Ari Melenciano is an artist, designer, and creative technologist who's research and practice explores the relationships between various forms of design and sentient experiences.

She is a creative technologist at Google's Creative Lab, professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Graduate Program, and founder of Afrotectopia, - a social institution that is imagining, researching, and building at the nexus of new media art, design, science, and technology through a Black and Afrocentric lens. Her award-winning work has been supported and exhibited by a variety of institutions including Sundance, The New Museum's New Inc, Nokia Bell Labs, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Studio Museum of Harlem. She is often guest lecturing at universities around the world.

She is based in Brooklyn, NY.

Sound Sculpture

Physical Computation for Sound

Sound Sculpture

Physical Computation for Sound

Utopian Imaginaries

3D Rendered Environment

Breathe Animation

3D Rendered Animation

Virtual Environment

3D Rendered Virtual Environments

Alaia's Lab

Multi-Sensorial Performance

Sound Sculpture

Physical Computation for Sound

Electro Negro Synesthesyo

Physical Computation for Sound

Virtual Environments

3D Rendered Virtual Environments

Ojo Oro

Physical Computation for Visual Media

Sound-Interactive Code

Sound-Interactive Code

The School of Afrotectopia

Experimental Pedagogy via The School of Afrotectopia

Sound-Interactive Code

Sound-Interactive Code


Experiential Design

Ojo Oro

Physical Computation for Visual Media

Video Art

Video Art

Alaia's Lab

Multi-Sensorial Performance

3D Rendered Animation

3D Rendered Animation

See Me Too

Speculative Chrome Extension

Sound-Interactive Code

Sound-Interactive Code

3D Rendered Animation

3D Rendered Animation


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"Afrotectopian Ecologies" @ NYU ITP (Spring 2021)

"Electrotecture" @ NYU ITP (Spring 2021)

Residencies, memberships, etc.

NYU ITP Teaching Fellow [2020-2022]

The Onassis Foundation + New Inc [2020]

Future Imagination Fund Fellow @ NYU Tisch School of the Arts [2020]

Artist in Residence @ MICA Photography and Electronic Media [2019, 2020]

New York Live Arts Creative Technologist Residency [2020]

The Guild of Future Architects [2020]


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M.P.S. New York University | Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)

B.A. University of Maryland

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona


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[Guest Lecturer] A.I. Wellness track @ MozFest by Mozilla | March 2021

[Guest Lecturer] University of Tennessee | March 2021

[Panelist] Practicing the Future @ A Blade of Grass | March 2021

[Guest Lecturer] Garrison Institute @ Columbia University | March 2021

[Guest Lecturer] School of the Art Institute at Chicago | March 2021

[Guest Lecturer] Studio Talk @ School of Visual Art | April 2021

[Guest Lecturer] University of Illinois | April 2021


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"Designing Club Culture" @ NYU ITP (Fall 2021)

"Afrotectopian Ecologies" @ NYU ITP (Spring 2020)

"Electrotecture" @ NYU ITP (Spring 2020)

Designing Change @ NYU ITP (Spring 2020)
"Designing Club Culture" @ NYU ITP (Fall 2020)

"Sounds of a Revolution" @ Hunter College IMA (Fall 2020)

"Intergrated Visual Communication I" @ The Pratt Institute (Fall 2020)

"Intergrated Visual Communication II" @ The Pratt Institute (Fall 2020)

"Multimedia" @ NYU DPI (Fall 2020)

"The Revolution Will Be Digitized" @ NYU ITP [Sp2020]

"Graphic Design Intensive II" @ Pratt Institute [Sp2020]

"Digital Prototyping" @ Pratt Institute [Sp2020]

+"Designing Club Culture" @ NYU ITP [F2019]

+"Documenting Downtown With New Media" @ NYU DPI [F2019]

Residencies, memberships, etc.

Eyebeam Rapid Response Fellow [2020]

Human-in-Residence @ NYU ITP [2020]

Technology Resident @ Culture Hub [2020]

Technology Resident @ Pioneer Works [2020]

Experiments in Arts and Technology Track Member @ New Inc (+Nokia Bell Labs and Rhizome) [2020]

+Contributor-In-Residence @ University of Denver’s Clinic for Open-Source Arts (Denver, CO)[2019]

+Research Fellow @ NYU ITP (NY, NY) [2018-2019]

+Artist-In-Residence @ Ace Hotel (Distributed Web of Care) (NY, NY) [2017]

+Invent-Her @ Collab (NY, NY) [2016]


+NYC Department of Education for CS4ALL (Computer Science Curriculum Development) [2019-2020]

+The Guild of Future Architects

+The New York Times

+Today at Apple's Youth Program

Presentations (Talks + Workshops)

[Guest Lecturer] Survey of Work @ Bowie State University | Dec 2020

[Guest Lecturer] Art && Code: Homemade @ Carnegie Mellon University | Jan 2021

[Guest Lecturer] Coding for Artists with P5.JS @ Anderson Ranch Art Center | Jan 2021
[Guest Lecturer] Post-Radical Design at the Pratt Institute | Oct2020

[Guest Lecturer] DePaul's School of Design | Oct2020

[Guest Lecturer] NYU ITP Artist/Alumni Talk | Oct2020

[Guest Lecturer] Univ. of Chicago | Oct2020

[Guest Lecturer] UT College of Architecture and Design | Oct2020

[Guest Lecturer] GSU Inclusive Media Futures | Nov2020
Designing Club Culture at Denver StartUp Week | Sept2020

[Guest Lecturer] Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison | Sept2020

[Presenter] Publik Library / Book Fair [2020]

