The partnership between NEW INC and Nokia Bell Labs aims to foster performative, collaborative projects that engage newly emerging technologies such as robots, machine learning, and biometrics. Three NEW INC artists are chosen to work with Bell Labs technologists to create their projects, eventually to be shown publicly at an array of art venues.

The artists will work with Bell Labs engineers, who will consult and collaborate on performative projects that engage emerging technologies including robotics, machine learning, drones, and biometry. The resulting projects may be showcased in non-traditional arts venues, with a goal to explore platforms beyond the museum gallery. 

In May 2017 we concluded our inaugural year with "Only Human," an exhibition at Mana Contemporary that showcased work from the first cohort of NEW INC artists-in-residence at Bell Labs.



Fei liu

Fei Liu 刘斐 is a New York-based Chinese designer, artist, writer, and DJ exploring digital empathy and the narrative potential of interfaces. She is an adjunct professor at Parsons MFA Design and Technology and previously a Researcher in Residence at NEW INC, and a Digital Solitude fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.


Yago de Quay is an award-winning artist and researcher who has spent the last eight years conducting scientific research in the fields of digital media at the University of Texas at Austin and University of Porto, resulting in ten articles, one book, and over one dozen talks.


Stephanie Dinkins is a transdisciplinary artist interested in creating platforms for ongoing dialog about artificial intelligence as it intersects race, gender, aging, and our future histories. Her art employs lens-based practices, and the manipulation of space and technology to grapple with notions of consciousness, agency, perception, and social equity.


Sougwen Chung

Sougwen Chung’s artistic practice spans installation, sculpture, still image, drawing, and performance. Her ongoing collaborations with a drawing robot explore the difference between handmade and machine-made marks to understand the interaction between humans and computers.

Lisa Park

Lisa Park is a performance artist who strives to create intimate environments and experiences that trigger emotional states and meditative reflections in viewers. She has explored themes of vulnerability, self-control, and confrontation by integrating biometric sensors into her work.


HAMMERSTEP is a collective that uses choreography, technology, and nontraditional audience engagement to tell new stories through theater and dance. They are currently developing an immersive theater production called Indigo Grey that invites the audience to become a part of the action.



The New Museum is the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to contemporary art. Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a center for exhibitions, information, and documentation about living artists from around the world. From its beginnings as a one-room office on Hudson Street to the inauguration of its first freestanding building on the Bowery designed by SANAA in 2007, the New Museum continues to be a place of experimentation and a hub of new art and new ideas. For more information, visit newmuseum.org.


NEW INC was co-founded by Lisa Phillips and Karen Wong in 2014 and is the first museum-led cultural incubator dedicated to supporting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology. NEW INC’s Director is Julia Kaganskiy. For more information, visit newinc.org.


Nokia Bell Labs, Nokia’s research and innovation arm, creates the disruptive technologies that are shaping the way the world communicates and connects. With expertise in analytics, cloud, fixed, optics, and wireless, and by collaborating openly with the global innovation community, Nokia Bell Labs is seeking the technology solutions that will transform the connected world, enhancing the speed, capacity, efficiency, and reliability of data, as well as the increasing automation and digitization of our lives and entire industries. For ninety years, scientific breakthroughs at Nokia Bell Labs have fundamentally transformed the ICT industry and won eight Nobel Prizes.


Nokia is a global leader in creating the technologies at the heart of our connected world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises, and consumers with the industry's most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services, and licensing.