Ian Heisters About


Ian Heisters uses dance, installation, data, and code as media for playing with issues around community, technology, and the body. His installations and performances have shown at local and national venues including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Crystal Bridges Museum, CounterPULSE, The Asian Art Museum, and The Berkeley Art Museum. In addition to his personal practice, Ian is a researcher and advisor specializing in performance, digital media, data visualization, and sensor systems for projects with UC Berkeley, Camille Utterback, and the open source community. He was a member of Anna Halprin's performance lab for several years, and has enjoyed an ongoing collaboration with Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts. His projects are complemented by teaching art, design, and programming at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, workshops and lectures at Stanford University and other institutions, and a range of commercial projects related to his artistic practice with The Sundance Institute, The Office for Creative Research, and Stamen Design to name a few. A native of Northern California, he is based in Berkeley, California, where he tries to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors with his wife and son.

If you're interested in working with Ian, email him.


Ian Heisters

Berkeley, CA United States

Teaching and Talks

Ian has opinions about art, technology, dance, and culture that he enjoys sharing. He also often talks about his work and process, and teaches workshops on building systems for installations and performances, and generative and data-driven computer graphics. Invite him to talk at your next thing!

Recent Events

  • Finding the Match: Tech Partnerships in the Creative Sector, stARTup Art Fair, San Francisco CA
  • made@berkeley, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA
  • Drawing with Code Guest Lecture, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA
  • Creative Code Meetup XX, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco CA
  • Data Driven – Leveraging Arts Data for Greater Impact, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco CA
  • Data Visualization, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco CA
  • Improvisatory Systems with Cinder, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco CA
  • Metabody Symposium: Reversing Cybernetics – Queering Control, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA
  • Art + Data, San Francisco Mueseum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA