Interactive Arts and Media

Patrick Lichty

Title: Assistant Professor

Phone: 312-369-7568


Office: 16 S. Wabash, Room 104



Patrick Lichty  is a technologically-based conceptual artist, writer, independent curator, animator for the activist group, The Yes Men, co-founder of the virtual performance group, Second Front, and Executive Editor of Intelligent Agent Magazine. He began showing technological media art in 1989, and deals with works and writing that explore the social relations between us and the media. Venues in which Lichty has been involved with solo and collaborative works include the Whitney & Turin Biennials, Maribor Triennial, Performa Performance Biennial, Ars Electronica, and the International Symposium on the Electronic Arts (ISEA). 

He also works extensively with virtual worlds, including Second Life, and his work, both solo and with his performance art group, Second Front, has been featured in Flash Art, Eikon Milan, and ArtNews.


ASET, University of Akron, 1985

BSEET, University of Akron, 1990

MFA, Bowling Green State University, Phi Kappa Phi, 2006

Courses Taught



Interactive Installations

Media Theory 1

Media Theory 2

Areas of Interest

Critical Theory/Digital Humanities

Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Realities

Physical Computing

Generative/Video Art/Computer Animation

Activist/Critical Art

Professional Work

Whitney Biennial 2000 (Internet and Film/Video)

Maribor Triennial 2000

Performa Biennial 2007

Yokohama Triennial 2008

Chair,  Virtual Doppelgangers Embodiment, Morphogenesis, and Transversal Action, International Symposium for Electronic Arts (ISEA), Istanbul, Turkey

Awards and Honors

Herb Alpert/CalArts Fellow

Smithsonian New Media/New Century Award

Rockefeller New Media Arts Fellowship nominee

Honorable Mention, Golden Nica Award (Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria)

Artist in Residence, Eyebeam Art and Technology Atelier, NYC