Dana Karwas is the Director of the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM) at Yale University and is a Critic at the Yale School of Architecture teaching courses related to mechanized perception and space architecture. At CCAM her Ultra Space research explores earthly reference frames for understanding the body in space. The research is inspired by the work of Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins, who consider the body as a part of its architectural surroundings. The Ultra Space initiative is integrated into her Yale School of Architecture courses and CCAM workshops,  including The Mechanical Artifact, which is taught in collaboration with Ariel Ekblaw Manipulations taught in collaboration with Sarah Oppenheimer, and Bodies in Space taught in collaboratin with Harshita Nedunuri. Her Ultra Space research is shared out with wider audiences through the annual CCAM Ultra Space symposium

Karwas holds an MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas. With her arts and research practice, Karwas has shown her work at Artspace, The Chelsea Art Museum, and The Museum of the Moving Image. Her architecture projects include a three-shipping container home in South Dakota in collaboration with Raeven Architecture and her experimental short film, Ultra Space: Terra Cosma, was awarded Best Documentary at the 2023 Experimental Dance & Music Film Festival.

Karwas founded the publication Maquette with writer Alex Zafiris. Maquette is a bi-annual interdisciplinary arts and culture publication published by CCAM.  In the latest issue of Maquette, Karwas interviewed Keller Easterling and has contributed pieces to other publications including Paprika! and (forthcoming)Perspecta, writing essays that challenge architectures relationship to technological offsets --- often through the body. She has contributed essays to exhibition catalogs including The Opera House of the Future and her essay, Image Gravity: Defining Spatial Constructs for Invisible Phenomena is published by Springer.

Karwas has completed design projects and creative direction for a variety of clients ranging from Maya Lin Studio, to Knoll Furniture. 

Karwas is a fellow at the Aurelia Institute a nonprofit space architecture R&D lab, the NYU Tisch Collaboratory, and at Brandford College at Yale University. She has taught interdisciplinary art and architecture courses at New York University and Columbia University.

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