Sawad Brooks’s visual and computer-based work has been exhibited at spaces including The Whitney Museum and Postmasters Gallery in New York; The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; and the Goethe Institute in Chicago. Internationally, he has shown his work at the Johannesburg Biennale, The Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the Banff Centre for the Visual Arts in Canada. He is the recipient of a Humanities Fellowship from the University of Chicago and has taught at Yale University and the Parsons School of Design. Brooks holds an MA from the University of Texas and an MS from MIT.
Emotional Lighting Systems
Emotional Lighting Systems is a series of lamps that exhibit various personality traits. Built from several pieces augmented by moveable mechanics and original software that react to viewers’ proximity or speed and the sounds they make, the lamps dim, light up, follow, and collapse, according to their given “personalities.” Each separate piece in Emotional Lighting Systems is created using a similar mechanical infrastructure and computer-generated intelligence.