Simon Penny is an Australian artist, theorist and teacher in the field of Interactive Media Art. His art practice consists of interactive and robotic installations, which have been exhibited in the US, Australia and Europe. Penny is currently working with Bill Vorn on the Bedlam Project, due for completion later in 2004. Recent projects include Body Electric, Traces, a telematic interactive environment using networked CAVEs (computer assisted virtual environments), the emergent complexity sound installation Sympathetic Sentience (I, II and III, with Jamieson Schulte) and the autonomous robotic artwork Petit Mal.
Penny is Professor of Arts and Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Previous positions include Associate Professor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, and European Professor of Interactive Environments at the University of Portsmouth, UK and the Merz Akademie, Stuttgart, Germany. He established the Electronic Intermedia Program at the University of Florida 1990-93, and curated Machine Culture (arguably the first international survey exhibition of interactive art) at SIGGRAPH '93 in Anaheim CA.
Simon Penny has published and lectured widely on culture and technology, and electronic media art.
More information available from Simon Penny's website http://www.ace.uci.edu/penny/