James Patten pushes the edges of interactivity in the physical world by exploring the convergence of interactive media and the built environment.
From experiential activations for global brands to large-scale installations for public and private institutions, his work challenges us to imagine interaction beyond traditional screens. His studio-initiated research has led to the creation of new technology platforms, like Swarm, tiny-computer controlled robots; novel actuated lighting features; and immersive environments that engage the body.
He is a TED Senior Fellow and Speaker and earned his doctorate at the MIT Media Lab where he studied in the Tangible Media Group under Hiroshi Ishii. Prior to the Media Lab, Patten studied virtual environments with Randy Pausch at the University of Virginia, and developed new interfaces for visualizing time-varying volumetric data at NASA Langley Research Center.
His work has been exhibited or performed in venues such as the Cooper Hewitt, the Museum of Modern Art, the Transmediale festival in Berlin, the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao and the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria and recognized in several international design competitions.