[Presenter] Diversity Reboot [2020]

[Keynote] Primer2020 [2020]

+[Talk]¨Career Jam Panelist @ Berklee's College of Music (cancelled COVID19) (Boston,MA) [2020]

+[Exhibit]¨Sound Exhibition @ Hunter College's The Third Work Symposium (cancelled COVID19) (NY, NY) [2020]

+[Performance + Talk]¨Presenting @ NYLiveArts Afrofuturism Symposium (postponed due to COVID19) (NY, NY) [2020]

+[Panelist]¨ Design Delight: Making Room for Joy in Times of Crisis @ NYCxDesign Week (NY,NY) [2020]

+[Panel Moderator]¨ Digital Art, Architecture, and the Body @ Bard College (NY,NY) [2020]

+[Presenter]¨ Untold Histories Unconference @ Rutgers (Newark, NJ) (postponed due to COVID19) [2020]

+[Talk]¨ Synthetic Synesthesia @ Loupe (Amsterdam) [2020]
+[Workshop]¨Utopian Imaginaries @ CultureHub's ReFest (exited due to COVID19) (NY, NY) [2020]

+[Talk]¨ Radical Technoculture for Racial Equity @ NYU Social and Cultural Analysis (NY, NY) [2020]

+[Talk]¨ Design Fluidity: Electromedia, Culture, Activism @ UT Dallas ATEC Dean's Colloquia (Dallas, TX)[2020]

+[Workshop]¨ Coding Lab: Sonic Fun @ Today at Apple 5th Avenue (NY, NY) [2020]

+[Performance]¨ Ritual Union: Modular Synthesis Set @ The Africa Center (Dark Spirals) (NY, NY) [2020]

+[Talk]¨ Radical Technoculture for Racial Equity @ NYC Processing Day (NY, NY) [2020]

+[Performance]¨ AudioVisual DJ Set @ Philadelphia Museum (Philly, PA)[2020]

+[Workshop]¨ Black Power Synesthesia @ Verizon Media (The School of Afrotectopia) (NY, NY) [2020]

+[Workshop]¨ Sound Interactive Coding @ Today at Apple 5th Avenue (NY, NY) [2019]

+[Talk]¨ Radical Technoculture for Racial Equity @ Tech Hack Convening (Brooklyn, NY) [2019]

+[Talk]¨ Guest Lecturer @ SVA Products of Design (NY, NY) [2019]

+[Talk]¨ Presenter @ It's Nice That (Wix Playgrounds) (NY, NY) [2019]

+[Talk]¨ The Revolution Will be Digitized @ Ethel's Club (Brooklyn, NY) [2019]

+[Workshop]¨ Intro to Modular Synthesis @ Splice (NY, NY) (Beats By Girls) [2019]

+[Talk]¨ Guest Lecturer @ Fordham University (NY, NY) [2019]

+[Talk]¨ Panelist @ NewInc + A/D/O (NY, NY) [2019]

+[Talk]¨ Radical Technoculture for Racial Equity @ NYU's Black Portraitures (NY, NY) [2019]

+[Talk]¨ Designing Afrotectopia @Google's SPAN (Brooklyn, NY) [2019]

+[Talk]¨ Panelist @ Harvard's Black in Design (NY, NY) [2019]

+[Talk]¨ Designing Anti-Racist Technoculture for Equitable Futures @ NYU ITP (NY, NY) [2019]

+[Performance]¨ KaleidoFunkadelic2371 @ Mana Contemporary’s Open House (New Jersey City, NJ) [2019]

+[Performance]¨ Alaïa’s Lab @ Culture Hub’s ReFest, (NY, NY) [2019]

+[Talk]¨ Survey of personal work @ The New School’s Parsons Scholars Program (NY, NY) [2019]

+[Talk]¨ Survey of personal work @ Processing Day Denver (Denver, CO) [2019]

+[Talk]¨ Survey of personal work @ Processing Day Chicago (University of Illinois at Chicago, IL) [2019]

+[Talk & Workshop]¨ Art, Tech and Activism (survey of work) & Designing Virtual Spaces for Afrofuturism @ Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut) [2019]

+[Workshop]¨ Creative Coding and Speculative Design @ Packer Collegiate Institute, (Brooklyn, NY) [2019]

+[DJ]¨ TechZineFair @ School of Poetic Computation, (Manhattan, NY) [2019]

+[Panelist]¨ Stories of Outstanding Tisch Alumni Making a Different @ NYU (Manhattan, NY)

+[Talk]¨ Survey of personal work @ Nightingale-Bamford School (Manhattan, NY) [2018]

+[Exhibition]¨ Auorora: Designing a City for an Equitable Future @ Abron’s Art Center (NY, NY) [2018]

+[Moderator]¨ Black in Tech Panel @ NYU (Manhattan, NY) [2018]

+[Workshop]¨ Speculative Design @ Eyebeam for Eyedream Cohort 2 (Brooklyn, NY) [2018]

+[Exhibition]¨ Alaïa’s Lab @ Eyebeam for Eyedream Cohort 2 (Brooklyn, NY) [2018]

+[Talk]¨ Survey of personal work @ Likeminds Conference (Catskills, NY) [2018]

+[Workshop]¨ Branding Yourself @ AfroRazones (Havana, Cuba) [2018]

+[Talk]¨ Computational Concerts @ Eyeo (Minneapolis, MN) [2018]

+[Panelist]¨ Vision and Technology, Toward a More Just Future via ICP @Knockdown Center (Brooklyn, NY) [2018]

+[Talk]¨ Survey of personal work @ Cooper Union STEM (Manhattan, NY) [2018]