Luther Thie is working on a series of psychological experiments or “tests”. His current props are dummies and puppets, posed in studio, producing photos, paintings and studies for installations. This in a way is a return to a soft sculpture practice he was engaged in prior to his turn to critical design with the Acclair and LA Interchange projects, but also a continuance of these strategies to engage his audience in participatory interactions to ask cultural and political questions.
Luther has presented his work at technology conferences, art galleries and museums in the US and Europe and was a spotlight speaker at the Computer Human Interaction conference (CHI 2005) and the Emerging Artist award winner at Zero1/ISEA 2006. He has had exhibitions internationally at Van Abbe Museum and STRP Festival of Art and Technology in The Netherlands and Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Italy.
In 2008, Luther was an artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts and Montalvo Arts Center in California. LA Interchange, a proposal for a real-time memorial (2010) was featured in Leonardo Journal of Art, Science and Technology and ProArts Oakland. Exhibitions in the US include Berkeley Center for New Media, San Diego State University, New Langton Arts, SomArts San Francisco, Southern Exposure, The Garage, The Lab, Steven Wolf Fine Arts and SF Camerawork.