Home                          Toronto, Canada
Nationality                   Canadian
Born                            1958    Vancouver, Canada
Education                    1979 – 1983 Ontario College of Art 2017 University College Dublin – PhD Candidate

I have been exhibiting my artwork internationally since 1986 when I took part in the “Strategic Arts Initiative” exhibition that linked Canada and Italy in the worlds first telepresence robotics exhibition. From 1993 to 1995 I directed the VRAAP program (Virtual Reality Artist Access Program) at the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto where I explored the effects virtual technologies have on society. In 2001 I was one of 10 artists involved in the ground breaking “Liveform Telekinetics” project that linked Interaccess in Toronto to the WAAG new media center in Amsterdam with videoconferencing media. In 2007 I exhibited “MOBI” and “Morphing Machinery” at the DEAF festival in Rotterdam and in 2009 completed the “Emoti-Chair”, a 3 year Canada Council /NSERC research project with Ryerson University to develop a way to simulate the affect of sound in movies for deaf people using a combination of non audio sensory inputs. In 2010 I exhibited “Intersection” at Transmediale in Berlin, “3di” for the Dutch cultural pavilion at Expo in Shanghai, “Third Eye” for the European Capital of Culture that took place in Essen, Germany and OVERVIEW for the European Space Agency. In 2011 I exhibited the telepresence art piece “Displaced Perspectives 2.0” at the second Strategic Arts Initiative 2.0 exhibition that linked V2 in Rotterdam with Interaccess in Toronto as part of the McLuhan 100 festival. In 2014 I exhibited the robotic work “MOBI Jr.” in Sandnes Norway and my first outdoor kinetic sculpture “Undulations” in the Delft Sculpture Park in the Netherlands. In 2015 the Vitenfabrikken Science Centre in Norway installed my first permanent robotic installation called “Froken Mobi”. Current projects in development are the virtual reality work “Sensing Presence”, and the telepresence installation “Cohesion Cafes Canada” in celebration of Canada’s 150 anniversary

As a scientific researcher I have been involved in numerous research projects in the area of telepresence and education and as an entrepreneur have started 3 companies in the areas of social entrepreneurship. I started my first company called Horizonscan in 1987 to commercialize my Virtual Reality inventions and in 1996 formed Telbotics to roll out PEBBLES (Providing Education By Bringing Learning Environments to Students) that is currently installed in over 50 hospitals and schools in Canada and the US. In 2007 I started my 3rd company called Webchair which has deployed over 300 units that link children recovering from cancer to their learning environments in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. My current research focus is TAR (Telepresence Autism Research) that is researching the positive impact telepresence technology can have on people with Autism with schools and institutions in The Netherlands. In the area of engineering I have no formal training but have designed and built many custom mechanical devices to solve difficult issues related to the various projects I have created. Over the course of my career I have been awarded 6 patents in the areas of panoramic imaging, virtual reality and telepresence robotics. I am currently involved with Ryerson University in doing my PhD at University College Dublin in Ireland on the positive effects that telepresence technology can have for children with autism in a project called Webmoti.

As an industrial designer I have created numerous products in the area of virtual reality, panoramic imaging and telepresence videoconferencing. 100’s of my designs have been produced and are currently in use helping ill children stay connected to their learning environments as they recover at home.

As an entrepreneur I have started 3 high tech companies and am currently Chief Science Officer at Webchair BV in Delft, The Netherlands

– Webchair BV
Telepresence display devices
– Telbotics Inc.
Telepresence robotic systems
– Horizonscan Inc.
Panoramic imaging systems in virtual reality environments

As an educator I have taught at numerous institutions in Canada, the UK, Germany, Sweden and The Netherlands. From 1993-1995 I was Director, VRAAP (Virtual Reality Artist Access Program)

At the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto and most recently taught at the Willem de Kooning Acadimie’s hacking department

