TAHIR HEMPHILL / tahirhemphill.com



Influenced by scientific work that pushes investigation to the limits of art, and artwork that pushes repetition toward scientific methods, Tahir Hemphill’s practice investigates the role systems play in the generation of form. His work has been featured in the exhibition “Talk to Me” at the Museum of Modern Art, which explored design and communication between people and objects, as well as exhibitions at Siggraph (2002); the Queens Museum (2002); and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (1999).

Currently, Hemphill is managing the satellite research, educational, art, technology, and marketing projects associated with his searchable rap almanac the Hip Hop Word Count. He also oversees the media arts education program for the Rap Research Lab, a studio for the production of creative technology projects and a space to teach art, design, cultural analysis, media criticism, data mining, and data visualization using a project-based curriculum that visualizes hip-hop as a cultural indicator. He is also the 2016 Media Artist in Residence at Spotify and a 2016 resident at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Thematic Month on Human Behavior. Previously, Hemphill was a 2015 Bronx Museum of Art AIM program participant; a 2012–13 Hip-Hop Archive Fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University; and a 2013 fellow at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.

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