Russell Pensyl (MFA 88, BFA 85) is an American media artist and designer. He was pioneer in the design and creation of interactive media as early as 1983. Pensyl owned and operated two companies in digital media from 1988 until 2003 that designed and created films and interactive media for Fortune 500 companies such as Apple Computer, IBM, Motorola, Kodak, Adobe Systems, Sony, Disney, Pearson Education, JCPenney, WebTV, 3Com, PalmPilot, American Airlines, Lucent Technologies, and others.
Pensyl’s current work includes the creation of location based entertainment several areas of technology in the application of content delivery in environmental spaces, including facial recognition, positioning and localization, and gesture recognition. Recently, research in the use of facial recognition technology, positioning, and augmented reality annotation has resulted in commercially viable communication technologies, as well as user centric, autonomously responsive systems using biometric data in interactive installations.
In his recent work, Pensyl’s use of “subtle presence” (autonomously responsive media in interactive installations) produces dynamic time lapse, still-life paintings that shift incrementally, influenced by personal characteristics of the viewer in exhibition spaces. One installation using this “subtle presence” was presented in the 2011 International Sarajevo Winter Festival. In 2008, Pensyl’s mixed reality installation “The Long Bar” was a Curator Invited Installation in the SIGGRAPH Asia Synthesis – Curated Show/Art Gallery in Singapore. His work has been included in international exhibitions and venues such as the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival, 2004 Shang Hai Biennial, Machida City Museum of Graphics Arts, Tokyo, Japan, the 2002 SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, NAB, COMDEX, and many others.