Nick Hwang is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher who delves deep into the confluence of art, technology, and interaction, particularly emphasizing collaborative multi-user interactive experiences. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. With academic roots in music and digital media, Nick earned his Ph.D. in Compositional and Experimental Music & Digital Media at Louisiana State University. He holds a Master’s degree in Music Composition from Louisiana State University and a B.A. in Theory and Composition from the University of Florida.
His body of work orbits around the intersection of technology and creative expression. Through an integrative approach that melds programming, audio and music, and design (spanning graphic, interaction, interface, and experiential facets), Nick primarily employs sound as his primary medium. His creations are audiovisual, gestural, explorative, immersive, and, notably, collaborative.
Nick’s passion manifests in creating collaborative, interactive systems that bridge the art and technology divide. Notable projects include interactive installations, interconnected sculptures, and the development of Collab-Hub, a networking system promoting live, synchronous interaction among diverse creative software. He seeks to enthrall and connect participants and democratize the art-making process, championing inclusivity and diversity.
Having shared his expertise through workshops, Nick has collaborated with esteemed institutions like Music Hack Space, Harvestworks, Ars Electronica, and more. Moreover, he has published, shown, exhibited, and performed his pioneering research and creative pieces at prestigious international platforms, including the International Computer Music Conference, International Society for Electronic Art, ACM SIGGRAPH, Web Audio Conference, Society for ElectroAcoustic Music in the United States, and NowNet Arts.
With an unwavering commitment to his craft, Nick continues to pioneer advancements in interactive systems, ensuring that art-making remains accessible, inclusive, and at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary exploration.