Derek Lomas is a scientist and artist pursuing his MFA at UC San Diego. He received his undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science from Yale University (2003), where he studied the cognitive basis for empathy and music perception. He currently co-directs the Social Movement Laboratory (socialmovement.org) under Natalie Jeremijenko at the California Institute of Telecommunications and Technology (Calit2).
The Social Movement Laboratory is a hybrid arts laboratory researching the aesthetics and dynamics of social activity. Recently, the laboratory conducted aerial studies of crowd structures at the Mexican-American immigration rallies in San Diego. Currently, the lab is conducting a large-scale visualization of the dynamics of social behavior within Myspace.com, the largest online social network. “BioMemetics@Myspace” is a 20-screen modular representation of the exchange of media and the structure of popularity within the influential online network.
Derek Lomas regularly uses non-traditional ethnographic methodologies to explore the aesthetic of common collaborative social processes. His most recent work at ISEA2006, “Memory Columns: San Jose 2006,” is a sculptural-performance piece structured as a comparative study of graffiti practices across four different neighborhoods within San Jose, CA. “Real-Time-Lapse” is a video piece using aerial surveillance cameras at an LA gallery opening to provide a self-reflective representation of the crowd’s ongoing social interactions at 10x speed. Currently, Derek Lomas is working on “Party of the Year”: an abstract animation of social structure, based upon aerial surveillance footage taken at a large party held in a San Diego art gallery.
Derek Lomas has presented his work at Yale University, Artspace New Haven, UC San Diego, the Sundown Salon LA, and in the Chelsea Art Museum, New York City.
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