October 24-26, 2007
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Speakers: Biography

Speaker: Haakon Faste


Haakon Faste

PhD Candidate
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
PERCRO Laboratory
Technology and Culture Division
Via Martiri 11
Pisa Pisa
56100 Italy

Haakon Faste is a PhD Student at the PERCRO Perceptual Robotics Laboratory at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy, focusing on virtual experience design for cultural heritage networks. He shares his time between Italy and the United States. Haakon studied both studio art and physics at Oberlin College, and has worked for over 12 years in the fields of visual art, product design and virtual reality. His work has appeared in many prominent American and European exhibitions including Galapagos Art Space and Studio 59 in New York City, La Biennale della Toscana and Palazzo Vivarelli Colonna in Florence, Italy, and the XI Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean in Athens, Greece. He recently finished a major public commission for the City of Mountain View, California. Before beginning his PhD, he was an interaction and software experiences designer with IDEO Product Development in Palo Alto California. In this capacity he led design strategy, implementation, technology innovation and IP strategy on creative projects for some of the world’s most innovative corporations, including Toyota, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Intel and Cisco Systems. During this time he also assisted as Juror for the ZeroOne International Festival of Digital Arts / IDEO residency program in San Jose, California, and “IDEO Selects: Works from the permanent collection” at the Cooper-Hewett National Design Museum, which opens this summer in New York. Prior to IDEO he worked with clients including Rolling Stone, the Whitney Museum of American Art and DavidBowie.com. For several years he also worked at Fakespace Laboratories designing virtual reality hardware devices for clients including Ford, NASA Ames and Los Alamos National Research Laboratories.

Haakon will present The Hand Dance: A Didactic Performance Platform. [Paper]