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.
MFA 2011 California Institute of the Arts - Art, Integrated Media
BA 2009 Whitman College - Art, Minor in English, Magna Cum Laude
EXHIBITIONS, PERFORMANCES & SCREENINGS (*SOLO EXHIBITION)
*Handshake Flag, Harborview & Pole, San Pedro, CA
*Small Gestures, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gimpo, South Korea
Screening, AR Projects, Other Places Art Fair, San Pedro, CA
Apparatus, Plexus Projects, New York, NY
*Metafork, Thank You For Coming, Los Angeles, CA
Scroll, The Reef, Los Angeles, CA
National/Washington, LARC/UMM, Klowden Mann, Culver City, CA
Inauguration, Main Gallery, Valencia, CA
Town Hall, ltd los angeles, Los Angeles, CA
soundbodyspace, Mumbo, Valencia, CA
Play: Open Call 2016, LA Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
OneHouse Arts, OneHouse ArtsExperience Museum, Temple City, CA
PMBW, Laboratory for Lifelong Learning Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Body Part Position Points (Portland, OR), Otherplaces.la, online
* Performance Protocol, AR Projects, Los Angeles, CA
*Social Haptics Learning Center, themonthly, online
*FLOP, Mitchell Gallery, USC Roski School of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
*GAME Night, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, CA
* Key-Swipe Finger-Calligraphy, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Watchmen: Surveillance and the Flanuer, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Trans•pose, The dA Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA
Hello L.A., studio 1.1, London, England
Future Play:Active A John Cage Birthday Party Workshop,Centre for the Living Arts, Mobile, AL
Have You Seen My Privacy?, Concord, Los Angeles, CA
Gastro-Aesthetics: History of Food & Art, Thank You For Coming, Los Angeles, CA
Fast Service While You Wait, Venice 6114, Los Angeles, CA
*Dental Focus Focal Group, Six & Six, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Road Concerts: Mulholland Dérive, Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Perform WOW!, Small Form Space, Los Angeles, CA
Trash, The New Children’s Museum, San Diego, CA
Saved by the Eternal Telethon, Woodbury University, Burbank, CA
*Pericutaneous Model Building Workshop, A116, CalArts, Valencia, CA
*Reciprocal Handwashing Station, D300, CalArts, Valencia, CA
*Human Architecture Headgear Activity (HAHA), Woodbury University, Burbank, CA
Los Angeles Road Concerts: Sunset Boulevard, Sunset & Fig, Los Angeles, CA
GLAMFA (Greater Los Angeles MFA Exhibition), Cal State University, Long Beach, CA
Fast-Forward II: A Screening of Contemporary Video Art, SBCAF, Santa Barbara, CA
Into My Seas, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
Intimacies, The Farley Building, Los Angeles, CA
LA Napoli, Cercle Blanc Gallery, Berlin, Germany
*Egress, Main Gallery, CalArts, Valencia, CA
Eternal Telethon: Infinity + 24, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
Playing Dumb, Amy Adler’s Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Cut/PASTE Collage as Methodology in Video Art, PØST, Los Angeles, CA
Energia 14-15, Energy Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Dirty Communication, A402, CalArts, Valencia, CA
Thesis Exhibition, Sheehan Gallery, Walla Walla, WA
“Whimmydiddles ,Whirligigs, and Capital Punishment: A History of Toys and Games, Being A Partial and Idiosyncratic Exploration of Several Centuries of Developments, Focusing Largely on Europe and North America.” viralnet.net, 2016.
“In Response: Some Thoughts on Soap Bubbles and Spiderwebs.” Best Friends Learning Gang Reader, forthcoming.
“An Interview with Chris Bassett on NIKE: Los Angeles Defense Area.” viralnet.net, 2015.
Play:Active—A Curatorial Project in the Form of a Workshop, viralnet.net, 2013.
“Ask Shirley.” Intimacies, 2011.
Roesch, Ariane. “The UNIT Talks: Tyler Calkin,” The UNIT Talks, 2015
Moore, Catlin. “The Quantum Leap to Something New, Part II,” DailyServing.com June 25, 2013
Sommer, Danielle. “#loveletter,” DailyServing.com Jan. 14, 2013