Reilly Donovan (American, born 1984 in Seattle, WA) is a new media artist and experience designer working with emerging technology to produce interactive installations, virtual reality artworks, augmented reality exhibits, and mixed reality experiences.

His work explores how computer simulations, machine learning, and interactive environments challenge the boundaries of our senses. It examines how machines are molding our future, changing our culture, and confronting our perceptions of reality.

He is currently experimenting with ways to unify simulated and physical realities into one cohesive phenomenon where the distinction between the two become irrelevant and a third reality takes root.


CEO, Hot Bit Soup LLC

Cornish College of the Arts 2007
BFA in Video, Photography, Sculpture
The Northwest School 2004
High School Diploma

Hot Bit Soup LLC, Founder, CEO
Creative firm specializing in experience design for interactive installations, VR, & AR.

Cornish College of the Arts
Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality Adjunct Professor
Teacher of a course for juniors and seniors in emerging technology, augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality for commercial and artistic contexts.

A company founded by Joe Gray and Reilly Donovan in 2015 that specializes in interactive design for commercial and contemporary art installations. Installations include: Block Haus collaboration with Olson Kundig for Design Basel, Basel Switzerland, 2015; Her Brain On Digital fashion event for Refinery 29, Microsoft, and HBO in New York, 2015; The Ripple Effect for Microsoft One Note & Possible in State College PA, 2015.

Gary Hill Studios
Animator / Technician / Lead Assistant
Manage projects, provide technical assistance, shoot, edit, and post-production for a variety of art installations, including: The Barbara Gladstone Gallery, NY, 2011; The Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, 2011; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, 2012; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Vigo, Vigo, Spain, Feb. 2012; DNA Gallery, Berlin, Germany, April 2012; InSitu, Paris, France, September 2012; LaBorel ,Gijon, Spain, Oct. 2012; Opera de Lyon, March 2013; Casa d’Oro, Le Mas-d’Azil, France, May 2013; Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, August 2013; San Diego Library, San Diego, CA, 2013.

2014 – Present
Cornish College of the Arts @ iEti (institute for emerging technology and intermedia) artist in resident

Murmur, Collaboration with John Grade, Anchorage, AK
SAM Remix, Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Fair, Collaboration with John Grade, Seattle, WA
Out Of Sight, Seattle, WA
Currents New Media, Collaboration with Cory Metcalf and David Stout, Santa Fe, NM

SAM Lights, Seattle, WA
9e2, Collaboration with Cory Metcalf and David Stout, King St Station, Seattle, WA
Erasure, ArtHackDay, Seattle, WA
29 Rooms, Bushwick, NY
CoCa Pop Up, CoCa, Seattle, WA
Currents New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM
Giant Steps, Collaboration with Brandon Aleson, King St Station, Seattle, WA

Brane Xels, Dendroica Gallery, Seattle, WA
Blockhaus, Collab with Olson Kundig & Joe Gray, Design Basel, Basel, Switzerland