Dr. Joseph Nechvatal has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information and computer-robotics since 1986. His computer-robotic assisted paintings and computer animations are shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. From 1991-3 he worked as artist-in-resident at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation's computer lab in Arbois, France on 'The Computer Virus Project': an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem. Dr. Nechvatal has exhibited his work widely in Europe and the United States, both in private and public venues. He is collected by the Los Angeles County Museum, the Moderna Musset in Stockholm, Sweden and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Dr. Nechvatal's work was included in Documenta 8.
Dr. Nechvatal earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of art and new technology as a Ph.D. doctoral fellow researcher with The Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) (see: http://www.eyewithwings.net/nechvatal/ideals.htm ). He served as Parisian editor for "RHIZOME INTERNET" (http://www.rhizome.org ) between the years 1996-2001 and now writes regularly for "The THING’ (http://www.thing.net ) and "NY ARTS Magazine" (http://www.nyartsmagazine.com ). Dr. Nechvatal presently teaches ‘Theories of Virtual Reality’ and ‘Viractualism’ at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is a founder of the Tellus Audio Art Project (http://www.harvestworks.org/tellus/tellus.html ). And served as conference coordinator for the 1st International CAiiA Research Conference entitled "CONSCIOUSNESS REFRAMED: Art and Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era" (5 & 6 July 1997); an international conference which looked at new developments in art, science, technology and consciousness which was held at the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts, University of Wales College, Newport, UK.