Phillip David Stearns


Phillip David Stearns is a New York-based artist, designer, educator and entrepreneur who creates immersive, multi-sensory experiences based on immaterial aspects of digital technology. His multidisciplinary practice focuses largely on the poetics of experience in relation to applied technology, bringing together processes, materials and concepts to produce works that range from performance to computational textiles, video, immersive installation, digital image and sound.

In addition to launching five successful Kickstarter campaigns, Stearns has founded and currently leads two companies: GlitchTextiles is a textile design studio that translates digital artifacts into woven fabric, and Open Vault is a first of its kind public marketplace for the sale of advanced cyber weapons.

His projects have been featured in WIRED, The Huffington Post, VICE Motherboard, The Creators Project, Hyperallergic, and FRAME. His work has been exhibited internationally by many institutions, including the Zhongzhou Art Museum, Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, Haus der Elektronischen Künste Basel, Park Avenue Armory, ELEKTRA-BIAN, Tate Britain, Transmediale, Anyang Public Art Project, FAD Festival de Arte Digital, FILE, and Transitio.

Phillip currently teaches physical computing at Parsons and has previously taught creative coding at NYU, design at NYIT, and a digital dark age seminar at Hochschule Düsseldorf.

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