I am currently a PhD student at the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas, in Dallas, Texas. My research investigates interactive media in public spaces and its accompanying political, social and cultural discussions. My dissertation explores how interactive experiences in public spaces stage possible subject positions for interactors.
I am an artist, researcher and designer interested in public interactives, interactive art, critical theory, radical pedagogy, social justice, and art as social practice. My practice is often inspired by Latino authors and magical realism. I create poetic, absurd, or surreal experiences that encourage participants to question norms and rules. I design pieces that afford reflections about the worlds we live in, and invite interactors to imagine which other worlds we could create and inhabit.
Since 2014 I am a member of the Public Interactives Research Team. First based at The New School, in New York, NY, we were renamed as Public Interactives Research Lab when we moved to the University of Texas at Dallas, TX. I have contributed in design research projects of the lab, such as the AIDS Quilt Touch project, given workshops, and taken a student leadership role in the organization, planning and execution of the activities of the lab. Currently we are doing research on Suburban Public Interactives and planning applications for grants.
Laboratory for Synthetic and Electronic Poetry (LabSynthE) – directed by xtine burrough
Since 2016 I have worked with LabSynthE in several participatory art pieces which have been installed in different festivals and conferences. I have taken a student leadership role and contributed to all parts of the creative process of our pieces, from inception, production, installation, documentation, and publication. Currently I am contributing to two projects of the lab, “Picturing Us” and “One Breath Poem – Message for a Revolution,” as well as leading the participatory project “AIDS Quilt Block for an Imagined Genealogy of Michel Foucault.” Together with other members of the lab I am currently co-authoring a paper on our project “One Breath Poem.”