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Written by Kuniko Vroman   
Jun 15, 2006 at 12:48 PM

Environmental Awareness though Eco-visualization
Designing Software and Technology To Promote Sustainability

Tiffany Holmes is an electronic media artist currently focused on using technology and art to increase public awareness about environmental issues, specifically the management of water and electricity resources. A multimedia installation artist and former painter, Holmes creates visual languages to represent the movement of information: human bodies, animal agents, oxygen levels, and electricity flows. In Follow the Mouse (2001), a playful rodent becomes the input device for a computer while in Fishbowl (2003), a goldfish monitors the feed from underwater surveillance cameras. In her most recent work, Floating Point (2005), the concentration of dissolved oxygen in a river directs the flow of a single-pixel animation. Holmes recently received a public art commission from the state of Illinois to create a public installation that images real time electricity loads in the new National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) building.

With a BA in art history and environmental studies from Williams College, Holmes received a MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in digital arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Holmes has lectured and exhibited worldwide in these venues: J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Digital Salon, Viper in Switzerland, Next 1.0 in Sweden, Siggraph 2000, World@rt in Denmark, Interaction ’01 in Japan, and ISEA Nagoya ’02. Holmes was awarded a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan, the Illinois Arts Council grant, an Artists-In-Labs residency in Switzerland, and most recently an NCSA design award. Currently, Holmes is an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she teaches courses in interactivity, automated drawing and the history of electronic media and environmental art. More information is available at:

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