Thomas Wester leads Second Story Labs, an incubator for new ideas and projects that explore the innovative use of technology to create cutting-edge interactive experiences. He engages with current and potential clients, partners, and the community, and guides R&D efforts to inform technology choices, build capabilities, and expand the studio’s technical competence.
Since he joined the studio in 2003, Thomas has led the technical execution of all studio projects, including installations and websites for the Library of Congress, University of Oregon, The National Archives and World of Coca Cola.
Drawing examples from architecture, theater, early film and optical illusions, Thomas will reflect on the processes used to engage audiences and move them to wonder. With a nod to the cutting-edge technologies of the past, such as Eidophusikons and cycloramas, Thomas will discuss how Second Story is using current creative technologies to do the same.