Lake Video: Cadence

The shift from one season to the next marks the passage of time. Seasons are at once knowable and elusive in character. Each year, the seasons present us with new variations upon an old theme. But how do we understand or experience that shift in time? What do, for example, three months, a summer lake … Read More

Lake Ice

Starting in the fall of 2015, Lincoln Schatz has stood on the shores of Lake Michigan; composing photographs that study the lake’s surface, the distant horizon line and the sky that sits above them both as they all shift over time. The photographs that are included in the Lake Series have meticulously studied the same … Read More

Selected Artworks

Lake Ice Cadence Serving Abroad... Through Their Eyes The Network Cure Violence, Portrait of an Epidemic Portrait of a Distribution Network Portrait of Selden Paterson Esquire’s Portrait of the 21st Century, 2008 My City From Here 600 Fairbanks Cluster Cube Portraits I, You, We I Am Here Slip End of Boom Shift Branch Slice Me, [...]


June 23, 2017Selected Artworks
Inter-View is an alchemist of memory, synthesizing new histories from the world around it. Shared images from the cameras are recalled, displayed and manipulated based upon the participants' physical interaction through computer vision. The visual environment is captured from several points on the sculpture and played back in layers present, recent, and distant, evidencing the [...]


Merge is the first generation of custom video-memory works, using software that is able to track and sense human motion. This program “sees” motion through a camera, and is able to return a large amount of data about what it perceives: location, direction, duration, number of people, velocity, etc. The way Merge interprets and processes … Read More


June 23, 2017Selected Artworks
Sophie is a single screen video sculpture that utilizes interactive software. Sophie represents a more intimate variation on the themes illustrated above. Its takes the ideas of uniting masses, strangers through shared experience but instead introduces the concept into more personal settings. Viewers are able to interact with, share and experience their own memories' collisions, [...]


June 23, 2017Selected Artworks
Stitch is about memory and the way we recall images. It is the latest incarnation of works utilizing custom software to create new possibilities and contexts from events in our actual experience. We are constantly receiving a stream of images through our sense of sight. This is what I call the "Live Visual Layer." At [...]

Across Time

June 23, 2017Selected Artworks
Across Time is a site-specific video-memory installation created for the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, commissioned to document and commemorate the Institute as it expands its home as well as its vision. The piece will track the Institute and its visitors in its present location, through the construction of its state-of-the-art new building, and continue [...]

Gumbo Limbo

June 23, 2017Selected Artworks
Gumbo Limbo is a mirror-like video work exploring perception and the way we interpret images of our lives. This interactive video-memory work takes its name from the gumbo limbo tree, known for constantly shedding its bark in very thin paper-like layers. A keen observer of events, the work thrives on absorbing images from its environment [...]


June 23, 2017Selected Artworks
We constantly make decisions that determine the direction of our lives. We retain the information and knowledge of these events and experiences, which we can then retrieve at a later date. I imagine life and memory as branching structures which extend infinitely forward into the future and backward to the beginning of our consciousness. While [...]


Next, Generative Video by Lincoln Schatz Next, Generative Video by Lincoln Schatz Next deals with the way we attempt to assemble a narrative of our lives. Our days are anything but smooth, clearly defined sequences of events that evidence a well-planned agenda. Instead, they are events that continually and unexpectedly unfold. The day presents itself [...]

Me, Me, You, Me

June 23, 2017Selected Artworks
Me, Me, You, Me Me, Me, You, Me Me, Me, You, Me is really all about one person: the viewer. It is a meditation on the idea of the two selves: the outer self, which we present to the world, and the inner self, which generates the internal dialog and self-consciousness. On a visual level, [...]


Slice Slice Slice is a generative video work by Lincoln Schatz that was exhibited at the Dacra Foundation during Art Basel Miami 2005.


Branch Branch is an interactive generative video work that Lincoln Schatz debuted at ARCO Madrid in 2006.


Shift is an interactive generative video work by Lincoln Schatz that was commissioned for a private collection in Los Angeles, California.

End of Boom

End of Boom End of Boom End of Boom is a single-camera piece that is part of the 600 Fairbanks project. End of Boom refers to the source camera mounted at the end of the horizontal boom on the tower crane, which is constantly rotating over the construction site resulting in a work of disorientating [...]

