Ben Hooker is a designer and artist who works with interactive media in and about urban contexts. His projects, whether conceptual or applied, define new experiences and aesthetic situations which arise from the intermingling of the phenomenal and intangible worlds of physical materiality and electronic data. As daily life contains ever more windows into electronic spaces, and virtual realities increasingly occupy our minds, he investigates how site-specific media technologies can be employed to exploit the play between many realms to enable new kinds of technology-dependent lifestyles.

He is Associate Professor and Core Faculty in the Media Design Practices graduate program at ArtCenter College of Design where he co-directs the new Post-Geographic City research group; and Mitchell Visiting Professor in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, focusing on design and emerging technologies. Previously he was Visiting Faculty at Intel Research in Berkeley, where he worked as a ‘designer-in-residence’ on projects dealing with both urban and domestic computing. Prior to that, he was a Research Fellow in the school of Architecture and Design at the Royal College of Art and final-year tutor in the Graphic Design program at Central Saint Martins College, London.

Recent events, exhibitions, projects

11/2017 – IMAGEOBJECTLANDSCAPEEVENT book launch—upcoming
11/2017 The Grotesque Interfaces exhibition at School of the Art Institute Chicago—upcoming
02/2017 Everday Immersions 4-week AR/VR project with MFA students
12/2016 Major Issues 3-week intensive workshop with MFA students
11/2016 Falling Cameras project exhibited at Wind Tunnel gallery
11/2016 The Algorithm in the Room event curated and staged at the Grad Center for Critical Practice
10/2016 Fast Forward: The Post-Geographic City event on 89.3KPCC Public Radio
09/2016 Everything On Time presented at Responsive Cities symposium, Barcelona
03/2016 Everything On Time exhibited at Architecture + Design Museum, Los Angeles
02/2016 Neighborhood Watch Files exhibited at Apex Gallery, New York
12/2015 Everything On Time exhibited at Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism & Architecture