Jojo Abot is a Ghanaian multimedia artist exploring sound, visual art, fashion, and literature using technology as a tool for enhancing experience and performance. A nomad and a citizen of the world, Abot is touring America, Europe, and Africa while preparing to officially release her first EP, entitled FYFYA WOTO.
Founded by Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe, Afripedia is a platform and a visual guide to art, film, photography, fashion, design, music, and contemporary culture from African creatives worldwide.
Anand Agarawala is an interface designer, software developer, inventor, and nerdcore hip-hopper. He is the founder of BumpTop, a 3-D desktop user interface inspired by real desks that uses multi-touch gestures to drive towards a more expressive, human vision for computing.
THE ARGUS PROJECT
Rich in content, storytelling, and myth, the Argus Project addresses citizen videography, counter-surveillance, and police accountability, creating a space that brings together many points of view for a much-needed conversation on racial and economic inequality within our fractured democracy.
Artiphon is a creative technologies company designing adaptive instruments for everyday music-making. Their first product, the INSTRUMENT 1, launched on Kickstarter, where it became the #1 highest-crowdfunded musical instrument. The INSTRUMENT 1 was named one of TIME’s 25 best inventions of the year, and is available at artiphon.com and MoMA Design Stores.
A Ü T O/M Ö T O R
A Ü T O/M Ö T O R is an album of music and exhibition of tactile artwork that combines sound, technology, digital art, and immersive participatory installation.
BFAMFAPhD is a collective that works at the intersection of art, technology, and political economy. They create reports, pedagogical tools, and movement syllabi, and at NEW INC select members of the collective will be developing Of Supply Chains, a card game, text, and interactive teaching tool that traces the life cycle of a business project.
IDA C. BENEDETTO
Ida C. Benedetto is an experience designer and strategist who works on real world adventures, game design, and digital media. She is often at the helm of a fair bit of creative chaos, and she is currently researching the design of transformative social experiences through encounters with primal risks.
ERICA LAUREN BERNHARD
Erica LAUREN Bernhard is a bicoastal experiential architect and multimedia artist who connects people using space and technology in high-production environments. Constantly on the forefront of new trends, Bernhard cultivates a vision for the positive potential within emerging technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.
Bhold, founded by designer Susan Taing, creates engaging, functional design that is rapid prototyped with 3-D printing and beta tested by the first-of-its-kind Bhold Labs community. The company’s unique approach ensures each product is as thoughtfully designed as can be.
Jonathan Bobrow is an artist, designer, and developer. Strongly informed by the idea that our minds are shaped by the toys and tools we grow up with, and our design spaces are limited by the coordinate systems with which we are most comfortable, his work offers new tools and perspectives to address these limitations.
BOFFO is a nonprofit organization that presents innovative and experimental art, architecture, and design. It has exhibited the work of over 400 creative professionals, through artist residencies; digital and social media commissions; and the creation of spaces, experiences, and exhibitions.
Ramulas Burgess is an American photographer and cinematographer who uses his craft to represent the dignity, love, contrast, and symmetry of his subjects. Born and raised in Philadelphia and currently residing in Brooklyn, Burgess is a traveler by nature and has followed his photography to Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and Central America.
Andrew Chepaitis leads ELIA Life Technology, which develops assistive products for people with visual impairments. The company is developing a suite of products that will enable its consumers to achieve greater levels of education, employment, literacy, and independence.
PENELOPE JAGESSAR CHAFFER
Penelope Jagessar Chaffer is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, artist, and environmentalist. She is the first black female director to have been nominated for a British Academy Film Award. She is the director, producer, and technologist behind Toxic Baby (2016) and the Detoxed Project, the world’s first customized interactive documentary app and digital health platform.
Taeyoon Choi’s art practice involves performance, electronics, drawings, and storytelling, often leading to intervention in public spaces. He collaborates with fellow artists, activists, and professionals from other fields to realize socially engaged projects and alternative pedagogy. Choi cofounded the School for Poetic Computation in 2013, where he continues to organize and teach.
Carla Cisno is an Italian sound and live media artist who works at the intersection of art, music, design, and technology. Focusing on immersive and interactive projects, she develops animate environmental forms that intentionally confuse touch, hearing, and vision in favor of generating more indeterminate means of perception.
DATA X is a creative studio that works at the intersection of data, society, and education. They believe in information transparency, online consumer protection, and the democratization of the internet. Their work blurs the lines between art, social critique, and consumer products.
DAVE AND GABE
Stephanie Dinkins is an interdisciplinary artist and associate professor whose art employs lens-based practices, the manipulation of space, and technology to grapple with notions of consciousness, agency, perception, and social equity. She teaches digital art and interactive media at Stony Brook University, where she is an associate professor.
DIS is a New York-based collective composed of Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso, and David Toro. Its cultural interventions are manifest across a range of media and platforms, and it explores the tension between popular culture and institutional critique, while facilitating projects for the most public and democratic of all forums—the Internet.
