Oh Ambient Demons: Heuristics and Civilization
Marcos Novak is a multi-faceted artist, architect and currently the director of transLAB for media arts and technology. As a researcher at Austin University in Texas, he began to focus on the relationship between information technology and construction in the early eighties. Specializing in industrial design and “non-traditional” architecture, Novak found inspiration in the study of the spatial potential of the new digital technologies, algorithmic compositions and music. On the basis of purely theoretical postulates, Novak has designed numerous prototypes, laboratories and real installations which remain liquid architectures through mechanical devices, giving the impression of being somewhere between the physical and virtual worlds (transarchitecture). He is a professor at the Media Arts and Technology Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara and has participated in countless international exhibitions in museums and galleries all over the world, including the 7th and 9th Biennale International Architecture Exhibitions in Venice (2000 and 2004).