Ben Dembroski is an educator, visual artist and technologist based in Milwaukee, Wi. He received his BFA in Sculpture from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2001. In 2002, he moved to Scotland to complete his MFA from the Glasgow School of Art (2004). He stayed there for nearly a decade working as an internationally exhibiting artist and software developer. He returned to Milwaukee in 2011 with a wife and two children in tow. In 2014, he returned to MIAD. In 2015 he spearheaded the formation of MIAD’s openlab – a space that explores how emerging technologies can be used in Art and Design and currently serves as MIAD’s Director of Emerging Technologies.
Ben is comfortable working in computer programming, physical computing, lens-based image making, and a variety of sculptural techniques. He’s primarily interested in how digital information works as material, and how it interfaces with the physical world. He tends to make robotic installations that address the topics of labor, power and how society is affected by our use of digital technologies.
If you let him touch your computer, he may try to break it.
View his work at www.dembroski.net