Elizabeth Hénaff, Faculty

Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff is a computational biologist and designer. Her academic
trajectory started with a Bachelors in Computer Science, followed by a Master’s in
Plant Biology (both from UT Austin) and a PhD in Bioinformatics from the
The University of Barcelona.

At the center of her research is a fascination with the way living beings
interact with their environment. This inquiry has produced a body of work that
ranges from scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals to projects with landscape
architects, to working as an artist in environments from SVA to the MIT Media Lab.
She has made contributions to understanding how plants respond to the force of
gravity, how genome structure changes in response to stress, and most recently has
turned her attention to the ubiquitous and invisible microbial component of our
environment. Some recent highlights include the design for the bioremediation of a
local toxic Superfund site which won a design competition, had a gallery exhibit, and
a scientific publication. Her work with the MIT Media Lab led to the development of
a novel approach to urban microbiome sampling using honeybees, an exhibit at the
2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, and a curriculum for international workshops.
She has consistently made the tools – software, wetware, hardware – needed
to answer her research questions.

She currently holds an Assistant Professor position in the Integrated
Digital Media department at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in New York

Tega Brain, Faculty


(MA, Queensland University of Technology)
Assistant Industry Professor, Integrated Digital Media
Technology, Culture and Society

Tega Brain is an artist and environmental engineer whose work intersects art, ecology and engineering. Calling her artistic research eccentric engineering, she explores the scope and politics of emerging technologies.

She is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media, New York University and is affiliated with Data & Society and the Processing Foundation, where she contributes to the p5js project. In 2013 she was awarded a Creative Australia Fellowship for early career artists from the Australia Council for the Arts. She has recently exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and Eyebeam in New York City. Her work has been widely discussed in the press including in the New York Times, Art in America and The Guardian. She has given talks and workshops at museums and festivals like EYEO, TedxSydney, the Whitney Museum and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

Dana Karwas, Faculty


(MPS, New York University)
Industry Assistant Professor, Integrated Digital Media
Technology, Culture and Society


Dana is an Industry Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media at NYU and runs her own arts-based research practice.

Dana also served as Media Director of Maya Lin’s fifth and final memorial, What is Missing?, providing creative and operational execution on this worldwide, on-going project regarding climate change and endangered species. She continues to be an advisor on the memorial.

Since joining NYU full-time in 2012, Dana has helped build the IDM graduate program into a boutique digital media program that fosters creative practice, design research, and multidisciplinary experimentation with emerging media technologies. Each semester her design course (UX design or interaction design) takes on a client project to get students real-world experience to put in their portfolios. Past clients include NASA/JPL, MoMA PS1, Microsoft, the Hudson River Foundation, Gotham Space Agency, and others.

Dana’s work has been shown at galleries, museums, and festivals including: the Federation of Canadian Artists’ Federation Gallery; The Helix Center NYC; The Caracas Contemporary Art Museum; The London Festival of Architecture; The Museum of the Moving Image; The Boston Museum of Science; The Chelsea Art Museum; Exit Art; and The DUMBO Arts Festival. Dana has also taught digital media courses at NYU’s ITP, NYU’s Courant Institute, at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, and at Harvestworks.

Dana holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning at the University of Kansas. She has an MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.



Mark Skwarek, Faculty


(MFA, Rhode Island School of Design)
Lecturer, Integrated Digital Media
Technology, Culture and Society

Mark Skwarek is an artist working to bridge the gap between virtual and physical world with augmented reality. His art explores the translation our everyday digital experience into the physical world using mobile augmented reality. Skwarek earned his M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design’s Digital Media Department. He is full time faculty at New York University’s School of Engineering, the CEO of Semblance Augmented Reality and the director of NYU’s Mobile Augmented Reality Lab. He teaches 3D Graphics and the Augmented Reality Grad Class. He organized the augmented reality artist group manifest.AR, the arOCCUPYWALLSTREET movement, and co-organized We AR in MoMA. Skwarek’s practice is also largely based in art activism with emerging technologies. He has a long record of international augmented reality work, ranging from “erasing” the DMZ battlements between North and South Korea (a piece he did on site), to the virtual elimination of the barricades between Palestine and Israel, at the Gaza Strip. He has created political work and symbols in a variety of locations across the United States, including pieces at Wall St., U.S. Mexico Border and the White House to name a few. His artwork has been written about by the New York Times, Art in America, Boing Boing, WIRED, the Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, NPR, BBC, the Discovery Channel, Leonardo, and Creative Capital. Skwarek has exhibited in various venues, including: the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; ISEA; Dumbo Arts Festival, UCLA Digital Grad Gallery; the CyberArts Festival; the Sunshine International Art Museum, Beijing; and the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois, FACT in Liverpool England, Siggraph 2013, The 2013 Augmented World Expo, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Kasa Galeri, and Contemporary Istanbul.

Luke DuBois, Co-Director


(DMA, Columbia University)
Co-Director / Associate Professor of Integrated Digital Media
Technology, Culture and Society (Engineering); Music and Performing Arts Professions (Steinhardt); Interactive Telecommunications (Tisch)
(646) 997 0719

R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. He has collaborated on interactive performance, installation, and music production work with many artists and organizations including Toni Dove, Todd Reynolds, Jamie Jewett, Bora Yoon, Michael Joaquin Grey, Matthew Ritchie, Elliott Sharp, Michael Gordon, Maya Lin, Bang on a Can, Engine 27, Harvestworks, and LEMUR, and was the director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra for its 2007 season.

Stemming from his investigations of “time-lapse phonography,” his work is a sonic and encyclopedic relative to time-lapse photography. Just as a long camera exposure fuses motion into a single image, his projects reveal the average sonority, visual language, and vocabulary in music, film, text, or cultural information. Exhibitions of his work include: the Insitut Valencià d’Art Modern, Spain; Haus der elektronischen Künste, Switzerland; 2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; San Jose Museum of Art; National Constitution Center, Philadelphia; Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art; Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul; 2007 Sundance Film Festival; the Sydney Film Festival; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; PROSPECT.2 New Orleans; and the Aspen Institute. DuBois’ work and writing has appeared in print and online in the New York Times, National Geographic, and Esquire Magazine, and he was an invited speaker at the 2016 TED Conference. A major survey of his work, NOW, received its premiere at the Ringling Museum of Art in 2014, with a catalogue published by Scala Art & Heritage Publishers.

An active visual and musical collaborator, DuBois is the co-author of Jitter, a software suite for the real-time manipulation of matrix data developed by San Francisco-based software company Cycling’74. He appears on nearly twenty-five albums both individually and as part of the avant-garde electronic group The Freight Elevator Quartet. He currently performs as part of Bioluminescence, a duo with vocalist Lesley Flanigan that explores the modality of the human voice, and in Fair Use, a trio with Zach Layton and Matthew Ostrowski, that looks at our accelerating culture through elecronic performance and remixing of cinema.

DuBois has lived for the last twenty-two years in New York City. He is the director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and is on the Board of Directors of the ISSUE Project Room. His records are available on Caipirinha/Sire, Liquid Sky, C74, and Cantaloupe Music. His artwork is represented by bitforms gallery in New York City.