Osman Khan is an artist interested in constructing artifacts and experiences for social criticism and aesthetic expression. His work plays and subverts the materiality behind themes of identity, communication, economics and public space through participatory & performative installations and site-specific interventions.
Khan was born in Pakistan and grew up in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in New York, USA in 1995. He served as Creative Director for Elliance, a Web development company, until 2002. He completed his MFA at UCLA's Department of Design | Media Arts in 2004. He joined the faculty of the School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2009, where his teaching focuses on computational and kinetic mediums. He was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.
His work has been shown at Shanghai Biennale, China; ZeroOne Festival, San Jose, USA; L.A. Louver, Los Angeles, USA; Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria, O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria; Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC, USA SIGGRAPH, San Diego, USA; Bank, Los Angeles, USA; telic, Los Angeles.
He is a recipient of an Art Matters grant, Ars Electronica's Prix Ars Award of Distinction and The Arctic Circle 2009 Residency.
Articles about his work have appeared in Artforum, Artweek, Art Review, I.D., LA Times, the Wall Street Journal and Artnet.