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About Parker Heyl

Kinetic Artist & Mechanical Engineer

Parker Heyl

Mechanical engineer, educator, and roboticist. Parker studied in Boston where he became involved in the maker movement, conducting research on maker curriculums at the Developmental Technologies Lab at Tufts University, Scratch Jr. at the MIT Media Lab, the Cambridge Friends School Makerspace, and The Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop. He has worked as a roboticist at the Harvard iLab developing soft robotic grippers, and as a hardware designer at the start-up incubator Greentown Labs. Parker is a graduate of the IALab and has publicly exhibited his thesis project in London, Chicago, and Prague.

Projects By Parker Heyl

Posts By Parker Heyl

Analog Future: Materiality in the Digital Arts

November 30, 2018 |

This paper questions notions of spatiality in translating from the physical to the virtual. By discussing and recontextualizing Jean Baudrillard’s concept of the hyperreal in a digital modernity, I question the emerging technologies in contemporary music, art, and architectural practices. … Read More

uncovering code in materials, space, and form – work in progress

July 20, 2018 |

There is a pervasive mythology that the keyboard and the camera will one day replace the hand and the eye. The basis of digital interaction relies on the idea of a seamless translation from the real to the virtual, glossy … Read More

Prototypes of Kinetic Art

March 23, 2018 |

I spent this winter term in the shop space at Here East creating my first kinetic sculptures. I have been experimenting with the animation of material objects as a way to immerse viewers in displays of analog movement. This is … Read More