What do you do in your role as a media artist?
I do a lot of things! I’m an artist and researcher who works at the intersections of civil society, and the private sector looking at the impacts of technology in society, and its effects on marginalized groups- specifically, I also look at how design impacts policy and people. One of my areas of expertise is researching online harassment and how social media and the design of social media create specific kinds of harm. I’ve held residencies with BuzzFeed and Eyebeam, Pioneer Works, Mozilla Foundation, and the Harvard Kennedy School. I’ve worked with the UN on a special working group on data privacy and children.
My background is in photojournalism, research, design, and art. I see everything through the lens of legibility, data, and research storytelling. These are skills I honed as a photojournalist. And with these skills, I make art, I do human rights research, and I look at how technology impacts society, and the complications and complexities of data-but again, focusing through the lens of how design and technology affect’s people and their lives. Two things: I am a human rights researcher as much as I am an artist. I take my art as seriously as my writing and my policy work as seriously as my artwork. But I love what I do because they feed each other.
Dichotomies are hard for people to understand once they are explained or shown. Complexities and complications are easier to sense or articulate once they are known or made legible. During 2020 and 2021, I worked to figure out how to blend these two spaces more and not keep them apart.
That’s to say, I do a lot of work of art as pedagogy (think interactive exhibitions on technology), essays, and video art projects exploring all different facets of technology and research papers on similar subjects. All of these practices intertwine and intersect.