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Ari Melenciano

Ari Melenciano is an artist, technologist, researcher, and theorist whose work reveals the synergy between computation, cultural metacognition, and transcendental expression.

She is a frequent public speaker and guest lecturer at universities around the world, sharing her research on creative and societally inquisitive uses of emerging technologies. Currently, she is University of Maryland’s Inaugural Arts for All Artist-in-Residence. She occasionally designs and teaches courses at New York University, The Pratt Institute’s Design School, Parsons School of Design of The New School, and Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts Program.

Within her studio and research practice, she is currently designing epistemologies for artistic expression that explores the collective conscious and unconscious.

She is also the founder of Afrotectopia, a cultural institution that is imagining, researching, and building at the nexus of new media art, design, science, and technology through a Black and Afrocentric lens. Currently, through Afrotectopia she is self-publishing a book called, Black Metal, with the support of MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative (past research affiliate), New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Graduate Program (previously faculty), and the Ford Foundation.

Previously, she was a technologist at Google's Creative Lab. And, she has held academic residencies at MICA, University of Denver's Clinic for Open-Source Arts, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and NYU ITP. Her work has been supported and published by Sundance, The New York Times, The Museum of the Future in Dubai, The Studio Museum of Harlem, New Museum, New Inc, Nokia Bell Labs, MIT Media Lab's Space Exploration Initiative, Montclair State University Gallery, New York Magazine, Forbes, Pratt Institute ,The Ford Foundation, Pioneer Works, The Museum of Moving Image,The National Endowment for the Arts, Deem Journal, MoMA, NYU Future Imagination Fund, Guild of Future Architects, Eyebeam, New York Live Arts, The Laundromat Project, Onassis Foundation, ONX, and more.

She has consulted and juried for a variety of institutions including Apple, NYC Department of Education, Ars Electronica, Magnum Foundation, The Knight Foundation, IxDA NYC, and Creative Capital.

She's also published writing on A.I., Radical Technoculture for Racial Equity, Omni-Specialized Design Practices, Speculative Equitable Futures, and more.


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