Biography



Born in a cabin without electricity in the forested mountains of northern California, Levi Hammett developed a deep interest in geographic space and the concept of location. This interest evolved into a creative practice that uses design to explore the variety of ways people interface with and relate to the spaces around them and how these relationships influence the development of both identity and culture.
    These concepts are investigated using computational processes involving code and automation to inform the creation of handcrafted design objects rooted in cultural traditions of making. The resulting products use ambiguity and open interpretation to critically engage users with unconventional views of spatial-cultural phenomena.
His work spans a range of projects which include a series of hand-made Islamic carpets that explore the urban culture of the Arabian Peninsula, a kinetic installation using 40 printers suspended from the ceiling outputting procedurally generated visual content, and an interactive installation for the World War II Normandy Visitors Center in France1. His Patterns of Human Behavior series is part of the private collection of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. His work has been published in print and online collections, distributed as digital applications, and exhibited in Asia, Europe, the Middle-East, South America, and the United States.
    Levi Hammett received his MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006.Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar where he teaches a range of classes which explore computational design, product design through a graphic lens, and the design of culturally critical objects.
1. Hammett, Levi., & John Caserta. Voices of Soldiers (Interactive Digital Interface). WWII Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center, Colleville-sur-Mer, France. 2007.

2. Hammett, Levi. Deliberate removal : creating space for participation. 2006. 224 pages : illus. (chiefly color) ; 22 cm. GRAPH 2006 .H36

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