Aaron Koblin

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Aaron Koblin
Aaron Koblin in 2013
Born (1982-01-14) January 14, 1982 (age 38)
Known forDigital Art
Notable work
Flight Patterns,[1] The Sheep Market,[2] Ten Thousand Cents, Bicycle Built For Two Thousand, The Wilderness Downtown, The Johnny Cash Project, eCloud, Unnumbered Sparks

Aaron Koblin (born January 14, 1982) is an American digital media artist and entrepreneur best known for his innovative use of data visualization and his pioneering work in crowdsourcing, virtual reality, and interactive film. He is Co-Founder and President of virtual reality company Within (formerly Vrse[3]), founded with Chris Milk. Formerly he created and lead the Data Arts Team at Google in San Francisco, California from 2008 to 2015.[4]


Koblin received his BA from UC Santa Cruz and is a graduate of UCLA's Design | Media Arts MFA program, and sits on the board of the non-profit Gray Area Foundation For The Arts GAFFTA in San Francisco. He was the Abramowitz Artist in Residence at MIT in 2010 and the Annenberg Innovator in residence at USC in 2013.[citation needed]

Koblin's artworks are part of the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Centre Georges Pompidou. He has presented at TED, and The World Economic Forum, and his work has been shown at international festivals including Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, and the Japan Media Arts Festival. In 2006, his Flight Patterns project received the National Science Foundation's first place award for science visualization.[5] In 2009, he was named to Creativity Magazine's Creativity 50,[6] in 2010 he was one of Esquire Magazine's Best and Brightest and Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business,[7] and in 2011 was one of Forbes magazine's 30 under 30.[8] Koblin was an Eyebeam exhibiting artist.[9][10]

In 2014, Koblin was awarded the National Design Award for Interactive Design.[11]

Data Visualization[edit]


  • The Sheep Market[2][15]
  • Ten Thousand Cents[16]
  • Bicycle Built for Two Thousand[17]
  • The Johnny Cash Project, a music video for Johnny Cash[18]
  • This Exquisite Forest, displayed 2012–2013 at Tate Modern[19]
  • The Single Lane Superhighway, An experiment in communal creativity.[20]

Interactive / Digital Music Videos[edit]

Sculptures / Installations[edit]


  1. ^ a b Koblin, A. (2009). "Flight patterns". ACM SIGGRAPH ASIA 2009 Art Gallery & Emerging Technologies: Adaptation on - SIGGRAPH ASIA '09. p. 29. doi:10.1145/1665137.1665156. ISBN 9781605588780.
  2. ^ a b Koblin, A. M. (2009). "The sheep market". Proceedings of the seventh ACM conference on Creativity and cognition - C&C '09. p. 451. doi:10.1145/1640233.1640348. ISBN 9781605588650.
  3. ^ Watercutter, Angela (2016-06-16). "The VR company Vrse is changing its name to Within, and about to spend $12.56 million of VC money". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  4. ^ Hoffman, Jascha (2012). "Aaron Koblin Q&A: The data visualizer". Nature. 486 (7401): 33. doi:10.1038/486033a.
  5. ^ "2006 Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge Winners". September 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
  6. ^ "The 2009 Creativity 50: Aaron Koblin". Creativity Magazine; Crain Communications Group. February 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
  7. ^ "The 100 Most Creative People in Business: Aaron Koblin". Fast Company. Dec 2010.
  8. ^ Adams, Susan (Dec 2011). "Forbes 30 under 30: Art & Design". Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  9. ^ "Aaron Koblin | eyebeam.org". www.eyebeam.org. Archived from the original on 2016-02-05. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  10. ^ "Visual Music: Aaron Koblin and Meyers' Visual Compositions, Eyebeam Call Due Today - cdm createdigitalmusic". cdm createdigitalmusic. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  11. ^ "2014 National Design Award Winners | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum". Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  12. ^ "Aaron Koblin - Flight Patterns". aaronkoblin.com. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  13. ^ "NYTE". senseable.mit.edu. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  14. ^ "Amsterdam SMS". aaronkoblin.com. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  15. ^ "The Sheep Market". thesheepmarket.com. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  16. ^ "Ten Thousand Cents". tenthousandcents.com. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  17. ^ "Bicycle Built for Two Thousand". bicyclebuiltfortwothousand.com. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  18. ^ a b "THE JOHNNY CASH PROJECT". thejohnnycashproject.com. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  19. ^ "This Exquisite Forest". exquisiteforest.com. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  20. ^ "The Single Lane Superhighway". aaronkoblin.com. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  21. ^ Radiohead (2008-07-13), Radiohead - House of Cards, retrieved 2019-06-11
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2010-08-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ "ROME "3 Dreams of Black"". ROME “3 Dreams of Black”. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  24. ^ "Unnumbered Sparks". unnumberedsparks.com. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  25. ^ "ecloud.com". Venture. Retrieved 2019-06-11.

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