2015    FROKEN MOBI, Vitenfrabrikken, Sandnes, Norway
2014    UNDULATIONS, Delft Sculpture Park, Delft, Netherlands
MOBI JR., Vitenfrabrikken, Sandnes, Norway
2013    RIECHSTAGSBRAND 2.0, Berlin Messa, Berlin, Germany
SPIRAL BELL, Bestuling, The Hauge, Netherlands
FUKUSHIMA CAFÉ 1.0, WAAG Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands
FUKUSHIMA CAFÉ 2.0, Berlin, Germany
2012    MORPHOGENIC, Collaboration with Anouk Wipprecht, Vienna, Austria
2011    DISPLACED PERSPECIVES 2.0, SAI 2.0, Interaccess, Toronto & V2 Rotterdam,       SUMO WRESTLING ROBOTS, Cinekind, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2010    OVERVIEW, European Space Agency, Noordwijk, Netherlands
THE THIRD EYE, Ruhr2010, Zollverien, Essen, Germany
3rd i, Expo2010, Netherlands Culture House, Shanghai and Rotterdam
INTERSECTION, Transmediale, Potzdamerplatz, Berlin, Germany
2009    EMOTION CHAIR, Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2008    EMOTION CHAIR, Ontario Science Centre, Canada
EMOTION CHAIR, Multi_Modal, V2, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2007    MORPHING MACHINERY, DEAF, V2, Rotterdam, Netherlands
MOBI, DEAF, V2, Rotterdam, Netherlands
MOBI, Dutch Ministry of Culture, Netherlands
CYBERCITY RUHR, Robotdag, Bochem, Germany
2006    CYBERCITY OPEN AIR ATILIER, Utopia Machen, Wandelbar, Essen, Germany
MOBI, Zwijger opening, WAAG, Amsterdam, Netherlands
MOBI, WAAG 10th anniversary, WAAG, Amsterdam, Netherlands
TELEMOBI, STRP Festival, Eindhoven, Netherlands
TELEMOBI, Fusion 06, Ontario science Center, Toronto, Canada
TOUCH, Villa Zebra, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2005    ECHOE’S, 60 anniversary of the end of WWII, Netherlands/Canada
LIBERATION, Splendid Immersion, V2, Rotterdam, Netherlands
TELEPRESENCE STAIRS, Splendid Immersion, V2, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2003    PEBBLES, Museum for Communications, The Hague, Netherlands
SENTIENT CREATURES, WAAG , Amsterdam, Netherlands
2001    TELETABLES, Liveform Telekinetics, Interaccess, Toronto & WAAG , Amsterdam
1999    ORIENTATION, Artist as Machine, Durham Art Gallery, Durham, Canada
1998    RAIN SPHERE, Space Probe, Interaccess, Toronto, Canada
1996    ORIENTATION, Perspective on Perspective, Interaccess, Toronto, Canada
1995    CYBERCITY, Net@works, National Centre for the Arts, Mexico City, Mexico
COUP D’ETE, Electric Skin, Interaccess, Toronto, ISEA 95 Montreal, New York, USA
1993    CYBERCITY, Aperto, Venice Biennel and McLuhan Program UofT, Toronto, Canada
1982    LAURA’S HOUSE, Image du Futur, Old Port, Montreal, Canada
1990    THE AMBASSADORS, Cyberdelic Rave, Toronto, Canada
1988    THE AMBASSADORS, New Works Showcase, The Funnel, Toronto, Can
METRO MOTIONS, Back To Amsterdam, De Meervaart, Amsterdam, Nertherlands
DISPLACED PERSPECTIVES, ARC, Toronto and  Salerno, Italy
DISPLACED     PERSPECTIVES, Artculture Resource Centre, Toronto and Paris,
1985    METRO MOTIONS, Collages & 3-D Photographiques, Ovo Gallery, Montreal,
WREAK BEACH, Contemporary Canadian photography, McGill, Toronto
1984    METRO MOTIONS, Toronto Documetary Photograhy, Harbourfront, Toronto,
1983    WHOLE IN THE WALL, Informatique, La Charteuse, Avignon, France
THE WAR IS ON, Recent Works, Burton Gallery, Toronto, Canada
DISPLACED PERSPECTIVE, Open House, Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada
1981    THE DOMINO EFFECT, Ice Sculpture Competition, North York, Canada
SKINNED, Artventure, 2nd prize, New Works Competition, Royal Bank, Toronto,
1980    DEPENDENCE, 1st prize, New Sculpture Competition, Koffler Gallery, Toronto,

