For the first part of his career David Rokeby focused on interactive pieces that directly engage the human body, or that involve artificial perception systems. In the last decade, his practice has expanded to included video, kinetic and static sculpture.
David Rokeby studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto under Norman White, graduating in experimental arts. Rokeby’s signature work Very Nervous System (1986-90) premiered at the Venice Biennale (Italy) in 1996. In 2000 his work Watched and Measured (2000) was awarded the first BAFTA award for interactive art from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Rokeby has twice received Austria’s Prix Ars Electronica (1991 and 1997), and the Golden Nica for Interactive Art 2002. The same year Rokeby was awarded a Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts by the Canada Council for the Arts, and he was the first recipient of the Petro-Canada Award for Media Arts in 1988. Permanent installations of his work can be found at Ex-Centris in Montreal (Quebec), the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, and at the Science Museum in London, England. His work has been performed and exhibited worldwide.
Recent projects include a series of video
works which explore the patterns traced by movements across time, an
installation evoking the presence of Marshall McLuhan in the coach
house where he worked for the 2010 Contact Festival.