Whitney Falk founded the design startup ZZ Driggs with a curious eye and a vision for reimagining how we furnish our homes, offices, and the places we dwell for a new economy. ZZ Driggs is an online marketplace featuring sustainably-produced contemporary furniture available via a subscription platform when you want and for as long as you need.
Nick Fox-Gieg is an animator and creative technologist based in New York and Toronto. His films have screened worldwide, and his work The Orange (2009) won the jury prize for Best Animated Short at South by Southwest in 2010. He has most recently been working on virtual reality projects at Framestore and Google Creative Lab.
Jacob Gordon is co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Artiphon, a creative technology startup reinventing the way people express themselves through sound. Artiphon’s launch product, the INSTRUMENT 1, is the foundation of an expanding platform that includes hardware, mobile apps, software, and content.
The Hammerstep Initiative aims to elevate dance to a new level, to act as a platform for personal and collective empowerment, and to spark social progress in the process. Hammerstep is an organized arsenal of stage performance, public ambush dance and guerrilla street marketing, community organizing and action, outreach initiatives, and alternative media coverage.
Dahkil Hausif began his craft as a voiceover talent, filmmaker, writer, and editor while he was a student at Syracuse University. He is the voice of ESPN Film’s 30 for 30 documentary series and has created three award-winning short films with partner Daoud Abeid. Their next feature will be a narrative film shot in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica.
HAWRAF INTL. is a concept-focused studio founded by Andrew Herzog, Carly Ayres, Pedro Sanches, and Nicky Tesla. They are designers, writers, strategists, artists, and creative coders. The studio’s work deals with creative accessibility and interaction, and involves experimenting across a range of mediums and disciplines to create work that challenges expectations.
HE + HU
HE+HU is an interdisciplinary art and consulting collective founded by He Wei and Hu Naishu. The duo creates whimsical and participatory art events as a means of facilitating a dialogue between East and West. They work to bridge the two cultures through food, art, and design practices that are deeply rooted in Chinese culture.
Tahir Hemphill is an award-winning advertising creative and multimedia artist working in interdisciplinary collaboration, thought, and research. His practice investigates the role systems play in the generation of form—he produces art with tools that remove his hand from the process. Currently, Hemphill is managing the Hip-Hop Word Count and overseeing the Rap Research Lab’s media arts education program.
Hello Velocity is a creative studio whose practice includes marketing, branding, commerce, and art. Coming from both artistic and technical backgrounds, its team understands the creative community, as well as brands’ need to engage with it.
Vincent Houzé uses modern computer graphics techniques to create interactive art, performances, and large-scale multimedia installations. His practice centers on dynamic simulations and systems in which simple rules give rise to complexity, richness, and realistic motion in his work.
Ekene Ijeoma is a designer, artist, and programmer whose work explores the artistic and humanistic properties of data and algorithms through media, objects, and installations.
Marquee is a premium quality subscription service for arts and culture audiences. It combines the teams of London-based Maidthorn Partners and New York-based TenduTV, and will extend beyond content into commerce to become a complete companion for arts-engaged consumers—packaging rich content together with bookings, mobile payments, and loyalty and social programs.
Matter-Mind Studio translates intelligence emerging from the fields of psychology, anthropology, sociology, and ecology into emotionally supportive products and services. They aim to bridge the gap between the physical, practical, and functional and the psychological, sentimental, and emotional.
Eliza McNitt found filmmaking through science, and her unique voice as a director fuses science with narrative storytelling. McNitt’s first film, Requiem for the Honeybee (2009), was inspired by a desire to communicate the devastating impact of vanishing honeybees.
Micromuseums is creating a new model for institutions that aligns with a culturally decentralized future. They create vending machine-sized museums that travel to unexpected places, such as the DMV or a hospital waiting room. Each museum explores the small things that play a big part in our world.
MILICA & WINSLOW
Carbon Pictures is a New York–based virtual reality company specializing in virtual reality and large-scale immersive experiential installations, co-founded by Milica Zec, a director, editor, and screenwriter, and Winslow Turner Porter III, a director, producer, and creative technologist. They create cutting-edge experiences, including Giant, a virtual reality experience inspired by real events.
Niio is the home for new media art. It provides a comprehensive set of professional tools for managing, preserving, securely distributing, and displaying multi-format artistic content, all of which are available for free through a proprietary cloud-based platform.
is an artist, writer, curator, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Humble Arts Foundation, a 501c3 organization that supports and promotes new photography, as well as Olu & Company, a marketing agency for the arts and beyond. Olu is currently developing a platform for content creators.
JESSICA ANN PEAVY
Jessica Ann Peavy is a video and performance artist whose work focuses on the art of storytelling and perceptions of truth. Since completing her BFA degree in Film at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and her MFA degree at the School of Visual Arts, Peavy has shown her work across the country and internationally.