Shawn Lawson


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Most Recent Affiliation(s):


  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Associate Professor and Computational Artist

Other Affiliation(s):


  • Arizona State University, Associate Professor

ISEA Bio(s) Available:


  • ISEA2022

    Shawn Lawson is an artist and researcher creating the computational sublime. Performing as Obi-Wan Codenobi he live-codes real-time computer graphics with his open-source software. Shawn has performed, exhibited, or screened in museums, galleries, festivals, and public spaces on five continents. Lawson studied at Carnegie Mellon University, École Nationale Supèrieure des Beaux-Arts, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is an Associate Professor and Animation Program Director at Arizona State University.

    ISEA2015

    Shawn Lawson is an experiential media artist exploring the computational sublime through live-coding and real-time computer graphics. He has performed in England, Denmark, Russia, Italy, Korea, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, Canada, and across the USA. MFA received from SAIC. He is an Associate Professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), USA

    Shawn Lawson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA. Shawn Lawson is an experiential media artist exploring the computational sublime with technologies like: stereoscopy, camera vision, touch screens, game controllers, mobile devices, random number generators, live-coding, and real-time computer graphics. His artwork has exhibited in museums, galleries, festivals, and public space in England, Denmark, Spain, Russia, Italy, Korea, Portugal, Brazil, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, Canada, and across the USA.

    ISEA2012

    Shawn Lawson, Associate Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA. He is a computational artist and researcher creating the computational sublime. He performs under the pseudonym Obi-Wan Codenobi where he live-codes real-time computer graphics with his open source software.


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Last Known Location:


  • Tempe, Arizona, United States of America

Previous Location(s):


  • Troy, New York, US

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