Peter Symons uses computer programing, interactive projection and digital fabrication techniques to create his algorithmic installations and objects. He produces works of art that directly react to and interact with detected changes. Symons uses a variety of different sensors, from digital cameras, to infrared 3d sensors, and even EEG (electroencephalogram) headsets, to create works of art that directly interact with the viewers and the environment, and by doing so create artworks that exhibit primitive or alien agency.
Peter Symons is interested in different forms of consciousness and perception. He is interested in the changing dynamic that has arisen as digital production has overtaken mechanical reproduction, in particular what becomes of Walter Benjamin’s idea of “Aura” in a time of infinite reproducibility without the need of an original.
Born in Ireland, Raised in the United States, Symons recieved his Bacholers Degree in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and his Masters from the Pratt Institute. He is currently employed as a full-time lecturer at the University of Miami in the Sculpture Department. Additionally he co-curates exhibitions, along with his wife, Leah Brown, for the FATVillage Arts District in Fort Lauderdale FL. He is a Founder/Partner in the Public Art and Design company, Art+Light+Space Studios, and in the Art Fabrication company, What Thing Studios, Inc. He lives with his wife and daughter in Fort Lauderdale, FL.