Ari Melenciano

Creative Technologist + Researcher + Educator + Invent-Her


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

Her research lies at the intersections of art, design, imaginative uses of human-computer interactive technologies for creativity, digital activism, societal impacts of tech, race, culture, experiential design, experimental pedagogy, geo-political activism, and speculative design.

She is currently a research resident at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), Creative Technology educator, founder and producer of New Media Arts, Culture and Technology Festival, Afrotectopia, Laundromat Project Create Change Fellow, and Culture Hub resident. She recently received her master's from NYU's ITP, where she explored the possibilities when merging art, design, technology and engineering through creative computation, physical computing and experiential design.

Her passion projects include building and designing a line of experimental "neo-retro" digital analog cameras, Ojo OroPublics.School, a platform exploring experimental methods to disseminate social justice issues; Justice Factory, an interactive data visualization tool for activists that was recently awarded the Processing.org Fellowship (2018) to build a data visualization platform using Processing; AricianoTV, an online video tutorial channel on creative coding; and a VJ/DJ (in the duo, GVÖ), with a residency in Brooklyn, NYC. She DJ’s around the continent from Colorado to Cuba.