About Ari ++ 


Ari Melenciano is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, creative technologist, researcher, and futurist, who is passionate about exploring the relationships between various forms of design and the human experience.



Her research lies at the intersections of human-computer interactive technologies, social impacts of technology, culture, sound/audio-visuality, experimental pedagogy and speculative design.

Ari is the founder of the social institution, Afrotectopia, most commonly experienced via their annual New Media Arts, Culture and Technology Festival.

She is currently an adjunct professor at NYU teaching in the Interactive Telecommunications Graduate Program (ITP) and Photography undergraduate department. She is also a consultant for NYC’s Department of Education, helping to build STEAM curriculum that is culturally relevant.

She is currently incubating audiovisual experimental work at CultureHub in their arts and technology residency, and at New Inc (the first museum-led incubator) in the Experiments in Arts and Technology track in partnership with Rhizome and Bell Labs.



Ari graduated from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications graduate Program (ITP) in 2018, and conducted research as an ITP research fellow from 2018-2019.

While a student, Ari built a line of neo-retro experimental cameras called, Ojo Oro; was awarded a Processing Fellowship to build her data visualization platform highlighting racial disparities called, Justice Factory; held Afrotectopia’s first festival at NYU; and developed an online video tutorial channel on creative coding called AricianoTV.

See the work:

[bgoti (be gold on the inside) is a creative house with an objective to quintessentially beautify the life experience via art + design & technology.]


[Afrotectopia is a new media arts, culture and technology festival designed to recognize and highlight the contributions of Black artists, designers, technologists and activists, as well as gather people currently working at the intersection of art, design, technology and activism.]

[Ojo Oro is an experimental camera company that merges the analog and digital experiences to see the photos the camera is producing, here]


An online video tutorial channel that explores and possibilities when merging art, design and technology.