Katherine Bennett
Katherine Bennett is a media artist. She utilizes sound and light to represent people, relationships and activities that happen in other spaces and times. She creates a delicate presence of these entities, mapping it over time and making it visceral. She utilizes programming and physical computing to create interactive and responsive multichannel installations and narratives. She is fascinated by the liminal spaces created by digital communities and the culture that transpires as a result. Her latest environments investigate the development of social networks, experiment with interaction thresholds and wireless communication traffic. She earned her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in Art & Technology Studies. She has won several grants. Her work has been featured in many exhibitions nationally and internationally. She runs the NYC-Creative & Experimental Software Meetup. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor, for Integrated Digital Media at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering, where she teaches physical computing, programming and interaction design.


Research Interests

Communication technologies and their impact on social interactions, creating environments which make physically perceptible phenomena and processes that aren’t otherwise (ie, Alzheimer’s memory flashbacks, walking through a field of stars), development of social networks, interaction thresholds and wireless communication traffic.


Current Position

Visiting Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media
Technology, Culture and Society
Tandon School of Engineering at New York University


Education

School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 2007, Masters of Fine Arts
Art & Technology

Wolverhampton School of Art & Design, England, 2001, BFA Honors
Sculpture, Magna Cum Laude

Ohio University, December 1999, Bachelors of Arts and Sciences, Psychology



Exhibitions

2017   The Noise of the Heartbeat or Whatever the Hell, New York, NY
          Inst-Int, The Chicory, New Orleans, LA
2016   If This Then What, ODETTA, Brooklyn, NY
          Creative Tech Week, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, New York, NY
          Open All Ports, Symposium for Arts & Technology, Connecticut College
2015   Disruption, International Symposium on Electronic Art, Vancouver, BC
          Bushwick Film Festival, Brooklyn, New York.
2014   Mediating Technologies, Crux Space, Philadelphia
2013   Oasis Places, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland.
2012   Group Show, REVERSE Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
          Sublimation, Obro, SoundFjord, Montreal, Canada
          Transmissions, (solo show) Collar Works, Troy, New York
2010   Interactions, UD@Crane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2009   Jukebox, SoundFjord, London, United Kingdom
          Electrofringe Festival, Newcastle, Australia.
          Then Ether, Multimedia Gallery, University of the Arts, PA
          Economic Transmissions, Synthetic Zero, New York, NY
2008   3312, Gallery Uno, Chicago, Illinois
          FireFlights, Borders of Lake Michigan, Illinois.
2007   Antenna Clouds, McNamara Gallery, University of Reno, Nevada
          Then Ether, MFA Curated Show, G2 Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
          Collusions, Opera Cabal, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
2006   Still We Stand For...., Acme Art Works, Chicago, Illinois
2005   Turn Me On, Indianapolis Arts Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
2004   Installations & Performances, The Carnegie, Covington, Kentucky
          The Path, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
          Cincy Talent, Kennedy Heights Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
2003   AutoMedia, Group Show, Media Bridges, Cincinnati, Ohio
          Tha Blast, Group Show, SSNOVA, Cincinnati, Ohio
2002   Preparation, Land Installation, Weir Farm Trust, Connecticut
2001   Sea Of Secrets, Wolverhampton School of Art & Design, England
2000   Sleeping Thoughts, Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton, England



Grants

2013   Artist Fellowship, Inst-Int
2011   Faculty Development, The University of the Arts
2008   Applied Research Labs, College of Media & Communications, UArts
2006   School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Travel Grant
2005   The Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Fellowship
2003   Richard Kelly Grant, Illuminating & Engineering Society
          The Puffin Foundation LTD
          Sponsorship from DESA International
2002   Cincinnati Foundation Award
2001   Sponsorship from Wilko’s stores
          Sponsorship from ASDA stores


