David is an artist and engineer with a focus on interactive installation art that deals with complexity and a systems worldview. He holds a B.A.Sc in System Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo (Canada), an M.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (Canada), and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia (Canada).

In his work as an engineer and artist, he is interested in exploring the relationships between humans, digital technology, and the biological world. He focuses on the complexities of those relationships and the ways in which our often simple, mechanistic view of those complex interconnections afford us an illusion of control over our environments.

Selected publications

Kadish, D. (2016). Autonomous Agents as Artistic Collaborators. In The 30th Annual Conference of Society of Science, Literature and the Arts. Atlanta, Georgia. [link]

Beesley, P., Nicholas, P., Kulić, D., Gorbet, R., Zwierzycki, M., Kadish, D., … Prosser, J. (2016). Hybrid Sentient Canopy: An implementation and visualization of proprioceptive curiosity-based machine learning. In Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers and Cognitive Machines. Ann Arbor, Michigan. [link]

Kadish, D. (2015). Subtle Emergences. University of British Columbia. (MFA Thesis) [link]

Dulic, A., Kadish, D., Najjaran, H., & Newby, K. (2015). The Order of Passions – A Portrait of Polyphonic Canada. In K. Armstrong (Ed.), Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (pp. 1–8). Vancouver, B.C.: New Forms Art Press. [link]

Kadish, D., & Dulic, A. (2015). Crafting sustainability: approaching wicked environmental problems through high–low tech practice. Digital Creativity, 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/14626268.2014.998682 [link]

Kadish, D. (2013). External contexts in dynamic multiple classifier systems. University of British Columbia. (M.A.Sc Thesis)

Kadish, D., Kummer, N., Dulic, A., & Najjaran, H. (2012). The empathy machine: Generated music to augment empathic interactions. In M. Herrlich, R. Malaka, & M. Masuch (Eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 7522 LNCS, pp. 461–464). Bremen, Germany: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-33542-6_53


Email: davk(at)itu(dot)dk

Tel: +45 7218 5198

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