Todd Margolis


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Todd Margolis is a Transmedia Producer of immersive artworks. He is currently an Assistant Project Scientist at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at UCSD. He serves on the boards of several non-profit and academic organizations in the US and UK which focus on immersive and interactive art and technology.

Margolis’ current research investigates social and cultural relationships to emerging media. His practice draws on over a decade of experience creating tele-collaborative immersive and interactive artworks and systems. In his role as Technical Director for the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) at UCSD, Margolis has staged a number of tele-presence performances, 3D 4K presentations and distributed cinema events. Margolis has been a lead researcher on several NSF funded projects including ATLAS in silico, Scalable City and ImageQuest. He has co-developed several virtual reality and augmented reality systems such as Varrier™ and HUVR, and created several mobile applications for the Android platform such as Auradust and Local ARt.

In 2007, Margolis was the Technical Director for the SIGGRAPH Digital Performances and Installations. Margolis has co-organized & participated in CineGrid's international next generation digital cinema workshop panels & presentations every year since its founding in 2006. He has published numerous papers on mixed reality artworks & systems.

Todd Margolis received his MFA in Electronic Visualization from the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004. He is a founding member of the immersive and interactive art and technology non-profit organization, Applied Interactives, and formerly the Director of the art collaborative Sine::apsis Experiments.

Margolis has lectured on new media art at the University of Illinois Chicago, Columbia College, Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As an artist-in-residence at (art)n Laboratory, he was a collaborator on a permanent art installation at Chicago's Midway Airport. He has shown his work nationally and internationally in such venues as Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Art Chicago, ICC (Tokyo, Japan), ISEA (Paris, France), Stockholm Art Fair (Sweden) and SIGGRAPH (LA, New Orleans & San Diego).

Todd Margolis