Awards

2016   4DSOUND Hacklab, ZKM, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.
2015   Artist Summer Institute, LMCC + Creative Capital
2013   Hackathon winner, E-Design Labs
2007   Student Leadership Award, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago
1998   Juror’s Award, Foundations, Ohio University

Residencies

Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, Wyoming, May – June 2003
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, March 2003
Weir Farm, Weir Farm Trust, Wilton, Connecticut, December 2002


Curatorial

2014  Mediating Technologies, Crux Space, Philadelphia
2009  Marking Places Retracing Spaces, University of the Arts, PA
2009  Subtexts, Multimedia Gallery, University of the Arts, PA
2008  Fractures & Voids, Multimedia Gallery, University of the Arts, PA
2007  Fractures and Voids, Bridge Art Fair, Art Chicago


Select Performances

2016  Memory Spaces, ZKM, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.
2008  Mash-Up, International Symposium for the Electronic Arts, Singapore.
         Cross Currents, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania
2007  Space Study, Collusions, Opera Cabal, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, IL
2006  Buzz Home, 404 Festival, Rosario, Argentina
         Juxtaposition Arena, MindField Experiments, Chicago, Illinois


Talks

2016   Creative Coding as a Tool: Inclusion, Access, Activism and Institutional Critique (panel),
Issue Project Room's 9 Evenings: Theater and Engineering, MAGNET, NYU, NY

         Lost in Translation, 15th Biennial Symposium of Arts and Technology at Connecticut College
         Personal Technology: Asset or Adversary? Creative Tech Week, NYC
         Teaching Creative Coding, SFPC, NYC
2015  Making the Invisible Visible, Bloomfield College
         The Next Step, Industry Day, Bloomfield College
2014  Is Technology Fracturing Your Relationships? Crux Space, Philadelphia
         Brain Signals & Bits, University of Delaware
2013  When Strangers Interact, Show & Tell, INST-INT, Walker Art Center
2012  Hacking as a Creative Practice, Hope9 Conference
2011  A to B, University of the Arts


Press

The Art Blog: “Grand Opening Crux Space” (2014)
The Brag, New South Wales, Australia, September 28th, 2009.
The Community Press, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 23, 2004.
Cincinnati Magazine, Creative Class, May 2003.

Professional Activities

2013 - Present   Hacktory Board Member & Secretary
2012 - Present   Leader, Creative & Experimental Software NYC Meetup
2011 - Present   Member – Girl Develop It NYC Meetup
2011 - Present   Member – Brooklyn Coded Meetup


Work Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor of the Integrated Digital Media Program, Sept 2015 - Aug 2017
Technology, Culture and Society, Tandon School of Engineering
New York University, Brooklyn, New York

Assistant Professor, Creative Art & Technology, Aug 2014 – June 2015
Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, New Jersey

Adjunct Professor, Integrated Digital Media, Jan 2014 – May 2015
New York University, Polytechnic School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY

Assistant Professor, Design, Art & Technology, Sept 2008 - Aug 2014
College of Art, Media & Design, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Lecturer, Digital Media Area, August 2007 – May 2008
The University of Nevada, Reno

Courses Taught
&
Developed

Interactive Narrative • Creative Coding • Physical Computing • Interactive Installation • Game Design • Game Programming: Artificial Intelligence • Intro to Interface Design • Senior Capstone • Interactivity • Sound Installation • Web Design • Creative Computing in Design, Art & Technology • Contemporary Issues in Interface Design • Collaboration



Skills & Capabilities

Software
Processing (Java), openFrameworks (C++), P5.js (Javascript), Max/MSP, Node.js, Unix, Adobe, Arduino, HTML, CSS, Asterisk

Hardware
Electronics, Kinect, Integrated Circuits, including surface mount, LCD screens, Arduino (and all derivatives), Spark, Pic

Design
Strategic planning, Interaction Design, Interface Design, User experience, Human-computer Interaction, Project Management, Curriculum Design and Development, Research, Collaboration, Creative Problem Solving