Artist Talk: Afrotectopia

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Please join us on Friday, October 16th from 2 - 3 p.m. for a talk by Ari Melenciano. You can register via the Zoom here.

In this talk, Ari Melenciano will share some recent work she's developed as a researcher of Omni-Specialized Design, Afrocentric and speculative design pedagogical frameworks and community building approaches as the founder of Afrotectopia, courses she's designed and taught at NYU ITP,  and a few projects she's built and/or currently building as supported by the Onassis Foundation/New Inc, NYU Tisch School of Arts Future Imagination Fund Fellowship, Eyebeam, and NYLive Arts.


Ari Melenciano (ITP'18) is an artist, designer, creative technologist, researcher, and educator who is passionate about exploring the relationships between various forms of design and the sentient experience. Currently, her research lies at the intersections of human-computer interactive technologies, societal impacts of technology, Black radical imagination, geo-political activism and counterculture, multisensory experiential design, biomimicry, architecture, experimental pedagogy and speculative design. Ari is the founder of Afrotectopia, a social institution fostering interdisciplinary innovation at the intersections of art, design, technology, Black culture and activism through collaborative research and practice. She currently teaches creative technology and design at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU's Dept. of Digital Photography and Imaging, Pratt Institute's Communications Design school, Hunter College's Integrated Media Arts MFA program, and as an Artist-in-Residence at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)'s Photographic and Electronic Media program, while earning a Master's of Architecture at the Pratt Institute.