Dana is a research-based artist working with digital imagery, sculpture, installation, and painting. Her research explores the human (and post-human) relationship to the environment by colliding speculative architecture with empirical observation. This is driven by her love of the ironic in architecture—including intentional and unintentional zoomorphic structures, her fear of storms and the ocean—and her fascination observing and being in a constant state of motion. Her process is driven by visceral interpretations of a phenomena (natural, cultural or unknown) through contextual interruptions.
Dana also served as Media Director of Maya Lin’s fifth and final memorial, What is Missing?, providing creative and operational execution on this world-wide, on-going project regarding climate change and endangered species. She continues to be on-going advisor on the memorial.
She is a full-time lecturer of Integrated Digital Media (IDM) in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society at New York University. Dana has also taught at NYU's ITP, NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, and at Harvestworks digital media center in NYC.
At NYU Dana teaches graduate level couses to IDM students and helps them conceptually develop and research their own creative projects including a variety of digital and analog processes. Each semester her design courses (UX design or interaction design) take on a client projects to help students receive hands on, real-world experience. Past clients include NASA/JPL, MoMA PS1, Microsoft, the Hudson River Foundation, Gotham Space Agency, and The Frick Collection.
Dana’s work has been show across galleries, museums and festivals including: the Federation of Canadian Artists’ Federation Gallery; The Caracas Contemporary Art Museum; The London Festival of Architecture; The Museum of the Moving Image; The Chelsea Art Museum; Exit Art; and The DUMBO Arts Festival.
Dana holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning at the University of Kansas. She has a Masters from The Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Full-time Lectuer, Integrated Digital Media
Department of Technology, Culture and Society
New York University
Upcoming Talks and Exhibitions
Immutable Swell sculpture will be shown at the Creative Turbulence Group Show at The Helix Center New York, NY. June 2018
Recent Talks and Exhibitions
Being in Two Places at Once: art, apparatus, and the geopolitics of spatial representation. NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Moderator. March 2018.
Tohoku (I) and Tohoku (III) - 40 Below Exhibiton at the Foundation for Canadian Artists. November 2017.
2013- Current - Full Time Lecturer, Integrated Digital Media NYU
2017 - Current - Design Consultant, Raeven Architecture, New York
2009 - Current - Media Advisor, Maya Lin Studio, New York
2011-2012 - Co-Founder, BLDG BLOK, NYU DUMBO Incubator, New York
2010-2012 - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Integrated Digital Media, NYU
2010 -2011 - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Courant Institute, NYU
2007-2008 - Manager, (C- Lab) Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting, New York
2006-2011 - Producer, Bitforms Gallery, New York
2007-2008 - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tisch School of the Arts (ITP), NYU
2006-2007 - Visual Studies Instructor, GSAPP School of Architecture, Columbia University
2005-2011 - Co-Founder, WIKA Studio, New York
2003-2004 - Visualization Designer, Rafael Vinoly Architects, New York
Developed and hosted the Other Fields: Aesthetic Inquiry into New Landscape symposium at NYU Berlin and developed interdisciplinary research focusing on communication between Artists and Scientists. Support provided by NYU Berlin, NYU Provost’s Office, NYU Center for Humanaties, and the Department of Technology, Culture and Society at NYU. Summer 2017.
Co-Pi on Digitizing the City Record Grant, funded in the amount of $260,000 by the NEH. Online Digitization and Archive of over 1 Million historical NYC records. 2016 - Current.
Key Partner representing NYU on the AR/VR Commercialization Grant funded in the amount of $6M by the NYCEDC and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME).
Media Advisor to Maya Lin’s 5th and Final Memorial, What is Missing? about endangered species and habitat loss. The project includes an environmental stewardship component taking form of a traveling exhibition with interactive sculpture and educational website. 2009-current.
Co-Director of The Satellite, an installation featuring a live view of earth from Space for audiences and educational institutions on the ground. Project board included NASA Astronaut Charles Camarda. The Satellite supported the development of a realtime, experiential, and hyper-realistic portrait of Earth, using live data from observation satellites to allow the public a direct encounter with the planet. Two years of research were funded by Hewlett-Packard. 2014. NYC.
MPS. from ITP Tisch School of the Arts
New York University, 2005
B.Arch School of Architecture and Design
The University of Kansas, 2003