Ari Melenciano is an artist, designer, creative technologist, researcher, and educator who is passionate about exploring the relationships between various forms of design and the human experience.

Currently, her research lies at the intersections of human-computer interactive technologies, social impacts of technology, counterculture, sound, multisensory experiential design, experimental pedagogy and speculative design.

Ari is the founder of Afrotectopia, a social institution fostering interdisciplinary innovation at the intersections of art, design, technology, Black culture and activism. Afrotectopia is most commonly experienced via their annual New Media Arts, Culture and Technology Festival hosted by Google. Afrotectopia also most recently developed The School of Afrotectopia, hosted by Verizon Media, and served 250 students through 2 weeks of free courses.

Ari received her Master's from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and earned a Bachelor's studying art, architecture and urban design at the Universitat de Barcelona and art and digital media at the University of Maryland.

She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

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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"The Revolution Will Be Digitized" @ NYU ITP

"Graphic Design Intensive II" @ Pratt Institute

"Digital Prototyping" @ Pratt Institute

Residencies, etc.
Future Imagination Fund Fellow @ NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Artist in Residence @ MICA Photography and Electronic Media

Human-in-Residence @ NYU ITP

Technology Resident @ Culture Hub

Technology Resident @ Pioneer Works

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


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+[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 (NY, NY) [2020]

+[Panelist]¨ Design Delight: Making Room for Joy in Times of Crisis @ NYCxDesign Week (NY,NY) (postponed due to COVID19) [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]

"Visual Imagery" @ NYU DPI (Summer 2020)

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

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

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

"Multimedia" @ NYU DPI (Fall 2020)


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

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

+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]

Presentations (Talks + Workshops)
+[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]