Zócalo AIR 2020 Semi-Finalist
Input Output is a creative lab duo comprised of Billy Baccam and Alex Ramos who each bring innovative approaches to the application of art and technology along with unique human experiences that shape their artistic process. Born out of a collaboration that lit up the inaugural Illectric River Festival in 2017, Input Output researches, designs and develops digital-physical experiences. Together, they bring inanimate structures and spaces to life by combining art, technology, science, and architecture with the creative implementation of light and sound. They work to create stimulating experiences that blur the lines between the digital and the physical.
"We aim to be an anti-disciplinary studio that brings together a variety of mediums and tools to create thought provoking experiences that challenge the ideas of what reality is and what reality could be.” -Input Output
Ever since the duo met, they have worked with a variety of organizations ranging from local artists, nonprofit organizations, city governments, and local businesses across the Houston community and beyond to provide new and innovative approaches in how art can be developed, created, and engaged with.
Billy Baccam, a native of Dallas, Texas, studied fashion design and electrical engineering in Texas before moving to New York to join an entrepreneurial program with a budding tech startup as chief technology officer. Alex Ramos, a Mexican-born artist, studied at The University of Houston and the Art institute of Houston and is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghan wars.
"We want to create an awareness of what’s possible at the intersection of art and technology while showing how the combination can be used to transform the way we understand ourselves as humans in an ever-evolving technological society. By repurposing and creating new forms of technology with the goal of art as the end goal, we can create a conversation that reflects on these ideas." - Input Output