Philip Beesley is an associate professor in the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo who creates immersive, responsive environments. His projects feature interactive kinetic systems that use dense arrays of microprocessors, sensors and actuator systems arranged within lightweight textile structures. These environments pursue distributed emotional consciousness within synthetic and near-living systems.
His current Hylozoic Ground project will transform the Canadian Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale with an environment made of tens of thousands of digitally-fabricated components fitted with meshed microprocessors and sensors.
Beesleys work is widely published and exhibited, and has been distinguished by awards including VIDA 11.0 and FEIDAD, and by the Prix de Rome in Architecture (Canada). He was educated in visual art at Queens University, in technology at Humber College, and in architecture at the University of Toronto.