Bradley Pitts

Artist · Creative Technologist · Product Designer

New York City

Artist Profile

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Bradley Pitts is a multi-talented conceptual artist, engineer, and product designer. He has a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He served as artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van beelende kunsten, the oldest Dutch academy of arts and sciences. Currently, he runs his own art and product design business out of Bradley Pitts Studio in Brooklyn, NY. He also consults with brands and agencies on a range of marketing, bringing his "rocket scientist" perspective to projects. 

Bradley is a rare individual ruled equally by his left and and right brain - allowing him to develop art and products that are highly conceptual and technically complex. A good example of this is his Yearlight Calendars product, a graphical poster displaying the duration of daylight, darkness and moonlight each day of the year based on a specific location. 

Brand/Agency Experience: Hennessy, NASA, OK Go, Droga5

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"Each YEARLIGHT CALENDAR is printed for a particular spot on the globe. By feeding your longitude and latitude into the system, Pitts can create a custom prediction of the timing of local sunrise, sunset, noon, moonrise etc. By creating these highly precise, highly personal charts, Pitts explores the shifting interaction between rational, pragmatic time and our personal experience of time in nature." via FastCompany: Co.Design


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SPHERES is a testbed consisting of three small, self-contained vehicles, or "spheres," which can control their relative positions and orientations. Currently on the International Space Station, they provide DARPA, NASA, and other researchers with a testbed for the validation of formation flight, autonomous docking, rendezvous, and reconfiguration algorithms. These technologies are critical to the operation of distributed satellite arrays and docking missions such as Terrestrial Planet Finder and Orbital Express.


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"[For SINGULAR OSCILLATIONS, Bradley Pitts] undertook a series of flights aboard the IL76-MDK, also known as the 'vomit comet,' an aircraft that makes parabolic arcs to create short bursts of weightlessness. Pitts’s journeys--during which he floats naked, with his eyes closed and ears plugged--were recorded and cut into a video, accompanied by artifacts from the experience. Pitts believes that commercial space travel will change how we think about space, shifting it away from a scientific paradigm and toward what he calls 'one of play, which fully embraces the entire spectrum of human experience
and understanding.'” via FastCompany: Co.Design


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THE DARKNESS IN-BETWEEN synchronizes LED strobe lights with a video camera system such that the video frames are only exposed while the lights are off. Because the LEDs flash fast enough to appear constant, viewers enter the installation space feeling flooded with bright, white light while monitors installed in the space present live video footage of the dark space between flashes. Two spaces, one lit, one unlit, and two bodies, one in the light and one in the dark, occupy the same space at the same time.


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THE ELLIPSOIDAL INTROSPECTIVE OPTIC (EIO) is a high-precision mirror which simultaneously reflects the gaze of each eye into the other no matter where the artist may look. Designed from MRI scans of artist's head, it combines elements of science, technology, spirituality, and art, in a chimerical whole that slips between disciplines, blurring lines of distinction.