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Ari Melenciano





Ari's art and research practice explores computational anthropology, societal subconscious intellect, the ethnographical morphing of artistic expression across diasporas, speculative design, the formation and embodiment of mythology and rituals, and the materialization of omni-scoped research in the form of quasi-pseudosciences.

She currently teaches courses on emerging technologies like A.I., art, and design at New York University and Parsons/ The New School. 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. She guest lectures at universities around the world. 

Previously, she was a technologist at Google's Creative Lab and taught at The Pratt Institute, and Hunter College. She has held academic residencies at MICA, University of Denver's Clinic for Open-Source Arts, and NYU ITP. Her work has been supported and published by Sundance, The New York Times, The Studio Museum of Harlem, New Museum, New Inc, Nokia Bell Labs, MIT Media Lab's Space Exploration Initiative, New York Magazine, Forbes, Pratt Institute ,The Ford Foundation, Pioneer Works, Adobe, The Museum of Moving Image, Wix Playground, The National Endowment for the Arts, Deem Journal, Gabriella Hirst , MoMA, Doritos' Solid Black campaign, NYU Future Imagination Fund, Guild of Future Architects, Eyebeam, New York Live Arts, The Laundromat Project, Onassis Foundation, and more.

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

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



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