I Am Here

June 23, 2017Selected Artworks
I Am Here I am Here is a generative video commission for a private collection in Shanghai, China. Two screens are mounted opposite the elevator door that delivers you directly into the apartment. While one camera captures you exiting the elevator, and a second camera – 28 stories away – records people entering and exiting [...]


June 23, 2017Selected Artworks
Slip Slip Permanent installation of Slip in a private collection. Previously, Slip, was exhibited in the Video Project Room at Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco. Slip is a single-channel generative video portrait created using a computer, custom designed software and a camera in order to create an archive of videos for as long as the artwork records. These [...]

I, You, We

June 23, 2017Selected Artworks
I, You, We I, You, We I, You, We I, You, We I, You, We observes its surroundings through a single camera and shares one record of memories among three screens. Each screen reconstructs what is seen through its own set of rules and methods, which creates three individual takes on the same events over [...]

Cube Video Portraits: Chicago, San Francisco, Miami

Cube Video Portraits Portraiture has historically been a means to immortality for the sitter. Traditionally portraits are staged, single moments bound by the time in which the individual modeled for the artist. Lincoln Schatz builds on this tradition with a new multi-disciplinary work, Cube Portraits, video portraits that combines attributes of architecture, sculpture, new media, … Read More

Cube Portraits: The Cube at Quint Contemporary Art

Portraiture has historically been a means to immortality for the sitter. Traditionally portraits are staged, single moments bound by the time in which the individual modeled for the artist. Lincoln Schatz builds on this tradition with a new multi-disciplinary work, Cube Portraits, that combines attributes of architecture, sculpture, new media, relational aesthetics, and performance to [...]

Cube Portraits: Sabrina Raaf

Sabrina Raaf, Chicago-based Artist and Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, built a temporary sculptural structure within the Cube and disappeared into it when it was completed.

Cube Portraits: Chris Houston

Chris Houston, Chicago-based personal trainer, used his time in the Cube to perform calisthenics, shadowbox, and work out for his cube portrait.

Cube Portraits: Betsey and Dale Pinkert

Betsey & Dale Pinkert (Chicago) set a table with linens and crystal to enjoy wine, cheese, and one another’s company during their video portrait inside of Lincoln Schatz’s Cube.

Cube Portraits: Jorge Simes

Jorge Simes (Chicago. Artist) prepared canvases to bring into the Cube with holes cutout for the cameras. His portrait session provided a glimpse into his studio practice as he completed a painting.

Cube Portraits: Joe Shannahan

Joe Shanahan (Chicago. Music Promoter, Owner of Metro and Smart Bar) brought in a selection from his collection of 50,000 records and spun music on turntables installed in the Cube.

Cube Portraits: Lynn Hershman Leeson

Lynn Hershman Leeson (San Francisco. Artist and Filmmaker, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis, A.D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University, Chair of the Film Department, San Francisco Art Institute) turned the lens back on Lincoln Schatz by bringing in various cameras to photograph the portrait process during her session.

Cube Portraits: Rene di Rosa

Rene di Rosa (Napa. Art Patron, Founder of di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature reviewed Local Color: the di Rosa Collection of Contemporary California Art and looked at new works by three of the 900 artists represented in his collection: Chester Arnold, Jim Barsness, and Ray Beldner.

Cube Portraits: Beau Takahara

Beau Takahara (San Jose. Development Director Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara University Law School, Co-Founder ZeroOne: The Art and Technology Network) spent the hour transforming herself into the likeness of what she considers to be her personal totem animal: a desktop sculpture of a pioneer dog-woman given to her by colleague Amy Critchett. [...]

Cube Portraits: Ken Goldberg & Tiffany Shlain

  Ken Goldberg PhD (Mill Valley. Artist, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Founder of the Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium, Director of UC Berkeley Center for New Media) and Tiffany Shlain (Mill Valley. Filmmaker, Webby Awards Co-Founder) spent an hour in the Cube building a structure with books from their library, reading, and [...]

Cube Portraits: Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens

Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens (San Francisco. Performance Artists) wore their specially made Cuddle outfits to do LOVE actions such as kissing, cuddling, walking together, wrestling, and playing with Bob, their Labrador Retriever. This collaboration is part of their Love Art Laboratory project, which explores Love as Art for a span of seven years.

