Introducing NEW INC's 2022-23 Art & Code Track Members

We're excited to introduce the cohort making up NEW INC's 2022-23 Art & Code track, a collaboration between Rhizome and NEW INC, now in its third year.

NEW INC is the first museum-led cultural incubator, which supports a diverse range of creative practitioners with a values-driven program and safe space for gathering and developing creative projects and businesses. The Art & Code track is a space for artists, designers, researchers, and technologists to redefine the artisic landscape through internet-based practice. Celine Wong Katzman, Curator at Rhizome and Co-Director at the School for Poetic Computation, will serve as Mentor-in-Residence for the 2022-23 cohort. 

Learn more about the 2022-23 Art & Code cohort below:

Cassie Tarakajian (they/them) is an Armenian-American technologist, educator, and artist based in Chicago. Their work centers around creating accessible and inclusive tools for making art, and interrogating the relationship between technology and pop culture. They are the creator of the p5.js Editor, an open-source in-browser code editor for creative coding in p5.js, which is supported by the Processing Foundation. They are also an adjunct professor at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program (NYU ITP), teaching creative coding, web development, and making cursed content. In the past, they worked as a software engineer on Max/MSP at Cycling '74 and held residencies at NYU ITP, Pioneer Works, and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon. Past artistic projects range from generating sonnets from Wikipedia contributions to teaching computers how to love as a member of the band Lullabies for AI. Cassie is a returning Art & Code cohort member.

Chelsea Thompto (she/her) is a transdisciplinary artist and educator working at the intersections of art, trans studies, and technology. Born and raised in Iowa, she currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media Art at San José State University. Her work is strongly rooted in her experience as a transwoman and is currently focused on fog as a means of interrogating and resisting bureaucratic and technological systems used to visualize and categorize our world, and the violences they produce and reproduce. Her research based studio practice spans a variety of media which often include code, video, sound, writing, and sculpture.

Herdimas Anggara appropriates the affordances of technology to emulate religious ecstasy and altered states of consciousness through contemporary takes of Indonesian ritual performances in the seemingly familiar digital and/or physical spaces. He breaks the sense of familiarity of platforms that he occupies in to provide a sense of agency over their preconceived ideologies. He received his MFA from Yale School of Art in 2021.

Jackie Liu is a Chinese-American artist, digital designer, and programmer whose work is about healing, at its core. She combines web development, comics, speculative design, and education in a spectrum of ways to create playful, vulnerable spaces for self-reflection and imagining better worlds. Her creative practice weaves hyper-personal narratives with open prompts for others to dream–through classes, workshops, and zines. She often returns to the theme of technological nostalgia and its potential to transport us in time, reveal our values, and help us carve the pasts and futures we want. Her work has been recognized by PRIMER Conference, PrintMag, and her zines have been sold at Printed Matter. Based in Brooklyn, she currently works as a Product Designer in the ed-tech space and has previously taught web programming as Part-Time Faculty at The New School.

Jaehoon “Jason” Choi is a computer musician / sound artist / researcher who is based in New York and Seoul. His practice involves embodied experimentation through a technical medium, which involves both the making/design and the performative process. As a researcher, he is interested in understanding how technology-mediated practice affords distributed artistic activities as a community and its aesthetic implementation. At the same time, he does not distinguish research and practice as a strict binary and seeks ways to integrate those two in an organic way. His works have been presented in ICMC, CeReNeM, ECHO Journal, ZER01NE, Art Center Nabi, EIDF, Visions Du Reel, CEMEC, Bing Concert Hall, etc. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Electronic Arts at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

John Provencher is an independent artist, graphic designer, educator, and programmer practicing in brooklyn, new york. Within these disciplines, john writes/teaches/designs software that engages the generative nature of the world wide web as a medium to shape projects both on and offline.

Olivia McKayla Ross is a Caribbean American video artist, poet-programmer, and doula from Queens, New York City. Her work is motivated by oceanic media theory, and a curiosity about electronic video and power. She’s delighted by computer graphics, glamour magic, two-way mirrors, and the fantasies and anxieties of video transmission: immersion, absorption, surveillance, and control. Currently a grief doula-in-training, she hopes her practice as a “cyber” doula will encourage the necessity of care work across transmission culture. Olivia is an alum of the School for Poetic Computation and has taught at Black Girls Code, BUFU, POWRPLNT, Ethel’s Club, and Pioneer Works. Her work has been featured in Well Now WTF, Transfer Gallery, Bitch Media, Refinery 29, i-D UK, and i-D Italy. She can be found online at @cyberdoula on Instagram.

Or Zubalsky is a Brooklyn based artist and educator. Working with software, they are interested in moments when the execution of code materializes as political action, intervening in patterns of erasure along the physical - digital axis. Or’s projects manifest as digital systems that mediate relationships to physical places, their histories, and their digital representation. Their work and collaborations have been supported by The New Museum, The Museum of Art and Design, Queens Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Rhizome, Eyebeam, ILAND, Brooklyn Arts Council, NARS, Smack Mellon, among other institutions and groups. Or teaches at Parsons School of Design. They value technology that is slow, poetic, useful, collective, and assertive.

Roopa Vasudevan is a media artist, computer programmer, and researcher. Her practice examines social and technological defaults and autopilots, and explores labor, duration, intentionality and critical self-reflection within our relationships with technology. Roopa's work has been supported by Eyebeam (Brooklyn, NY), the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation (Philadelphia, PA), the Philadelphia Area Creative Collaboratives (Haverford, PA), SOHO20 Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), the Arctic Circle Residency (Svalbard), China Residencies, SPACES (Cleveland, OH), and Flux Factory (Queens, NY). She is currently a member artist at Vox Populi, a 30+-year-old collectively run arts space in Philadelphia, and a 2022–2026 Mellon Foundation-Simon Fraser University Artist Fellow. Roopa received an MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2013, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, researching the relationships between new media artists and the tech industry. Roopa is a returning Art & Code cohort member.

xtine burrough (x/x or she/her) engages participatory audiences at the intersection of media art, remix, and digital poetry. burrough values the communicative power of art-making as a vehicle for exploring the boundaries between humans and the technologies they create, embody, and employ. x received a commission for “Data/Set/Match” at the Photographers’ Gallery, London; a microgrant from the Nasher Sculpture Center; and funding from the Puffin Foundation West, Humanities Texas, The National Lottery (UK), and California Humanities. A Professor in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at UT Dallas, burrough directs LabSynthE, a laboratory for synthetic and electronic poetry. 


Image: Herdimas Anggara, excerpt from BABI NGEPET (2021). Courtesy of the artist.