When people think of Microsoft Research, they usually think of high-end research in computing, software or the social sciences. They don’t think art.
But for several months now, Microsoft Research (MSR) has had an artist in residence: James George, a computer science graduate from the University of Washington who became part of the adjunct faculty at New York University’s interactive telecommunications program.
George, who says on his website that he’s “an artist using code to critically engage with emerging technology,” seems a good fit for Studio 99, a space within the MSR Redmond lab that explores the interaction between art and science. Studio 99 takes artistic contributions from any MSR researcher and also sometimes hosts work by external artists.
George’s work, including Grip (seen at right) will be on display for the next several months, though the exhibition — and Studio 99 — is only open to Microsoft employees, not the general public.
More information on George’s works and on Studio 99 is in this blog post.
And here’s a video from Microsoft on George’s exhibition: