Joel Swanson’s work chiefly explores the failings and ironic glitches of linguistic systems. Swanson’s work ranges from digital art to sculpture to interactive installation. Thematically his work explores the structures and technologies of language, their materialities, and their modes of signification. Swanson teaches courses on digital art, typography, and media theory. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Broad Museum in Lansing, The Power Plant in Toronto, a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and recently in the 2017 Venice Biennale.