SwimBrowser: David Stolarsky: EDG KINECT Cube – 03 | 19 – 03 | 21 Bierce Library – 03 | 29 – 04 | 07


SwimBrowser is a web browser that gives you a serious back workout. Created in response to a challenge from PrimeSense Inc. (creators of the pre-Kinect), SwimBrowser is a whimsical take on web browsing. In order to click a hyperlink the user must pull himself extremely close to the link, with breast stroke-like gestures. It’s not surfing the web, it’s swimming the web. You spend excessive amounts of time drifting through cyberspace anyway — your interaction metaphor might as well be oceanic as well. Not to mention actually giving you a workout. PrimeSense posed a challenge to create a Kinect-powered web browser supporting nine common browser features (clicking links, back, forward, new tab, yada, yada … and zooming in and out). In a moment of simplification, inspiration, and a duration of less simple implementation, SwimBrowser was born.

David Stolarsky is a computer scientist and artist who grew up programming physical interaction in Logo, hacking the WWW, and making amateur film. For three years he worked as a Creative (Software) Engineer at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria. He is currently a computer science graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is leveraging Big Data for world domination and art, and making fish sing.



Myers School of Art
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325

Primary Gallery:

Emily Davis Gallery
Folk Hall
150 E Exchange St, Akron OH 44325

Satelite Location A:

Honors College
Orr Residence Hall
180 S College St, Akron OH 44325

Satelite Location B:

Emerging Technologies Lab
Bierce Library
Buchtel Common, Akron OH 44325


The Collider Exhibition Series examines the impact, implications and inspiration of the phenomenon generally categorized under the umbrella term New Media within the design practice and fine arts.

The theme for Collider :: C4 this year is spectacle.

spectacle refers to an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates.

Spectacle operates in two contexts simultaneously. On the one hand, it refers to high culture (drama, movies) performances where the draw for an audience is the impressive visual accomplishment. On the other hand, it refers to low cultural shows operating in a folk environment. These can range from the freak show to folk drama to tableau and beast-plays.


Exhibition Dates:

March 19, 2012 - April 13, 2012

Opening Reception Emily Davis Gallery:

March 20, 2012 at 4:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Elliot Earls Lecture:

March 26, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.

Golan Levin Lecture:

April 3, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.

Mark Amerika Lecture:

April 9, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.