David Bowen's work has recently been featured in group exhibitions at Eyebeam, NY; Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB); ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; The Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills; Fundación Telefónica, Madrid; The Seoul Museum of Art; Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz; Intercommunication Center (ICC), Tokyo; and one person exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Laboratoria Art & Science Center, Moscow; and Vox Populi, Philadelphia. Bowen is a recent recipient of a McKnight Visual Arts Fellowship and in the past has received awards from the Japan Media Arts Festival, Ars Electronica and the Vida Art and Artificial Life international competition. Bowen is currently an associate professor of Sculpture and Physical Computing at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
David Bowen is a studio artist and educator whose work explores intersections between natural and mechanical systems. With robotics, custom software, sensors, tele-presence and data, Bowen constructs dynamic installations that interface with the physical and virtual world. The devices he constructs often play both the roles of observer and creator, providing mechanical perspectives of dynamic situations and living systems. The relationships he constructs create a dissonance that leads to incalculable, unpredictable, and changeable outcomes. The resulting phenomenological outputs are collaborations between the natural form or function, the mechanism and the artist.