Fred Kahl a.k.a. the Great Fredini is an artist, designer, magician, sword swallower, and inventor who uses technology, imagination and play to create experiences invoking magic and wonder. A 2017 TED Resident, Kahl is a graduate of New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and former Executive Creative Director at New York’s seminal interactive design studio Funny Garbage. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts MFA Design Program and Pilchuck Glass School. Whether he is building a virtual reality time machine, inventing a 3D scanning portrait studio, swallowing swords or 3D printing artwork, there is a spirit of curiosity and wonder to everything he creates. His work has won numerous awards and garnered international press in The Atlantic, Time Magazine, and The New York Times, among others.
Kahl was selected for the Sheldon Levin Memorial Residency, which invites artists whose work draws connections between science and art to be part of our Visiting Artist Residency applications.