Tyler Calkin is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. He received his MFA in Art and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts. His work has been exhibited and performed in art and educational institutions around the world, including Cercle Blanc Gallery in Berlin, studio1.1 in London, Tsinghua University in Beijing, KUArt in Nepal, Tec de Monterrey in Mexico, Harvestworks in New York, Centre for the Living Arts in Mobile, AL, the University of Southern California, and Machine Project in Los Angeles.
His multi-modal practice examines social constructions, habits, and anxieties through play and improvisation. Drawing particularly from safety and hygiene products and evolving digital interfaces, Calkin rearranges material culture into social catalysts. The resulting situations propose new models for interpersonal and inter-object relations.
As an educator Calkin heads the Digital Media program in the University of Nevada, Reno, where he teaches critical discourse and experimental practices in video, virtual and augmented reality, immersive and interactive media, performance, and game design.