2013                            Media Arts, Research Grant, Canada Council
2009                            Media Arts, Production Grant, Canada Council
2006 – 2008                 Media Arts, New Media Initiative, Canada Council and NSERC
1983, 1984, 1994        Computer Integrated Media, Canada Council
1986, 1988, 1994        Photography & New Media, Ontario Arts Council

2006    Da Vinci Award
1999    Sweden, Global Bangamann Challange

2012    De Pers, March 12, page 15
2011    CBC Radio, Nov. 4, Strategic Arts Initiative
2010    Discovery Channel – Dec. 7th, Daily Planet, Aqua Cinema
New Scientist, May 10, Art meets Science, issue 2759
Berlin Unlike, Feb 2,
2009    Discovery channel – Daily Planet
CBC Television, Emotion Chair
New Scientist, Emotion Chair
2008    WAZ, Kinder Planen, March 13, , Eseen Germany
2007    Revver,
NRZ, Kunstler unterrichten Schuler, Feb. 19, Eseen Germany
2006    WAZ, Gestaltete fassaden in der City, Dec. 2, Eseen Germany
SWITCH, March 16, V2, Rotterdam Netherlands
2005    Splendid Immersion, June 2, V2, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Discovery Channel, May, 12th, Daily Planet
2004    Toronto Star, P.3, Entertainment
NRC Handelsblad, De aarde op speelfilmlengte, June 4, Ine Poppe
2003    Time magazine, September, P.45, PEBBLES launch in USA
WAAG Society, Sentient Creatures, Nov. 26, Amsterdam,  Netherlands
2001    BBC Tomorrows World
2002    Performing Arts Journal, The Disembodied eye, pp122-126
2000    Now Magazine, Pandora’s Box, March 4, page 44
1996    Now magazine, Cyber swarea, Wilma
1995    Toronto Star, Oct, Page C1, Christopher Hume
1994      The Washington Post, Cyber-Culture, G8, Richard Lieby
Maclean’s Magazine, 100 Canadians to Watch, July 5, Page 31, Bruce Wallace
1992    Cyberart, McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, Toronto, Canada
1991    Virtual Reality and Photography, Turin Photography Biannual, Turin, Italy
1989    Photo Life, April, Page 13, Ken Hoffman
1988    Views, November, Cover, Page 8, Hamish Buchanan
1984    Toronto Star, July, Page D12, Christopher Hume
1983    Vanguard, Fall, Page 32, Micheal Hume

2001 TeleMedicine 2001 Fels, D.I., Williams, L., Smith, G., Treviranus, J. The Supply Student, June 2001, Montreal, Canada.
1999 Telemedicine Journal, Williams, L. Fels, D.I., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., Eagleson, R. (1999), Developing A Video-Mediated Communication System For Hospitalized Children
1998 International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Williams, L. Fels, D.I., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., Eagleson, R. (1998). Control of a remote communication system by children.
1998 Internationaö Conference of the Learning Sciences, Williams, L. Fels, D.I., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., Eagleson, R., (1998), Analysis of a Video-mediated Communication System For Children
1998 Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineers, Williams, L. Fels, D.I., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., Eagleson, R. (1998) Creating An Interactive Supply Student
1997 Human Factors and Ergonomics ,Williams, L. Fels, D.I., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., Eagleson, R. (1997). Using PEBBLES to Facilitate Remot Learning , Albuquerque, pp. 320.
1997 Seventh International Conference on Human Computer Interaction Williams, L. Fels, D.I., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., Eagleson, R. (1997). PEBBLES: Providing Education by Bringing Learning Environments to Students.  San Francisco pp. 115-118.
1996 CYBERG Conference, Williams, L. Fels, D.I., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., Spargo G, Eagleson, R. (1996) Control Of A Remote Communication System By Children

2015 – Froken Mobi
2014 – Undulations

2011 – Displaced Perspectives 2.0
2010- Intersection

2010- The Third Eye
2010- 3di
2009- Emoti-chair

2007 – Mobi jr

2005 – Echoe’s
2003 – Sentient Creatures
2001 – Liveform Telekinetics

2000- Pandorna’s Box
1995 – Electric Skin

1993 – Toronto Cybercity
1986 – Displaced Perspectives
1983 – Displaced Perspective