Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence



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Artists are a conduit and interface between ideas and culture, and their way of thinking revolves around public spaces and presentation, aesthetics, and conveying a higher concept. The Microsoft Research Artist in Residence (AIR) merges the strengths of researchers and artists to showcase and expand the humanity within cutting edge research. Capturing and expanding the public’s perception of science and research, this residency breaks down the invisible wall between what computer scientists do and what is commonly understood.

The nature of this collaborative program underscores that the relationship between artist and industry is based upon what each does best—researchers pursue their intellectual curiosities, theories, and questions; artists observe, question and then sculpt and distill those elements into a public space that creates room for dialogue, iterative prototyping of ideas, and even for beautiful failures that come from inspiring and idealistic ideas.


'The Oregon Project' Artist in Residence exhibit

The Oregon Project

An installation that provides an interactive experience of artwork augmented with sound that allows one to “hear” a large format drawing.

'Food Futures' Artist in Residence exhibit

Food Futures

A triad of Art, Science, and Technology that speculates on the future of our food production, consumption, and distribution models by 2050.

'Panorama of the Skies' Artist in Residence exhibit

A Panorama of the Skies

Using RoomAlive Toolkit to transform the experience of a normal conference a room into an ever-changing skyspace.

'The Skies Epitomized' Artist in Residence exhibit

The Skies Epitomized

The Skies Epitomized utilizes machine learning to derive the essence of the sky from sky images people posted to the internet.

'Disparity' Artist in Residence exhibit


The installation explores the discrepancies in data through physicality and is displayed in a volumetric sense.

'Project Florence' Artist in Residence exhibit

Project Florence

A speculative glimpse into our future where both our natural and digital worlds can co-exist in harmony through enhanced communication.

'Every No One' Artist in Residence exhibit

Every No One

Capturing the faces of passers-by and fragmenting each face into its component eyes, ears, nose, and mouth, which are rear projected in random sequences.

'The Seattle Gigapixel Art Zoom' Artist in Residence exhibit

The Seattle Gigapixel Art Zoom

Gigapixel-sized (multi-billion pixel) images of Seattle populated with interesting things to find, most notably people.

'Remnance of Form' Artist in Residence exhibit

Remnance of Form

Exploring the dynamic tension between an object and its shadow, challenging our perception of reality, what’s real and what’s not.

'HydroWear' Artist in Residence exhibit


Knitwear that brings awareness to the importance of hydration through the implementation of technology using an ancient textile creation technique.

'Bits of Flow' Artist in Residence exhibit

Bits of Flow

Visualizing the 100-most-visited websites in the U.S. as idiosyncratic, interconnected particle systems using real-time web-scraped source code as raw material.

'Growables' Artist in Residence exhibit


A speculative design study that examines the future of bio integrated wearable devices to provoke conversation in terms of design, use, and possible implications.

'Instance' Artist in Residence exhibit


Kinect Common Bridge emphasizes simplicity over features and enables those without advanced programming knowledge to become productive quickly.

'Virus' Artist in Residence exhibit


The idea of creating an organism that is fed by the people and activity in the building. The organism is invasive, infectious, and intelligent.

In the News

Project Florence September 2016

—ARS Electronica

Nature has many languages. Project Florence takes advantage of the sensibility of plants to different light frequencies and uses it to trigger electrical responses by a plant and compares the similarities between plant signals and natural language processes.

Jason Salavon

Art Ltd. Magazine

…he is currently on leave in Seattle, where he is Artist-in-Residence at Microsoft Research…; ‘I’m being treated as a peer with a different perspective, that of an artist with computational skills and awareness…

How Can We Grow a Better Future?


The Inaugural Biofabricate Summit that took place on December 4th, 2014 was the first event to focus on commercial, artistic and research the disruptive technologies that comprise the emerging field of grown materials.

Jason Salavon

—Creative Capital

Salavon is selected by Microsoft’s Artist-in-Residency Program. The residency takes place in the Microsoft campus’ new gallery space called Studio 99 which presents art that melds data, creative coding and leading-edge technology.

Inside Microsoft Research’s First Artist-In-Residence Program

Fast Company

Good thing, George says, that Microsoft has a ‘sense of humor about everything.’ In fact, that sensibility is exactly what enables something like an artist-in-residence program in the first place—which will in turn help Microsoft foster an internal culture of creativity needed to compete in today’s liberal-arts-centric world of tech.

Gigapixel ArtZoom Photo Of Seattle Has Over 100 Artists In It

—Huffington Post UK

We’ve seen a lot of impressive gigapixel cityscapes but there’s something a little extra special about this one…. Microsoft teamed up with over 100 of Seattle’s creative best to insert them all into this massive panoramic of the city’s epic skyline.

Microsoft Creates A 20-Gigapixel “Where’s Waldo?” Of Seattle

—Fast Company

‘The mission of Microsoft Research is to extend the state of the art, and technologists really benefit from seeing the world through artists’ eyes,’ he (Michael Cohen) says. ‘It challenges us to build better tools and technology. Artists are the pioneers at the edge of what’s possible, pulling us into the future.’

Can You Spot All the Hidden Easter Eggs in This 20 Gigapixel Panoramic?


Multi-gigapixel panoramas are rad. It’s like peeping at the world through a telescope from the comfort of your own ground-floor living room. But Microsoft has made the concept even more fun with its 20 Gigapixel “ArtZoom,” and has hidden a bunch of stuff for you to find.


Artist In Residence

AIR Team