Sheldon Brown is an artist who works in new forms of culture that arise out of the developments of computing technology. He is Director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) where he is a Professor of Visual Arts and the head of New Media Arts for the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies (Cal-(IT)2).
His work examines the relationships between mediated and physical experiences. This work often exists across a range of public realms. As an artist, he is concerned about overlapping and reconfiguring private and public spaces; how new forms of mediation are proliferating co-existing public realms whose geographies and social organizations become ever more diverse. Art that explores schismatic junctions of these zones – the edges of their coherency – allow glimpses into their formative structures and provide a view that suggests transformative modes of being, extending constrained boundaries. A recurring strategy is to work with the contextual apparatus of museums with adjacent mission scopes to the artworld, bringing avant-garde strategies to ranges of social issues at venues that often use more pedantic forms of discourse.
He has shown his work at such places as The Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, The Exploratorium in San Francisco, Ars Electronica in Linz Austria, The Kitchen in NYC, Zacheta Gallery in Warsaw, Centro Nacional in Mexico City, and others. He has been commissioned for public artworks in Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego and Mexico City, and has received grants from AT&T New Experiments in Art and Technology, the NEA, the Rockefeller Foundation, IBM, Intel, Sun, Vicon and others.