University of South Florida

School of Art & Art History

USF College of The Arts

Robert Lawrence

Associate Professor, Video & New Media
MFA, University of California San Diego
Phone: (813) 974-2360
Office: FAH 271


Robert Lawrence works as a theorist and inter-medial artist at the intersections of traditional and internet media. His projects combine film, text, installation and performance with internet components. This hybrid practice examines ways we now construct inconsistent identities between embodied and online space, and the ways online life transforms notions of time, image and narrative. Lawrence chaired the first College Art Association Conference panel on art combining traditional and Internet elements in 2012. His theoretical work on post-internet intermedia has been presented in the last two years in conferences at the University of Montreal; Utrecht University, NL; University of Rennes, FR; and UC Berkeley.

Since 2007, “Tango Intervention” has been performed in 44 cities internationally. His project “Tango Panopticon 2.0” was the first synchronous worldwide performance supported with live internet video streaming from 16 cities on four continents. Work-in-progress “Horizon,” which combines online worldwide performances engaging horizon lines was presented in a workshop format at Live Performers Meeting in Rome. “Now Appearing in Bucharest”, has been screened at 23 international film festivals since 2016.

Lawrence has been awarded numerous grants and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship in Bucharest; a Fulbright in Borneo, Malaysia; a NEA/Rockefeller Grant; a McKnight Foundation Fellowship; and four4 Jerome Foundation Grants. He received a BA in Humanities from UC Berkeley and an MFA from UC San Diego.