Cube Portraits: Jeff Dauber

Jeff Dauber (San Francisco. Art Collector, Director of Mobile Mac Systems, Apple Inc.) performed his weekend morning ritual of shaving, getting dressed, making coffee, and completing a crossword puzzle.

Cube Portraits: Craig Newmark

  Craig Newmark (San Francisco. Internet Entrepreneur, Founder spent an hour on the internet and conducted customer service for

From Here

  From Here Installation From Here Installation Dallas developer, Billingsley Company, commissioned a large-scale interactive work, entitled, From Here, for the entrance of their One Arts Plaza building. One Arts Plaza is situated in the heart of Dallas’ Arts District in Texas. The building is located on the museum campus opposite the Dallas Museum of [...]


June 22, 2017Selected Artworks
Cluster I Cluster II Cluster evolves over eight years, daily accruing thin slices of video from its environment and storing them onto a computer. Saturated videos ebb and flow across the screen. Organic geometries are cut out of time and layered on top of each other, creating a new time-based sculpture which is constantly in [...]

600 North Fairbanks

600 North Fairbanks Installation II 600 North Fairbanks Installation I In Chicago, skyline and landscape are synonymous, creating a skyline. Man-made structures establish verticality in the unyielding flatness of the Midwest. Each new building augments the city through scale, function, location and material. 600 North Fairbanks, designed by Helmut Jahn, will have a significant impact [...]

My City

June 22, 2017Selected Artworks
My City captures Chicago’s changing lakefront as it cycles through days, seasons, and ultimately, years. Commissioned for the historic Blackstone Hotel, Lincoln Schatz’s generative portrait displays a panoramic landscape on two plasma screens situated behind the check in desk. Schatz mounted a pan/tilt/zoom robotic camera on the northeast corner of the hotel’s roof, 24 floors [...]

Esquire’s Portrait of the 21st Century, 2008

Esquire’s Portrait of the 21st Century is one element of the magazine’s 75th Anniversary celebration. Esquire’s anniversary issue, to be published in September, will examine the century that is just beginning, in part by profiling the 75 most influential people of the 21st century (including Lebron James, Elon Musk, M.I.A., George Clooney, Samantha Powers & … Read More

Esquire’s Portrait of the 21st Century, Craig Venter

Craig Venter Craig Venter One of science’s most outsized personalities, Craig Venter is also one of its most important researchers for delivering on his ambitious goals and propelling other scientists forward in the process. Venter has been making important advances in the study of genes since he was a National Institutes of Health researcher in [...]

Esquire’s Portrait of the 21st Century, Samantha Power

Samantha Power Samantha Power For her Cube portrait, Samantha Power and John Prendergast, founder of the Enough Project (, gathered five genocide survivors: Perouz Kalousdian, a 99-year-old survivor of the Armenian genocide; Bernard Gotfryd, a Holocaust survivor; Sophy Yem, who survived Pol Pot’s “killing fields”; Jacqueline Murekatete, who narrowly survived the Rwandan genocide; and Motasim [...]

Esquire’s Portrait of the 21st Century, Dr. Mehmet Oz

Mehmet Oz Mehmet Oz Esquire's Portrait of the 21st Century, Dr. Mehmet Oz has built a reputation as one of the world’s top heart surgeons for his willingness to incorporate alternative therapies—such as energy healing and hypnotherapy—into traditional surgery. His idea is thus: treat the whole patient, not just the isolated trouble area. The vice-chairman [...]

Esquire’s Portrait of the 21st Century, Meghan O’Sullivan

Meghan O’Sullivan Meghan O’Sullivan When she was 33 years old, Meghan O’Sullivan entered Iraq as part of the first civilian convoy into the country after Saddam Hussein fled Baghdad. Over the next 15 months, she worked with the Iraqis to help them rebuild the political institutions of their country and was a key political advisor [...]

Esquire’s Portrait of the 21st Century, Elon Musk

Elon Musk Elon Musk After minting his fortune during the Internet boom of the late nineties, Elon Musk is building businesses in three 21st-century industries: space exploration, solar power, and electric automobiles. While there may be wealthier entrepreneurs who are still in their thirties, few can match the breadth or audacity of Musk’s vision. In [...]