Philip Beesley is a practicing visual artist, architect, and Professor in Architecture at the University of Waterloo and his art installation is kind of magical.
He is also a Professor of Digital Design and Architecture & Urbanism at the European Graduate School. Beesley’s work is widely cited in contemporary art and architecture, focused in the rapidly expanding technology and culture of responsive and interactive systems.
Beesley was educated in visual art at Queen’s University, in technology at Humber College, and in architecture at the University of Toronto. He serves as the Director for the Living Architecture Systems Group, and as Director for Riverside Architectural Press. His Toronto-based practice, Philip Beesley Architect Inc., operates in partnership with Rolf Seifert and the Waterloo-based Adaptive Systems Group, and in numerous collaborations including longstanding exchanges with couture designer Iris van Herpen and futurist Rachel Armstrong. PBAI/PS combine the disciplines of professional architecture, science, engineering, and visual art.
His installations incorporate industrial design, digital prototyping, instrument making, and mechatronics engineering.
They combine synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, mechanics, sound, light, and filtering systems. The work of Philip Beesley and the LAS evolves through constant collaborative exchanges with an international network of scientists, engineers, and artists. Beesley and his collaborators employ neuroscience engineering techniques to explore how functions like ’empathy and care’ can create sculptural works that function as ‘living labs.’