Aaron Sherwood

Program Head, Interactive Media; Associate Arts Professor of Interactive Media; Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: Master's in Interactive Telecommunications, New York University (2014); BFA Jazz and Contemporary Music, New School for Social Research (2001); Studio Music and Jazz Program, University of Miami; North Carolina School of the Arts

Research Areas: Applied explorations of consciousness, cosmopoiesis, embodiment, entropy, and semiotics in multi-sensory interactive systems, visual art, and sound


Aaron Sherwood is an interactive media artist/musician creating large-scale multi-sensory installations and performances. Exploring consciousness, cosmopoiesis, embodiment, entropy, and semiotics, he plays with patterns of emergence in seemingly chaotic systems. People are often placed in the center of these systems, positioned in-between micro and macro worlds. People are not mere spectators, but directly influence the complex systems Sherwood creates, enabling the systems to come alive. This mutual "making/forming" allows participants to experience their relationship to Environment in new ways.

His work has been shown at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Cameron Arts Museum, Federation Square (Australia), Telfair Museums, Google, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Future of Storytelling conference, Scopitone Festival (France), Burning Man Arts Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Portugal), Festival of Curiosity (Ireland), Currents New Media Festival, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and many more.

In 2011, along with Kiori Kawai, he founded Purring Tiger, a multicultural experimental performance group dedicated to bringing people together in the context of art, in a subtext of wonder.

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