Arts Incubator Artist, where he led a 1-month workshop in Bangkok to teach data-visualization and sculptural techniques to local Thai educators and students involving water quality in that city. Additionally, he has worked as a New Media Exhibit Developer (2012-13) at The Exploratorium in the Life Sciences Gallery. He has also taught coursework involving data-visualization and digital mapping at the University of San Francisco.

He has received fellowships, awards and residencies from organizations including the SETI Institute, ZERO1, Santa Fe Art Institute, Impakt Works, Autodesk, Recology San Francisco, Turbulence.org, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, The Kala Art Institute and The Banff Centre for the Arts.

His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the New York Hall of Science, Transmediale, the Venice Biennale, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the San Jose Museum of Art. He currently resides in San Francisco.

Twitter: @kildall
Instagram: @kildall

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Coding Methodologies for New Media Artists

Introduction Last week, I hosted Raunak Singh, as a coder-in-residence, at Xenoform Labs. I normally provide artist-in-residencies for new media artists throughout the year, but  Covid torpedoed the program for 2020 and 2021.  I am thrilled to be resuming some sort of programming for 2022 and am now experimenting with different models. Raunak is a […]

Climate Change and NFTs

NFTs and Climate Change Aren’t NFTs disastrous for the environment? How can I reconcile being an environmentalist with being a proponent of NFTs? There is a path here. Let’s get into it. NFT 101 A non-fungible token (NFT) is a unique and non-interchangeable unit of data stored on a blockchain. NFTs can be used to […]

Symphonic Forest – Pre-installation Walkthrough

Just before I showed my new sound installation work, Symphonic Forest, I did this walkthrough at the Bloedel Reserve. This was the sound check before the final installation and I was quite happy with the results.   And here are some final pictures of the installation.   Their videographer shot some video on the morning […]

Symphonic Forest @ Bloedel Reserve

I’m midway through my 3 week summer residency at the Bloedel Reserve, where I am creating a new installation called Symphonic Forest, which is sculptural-sound installation that creates a data-driven soundscape from live data from trees. It’s a lot of work! Come check out its premiere on Thursday, August 12th (noon to 5pm) and Friday, […]