Jonathan Foote

Faceball / Palimpsest

Jonathan received a BS (Electrical Engineering) and ME (Electrical) degrees from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University. Jonathan’s research interests include machine learning, audio analysis and retrieval, robotics, multimedia signal processing, distance interaction, and panoramic video. Jonathan’s kinetic and light works explore perception and interaction using a range of sophisticated electronics, from vintage vacuum tubes to the latest semiconductors and actuators.


Faceball is a videogame driven by face detection with an 80s vector aesthetic.


Palimpsest records and preserves—with consent—the images of onlookers and merges them into an evolving document.